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Immigration Daily August 24, 2007
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Escape From ICE, Work For Uncle Sam

According to a Washington Times news story, "A 2006 audit showed federal, state and local governments are among the biggest employers of the half-million persons in the US illegally using "non-work" Social Security numbers numbers issued legally, but with specific instructions that the holders are not authorized to work in the US." For the full story, see here. For those who call for the whole weight of federal enforcement to descend on private sector employers, perhaps ICE should hold off until all governmental agencies have been cleaned out first.

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by writing to


Latest In Business Immigration Law Practice

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part telephonic series: "Latest In Business Immigration Law Practice". The distinguished speakers for the seminar include: Roy Watson, Gary Endelman, David Grunblatt, Angelo Paparelli, Edwin Rubin and other speakers to be announced. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on August 30: Impact Of DOL Regulations On Substitution, Validity Of Labor Certifications And Payment Of Attorney's Fees

  • Limits on Validity of Labor Certifications - What are the limits? Is this beyond their scope of authority?
  • What about previously approved Labor Certifications?
  • Attorney's Fees: What does the regulation actually restrict? What costs / fees are "related to" the Labor Certification. Are costs related to other petitions also restricted, and can they legally do this.
  • What about existing Fee Agreements / Contracts for work that has not yet been done? Does the attorney need to unilaterally terminate existing agreements or risk sanctions?
  • Does the DOL have the right to control who an attorney may or may not represent and how?
  • Debarrment: When does it apply and is this sanction a valid exercise of power?
  • What should Fee Agreements say for the future?
SECOND Phone Session on September 20: Strategic Uses Of The L-1 Visa
  • L-1A vs. L-1B: What are the differences? Is one easier to get?
  • Executives: Isn't everyone an "Executive?"
  • Key Managers: If I'm not an Executive, then I must be a Key Manager!
  • Functional Managers: The definition and uses of the extraordinary category.
  • Work Locus of an L-1: Can they travel? Can I outsource L-1 employees?
  • What is a Blanket L, and when should I consider it?
  • New / Start-Up Office considerations
  • Mergers & Acquisitions: How changes to business structure can impact the worker.
  • Planning Ahead: Can an L-1 help my client get a green card?
THIRD Phone Session on October 11: EB-1 And Other Options For The Best And The Brightest
  • Extraordinary vs. Outstanding vs. Distinguished
  • When there are multiple options to choose from, which is the best?
  • Is Self-Sponsorship better than Employer Sponsored?
  • What is Schedule A, and is it still an option?
  • When is "The Best" not good enough?
  • Tricks for meeting more than just 3 categories!
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, August 28th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


Finding The Right Immigration Lawyer
Greg Siskind writes "A good immigration lawyer should be able to give you an honest and thorough assessment of your case and be able to explain the options that are available to you based on not only the current law, but changes that are in the legislative and judicial pipeline at any given time."


TX Attorney General Charges Indian Tribe With Unlawfully Selling US Citizenship
Texas Attorney General Abbott has taken legal action against three individuals who conceived an unlawful scheme to sell U.S. citizenship to non-citizens (courtesy of Paul Parsons, Esq.)


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Honors And Awards - Honorary Doctorate
The University of Nebraska at Omaha conferred an honorary doctorate of humane letters on Vard R. Johnson, formerly of Omaha and now of Boston, on August 10, 2007 for years of public service which included among other things the provision of legal services to underrepresented populations. Vard Johnson, 18 Tremont Street, Suite 210, Boston, MA 02108.


Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: (300-words or fewer preferred). Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence, available in our archives.

Dear Editor:
We would like to report the unpublished decision, Robinson v. Chertoff, et al., No. 06-5702 (SRC) (USDC, NJ, May 14, 2007), concerning the eligbility of surviving spouses for legal status. The government has appealed the decision, which is now pending before the 3d Cir.

Jeffrey A. Feinbloom, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Leslie Holman's clever piece on the recent CIS VB/fee fiascos (08/23/07 ID) is not a poem but a parody of Bob Dylan's song, "The Times They Are a Changin".

Marc M. Yelnick, Esq.
San Mateo CA

Dear Editor:
I love Immigration Daily and read all of them in one sitting every couple of weeks. Quick comment- sometimes it is not clear where an event is located in the [Comings N Goings] announcements. It is a rare occurrence, but I just wanted to point it out with this particular one (08/15/07 ID) because I am actually interested in the event. Do you know where it is taking place? Thanks for all your hard work.

Shivali Shah, Esq.
Washington, DC

Editor's note: Event location is typically not highlighted when the event is held remotely or consists of multiple locations. This particular CLINIC-sponsored event consists of a conference + optional tour and depending on which event(s) are selected, the location differs. In order to prevent confusion, the location was omitted. Readers can always learn full details by clicking the link provided as part of the CnG announcement.

Dear Editor:
Mr. Yang's recent letter (8/23/07 ID) touts the benefits of the European Union and globalization in general, and his letter seems to promote the idea of doing away with borders altogether. What Mr. Yang's letter doesn't tell us is how all of this will help the average working person nor how it will improve the quality of life for us all, except for the business people who are the most obvious beneficiaries of his ideas.

John H. Frecker
Baileyville, ME

Dear Editor:
Recently Sen. Specter floated about idea that will give illegal immigrants a legal status that doesn't lead to citizenship, this idea is actually pretty good. Illegal immigrants who don't have criminal record, willing to pay back taxes and fine may get a deferred removal status that is renewable every 3 years. They must have health insurance coverage by deducting the premium from their paychecks, they must pay Social insurance tax that can be withdrawn if they decide to come back to their home countries. The only way to be a citizen is by marriage to US citizens or get into a new self employed immigrant category for 6 years. 6 years to earn that status by being an entrepreneur in this country. Illegal immigrants who wish to pursue US citizenship may also serve in US military service or go to college and pay by their own money to obtain at least undergraduate degree in specific majors that is high in demand by labor market, there will be 6 years temporary resident visa status then this will confer into permanent residency then after 5 years US citizenship. While waiting that long they must have full coverage health insurance and pay their taxes due. Those who don't want to learn English, to improve themselves, they should be happy with the deferred removal status and renew it every 3 years.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
Robert Yang's letter (08/23/07 ID), has raised a good point. Not only 27 European countries and 12 nations in South America coming together as borderless countries, even African Union has set up a committee to look into possibilities of coming together as one nation call Africa. I quite agree that "globalization is inevitable."

Maharazu Malami

Dear Editor:
Responding to Mr. Utterback's letter (08/23/07 ID), websites - plural - to find the ethnic breakdown in federal and state prisons? One needs only to go to the US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, "Prison and Jail Inmates at Midyear 2006" webpage and with basic math he will find that non-citizens, both legal and illegal, are 5.87375% of the total inmates in state and federal prisons. Perhaps someone would explain why, if illegal or legal immigrants are so bad, why is it necessary not to tell the truth.

Dave Anderson
Gainesville, GA

Dear Editor:
Responding to Robert Yang's letter (08/23/07 ID), England has set up offices in Africa, rather than having illegals come to England. France had riots from the young French people, over the right to work as France has so many illegals, displacing the French people and the French government changed their legislation back to provide jobs for the French people.

David Utterback

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