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Immigration Daily September 27, 2007
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Make DREAM Real

DREAM may become reality soon. After the CIR debacle, no one thought serious immigration benefits legislation had any chance in 2007. It appears that we might be in for a very pleasant surprise. Sen. Durbin, the Majority Whip and the moving force behind DREAM is reportedly going to get a vote on it as an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill that the Senate has been debating for many days now. The rabidly anti-immigration website NumbersUSA (the main vehicle for the antis to influence Congress) has gone on a war against DREAM, and despite its best efforts for a week now, has managed to get only 22 Senators to publicly commit to voting against DREAM (they would need 41 votes to prevail). Mr. Durbin, in response to NumbersUSA's ferocious campaign has made two minor modifications to his original language, showing that most of the votes for DREAM appear to be there. It is our estimate that DREAM would garner about 70 votes on the floor if a showdown came at this time.

So much for the good news. Now for the rest. Senators who are eager to enact DREAM say that they are getting calls against it by lopsided ratios of 50 against to 1 for. Even a small number of calls and faxes by those in favor would help them better justify a vote against the concerted effort by the antis to bully Congress into a position where voting for benefits becomes impossible. Here's why everyone who wants immigration benefits, of whatever kind, should care about DREAM. If DREAM succeeds on the Senate floor, there is a whole slew of benefit bills lined up right behind it - SKIL, AgJOBS, you name it. We believe that once the benefits dam breaks in Congress, a flood of benefits will follow. Our best read of the House at this time is that the House Democratic leadership will permit a vote on any immigration benefits to come from the Senate, and we believe that there are plenty of votes on the House floor for targeted benefits like DREAM, SKIL and AgJOBS, etc. That is why DREAM is worth pushing for, even apart from its intrinsic merit, since a veritable cornucopia of benefits may well result in the wake of its success. We urge our readers to support (and get others to support) DREAM through faxes and calls to the Senate. A couple of places to get started are here and here.

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


The Nurse Immigration Book

ILW.COM is pleased to announce that this book is now being finalized for printing. The table of contents is as follows:

  • Foreword - US Visa Policy Competition for International Scholars, Scientists and Skilled Workers by Phyllis Farrell Norman
  • Introduction - The Nurse Shortage: Why It Matters by Carl Shusterman
  • Adjustment of Status for Professional Nurses by Sylvia Boecker
  • Aiding and Abetting - Nursing Crises at Home and Abroad by Sreekanth Chagatutu and Snigdha Vallabhaneni
  • Better Late Than Never: Workforce Supply Implications of Later Entry Into Nursing by David Auerbach, Peter Buerhaus and Douglas Staiger
  • Building International Bridges by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS International)
  • Global Issues in Nurse Recruitment by Joseph Curran
  • H-1 Visas for Nurses by Greg Siskind and Esther Fridman
  • Hospitals' Responses to nurse Staffing Shortages by Jessica May, Gloria Bazzoli and Anneliese Gerland
  • Immigration Basics for Allied Professional Healthcare Workers by Christopher Musillo, Esq.
  • Licensure: US State licenses for International nurses by Patrick Curran
  • Managing or Achieving Expectations: The Key to Success by Michael Hammond
  • Nurse Assimilation by Yvette Mooney
  • Recruitment of workers in the Philippines: Playing Ball with the POEA by Ronald Nair, Esq.
  • Successful International Nurse Recruiting by C. Philip Slaton
  • The Business of Nurse Immigration by Mireille Kingma
  • Tips for Staffing Companies in planning their Posting Strategies by Ronald Nair
  • TN Status for Nurses by Christopher Wrendt
For more info, and to order, please see here. For the fax order form, see here.


Consular Corner
Liam Schwartz presents the latest news from Consuls the world over.

Bloggings: September 27, 2007
Greg Siskind offers the latest from his blog.


USCIS On E-Verify
USCIS released a fact sheet on E-Verify and a press release on photo screening.


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.

Immigration Law Certificate
Master the complex and ever changing maze of immigration policies and regulations with the Immigration Law Studies Certificate Program offered by CUNY's School of Professional Studies. This graduate-level certificate program, consisting of (3) three-credit classes, offers students who complete it a comprehensive understanding of the laws, regulations, and processes surrounding the status of immigrants in the US, including family and employment-based immigration and deportation defense. It is designed for individuals working in law firms, companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations where they interact with immigrants and immigrant legal concerns on a regular basis and would therefore benefit from greater knowledge of the laws and regulations surrounding immigration. Beginning this spring, the program is also being offered online. For more information on class schedules, tuition and fees, course applications and to register, see here.

