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Immigration Daily October 3, 2007
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USCIS Awards $550M In Service Contracts

According to a Washington Post news story, "The [DHS] has awarded two contracts worth $225 million each to a pair of Northern Virginia companies for document management at four immigration services centers." For the full story, see here.

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The PERM Workshop

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Division And Dislocation: Regulating Immigration Through Local Housing Ordinances
Jill Esbenshade for the Immigration Policy Center writes "Beyond the issue of being preempted by the federal government's right to regulate immigration, housing ordinances raise problems of due process and discrimination, particularly against Latinos.

Bloggings: October 3, 2007
Joel Stewart shares the latest entries from his blog.


DHS Privacy Office 2006 Annual FOIA Report
The DHS Privacy Office issued the 2006 Annual Freedom of Information Act Report to the Attorney General of the US for the period, October 1, 2005 - September 2006.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
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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.

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Free Chicago Event For Employers
Azulay, Horn & Seiden, LLC (in conjunction with ILW.COM) presents a forum: "Immigration in the Workplace: What You & Your Employees Should Know" - Thursday, October 18, 2007 9am-1pm, Chicago, IL. The events of this past spring and summer have dramatically changed the face of immigration policy. Now is the time to learn how to prepare and respond to these changes and to increased enforcement. For more information see here:


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 deciding to publish Bruce Hake's highly polemical and offensive article, Advance Waivers Are Unethical In Immigration Practice - Debunking Mehta's Golden Mean (10/02/07 ID Article), Immigration Daily should have also provided its readers with a more balanced view by inviting me to re-publish my article alongside his. Counterpoint: Ethically Handling Conflicts Between Two Clients Through The Golden Mean, Bender's Immigration Bulletin, August 15, 2007, further develops the Golden Mean approach and also rebuts many of Hake's Article's distortions regarding this approach to dual representation in immigration practice. The Golden Mean assists immigration practitioners, who represent both employer and employee as well as two spouses in a marriage, to recognize conflicts in advance of the representation on contemporary immigration issues, manage clients' expectations, and minimize them through limited representation and advance waivers. It may also be helpful in handling conflicts on behalf of both employer and employee upon job termination. Finally, the article, through a detailed analysis of advance waivers, demonstrates that it is unhelpful to shrilly proclaim that such waivers are per se unethical in immigration practice.

Cyrus D. Mehta, Esq.

Editor's note: Cyrus D. Mehta's rebuttal Article is scheduled for publication and will appear shortly in Immigration Daily.

Dear Editor:
Thanks for the nice mention of IRLI in Mr. Endelman's letter (10/02/07 ID). Secretary Chertoff may have come to the same conclusion as IRLI that the restriction on mandated E-Verify use for local government agencies and contractors in Illinois HB 1744 is preempted-- for slightly different reasons. But the fact that preemption is a two-edged sword benefits citizens, not alien interests. DHS claims HB 1744 is invalid due to conflict preemption - the conflict being the imposition by Illinois of a bizarre and bad faith 99% rule - that E-Verify use cannot be required unless it is proven to be 99% accurate. DHS points out that Congress always knew it wasn't 99% accurate, has repeatedly renewed and expanded the program nonetheless, and has an express policy of encouraging the largest number of entities to enroll in the widest number of jurisdictions, and with the least amount of interference from rainbow neo-confederates in the Illinois legislature. As they are reporting from Tulsa, every illegal alien who packs up and moves out of the jurisdiction in response to an IRLI-model sub-federal enforcement initiative means progress toward the rule of law in this country, as well as impetus for future reform in Mexico. This is a point we embrace, and are highlighting in our current preemption litigation in various jurisdictions. Conflict preemption doesn't exist when state/local governments encourage and induce electronic immigration status verification for work authorization and other applications, only when they try to sabotage it. If I may note another prediction from our September Bulletin, not co-incidentally, Chertoff's move also bodes ill for the chief ACLU-NCOC anti-enforcement legal argument, that the entire field of immigration enforcement is preempted by the EOIR IJ corps' authority. We started our Bulletin for the layman activist, but I'm glad to hear that the bar is reading it too.

Michael M. Hethmon, Esq., IRLI General Counsel

Dear Editor:
Responding to Dora Ponce's letter (10/02/07 ID), the sultan of Brunei is the richest man in the world. He is worth 45 billion, and owns an oil rich country. Don't belive everything one reads. Responding to Sid Lachter, Esq.'s letter, an "FBI" key search of their crime stats will result in graphs in color that show by nationality, and percent of increase in crime for 2007. The DOJ figures only show thru 2005, but show the one year crime dropped and that gives a distorted view of crime averaged out over the years. Once one uses the source data for reportings then you can, if you want, to know the truth. Crime in the next 15 years must be equilivent to mass civil insurection. If you don't want to belive facts, that okay too. Then too, the US dollar won't have many foreign investors willing to put loans into housing now as USB in England just lost $3.4billion. Ironically, I've seen no intelligent posts that acknowledge that the crime rate, the economy, anything has any effect on one's lives in the next decade and beyond. Lastly, the DREAM Act is under no circumstances partiotic, but its politically incorrect and damages the US constitution severely. It NAFTA, the DREAM Act, undermines the U.S. constitution. Because the education of Latinos falls below that of whites, but with blacks, you'll get no return on education. The US education system passed kids thru highschool that cannot read or write, even after they have a high school diploma. In short the US public education has been made a joke of and no corporation will be waiting for them upon graduation. The only entity that may want them is the US army for fighting oil wars.

David Utterback

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