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Immigration Daily March 3, 2008
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Ombudsman Khatri Resigns

CIS Ombudsman Khatri announced his resignation and return to the private practice of law, effective February 29, 2008. Michael Dougherty has been appointed by DHS Secretary Chertoff and will assume the duties of the office beginning Monday. Curiously, the related press release issued by DHS Secretary on the matter is headlined "Statement by DHS Michael Chertoff on the Resignation of the USCIS Ombudsman" (see below in news). The press release is incorrect. Prakash Khatri is not the USCIS Ombudsman, but the CIS Ombudsman. It is an important distinction because the CIS Ombudsman's office was created as an independent oversight office, separate and distinct from USCIS, reporting directly to the DHS Deputy Secretary. We welcome Mr. Khatri back to private practice.

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New 2008-2009 Edition For Robert C. Divine

Immigration Practice by Robert C. Divine & R. Blake Chisam is an invaluable supplement to Kurzban's with a different approach. It is also useful to newer practitioners and paralegals in view of its easy to understand and practical style. For more info, see here. To order by fax, see here. Note: The 2007-2008 is completely sold out. This announcement is for the new 2008-2009 edition which will be shipped out hot off the presses when available. Don't delay, order today!


The Treason Lobby's Phony Lawyer Racket
Juan Mann writes "Want to pretend you're an attorney without ever going to law school or taking the bar exam? Want to practice law and represent clients before federal executive agencies without a state bar license - and not get thrown in jail? Then immigration law is for you.

The Geopolitics Of Dope
George Friedman writes "Over recent months, the level of violence along the US-Mexican border has begun to rise substantially, with some of it spilling into the US."

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USCIS Strengthens Intercountry Adoption Process
USCIS announced that children, birthparents and prospective adoptive parent(s) will have greater protections under the Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in respect of intercountry adoption (Hague Adoption Convention), effective April 1.

CIS Ombudsman Releases USCIS Receipting Delay Related Q&As
The following are questions & answers received after CIS Ombudsman's teleconference: "USCIS Receipting Delay - How Does This Affect You?," October 12, 2007.

DHS Secretary Chertoff On CIS Ombudsman's Resignation
DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff issued a press release on CIS Ombudsman's resignation.


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Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
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Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Blacksburg, VA - Virginia Tech invites nominations and applications for the position of Assistant Director for Visa Services. This position is an administrative and professional faculty appointment and will report directly to the Associate Provost for International Affairs and work in a small, collegial non-student visa office. This newly created position will demand in depth knowledge and leadership to develop a comprehensive non-student permanent residency (PR) visa program that will help move Virginia Tech towards its goal of being recognized as a world-class research institution by facilitating recruitment of outstanding international researchers and professors. Salary up to $60,000 commensurate with experience and salary history; excellent benefits also provided. For a detailed job description and application process please refer to:, posting #080001. Review of applications will begin on 3/15/2008; however, applications may be received until a candidate is appointed. Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
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Effective March 1, 2008, Evaluation Service, Inc. is pleased to announce that Nancy Katz will assume both ownership and the title of Director of Evaluation Service, Inc. 333 W. North Avenue, #284, Chicago, IL 60610-1293. Ph: 847-477-8569. Fax: 312-587-3068.


