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Deadline Is Wed, October 31st For Adjustment In Removal Proceedings

The curriculum for the November 1st phone session on "Adjustment In Removal Proceedings" is as follows:

  • Reopening old deportation or removal orders
  • Adjustment after pre-1996 exclusion order
  • Understanding the new "arriving alien" regulations
  • Retaining portability in removal - overview of emerging case law
  • Remands to District Director vs. merits hearing before Immigration Judge
  • Seeking continuances until adjustment eligibility
  • Adjustment as a defense to crimes-based removability
The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, October 31st. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


What Happens To A DREAM Denied: Is There A Way To Get More H-1B Numbers?
Gary Endelman writes "What, if anything, does the downfall of DREAM have to do with employment-based immigration. Stated simply, where do we go from here to get more H-1B numbers?"

Bloggings: October 31, 2007
Joel Stewart shares the latest entries from his blog.


DOS Publishes Final Rule On Intercountry Adoptions
The Department of State published notice in the Federal Register amending Department of State regulations to provide for intercountry adoptions that will occur pursuant to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption and the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
San Diego, CA - Larrabee / Mehlman / Albi / Coker LLP, a leading business immigration law firm has openings for senior associate attorneys and associate attorneys. Both positions require experience in labor certs, NIV categories (senior position requires experience in all NIV categories), AOS and consular processing as well as NIW, extraordinary ability, multi-national and researcher petitions in high volume, fast-paced immigration firm. Sr. Associate Attorney - must have 5+ yrs of business immigration experience with direct management of corporate clients' immigration legal needs. Experience should include managing support staff. Associate Attorney - must have 2 yrs. business immigration experience. Strong writing and verbal communication skills required for both positions. Excellent benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. Great place to work and enjoy your chosen career. CA bar membership a plus. Send resume with salary expectations to:

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. For complete details and to apply online, visit The Mount Sinai Careers website (Requisition # 07-47803).

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 - Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, PA - A world divided by health inequities poses challenges for global health. CGFNS International brings together thought leaders to discuss health systems and actions that address health inequity in its Building Global Alliances Symposium. Stephen Lewis, respected commentator on social affairs, international development and human rights will be the keynote speaker. William L. Holzemer, RN, PhD, FAAN, will receive the CGFNS 2007 International Distinguished Leadership Award. December 3-4, Four Seasons Hotel. For details and online registration, see:, or contact Kathleen Rohrbaugh at 215-243-5880 or 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:
I trust this reference, in regards to the DREAM Act split, was meant light-heartedly. The North-South split in this instance may have more to do with Blue-Red, than Blue-Gray. Demographics rather than states' rights, if you will. So the Senate has failed to pass even the DREAM Act. Unfortunately, in the wake of the defeat of the DREAM Act, our junior Republican senator here in South Carolina, Jim DeMint, seems to have been carried away by, shall we say, partisan euphoria. I don't dispute that the consensus within Congress, and probably in the nation as a whole, is to put priority on securing the borders and enforce our laws. I am troubled by Senator DeMint's bald partisanship, however, and his use of scare tactics. As for the aspiration to "create a legal immigration system that works": while in principle we all support efforts to do so, I fear that in this instance it is little more than a catch-phrase. Senator DeMint is well aware that the words "No to amnesty!" among the GOP of this state has stifled, and will stifle, reasonable discussion of a sensible immigration benefits system. This was the rallying cry, by the GOP powers-that-be, to displace our moderate senior Senator, Lindsey Graham, a co-sponsor of the recent immigration reform legislation that met an untimely end earlier this year. So, a call for a "legal ... immigration system ... that works" in this context only bodes well for enforcement, but poorly for fairness. And so it will be, as long as opponents of comprehensive immigration reform have the microphone. We as immigration lawyers must become intimately involved in raising the public's awareness of these issues. We should, we must, have a coherent plan to bring this information to the American public.

Allen C. Ladd, Esq.
Greenville, SC

Dear Editor:
My thanks to Robert Yang's latest letter (10/30/07 ID) for taking my letter's comments (10/29/07 ID) about the racial double standard relating to green card lotteries and "amnesty" seriously. The early 1990's "AA-1" lottery was intended to benefit mainly European illegal immigrants, and especially those from Ireland. Unlike the current version of the lottery, which is open to immigrants from many different parts of the world, the AA-1 lottery provided for automatic waivers of both the deportation and visa fraud grounds for inadmissibility The current more racially diverse lottery, of course, has no such provisions. Nor, at the time of the AA-1 lottery, was there any such thing as a 3 or 10 year bar for "unlawful presence". An AA-1 winner, therefore, could in many cases, and to my own personal knowledge, still get a green card no matter how many years he or she had been in the US illegally, or even if he or she had previously made false statements to enter the country or had been deported for that reason. But even though the current DV lottery is far less generous to today's mainly Asian, African and Latin American winners, both the Republican-backed HR 4437 immigration bill last year, and the failed bipartisan CIR "compromise" this year, would have eliminated this program completely. Double standard, anyone?

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
I want to publicly praise New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer for his leadership and political courage in forging a difficult deal that allows many illegal immigrants living in New York the opportunity to drive with a legal license. He has been, and continues to be vilified and mischaracterized by both sides of the debate on this polarizing issue. I say that Mr. Spitzer should be held up as a shining example to the rest of our nation. He set out to make a positive contribution and forge a deal, and he did just that. Did anyone think that on this hotly contested issue one side would prevail with their entire agenda intact? That untenable ideal has been an unmovable impediment toward progress on the immigration issues facing our country to date. People see these issues in white or black, and nobody until now has been willing to settle for a shade of grey, which ultimately must be the only lasting answer. Even Chung-Wha Hong of the New York Immigration coalition has derided this achievement as a "lose-lose political decision that betrays his most ardent supporters and emboldens the anti-immigrant opposition." I say Hong couldn't be more wrong. This is a first baby step towards the type of compromise that will ultimately be needed to prevail on the long a difficult road to the passage of comprehensive immigration reform. Really, it's a win-win. I don't know why Chung-Wha Hong is determined to clutch a defeat from the jaws of victory. Both sides on these debates always think that they are taking the high road, while the other side is taking the low road? It speaks volumes about the political process when the obvious choice, the road right down the middle, is all too often the road least traveled.

Robert Gittelson

Dear Editor:
Responding to ID's comment (10/29/07), this is very disturbing. Maybe this comment will inspire some of us to take on VDare and their anti-immigration advocates in their blogosphere and the media. Kudos to Immigration Daily in reporting VDare's gross misrepresentation of Hispanics.

Ben Lubbon

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