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Immigration Daily September 24, 2007
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Tax Policy And Immigration

A Wall Street Journal commentary by former Treasury Department official Bruce Bartlett discusses how "tax policy is one area where governments can help reduce the burden of illegal immigration", we excerpt below:

"... Illegal aliens probably pay very little state income taxes, but close to their share of sales taxes. Therefore, states that rely more heavily on sales taxes than income taxes are going to get more revenue out of their illegal aliens to pay for the expenses they incur. This helps explain why California is burdened much more by illegal aliens than Texas ... Thus Texas gets the vast bulk of its revenue from sources that are most likely to be paid by illegal aliens, while California gets the bulk of its revenue from sources that they are much less likely to pay ... Liberals always condemn sales taxes as regressive - taking more in percentage terms from the poor than the rich. However, realistically, such taxes are the only ones that really get revenue from the illegal-alien population to offset the large and growing cost they impose for health care, education and other government services ...".
For the full editorial, see here (note that subscription is required).

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Adjustment Of Status: A 360 Degree View

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part telephone seminar examining adjustment of status holistically and in detail. Speakers include Cyrus D. Mehta (Discussion Leader), Andres C. Benach, Diana Vellos Coker, Tammy Fox-Isicoff, Richard D. Steel, Shannon M. Underwood, Paul Virtue. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on September 27: Nuts and Bolts In The Era Of Priority Date Retrogression

  • Eligibility for Adjustment of Status
  • Preparing and filing a bullet proof application
  • Issues arising out of the July 2007 Visa Bulletin Fiasco
  • Adjustment, retrogression and retention of priority dates
  • Intersection between Adjustment and the Child Status Protection Act
  • Adjustment over Consular Processing: Benefiting from Portability
  • Travel and work authorization
SECOND Phone Session on October 18: Resuscitating Status Through Adjustment
  • Exploiting the 245(c) technical failure exception
  • Understanding the 180 day grace period under Section 245(k)
  • Grandfathering under Section 245(i) - analyzing recent case law
  • Other exceptions: Immediate Relatives and Battered Immigrants
  • Waivers of inadmissibility in conjunction with adjustment filing
  • Adjustment for Special Categories: Asylees, Cubans, Hatians, etc.
THIRD Phone Session on November 1: Adjustment In Removal Proceedings
  • Reopening old deportation or removal orders
  • Adjustment after pre-1996 exclusion order
  • Understanding the new "arriving alien" regulations
  • Retaining portability in removal - overview of emerging case law
  • Remands to District Director vs. merits hearing before Immigration Judge
  • Seeking continuances until adjustment eligibility
  • Adjustment as a defense to crimes-based removability
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, September 25th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: . (Fax version:


Time For A More Radical Immigrant-Rights Movement
David Bacon writes "Everywhere in this country immigrant communities are growing, defying the raids intended to terrorize them - organizing and speaking out. This movement is a powerful response to Congress' inability to pass a pro-immigrant reform bill."

Bringing Diversity To The Debate
Mark Krikorian discusses the highlights of Carol Swain's book "Debating Immigration".


