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Immigration Daily September 26, 2007
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REAL ID Death Knell

According to a New York Times news story, "New York State, home to more than 500,000 illegal immigrants, will issue driver's licenses without regard to immigration status under a policy change announced yesterday by Gov. Eliot Spitzer" (for the full story, see here). New York joins eight other states (Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, Utah, Oregon and Washington) in allowing drivers to obtain a license without proof of US legal status, in contradiction to REAL ID's requirement of proof of legal status before receiving state identification cards. Although REAL ID is technically on the books, it no longer carries any weight since its death knell has already been sounded.

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Crimes And Immigration: A Definitive Manual For Winning Cases

The following is the table of contents for this definitive work which is now being shipped:

  • Chapter 1: Evaluating A Criminal Case For Immigration Purposes
  • Chapter 2: Criminal Grounds Of Inadmissibility And Waivers
  • Chapter 3: Criminal Grounds Of Deportability
  • Chapter 4: Good Moral Character
  • Chapter 5: Detention And Removal Of Noncitizens Charged With Criminal Grounds Of Inadmissibility Or Deportability
  • Chapter 6: Applications For Relief From Removal For Criminal Aliens In Removal Proceedings
  • Chapter 7: Working With Criminal Defense Counsel And The Criminal Courts On The Structure And Amelioration Of Convictions
  • Chapter 8: Judicial Review
  • CD-ROM: Over 700 Critical Documents - Significant statutory provisions of 8 USC, 18 USC, and other public laws, Relevant regulatory sections and forms from USCIS and EOIR, Key BIA and Federal Court cases, Links to informative internet resources, etc.
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Legislation From 1790-1900
USCIS details immigration-related legislation passed from 1790-1900.


USCIS Issues Service Center Receipting Update
USCIS issued an application and receipting update, as of September 21, 2007.

Small Business Administration Letter To DHS Chertoff On No Match Rule
The Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration issued a letter to DHS Secretary Chertoff regarding the impact of the "no match" rule on small business (courtesy of Greg Siskind, Esq.).


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
NY, NY - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, an international immigration law firm seeks (3) experienced immigration associates. Position (1) requires 2-4 years business immigration experience, as an attorney; Position (2) requires 4-6 years business immigration experience, as an attorney; and Position (3) requires 3-5+ years of business immigration experience, a proven track record as writer on immigration issues, and the ability to work under pressure. Ideal candidates familiar with all aspects of business immigration, including NIV and IV, have had extensive client contact, and can perform multiple tasks in fast paced, high volume environment. Must also possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. Competitive salaries + excellent benefits offered. Please send cover letter, resume, writing sample, + salary history to Fragomen is an equal opportunity employer.

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.

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Credential Evaluation And Translation
As the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and translations, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc. (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry $50 educational evaluations, as well as $200 'expert opinion' work experience and position evaluations completed by PhD university professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit for work experience and/or training." AETS offers a variety of turn-around times, including same-day service for educational, work experience, and position evaluations. For list of rates and times, see: AETS also provides certified translations in 100+ languages, with translators that are specialists in 80+ fields. For a copy of the Application for Credential Evaluation and Translation Services, please contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit, or email:


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Immigration Event - Baltimore, MD
The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys is presenting a conference on International Adoption after the Hague. The conference will be held in Baltimore on October 11 and 12. To register, please complete the registration form. The late registration fee deadline has been extended until October 1, 2007, so please register promptly. The final conference agenda is now available. 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:
David Utterback Sept. 25th letter's allegations are logical and undisputable. To whom, may I ask, other than to the letter writer? In fact, his letter's allegations, as convoluted as usual, have little or no relationship to reality. His letter states, for example, that "illigals" are 90% Latinos, but the Dep't of Homeland Security says that about half of the illegals are people of all races from all over the world who came to this country legally, with visas, and stayed here after their visas expired. His letter states that there is nothing confusing or unintelligible in his letters. Is anyone surprised? I showed the last few to a teacher who said that they would get a failing grade in the elementary school English class that she teaches.

Sid Lachter, Esq.

Dear Editor:
David Utterback's 9/25 letter claims that its argument to the effect that enacting "amnesty" would elevate Hispanics to "master race" status, something that even Adolf Hitler allegedly could not do, is "logical" and "undisputable" [sic]. I think that more accurate words would be "laughable" and "unintelligible".

Roger Algase, Esq.

