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Immigration Daily October 26, 2007
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Union Vs Confederacy

The DREAM bill failed cloture, 52-44, with 4 not voting. The four Senators that did not vote: Sen. Kennedy, Sen. Boxer, Sen. McCain, and Sen. Dodd would likely have voted yes but were not present either because of illness, natural disaster, or because of candidacy for President. Further, Sen. Specter who voted nay was quoted as saying, ... "I believe that the DREAM Act is a good act, and I believe that its purposes are beneficial. I think it ought to be enacted. But I have grave reservations about seeing a part of comprehensive immigration reform go forward because it weakens our position to get a comprehensive bill" .... - we believe there are others who share Sen. Specter's sentiment and also voted nay. Even with these additional votes, DREAM if it had passed would have just squeaked by cloture. This squeaking by does represent a reduction in support for DREAM from earlier in the year.

A count of states with unanimous votes by both Senators from each state reveals that the vote fell along the old Union/Confederacy line. 9 out of 14 states that unanimously voted no represent the original Confederate states, and 12 out of 17 states that unanimously voted yes represent the original Union states. This is the 21st century, yet sadly, we appear to have regressed back to the days of the Civil War.

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The Indispensable All-In-One CSPA Handbook

ILW.COM is pleased to present the Child Status Protection Act Handbook by Charles Wheeler of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC):

  • Chapter 1: Overview Of Age Out
  • Chapter 2: Overview Of The CSPA And Implementation
  • Chapter 3: The CSPA And Family-based Visas
  • Chapter 4: The CSPA And Employment-based Visas
  • Chapter 5: The CSPA And Diversity Visa Lottery
  • Chapter 6: The CSPA And Asylee/Refugee Processing
  • Chapter 7: The CSPA And VAWA
  • Twenty-four Appendices
  • Numerous CD-ROM Resource Materials
For more info on the Child Status Protection Act Handbook, and to order, see here. For the fax form, see here.


Crossing Borders: International Nurses In The US Workforce
Catherine R. Davis writes "Generally, the international nurse seeking employment in the US is female, between the ages of 30-36, and a graduate of either a diploma or a baccalaureate nursing program in the Philippines, Canada, India, Nigeria or the United Kingdom."


EOIR Releases List Of Disciplined Practitioners
The Executive Office for Immigration Review released the latest list of disciplined practitioners.

White Statement of Administration Policy On DREAM Bill
The White House issued a statement of administration policy stating, "By creating a special path to citizenship that is unavailable to other prospective immigrants - including young people whose parents respected the Nation's immigration laws - S. 2205 falls short."

USCIS Changes Vietnamese Adoptions
USCIS announced that the USCIS office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam will have sole jurisdiction over all Form I-600s, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, filed on behalf of a Vietnamese child on or after October 29, 2007.


Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
New York City - Mount Sinai Medical Center seeks senior immigration specialist. Manage case files, prepare and process non-immigrant, employment-based immigrant petitions, and processing permanent residence applications. You will use Immigration Tracker software and have knowledge of the breadth of immigration procedures. Good writing and analytical skills required. Requires positive attitude + effective communication skills. Applicants must have strong work ethic and demonstrate initiative, as well willingness to work as team-player. Fast paced office with high case volume. Excellent opportunity to learn all areas of immigration law for a dedicated professional. College degree and 3+ years immigration experience required. No lawyers please. Compensation = $60,000+. For complete details and to apply online, visit The Mount Sinai Careers website (Requisition # 07-47803).

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Downtown Miami, FL - Immigration boutique law firm seeks paralegal with 2+ years of experience in business immigration. Must have experience with PERM, but also H, L, and E visas, and residency processing. Must be fluent in English and Spanish. Competitive salary, benefits. Fax resume to 305-577-0095 or email Armando Mosquera, Office Manager: No phone calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Prominent Beverly Hills, CA firm seeks associate with 1-2 years experience. Good writing skills. Great opportunity to learn and grow. Salary open. Email resume to: or fax 310.274.8591. No phone calls please. All replies will be held in confidence.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Miami, FL and San Jose, CA - Littler Mendelson's Global Corporate Migration Group ("Littler Global") provides US and international business migration solutions for global companies around the world. Littler Global is the immigration practice for Littler Mendelson, the nation's premier employment and labor law firm. Littler Global is recruiting for candidates with a JD, plus 5+ years of business immigration law experience in high-volume practice. Candidates should possess excellent academic credentials, excellent written and communications skills. Applicants should be a quick learner, detailed, and organized. Fast-paced practice requiring good business judgment and an ability to respond quickly and effectively to change. Submit your resume online at Please reference Littler Global in your application. We offer a generous compensation package to full-time employees and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The 160-lawyer Minneapolis-based law firm of Gray Plant Mooty (GPM) seeks qualified immigration attorney to join its established and growing employment law practice. Applicants should have minimum 6 years experience in employment-based immigration law. Successful candidate will have a portable business practice as well as proven business development skills. We offer a collegial work environment, plus competitive compensation + benefits package. In 2007, GPM was selected as one of the top five corporate law firms in the Twin Cities, for the third time in four years, by Corporate Board Member magazine, and has been recognized as one of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's "Best Places to Work" for the past 5 years. Interested applicants should send cover letter + resume to: Martha Gentilini, Lateral Recruiting Manager at An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
New York, NY- Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, a nationally-known immigration law firm, has an opening for an associate with 1-3 years experience in immigration law matters. We are a full-service practice, and you will work predominantly on employment-related immigration matters, with focus on Eb-1, O-1, and J-1 waivers. If you have excellent academic credentials and are interested in working on challenging cases at the cutting edge of immigration law, fax your resume to (215) 825-8699 or email:

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New Managing Director - Oklahoma City, OK
Crowe & Dunlevy is pleased to announce the addition of Jasmine Majid as a director of the firm. Majid practices primarily in the area of immigration. Prior to joining the firm, Majid served as a managing director for Chisam-Majid Immigration Law & Policy where she managed strategic business development and management for a federal legal practice concentrating on immigration and nationality law. Crowe & Dunlevy is one of the oldest and largest law firms in Oklahoma, with offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Norman. (405) 234-3284.