USCIS Issues Information On Deferred Enforced Departure
USCIS issued more information on deferred enforced departure for certain Liberians. For the FAQs, see here. For the fact sheet, see here.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Dallas, TX - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for Service Center Counsel position at the Texas Service Center. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, providing legal advice to TSC personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security. Applicants must possess JD degree, be an active member of the bar and have 1+ years of post JD experience. For full details, enter: COU-CIS-2007-0009 here. Preference given to applicants with immigration experience, excellent academic record, + strong writing skills. Submit cover letter demonstrating specific skills, experience, and interests qualifying candidate for position. Applicant should list references but recommendation letters not necessary. Applicants must also submit a resume and a writing sample (max. 10 pps). Send to: Reid Tilson, Deputy Chief of the Service Center Counsel Division, at Must be received by close of business Friday, 9/28/07. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. Open until filled. No relocation reimbursement expenses available.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Chicago, IL - VISANOW streamlines the immigration process for corporations and their foreign employees by combining comprehensive legal expertise, unparalleled customer service and patented, groundbreaking technologies. The first company to automate all aspects of the U.S. visa and immigration application process from end to end, VISANOW maintains its pioneering spirit and status today by continuing to offer services that revolutionize the management of immigration matters. VISANOW seeks a transactional immigration attorney to join our downtown Chicago team and help deliver legal advice and counsel to our clients who include companies, individuals, colleges and universities. JD required with 2+ years experience working as an attorney in immigration law. For a detailed job description, see here. We offer a competitive compensation plan and excellent benefits including medical, dental, life, disability, 401K and stock purchase programs. If you're interested in taking the next step of your career with an industry leader, e-mail your resume and salary requirements to with the title Attorney in the subject line. Relocation assistance to Chicago is not provided. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Milwaukee, WI - Prominent national business immigration law firm seeks a senior associate to provide management and oversight to its work flow and team development and act as point person to the Managing Partner on all case related activity in the firm. Milwaukee, located on the shores of Lake Michigan, is the 25th largest city in the US. This is a great opportunity for an Attorney who wants to get off the billable grind and manage in a team environment for a quality boutique practice. The firm services a mix of high end corporate clients in a relaxed, professional environment. Must be self-motivated, have an eye for detail, possess excellent writing skills and demonstrate passion for immigration law through intimate knowledge of statutes, regulations, and policy memoranda. JD with 5 years experience in business immigration law required. Forward resume + cover letter to All communication treated in confidence. Salary and benefits commensurate with experience and abilities. This is a blind posting.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Progressive and quickly growing law firm seeks individual interested in working in a business development capacity full time. Familiarity in immigration law as well as marketing and business development experience required. Demonstrated record of achievement in marketing/business development necessary. Ideal candidate is self starter, motivated, and capable of national or regional coverage. Qualified attorneys or immigration professionals are invited to apply. Competitve package, incredible benefits and tremendous incentives. Can work from any location. Interested candidates should send resume, salary history + references to Rami Fakhoury: All inquiries will be kept confidential.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Toronto, Canada - Ernst & Young's (E&Y) global alliance of independent law firms cooperate with our offices worldwide to provide our clients with integrated, quality service. The business immigration specialists at Egan LLP work closely with members of E&Y's Human Capital group, to help companies address the challenges associated with managing today's globally mobile workforce. We seek an associate lawyer to manage multiple and challenging US business immigration engagements and to contribute to the delivery of solutions and ideas for our diverse clients. This position offers excellent opportunities for teaming, leadership, and career advancement to the right candidate. Requirements: (1) law degree along with a US bar admittance (dual Canadian-US bar admittance would be asset) (2) 2-4 years post-call business immigration experience (3) broad exposure to US immigration law. (4) excellent managerial, organizational, + verbal/written communication skills. For more details, enter job #00EK9 or key word "business immigration lawyer" here. Send resumes directly to Thomas Byun, Recruiting Manager, E&Y Canada:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Arlington, VA - Small, collegial immigration law firm seeks another attorney for our growing business immigration law division. Must have 2+ years of solid immigration law experience. Opportunity for partnership within two years of service as an associate. Candidate must be enthusiastic and possess excellent communication skills (verbal and written). Individual must be a "go-getter" with the ability to bring in business. We are a boutique law firm established in 1973 having successfully completed 16,000 cases. Internally we offer a relatively relaxed environment which makes the production of work product easier. Team players are encouraged to send an email to which should include resume, a personal statement about your legal abilities in business immigration law, plus financial compensation requirements. All replies are confidential. We offer a base salary and bonuses dependant upon production.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professionals
Tindall & Foster, P.C., an established immigration-only practice seeks additional licensed outbound immigration attorneys with experience in foreign immigration to join our growing outbound immigration section. Ideal candidates possess 1-5 years of experience in employment-based immigration law, including experience in securing and coordinating work authorization in a wide range of foreign jurisdictions. T&F has been practicing immigration law since 1973. The Firm's thriving outbound practice is almost two decades old and specializes in providing corporate clients with expert services aimed at obtaining appropriate short and long term work visas for US and third-country expatriates in countries around the world. The Firm has offices in Austin and Houston and continues to expand. 401(K), medical and dental offered. Salary commensurate with experience. Experienced candidates may submit resumes and salary histories to No calls please.

