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Immigration Daily January 29, 2008
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Fragomen's Biggest Deal

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bersen & Lowey, LLP and Littler Mendelson jointly announced that five Littler Business Immigration and Global Migration Practice shareholders will join the Fragomen firm in Fragomen's newly established Phoenix, AZ offices (for the full press release, see here). While Littler will still retain some immigration clients, our understanding is that the majority of Littler's clients will transition to Fragomen. The announcement is noteworthy since Littler's immigration law practice is ranked second or third in size only to Fragomen, the remaining large practice is that of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. The joining of these two powerhouses results in widening the already wide chasm between Fragomen and the rest of the immigration bar. This deal ensures that Fragomen's position in the AmLaw 200 will catapult forward in the next ranking.

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Deadline Is Tuesday, Jan. 29th For PERM 2008: Winning Your Case In The Year Of The Rat

ILW.COM is pleased to announce "PERM 2008: Winning Your Case In The Year Of The Rat", with Lorna Rogers Burgess as discussion leader, and many other speakers to be announced. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on January 31st: Pre-filing Preparation

  • Considerations at initial client meeting: who is the client; who will pay; what is the nature of the procedure and respective responsibilities
  • Development of a PERM job description: O*NET; job zones; SVP; Normal requirements; business necessity; minimum requirements; foreign languages; combination of duties
  • The prevailing wage determination
  • Planning and managing the recruitment plan and time periods
  • Lawful rejection of U.S. workers
  • Maintaining recruitment documentation
SECOND Phone Session on February 14th: Filing Form ETA 9089
  • DOL registration and continuing follow up
  • Reviewing the quirks of the Form ETA 9089, esp. Section H
  • Comparison of new and old Form ETA 9089
  • Lessons from BALCA
  • Expecting an Audit
THIRD Phone Session on March 13th: Post Filing Responsibilities
  • Document retention file
  • Responding to an audit
  • How to file a motion to reconsider
  • How to file an appeal
  • Review of BALCA decisions on PERM applications
  • Federal court
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, January 29th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


Facts About Federal Preemption: How To Analyze Whether State And Local Initiatives Are An Unlawful Attempt To Enforce Federal Immigration Law Or Regulate Immigration
Monica Guizar writes "This fact sheet explains general preemption principles and provides immigrant rights advocates with analytical tools for determining whether anti-immigrant initiatives proposed in their states and localities can be legally challenged on preemption grounds."

Bloggings: January 29, 2008
Christopher T. Musillo of the Hammond Law Group shares the latest entries to his firm's blog.

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AILA Michigan Responds To Michigan Driver Licenses For Foreign Nationals
AILA Michigan wrote a letter to Michigan Secretary of State Land requesting a reversal of its policy denying driver's licenses to persons who are not USC or permanent residents (courtesy of AILA Michigan Chapter Chair Michael Nowlan).


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Dupont Circle, DC - Fast-paced, dynamic nationally recognized, immigration law firm seeking motivated, detail-oriented individuals for business immigration paralegal positions. Strong organizational, writing, and interpersonal skills required. Prior business immigration experience a plus, but not necessary. Great opportunity for individual interested in challenging, exciting work with international clientele; excellent career advancement possibilities and work environment. Competitive salary and benefits. Please email resume, salary requirements, and references to: or fax (202) 483-6801, Attn: Jim Alexander. No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Des Moines, IA - Well-established law firm seeks an organized, team-oriented immigration attorney with three or more years' experience. Experience to include removal, waivers, and family-based cases. Business immigration experience and fluency in a foreign language a plus. Send cover letter + resume to Barb Hardy, Davis Brown Law Firm, 666 Walnut St., Suite 2500, Des Moines, IA 50309 or

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New Offices Frisco, TX
Frisco, TX D.Ray Mantle is pleased to announce the opening of his immigration law office in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Mr. Mantle earned his law degree at Brigham Young University (J.D., cum laude), clerked at the Seattle Immigration Court, and was an associate at the corporate immigration law firm of Berry Appleman & Leiden. He is a member of the Texas State Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.


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 do not understand Catherine A. Chan's letter (01/28/08 ID) addressing Michigan driver's licenses, linking the issuance of drivers licenses as a remedy to that state's economic problems. To my knowledge, drivers licenses do one thing, and one thing only, and that is to allow a person the privilege of driving a motor vehicle legally. Each state has its own regulations regarding the qualification for and maintaining of the privilege to drive. A driver's license does not authorize employment and for I-9 purposes is used only to establish the personal identity of the individual, not immigration or employment authorized status. Whether or not another state will accept an out of state driver's license, without further proof of legal status in the United States would need be examined in all fifty states. My understanding is that, in California, an out of state driver's license does not serve as proof of legal status in the US and it would serve the person no benefit to flash his Michigan driver's license at the California DMV to establish eligibility for the issuance of a California Driver's license, without further proof of eligibility. If that were the case, Michigan might become a stepping stone in the process of false identity, but I doubt it will. The larger issue raised by Ms. Chan's letter is that states are required to take action because Congress has utterly failed to address an important issue that affects the United States, its economy, its harmony and its unity. It is time Congress, and the president, awakened to the fact that immigration policy is more important than pork barrel politics. Have you ever wintered in Michigan? I have, and I can tell you, all the time I was California dreamin'.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

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