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Relief From Removal: A Definitive Manual For Winning Cases - Now Shipping

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

  • Chapters: Removal proceedings; Grounds of deportability; Grounds of inadmissibility; Contesting removability; Adjustment of status; Waivers of inadmissibility and deportability in Removal proceedings; Section 212(c) and Cancellation of Removal for Lawful Permanent Residents; Cancellation and Suspension for Non-Permanent Resident Aliens; Asylum, Withholding of Removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture; Voluntary departure; Naturalization as a defense to Removal; Administrative review of Removal Orders; Judicial review of Removal Orders
  • 23 Appendices include: Sample cover letter and instructions for requesting a FBI criminal record check; Sample Motion to Suppress; Sample Motion to Dismiss; Sample Brief in Support of Motion to Terminate Removal Proceedings; Sample Motion to Terminate to Proceed on an Application for Naturalization Pursuant to 8 CFR 1239.2; Sample Notice of Appeal from a decision of an Immigration Judge; Sample Motion for Extension of Time to File Brief to BIA
  • CD-ROM has 600+ important documents including: key BIA & Federal cases, selected USCIS/ICE memos and DOS cables, forms from USCIS & EOIR, relevant regulatory sections from 8 CFR & 42 CFR, significant statutory provisions from the INA, 18 USC & 28 USC, Links to informative internet resources, etc.
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The Brain Drain
Fidel Castro Ruz, head of state of Cuba shares his thoughts on immigration and the brain drain in his commencement speech to the University of Information Sciences (UCI). Editor's note: This piece was reprinted without permission and appeared in Granma International Digital.

Open Letter To President Carter
Joseph Curran responds to op-eds written by President Carter and Immigration Attorney Greg Siskind on health care migration policy.


USCIS Exempts Eligible Persons Who Provided Material Support Under Duress To The FARC
USCIS issued a memorandum to USCIS to implement the DHS Secretary's discretionary authority under the INA to exempt from the material support inadmissibility provision certain individuals who provided material support under duress to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

USCIS Announces New Humanitarian Parole Filing Address
USCIS announced a change of filing address for humanitarian parole applications.

USCIS Announces New Naturalization Test
USCIS announced the 100 questions and answers that comprise the civics component of the new naturalization test, effective October 2008. For the press release, see here. For the fact sheet, see here.


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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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:
In rebuttal (what else?) to Roger Algase's letter (09/27/07 ID), I have to ask how Carlos Slim's wealth, wealth Mr. Algase's letter maintains though blatantly illegal monopolies enforced by the Mexican government, the fault of America's "rapaciously mercantile 'free market' form of 'globalization'"? How does America's wealth come at the expense of those who suffer under statist economies and corruption? We are wealthy because we are capitalist, just like Hong Kong and increasingly even countries like China and India. Those other nations are poor because they are not capitalist. Illegal immigrants flee to get into capitalist nations, even if those nations are the Ivory Coast of recent memory, not from them. Their wealth does not beggar their statist neighbors but rather allows statist regimes to avoid collapse and repression by giving many of their most dissatisfied citizens a place to live decent lives. If we would follow ID's advice and adopt a less statist, more capitalist immigration system, we wouldn't have most of the arguments we see in letters to the Editor. Let's move beyond "fairness" to justice.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
I just reviewed the new naturalization questions, and I am a little disturbed by the fact that the authors of the test do not know what our national holidays are. Worse still, by listing Christmas as one of them, the authors of the test demonstrate a lack of understanding of some of the fundamental principles of our government. Either the question needs to be revised to reflect official US holidays instead of holidays celebrated nationally by a segment of the population, or the answer needs to be revised to reflect the fact that there is no state religion in the US, and Christmas is not a national holiday.