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:
Do we have any news on Peruvian TPS? I had seen a news account that applications were to be filed with the Bush Administration.

Robert J. Dupont, Esq.
Cerritos, CA

Dear Editor:
Just before reading KO's letter (10/24/07 ID) about immigration lawyers who supposedly "facilitate cheap foreign labor" I had been talking on the phone with one of my immigration clients whose annual salary is in six figures, well above the US Department of Labor's prevailing wage for the occupation in question. It seems that some immigration opponents not only want to deport millions of men, women and children, but that they are trying to deport reality as well. On another note, I want to send my best wishes for the safety all of the people in Southern California, regardless of where they may happen to be on the spectrum of immigration status and/or opinions.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
I retired from enforcement position in the old INS in 2000. Things change. Agencies expire. As I follow the rumblings in the various immigration "reform and control" laws pending what has not changed is the need for volumes of petitions, only now at even more indecent & obscene fee rates. The need for BCIS to field unarmed unsupported field fraud investigators in New York City, apparently focusing on religious visa petition fraud suggests the ICE/BCIS "reorganization" has in fact created a 'free fraud' policy. I feel this lackadaisical approach to managing visas stinks. I have made attempts over many years in contacting my Congressional Staff. All appear too busy to either read and/or concern themselves with the need to bolster the nuts and bolts of the machinery of "justice" spitting out visas. None apparently heard the BCIS boss say "My folk already have day jobs". Could some of your readers or bloggers offer insight of the status and ability of BCIS to (properly) process petitions for whatever leak springs out of the dike of anti-immigration feelings? Could some comment on the volume of petitions now and in the future that allow the ineligible to receive visas/citizenship?

Tim Houghtaling
Lexington, SC

Dear Editor:
I think the discord in this country comes from our elected government officials inability to do what is right for the citizens of the US. Our immigration problem stems from the basic supply and demand for cheap labor. It is very simple, money rules. Everyone wants it, from politicians to illegal immigrants. If the government wanted to halt illegal immigration, they would spend more time imposing fines on businesses that hire illegals. However we focus on building a 700 mile fence and conducting raids to show the public that the government is taking action. What really gets my goat is to watch television and see Americans in heated arguments trying to figure out what to do. Deep down inside we all know what is wrong, we just cant do anything about it. Big business feeds the politicians with millions of dollars to make sure things dont interfere with profits. The government wants to keep the public focused on the illegal immigrant that just killed someone, they want us to see illegals crossing the border. They want us to focus on the Mexican Government encouraging illegal immigration into the US. We destroyed Germany and Japan, now look at them. Why dont we have such a problem with Canada? Maybe its the economy. If we wanted, we could replace the current government and build the Mexican economy, and we would all be happy. If we are nice to them after we create a booming economy, they may give us a little oil. Don't be so hard on each other, and remember money rules.

E. C. Villarreal

Dear Editor:
I happened to catch an interesting floor speech by Iowa Rep. Steve King, (Iowa's 5th congressional district). He was arguing against the upcoming AgJobs legislation. Why should we care about this guy? Well, he serves on both the Agriculture and Immigration sub-committees, so he will certainly have a voice in the upcoming battle to get the AgJobs bill approved. In any event, here is what we are up against. He figures that according to his research, illegal laborers account for approximately 6.9 million jobs in this country. He then argued that since these are mostly low paying, unskilled jobs, they really only should count as 2.2 million jobs, based on his assumption that since they are paid less, they are worth less to our economy. He then calculated that if the rest of us were just willing to work an 11 minutes per day, (he suggests that we all cut our morning and afternoon coffee breaks by 5.5 minutes each), then we can deport all of the illegal aliens in the country, and not even feel the effects on our economy. Well, problem solved. And it was so simple. All we needed to solve the immigration problem in our country was a little of the "new math", from one of our Congressmen. I feel better already. By the way, all sarcasm aside, and tongue removed from cheek, this guy wasnt kidding. Scary and dangerous, to say the least. Since there are only 600 or so Representatives and Senators, (which even to an "old math" guy like me is less the 6.9 million), maybe if we all agreed to work and extra 3 seconds per day, we could get rid of all of the congressmen. You know what? This King guy might be on to something after all.

Robert Gittelson

Dear Editor:
I read many heart breaking stories about innocent kids facing deportation because what their parents' decision in the past. These kids only know USA as their countries and they must be sent back to anywhere they came from. I just read the story of a teenager in Boston Globe that went to Cali Columbia South America following his parents who got deported and starting new life there where homicide and drug mafia wars were common. One other teenager was from Germany brought by his American grandparents while he was a boy, apparently they never did proper immigration paperworks so he became an "illegal" immigrant and got difficulty to go to college. Congressman Tancredo who was at the same public event with this boy and found out about his story, immediately asked this poor boy got deported to Germany. He got detained for 16 days but later after interference of his state Congressman he finally got his greencard. Many of these children are smart and their parents have worked hard and paid taxes while here, I don't get it when many "conservative Christian" politicians and their supporters have such an evil hearts that want these kids deported to countries they will feel as strangers not home. It's a shame for this great nation. It's time to act for common sense and fair immigration reform, DREAM act is not an amnesty but a humane common sense solution for the innocents.

Robert Yang

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