Expert Witness Services
Are you involved in litigation requiring an expert witness with a sophisticated knowledge of immigration law and agency practice? Look no further. Angelo Paparelli and Lory Rosenberg offer their services as expert witnesses. Their litigation experience includes business, tax, employment, personal injury and family disputes as well as criminal-defense. Angelo has twice been named by his peers as the world's leading authority on corporate immigration and received the AILA President's Award for his work in mergers and acquisitions. Lory is a former Judge on the Board of Immigration Appeals, adjunct professor, co-author of the treatise, "Immigration Law and Crimes", and the recipient of AILA's prestigious Edith Lowenstein award. Offices in CA, NY & MD; Services: worldwide. To discuss how we can assist you with your case, contact Angelo Paparelli at 949-955-5555 or


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Immigration Event - Miami, FL
The Jay Malina International Trade Consortium and the Florida International University International Studies is pleased to invite you to attend "Employment Based Visas: Outlook for the New Fiscal Year" on September 27, 2007, Thursday, 8 am. Conrad Hotel, 1395 Brickell Avenue. To register, please complete attached form and fax to: 305-348-6562. For more information, please contact Sebastian Arcos at 305-348-7250 or ILW.COM is pleased to be a media sponsor for this event.


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:
It is not always easy to make sense of David Utterback's letters, so perhaps I have misunderstood whether his letter of September 21 meant to imply that I support the idea that Latinos are a master race, as Adolf Hitler did with respect to the group that M. Utterback chooses, for some reason, to spell as "Arians", rather than the correct "Aryans". If Mr. Utterback's letter did intend to draw a comparison between Hitler and myself, then I would expect to see his letter of apology by no later than the appearance of the next issue of ID. If that was not his intention, I would also look forward to seeing a letter from him with an intelligible, if not entirely grammatical, explanation of exactly what he did mean. Possibly, his letter was only meant to express a feeling of being offended by my previous letter's reference to the Spanish-speaking Don Quixote, whose tilting at windmills had so much in common with today's fantasy of rounding up and deporting millions of people here illegally who also happen to speak the language of Cervantes.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Responding to David Utterback's letter (09/21/07 ID), another misleading letter from a nativist, the "amnesty" bill would have come with hefty penalties, pay back taxes requirement and also give illegals real SSNs so they can pay future taxes and promise no welfare benefits for them for so many years ahead and to qualify for greencards, they must meet certain merits as well. The fees and fines will actually make make the government coffers fatter. The "amnesty" bill will benefit many illegal immigrants not only the Latinos but also Asians, Africans, white Irish, Russians, Canadians and other "illegal" European immigrants. If the coffers run dry again, maybe they're used for another war, like in Iran perhaps. Wars and reckless government spending make this country go bankrupt, not that poor "Jose".

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
I enjoyed reading the article "Any Relief For Aggravated Felons? A Brief Note On A Valuable Lesson: A Close And In-depth Examination Could Lead To Relief Even For Aggravated Felons," by Pravinchandra J. Patel (09/20/07 ID). However, Immigration Daily should proofread articles before they are published on the web site, or exercise some care in doing so, if for no other reason than as a professional courtesy to the author.

John Eenigenburg

Dear Editor:
So, yes, work camps are not concentration camps but much like a summer camp like we had when i was a kid. There's nothing wrong with illegal people dong work. Its not a matter of showing respect for the U.S., but you're in a foreign country, living off the pubic that is paid for by Americans. So, being an American, thats one's desire. Well, one has to pull one's own weight as an American too. Are you giving financial support to Americans. No. Why is it you expect to use our emergency hospitals and then they go bankrupt. Why is it you expect to use our public facilities made for us for free. So, if the anmesty bill passes, then there will be more Chapter 11 bankruptsies by legitimate businesses who can no longer bear paying benefits while your employers pay cash, evade taxes, evade public responsibility. You want honest businesses to suffer bankruptsy that pay into the system and your employers pay little if anything. Then you go to our institutions for care and they've closed their doors too. Hospitals do not run on air, but money. So the passage of amnesty will cause of chain reaction of financial disasters and in the end, housing mortgatges will collapse, American will take pay cuts, taxes will rise, people will file bankruptsy and in the end theres nothing cause the public coffers are broke. Then what do you do? The U.S. dollar will again devalue 12% and after another housing failure foreign money will stop financing homes. Then what? So other problems in the US do not solve the illegal problem and they too need to be addresses, but its not the business of illegals to justify their illegality by other problems in the US. Two wrongs don't make a right.

David Utterback

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