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:
To be more specific about my 02/29/08 ID letter, I did not mean to suggest that Lou Dobbs himself has ever made any anti-Semitic statements. However, by attacking the ADL, which has been the foremost organization combating anti-Semitism in America for nearly a century, as "a joke", Dobbs has given aid and comfort to the the people who have always been the ADL's main targets - namely, the anti-Semites. Beyond this, the fact that Dobbs has made anti-Latino hate the basis of his TV success calls to mind another popular media personality, Father Charles Coughlin, who became one of America's most popular radio figures in the 1930's with his attacks against Jews. But the biggest joke of all is the idea that Dobbs is only speaking out against illegal immigration. To the contrary, it would be hard to find any legal visa or immigration program that Dobbs has not attacked, including but certainly not limited to H-1B. I have yet to hear him mention the words "green card" without adding the word "giveaway", but then again, I do not watch him every night because I have a weak stomach. Dobbs has also attacked the voting rights of Latino US citizens by suggesting that legitimate attempts to register them could lead to "voter fraud". But here, he is in "distinguished" company, as former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, himself a Latino immigrant, did the same thing, much to his disgrace.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Here's an interesting new rant from Dobbs show that aired this Tuesday. First let me set this up. Evidently Colorado is trying anything and everything that it can legally do to counteract the ill-conceived state legislation that the state passed to target illegal immigrants, which backfired and killed their economy, especially their farmers and ranchers. "Tucker (voice-over): Colorado farmers and ranchers say they don't have enough workers, so the state legislators are getting involved, even though the federal government already has an AG worker visa, the H-2A, a visa program with no annual caps. A bill pending in the State Legislature would authorize the state to seek agreements with foreign countries to help recruit and select agricultural workers." "Dobbs: Well we don't want to get people in Colorado excited because we're dealing with the facts here. Because you know, this is all about race. This is all about economics. This is all about doing the right thing for those employers. Bull. This is about bringing in cheap labor to those ranchers, to those farmers, and the heck with the American worker. And when are the American people going to wake up and perhaps we should start with the people in Colorado in this instance and say, do your jobs. Use your mind. Use your brain. Actually do some work for a change, instead of pursue(sic) some sort of political socio-ethnocentric agenda. You don't suppose." Dobbs is so out of touch with reality, and so self-obsessed with this issue, that he has literally become a caricature of himself. Or maybe he feels that all of the lazy citizens of Colorado simply need more prisoners to do their jobs for them? At what point will CNN do the merciful thing for our country pull the plug on this xenophobe?

Robert Gittelson

Dear Editor:
I couldn't have said it better than Ruth Miller's letter to the Editor (02/29/08 ID) regarding ID's scathing, racist, demonizing and discriminating comment (02/28/08 ID comment). Shame on Immigration Daily. Immigration Daily has made its wealth in this great country and continues to work toward undermining America's strength and sovereignty. Those are traitorous and unAmerican actions. Betraying the country that gave you this good life is stabbing her and all Americans in the back for the laudits of illegal alien advocates. Illegal is against the law and is criminal behavior. Plain and simple.


Dear Editor:
Lou Dobbs and his "nativist" fans are being dishonest and even worse hypocrites in balking on others trying to do the same as their ancestors did in the past (see 02/29/08 ID). Freedom of movement and survival of any human beings has never been "immoral" nor "illegal". Today's immigration laws are nothing but a form of protectionism to favor what is called "the natives" who feel they can take anything for granted just being citizens of certain countries. It's very naive even foolish that ones can expect no foreign and domestic competition in the high speed internet age and in a globalized world and inter connected global economy. It's a shame for Lou Dobbs and his fans to complaint endlessly about immigration and job outsourcing, since they offer no reasonable and sensible solutions without promoting protectionism and labor monopoly that will make us as the consumers suffer as they will limit and violate our rights to choose better products and services for better deals and pricing. CNN has overpaid Lou Dobbs for easy job of singing the same litany of complaints daily. I'm more than happy to replace him for much less, since I indeed can complaint better than him.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
What a plethora of letters (2/29/08 ID), pro and con, concerning patriot Lou Dobbs which is but a microcosm of the dilemma on the immigration issue. The liberal left (cons) can't seem to get beyond infantile, irrational and inappropriate name calling and promoting separatism while the pros offer substantive comment regarding the Constitution, our Culture, prudent entry limits and the Rule of Law. Dr. Lyle Rossiter, author of the new book, "The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness" has identified such "liberal" behavior as a mental disorder. He states,"Based on strikingly irrational beliefs and emotions, modern liberals relentlessly undermine the most important principles on which our freedoms were founded," Dr. Rossiter says the liberal agenda preys on weakness and feelings of inferiority in the population by: creating and reinforcing perceptions of victimization; satisfying infantile claims to entitlement, indulgence and compensation; augmenting primitive feelings of envy; rejecting the sovereignty of the individual, subordinating him to the will of the government. Further,"The roots of liberalism - and its associated madness - can be clearly identified by understanding how children develop from infancy to adulthood and how distorted development produces the irrational beliefs of the liberal mind," he says. "When the modern liberal mind whines about imaginary victims, rages against imaginary villains and seeks above all else to run the lives of persons competent to run their own lives, the neurosis of the liberal mind becomes painfully obvious."

Jim Roberts

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