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Immigration Daily January 25, 2008
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Michigan Welcomes Mexican DLs

The State of Michigan announced that effective January 22, 2008, first-time applicants for a Michigan driver's license or identification card must prove that they have established a permanent legal presence in the US. Curiously, on the same day, the following press statement was also released by Michigan Secretary of State, Terry Lynn Land, relevant portions excerpted below:

In December 2007 [Land] proposed the creation of an upgraded "standard" driver's license ... the plan is being considered by the Legislature. Her proposal would change the law to allow residents who are in the U.S. legally but temporarily to apply for an upgraded standard license.

"Michigan has many outstanding residents who contribute greatly to our economy and society even though they're here on a temporary basis," Land said. "Businesses rely on these talented individuals as well. Under the attorney general's opinion, those who are in the country legally but on temporary student or work visas are ineligible for a Michigan license, though most still can drive using the license of their home country. We need to reconsider that aspect of the law to avoid unintended consequences for individuals or job providers. ..."

We wonder why Michigan would go ahead and exclude temporary legal residents of the US from being eligible for a Michigan driver's license when a proposal by Michigan Secretary of State Land herself is underway to allow temporary legal residents to apply for an upgraded standard license? Taking the theory of unintended consequences suggested by Michigan Secretary of State Land to its conclusion, is Michigan saying that it prefers foreign country's driver's licenses over its state-issued license? If that is the case, there are at least two issues that come to mind:
  • How will this maintain Michigan highway safety? (many drivers drive on the opposite side in other countries)
  • How does Michigan expect to train its highway patrol to identify the authenticity of driver's licenses from 150+ countries?

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 will ship next week. The table of contents is as follows:

I. FOREWORD: Why A Nurse Immigration Book? By William Stock


  • H-1 Visas For Nurses By Greg Siskind and Esther Fridman
  • TN Status For Nurses By Christopher Wendt
  • Practice Pointers for Presenting TN Applications By Leslie Holman
  • An Outline Of A Typical Nurse Case, Including Consular Processing By Joseph Curran
  • Adjustment Of Status For Professional Nurses By Sylvia Boecker
  • Building International Bridges By Commission On Graduates Of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS International)
  • Tips For Staffing Companies In Planning Their Posting Strategies By Ronald Nair
  • Licensure: US State Licenses For International Nurses By Patrick Curran
  • Immigration Basics For Allied Professional Healthcare Workers By Christopher Musillo
  • Managing Or Achieving Expectations: The Key To Success By Michael Hammond
  • Global Issues In Nurse Recruitment By Joseph Curran
  • The Nurse Shortage: Why It Matters By Carl Shusterman
  • Deadly Consequences: The Hidden Impact Of Americas Nursing Shortage By Stuart Anderson
  • Aiding And Abetting - Nursing Crises At Home And Abroad By Sreekanth Chagaturu and Snigdha Vallabhaneni
  • US Visa Policy Competition For International Scholars, Scientists And Skilled Workers By Phyllis Farrell Norman
  • Better Late Than Never: Workforce Supply Implications Of Later Entry Into Nursing By David Auerbach, Peter Buerhaus and Douglas Staiger
  • The Business Of Nurse Immigration By Mireille Kingma
  • Recruitment Of Workers In The Philippines: Playing Ball With The POEA By Ronald Nair
  • Successful International Nurse Recruiting By C. Philip Slaton
  • Nurse Assimilation By Yvette Mooney
  • Hospitals Responses To Nurse Staffing Shortages By Jessica May, Gloria Bazzoli and Anneliese Gerland
  • Nurse Perspectives Of The Migration Experience By Mariah Rutherford-Olds
V. AFTERWORD: Musings After 2 Decades In Nurse Immigration By James David Acoba

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Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO): 2007 And Beyond
Mark Ross writes "This article will examine the driving forces behind the emergence of the LPO industry and how it has developed over the last few years."

Ideas And Consequences: The Immigration Problem
Lawrence W. Reed for the Foundation for Economic Education writes "A rising tide of anti-immigrant feeling is washing over America, leaving in its wake a misinformed public and the potential for harmful new laws."

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EOIR Announces Separation Of Tacoma Immigration Court From Seattle Immigration Court
The Executive Office for Immigration Review announced that effective January 28, 2008, the Tacoma Immigration Court will begin operations as a court separate from the Seattle Immigration Court.

DOS Publishes Passport Final Rule Correction
The Department of State published notice of a correction to the final passport rule.


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New Hire - New York, NY
Anna Valentini, Esq. of Valentini Law Offices, PLLC welcomes a new addition to her team, paralegal Susan Calvaruso. Susan, a native New Yorker, recently graduated magna cum laude from St. John's University. She plans to begin law school in the near future and hopes to eventually join the ranks of practicing immigration attorneys. Valentini Law Offices, PLLC; 61 Broadway, Suite 2505, New York, NY 10006; Tel: 212-213-8275;


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:
Both sides of my family go back to the 1600's in Virginia. They fought in the Revolution, the Civil War and served in the major conflcits of this century. However, I have dual citizenship, obtained through my maternal grandmother who was from Ireland. I took advantage of my "transnational" status to work in France and in Spain, and use my Irish passport while traveling outside of the U.S. So it is not only the foreign born and naturalized here who have this unfair advantage, but also those born and bred in the US. There are a few countries that permit this, you need to check with the embassy of the country in question to see if tat country permits you to reclaim a "lost" nationality.

R. Black, Esq.
Jacksonville, FL

Dear Editor:
Having spent several years on the US-Mexican border and interacting with border Mexicans, I see firsthand the watering down effect that American citizenship has experienced, possibly to some effect by turning a blind eye to dual nationality. Many middle and upper class Mexicans cross the border daily to give birth in the US to gain this citizenship of convenience. As soon as they cross back into Mexico, the parents register their child as having been born in Mexico. They maintain property, businesses, and live in Mexico while they send their children to schools and universities in the US. Multiple Mexican generations play this nationality game and while they are holders of US passports, they are not American. Many openly despise and criticize America, its culture, and its people. If the US soccer team is on the TV, they cheer against any opposing team just because it is the US. By allowing dual nationality, the US, is creating a group that sees no need to declare their allegiance to the US. Why should they. If things get tough here for the dual national, they can fall back to their other mother country. To the letter writer that says there's nothing wrong with maintaining dual citizenship, I believe that it does. When these border Mexicans, aka pseudo-Americans might be asked defend the US and its constitution, what side do you think they'll choose?

Bill Hernandez

Dear Editor:
I am sure that David D. Murray's letter (01/24/08 ID) did not mean to imply that anyone who looks beyond national borders to the world as a whole is thinking like a Muslim extremist, even though it could be read that way. Nothing could be further from the truth. Multinational executives, a class of people who are well known to business immigration lawyers, for example, are by definition connected with the larger world beyond their own countries. So are international bankers, aid donors, scholars, diplomats, NGO members and many, many other categories of people who are (one assumes) dedicated to making this world a better place. To the contrary, Muslim extremists are the least international of people, because they regard themselves as citizens of one country only, but one whose borders, in their distorted view, encompass the entire world.


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