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McCain Citizenship

According to a news story, "Republican presidential hopeful John McCain said Thursday the question of whether he can run for president, despite being born in the Panama Canal Zone, was put to rest 44 years ago in Barry Goldwater's run for the White House." For the full story, see here.

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2007-2008 Editions - Essential Immigration Reference Books

ILW.COM is pleased to offer the completely revised editions of Patel's Immigration Law Library, the 2007-2008 Edition. This collection includes the essential reference resource "The WHOLE Act, The INA (Annotated), 2007-2008 Edition", used by DHS officials, federal court libraries, and many veteran immigration practitioners. Once you have used this version of the INA, you will wonder why you ever used any other! This collection also features the fully indexed 8 CFR, 2007-2008 Edition, fully indexed 20/22/28 CFR, 2007-2008 Edition , and Patel's Citations, 2007-2008 Edition . Buy the library collection ($100 off). For more info, see here.


Coming To America: The Benefits Of Open Immigration
Thomas E. Lehman for the Foundation for Economic Education writes "The present immigration policy of the United States amounts to nothing less than a tariff or barrier to entry on the commodity of labor, and harms American consumers in the same manner as tariffs and trade barriers on other capital or consumer goods."

Constitutional Issues Of Federal Pre-Emption
Gary Endelman writes "It does not end the issue to say that a state is acting within its police powers or even to protect an important state interest."

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ETA Publishes Notice Of 2008 Adverse Effect Wage Rates
The Employment and Training Administration published notice of the 2008 adverse effect wage rates in the Federal Register, effective February 26, 2008.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Prominent Midtown Manhattan immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 1 to 2 years of business immigration experience. Applicant will work in a high volume team environment. Applicant will have client contact and work with latest case management system. Applicant should have good writing, communication and organization skills. Competitive compensation package. Please send resumes to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Chicago, IL - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP seeks senior level immigration paralegal. Ideal candidate will have 5+ years of experience in senior level capacity with an immigration law firm, law department or corporate immigration function. Manages caseload with a large degree of independence. May manage team of one or more legal support staff. Serves as team resource for client and office procedures. Communicates regularly with clients regarding procedural and case processing issues. Candidates will have experience counseling US and foreign employers on range of immigration issues, including nonimmigrant and immigrant visa matters, preparing PERM applications, and O-1, H-1B, TN, and L-1 petitions. Must be able to work in fast-paced, high-volume case-processing environment. Must be people- and service-oriented. College degree and excellent writing skills required. Competitive salary + excellent benefits package. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to EOE.

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
Chicago, IL and Washington, DC - Baker & McKenzie, the world's leading global law firm seeks business immigration paralegals for both locations. Duties include: Preparation of business immigration visa petitions, labor certification applications, and permanent residency applications. Knowledge and skills required: candidates must clearly understand the immigration process; must be detail-oriented; excellent verbal and written skills; must be able to work well in a document intensive and fast-paced environment; team player. Education and experience required: 2+ years employment based immigration experience and bachelor's degree. Paralegal certificate preferred. Qualified applicants encouraged to apply online or send resume to (Chicago) or (Washington DC). Relocation expenses not offered. No phone calls or recruiters please. Baker & McKenzie LLP is an EOE and member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Miami, FL - The Church World Service, a progressive non-profit social service organization established in 1960 seeks staff immigration attorney. Responsibilities include: ensure adequate representation for clients in all immigration matters; conduct intake interview with clients; prepare clients for court appearances and/or USCIS interviews; represent clients in removal proceedings, attend master calendar hearings and individual hearings, draft and file appropriate pleadings and motions to preserve interests of clients. Full job description at: Candidate should have knowledge of immigration law. JD degree and admission to a State Bar, FL preferred. Working knowledge of Spanish and/or Haitian Creole preferred. Send resume by fax: 574-266-0087 or

Immigration Law Certificate
Master the complex and ever changing maze of immigration policies and regulations with the Immigration Law Studies Certificate Program offered by CUNY's School of Professional Studies. This graduate-level certificate program, consisting of (3) three-credit classes, offers students who complete it a comprehensive understanding of the laws, regulations, and processes surrounding the status of immigrants in the US, including family and employment-based immigration and deportation defense. It is designed for individuals working in law firms, companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations where they interact with immigrants and immigrant legal concerns on a regular basis and would therefore benefit from greater knowledge of the laws and regulations surrounding immigration. Beginning this spring, the program is also being offered online. For more information on class schedules, tuition and fees, course applications and to register, see here.

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:

PERM Services
Adnet Advertising Agency Inc. has provided labor certification advertising services to immigration attorneys since 1992. Adnet helps attorneys find appropriate places to run labor cert ads, places the ads, obtains the tearsheets, and offers a variety of billing options. Attorneys can manage the entire ad process through Adnet's secure web-based Ad-managment system. Most of Adnet's services are free since we receive a commission from the newspapers and journals where the ad is placed. Adnet services large international law firms as well as solo practice attorneys. Call us at 212-587-3164, visit, or email us at Contact us today to find out why we are the ad agency of choice for immigration attorneys since 1992.