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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:
The nonstop letters from David Utterback, David Murray, and some others, are exceedingly tiresome. I'm starting to groan when I see Immigration Daily arrive in my mailbox. I suggest you consider a limit of two letters per month per person, a rule enforced by many periodicals.

Bruce A. Hake, Esq.

Dear Editor:
With regard to Carlos Tapia's letter(ID 09/26/07), I read recently that the world's richest man, surpassing even Bill Gates, is a Mexican. Of course, there is nothing wrong with wealth per se, but Mexico, like too many "third world" countries has extreme income inequalities that, among other things, create pressure for migration to richer countries, as Mr.Tapia points out. Does this mean, as some "restrictionistas" argue, that America should slam its gates shut until the developing world puts its houses in order? No, to the contrary, it means that America should recognize that its economic policies, including a rapaciously mercantile "free market" form of "globalization" have played a role in creating some of the conditions that cause so many people from Mexico and other poor countries to try to escape poverty by immigrating elsewhere, legally or otherwise. Based on facing and coming to terms with this reality, it should be possible to develop a more rational immigration system which would reduce some of the pressure for illegal immigration. The late, if not so great, CIR can be regarded as a crude and seriously flawed attempt to do this, not because of its "amnesty" provisions, but because it would have destroyed much of our legal immigration system. Hopefully, there will be other and better proposals in the near future.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
How come so much bigotry for a group of people who who once own most of the West. I believe the invaders of this country are all of us because the Indians are the only native and that includes the Mexicans. Is the country so ignorant not to know that we here are the trespasses and what has really happens is that History is ignore. I believe a class of History is in order.

Gladys C. Farris

Dear Editor:
We won't be safe from terrorism and crime just by blaming "Jose" the illegal, or forcing everybody to have "real" passports and IDs (ID 09/26/07). Real Americans with real IDs and passports can be real terrorists. It's very foolish to assume anybody with real IDs can't and won't be terrorists. Ones may use fake IDs to fly by airplanes, but posses no harmful capabilities if the airport screeners are dilligent and empowered with the most sophisticated screening gadgets to catch dangerous tools and substances. We must make sure no passengers have tools to harm anybody on the plane, that's the most important and common sense task to do. A driver license is a certificate to certify a person can drive safely and properly, it shouldn't be another "immigration" paper. DMV is not INS. The state of NY has done something right about licensing persons to drive safely and properly in the state regardless their immigration statuses. It's not a DMV job to impose immigration laws. Driver license should never be a valid document to obtain employment anyway. The paranoia of illegal immigrants will commit terrorism because they have IDs is very ridiculous just by looking at the facts of how many attrocious crimes and terrorism conducted by real Americans and legal immigrants with valid IDs, just remember Virginia Tech. and Columbine tragedies as examples.

robert yang

Dear Editor:
In re Mr. Yang's and Mr. Utterback's, and others', diversionary forays into monetary policy, (ID 09/26/07) these letters are not only wrong (the strength of a currency has to do with the supply of that currency relative to available goods and services, and some poor nations have solid currencies) but are beside the point. Address immigration please. This is not WLW (Welfare Law on the Web).com or Commodities Trading or Central Bankers' opinion, but ILW.COM. The "I" stands for immigration. Immigration is a broad term and can be about policy, legislation, practice or enforcement, but let us keep it germane to the topic please. There should be enough room in the topic of immigration for anyone to get enough points off our collective chests without forays into social policy, pining for the 1960s or 50s, whistling past china's looming demographic collapse or any of that other cool stuff. If someone want to opine on that, I suggest they get a web log or "blog". I did, and I feel much so very much cleaner now, thank you.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
People who see illegal aliens as a drag on the economy should read a Sept. 26 New York Times article titled "Towns Rethink Laws Against Illegal Immigrants." The article details the economic woes that Riverside, NJ, and other towns are suffering from because of enacting strict laws that caused illegals to leave. Very interesting.

Sid Lachter, Esq.

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