Dear Editor:
I am sorry, but I am tired of David Utterback letter's analogies about master races and Adolph Hitler and that amnesty would make Latinos into a preferred race. I am also tired of Mr. Utterback letter's prognostications of what will happen to the US economy if amnesty passes, assuring us that his preposterous prognostications are "true", along with his statement that his letters are not unintelligible. I find them unintelligible, but perhaps I'm just downright dumb. In case nobody noticed, my 09/24/07 ID letter addressing Mr. Utterback's claims was tongue-in-cheek. Let's raise the bar in ID and stop unintelligent dribble and the spouting of omnipotent truths not substantiated by reference to fact. America faces complex problems in the areas of tax reform, social security reform, immigration reform and health care. While in this great nation everyone is entitled to their opinion, and is entitled under the First Amendment of the Constitution to utter (no pun intended) those opinions any reasonable time or place, ID should not become a forum of repetition of opinions that are not based on verifiable fact. If America is going to resolve its present immigration crises it must be, and will be, through compromise. So far, no cogent compromise has been offered by the Congress. Rather than "comprehensive immigration reform," a term that really has no meaning, Congress should be working on small stand-alone immigration legislation that will remedy some of the problems of legal employment-related immigration and should address the issue of illegal immigration separately, as should they address the issue of border security. To try to build an elephant out of one lump of clay is lunacy. Instead, let's build the elephant the way former Mexican president Vicente Fox said he would eat the US, "one bite at a time".

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Responding to David D. Murray, Esq.'s Sept 25th letter, one does not need a vast knowledge of economics to see what is happening in the US. Alan Greenspan continues to provide good commentary and it is his opinions, I listen too, along with others. and "illegal aliens have contributed , among other economic disasters, further devalue the US dollar by 12%, cause housing mortgages to collapse for want of foreign mortgage money and cause Chapter 11 bankruptcies by small businesses to escalate, that Americans will take pay cuts" have already happened. Northern Bank in England sure doesn't seem to have an economics degree and its lines of investors are withdrawing their savings from banks that loan to the US housing collapse. The U.S. dollar has fallen for some time and since the 1960's has shrunk ten times. So, you don't need a economics degree to see the history thats unfolded and you don't need an economics degree to see whats happening now and your don't need an economics degree to see whats coming down the road. Yes, it is Congress that passes into legislation the laws that have much to do with the country or it would not exist. In your statement "Immigration introduces new challenges to cultures - challenges that must be addressed by great minds." is an incoherant statement, as no great minds have written a positive note about illegal immigration to my knowledge. Seems responses to my letter are out of touch with history, current events. So, it doesn't take a crystal ball to see the future, when its been unfolding in the same poor direction for decades and continues to do so.

David Utterback

Dear Editor:
Responding to Ms. Ann's, Mr. Utterback's, and Mr. Murray's letters (09/25/07 ID), US dollar devaluation is not created by the "Jose" again. It's because of our reckless government spending on wars, WMDs, budget wastes that amount to huge trade and budget deficits. Foreigners have more than enough USD holdings and it's the law of supply and demand that determine USD and other currencies value. Countries which have stronger economy, growth, export and better performance will experience strengthening currencies. While those in trade and budget deficits, politically and economically unstable will see their currencies will plummet. It's a shame and an ignorance that again nativists try to blame "Jose" as usual for all the illnesses in this country. Responding to Ann's letter, what's wrong here is not the fact they're illegal but why the government is handing out "free handouts". I don't care their immigration status is but if ones don't pay their taxes due and insurance premiums they must go to charities or pay out of pocket for public services needed period.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
In reference to "Violence Is Not Justified" (ID's 09/25/07 comment), which is about a note on a popular anti-immigrant web site, I can say that anti-immigrants are wrong, despite of the propaganda on mexican immigration to USA. I'm mexican, I'm not immigrant strictu sensu but I've been several times in your country studying the migratory process between Mexico and USA. I'm academic-researcher. None want to merge California and Mexico. Mexicans do not want to invade US, but mostly need the jobs America as a prosperous country offer. We know our history and what happened with California, Texas, Arizona, but is just history. And violence is not the answer to mexican immigration to USA, but mexican migration to USA is an answer to economic and social conditions here in Mexico. The problem is more complex like it used to be. And the present mexican government is not going to solve it. We need the support of americans and american governmet, because is a problem of two countries. Thank you.

Carlos Tapia

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