Dan Lundy, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
I almost never expect to find myself agreeing with anything in a letter from David Utterback (09/28/07 ID), but I must join him in commending ID for its editorial policy of giving expression to all viewpoints, even the relentless immigrant-bashing and scapegoating in Mr. Utterback's letters that I, along with many other ID contributors, so strongly oppose. Mr. Utterback's letter shows welcome appreciation for the diversity of opinion that is America's greatest strength. It is unfortunate, however, that his letters show so little understanding of the importance of our ethnic and cultural diversity in making America great as well.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
ID's effusive support for the DREAM Act made me worry. So I checked and sure enough, it seems to be another way to legalize some of the illegal aliens.

Peter Griswold

Dear Editor:
The Dream Act would make such a great difference for my family and friends who contribute very much to the US and make it a better place. These are wonderful people who deserve a good opportunity to enjoy citizenship and contribute to the improvement of your communities. By giving them citizenship we take them out of the shadows and provide them with the grace and dignity we have enjoyed.

Manuel Esteban

Dear Editor:
Carlos Slim, who is now listed as the world's richest man, is indeed Mexican but of Lebanese extraction, his family recent immigrants to Mexico (see Carlos Tapia 09/26/07 ID). He has a near monopoly on telephone and communication services in Mexico, granted to him by a corrupt past president of Mexico, as well as sticky fingers in a number of other protected pies. (To have a telephone line activated in a private home in most parts of Mexico, a subscriber must pay $200 USD. This is not a deposit, it does not apply to your subsequent bills, none of it is refundable. The basic monthly service bill is about $17; Internet DSL line costs another $40 per month. Every call to a cell phone costs about 20 cents USD a minute. Long distance calls are also very expensive especially in contrast to the low wages and household incomes of Mexicans.) Almost none of the Mexican kleptocrats pay their fair share of income tax. If those humble guys standing in front of Home Depot stores all across America, hoping for work each day, did not send their billions of hard earned dollars back to Mexico, the country would be in much more trouble than it is. Bill Gates, Warren Buffett et alia who have been surpassed by this Carlos Slim in the billionaire derby are subject to the US tax code, anti-monopoly laws, much higher employee wage and salary conventions, etc etc. I search the financial press in vain for a closer analysis of the many advantages enjoyed by (10) Mexican billionaires. It seems to me that if they were subject to the same business regulations, tax systems, and ethics as exist in the US and other developed countries, their status would be much different.

J E Moll

Dear Editor:
I've seen posts on ID stating that crime is down, with the addition of millions of illigals, however, this article, just released by the FBI, does not seem to support illigals have lowered crime at all. For a nationality entering the US, does it not seem rational they they, would enbrace the general population, in a society of high character, a concern for all people. But it seems from data that there is a contention between the new arrivals and the host population. How is it, that crime, the peace and security of all people would increase if the new arrivals are such a positive influance in the country's population as a whole. The quality of life, the right to a peaceable and quiet life seem to have escaped our demographics. For those who selectively read only what they want to believe, here is the latest report on crime. So, during the last 15 years, the quality of life has deminished, the safety and security of citizens and their families has deteoriated. In 2003 the Justice Department of the U.S. showed a 3% crime rate across the country. This has now jumped to 6% in 2006, and now we find the FBI reporting the crime rate at 7.6%. Project the crime rate in ten, twenty years and you'll find you've a civil insurrection. So, illigal immigration, in the next decade is to comprise 1 of 5 people in out population and the higher it rises the higher the crime rate, until mass civil unrest is the norm.

David Utterback

Dear Editor:
Thankfully the American people brought forth extreme pressure that killed another amnesty bill, the Dream Act, or it would have become another American nightmare. Rewarding illegal aliens with subsidized student loans and cheaper in-state tuition while Americans residing in other states would have to pay out of state tuition is legally and morally absurd. I also wish to applaud Lou Dobbs, Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly, among others, for keeping the light shining on the covert attempts by the open borders activists that will stop at nothing to get any kind of amnesty passed at the expense of the American taxpayer.


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