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Immigration Event - Washington, DC
The Migration Policy Institute is pleased to invite you to: Beyond Citizenship: American Identity After Globalization. A book discussion with author Peter J. Spiro, Charles Weiner Professor of Law at Temple University; Donald Kerwin, Executive Director of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.; and Demetrios G. Papademetriou, MPI. Wednesday, March 5, 2008, 3:30-5pm (followed by a wine reception). MPI Conference Room, 1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC. To RSVP, please click on the below link. For questions, please contact or 202-266-1929.


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'm angry that ID had the poor judgment to publish the outrageous screed "The Treason Lobby's Phony Lawyer Racket," by an anonymous wingnut calling himself Juan Mann (2/29/08 ID). This guy, who now claims to be a lawyer, has been around for years in fringe anti-immigrant circles of the Internet. If I remember correctly, he used to claim to be a border patrol officer, and he absolutely foams at the mouth at the thought of inflicting pain on immigrant families. Anybody who thinks it is "treason" for religious organizations to help foreigners is so far out of the mainstream that his hate speech should not be promoted by a distinguished publication like Immigration Daily. He is, of course, completely wrong on the facts, but there's no point trying to reason with a hatemonger like that. Anybody who thinks an organization like Catholic Charities is in it for the money is just plain nuts. It's hard to believe that anyone that illogical could really be a lawyer.

Bruce A. Hake, Esq.
New Windsor, MD

Dear Editor:
I understand that Immigration Daily Featured Articles do not necessarily represent the opinions of ILW.COM. I applaud the inclusion of differing viewpoints as a way of encouraging a healthy discussion about the many issues in immigration. Nonetheless, I am puzzled about the recent piece by Juan Mann: "The Treason Lobby's Phony Lawyer Racket." I say this not only because I have no idea what the "Treason Lobby" is. I am puzzled because the (03/3/08 ID) Article is more a screed than a rational attempt to understand or critique the system. Its disconnect from reality is clear in the early reference to the "alien-friendly Executive Office for Immigration Review." (This will come as a shock to anyone who has spent time before an overworked IJ.) As near as I can understand, the theme of the piece is that certain non-profits have been given rights to represent aliens before USCIS and the immigration courts. This is not news. I am at a loss to understand exactly what the Article's concern is, money being taken from the pockets of immigration lawyers? By noting the strong representation of Catholic organizations, is the Article concerned that Christians are soft on immigration? Is the author shocked that organizations that donate time and effort to assist immigrants might actually care about the situation of those immigrants instead of caricaturing and demonizing them? Is the author just upset that some low-income immigrants might get legal assistance they otherwise would be priced out of? Clearly the author is concerned about the profitability of "import[ing] aliens", notwithstanding the non-profit structure of the vast majority of these groups. Serious examinations of issues are welcomed and Immigration Daily should be proud to republish them, but this logically and emotionally muddled mess is unworthy of distribution beyond its original home.

Eddie Summers, Esq.
Charlottesville, VA

Dear Editor:
While expressing one's point of view is an American right as well as a pastime, the discussion about Lou Dobbs and his views and the spin-off therefrom is mindless tripe that the serious immigration community could well do without. Lou Dobbs is an entertainer, a performer, a cartoon of reality and a rabble rouser for the sake of exploiting a subject for his own profit. Giving credibility, or even criticizing his points of view adds nothing to solving the immigration crisis America is experiencing and only serves to further divide. I don't listen to Lou Dobbs and could care less what he thinks. Get a life, all you Lou Dobbs aficionados and instead, write your congressman if you are dissatisfied with the immigration system. Lou Dobbs does not pass laws.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
I'm all heated up about the tenor in the March 3rd Article: Treason Lobby's Phony Lawyer Racket (see 03/03/08 ID). To my best knowledge the representatives of non-profit organizations provide very much needed assistance - along with pro-bono lawyers - to those with immigration problems who cannot afford to hire attorneys at regular rates. The regulation limits the fees to be charged to "nominal". The public in the US pays legal fees for the defense of those accused of serious crimes and even minor crimes. Undocumented immigrants have only tried to achieve a better life for themselves and their families in most cases. No public financing of legal aid to such people is available. We should commend and support the representatives of non-profit organizations who provide such an important service to those who urgently need their help.

Grosvenor Anschell, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Despite the US being in a recession with record home foreclosures, rising unemployment and record prices at the pump it is once again time for 65,000 H-1B jobs to be handed to cheap foreign labor at the expense of available and qualified Americans. The only good news in this scam is that Congress has listened to the American majority and has chosen not to increase the H-1B cap despite the outcries from the employers who want endless cheap foreign labor and the lawyers who facilitate their applications.


Dear Editor:
Regarding Mr. Mann's article (03/03/08 ID), which states that immigration law is the only place where non-lawyers can practice... There are others such as IRS.


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