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Immigration Daily May 9, 2008
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No More Peaches

South Carolina farmers say the state's plans to clamp down on illegal immigration will only cause confusion and hurt the economy but will not solve the problem. "After farming for four decades, Dillard says hes curtailed his operation from 50 acres to less than 10 doing much of the work himself and plans to retire next year to avoid the legal and paperwork hassle."

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The Nurse Immigration Book

The table of contents for The Nurse Immigration Book 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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FICA Exceptions For J-1 Exchange Visitors
Paula N. Singer, Esq. writes "Under the U.S. tax rules all employees performing services in the United States are subject to U.S. social security and Medicare taxes unless an exception applies. There are three FICA exceptions that may apply to J-1 Exchange Visitors."

Bloggings: May 09, 2008
Christopher T. Musillo of the Hammond Law Group shares the latest entries to his firm's blog.

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ICE Semiannual Report On Compliance With Detention Standards
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released its first Semiannual Report on Compliance with ICE National Detention Standards. For the news release, see here. For the report, see here.

DOS Cable On Blanket Waiver For UNGA Special Session on HIV/AIDS
DOS released a cable granting a blanket waiver for HIV infected visa applicants seeking to enter the United States to attend the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Cincinnati, OH - Hammond Law Group seeks experienced immigration attorney. Preference given to attorneys with experience in healthcare and corporate matters. Experience should include a wide range of employment based immigrant and nonimmigrant categories. Attorney should be used to working on large caseloads and supervising Legal Assistants. HLG has a fast-paced and entrepreneurial culture. Please email resume and writing sample to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Washington, DC - Immigration Law Group PC, fast-paced 5 lawyer boutique immigration law firm in downtown DC (K Street area) seeks 2 legal assistants. 1 year prior immigration experience required. Interesting clientele, friendly, casual work atmosphere, no timesheets, competitive salary and benefits (401k w/ employer match, health insurance, etc.) Successful applicants will be detail-oriented, highly organized and good communicators. Please email your resume, cover letter and salary reqs. to: No calls please. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Clearwater, FL - Law ofice of Joan Mathieu seeks experienced immigration attorney with 3+ year's experience practicing US immigration law, including employment, family and removal. Joan Mathieu, a solo practitioner and the owner of the firm, who has been a member of AILA and past chapter chair, has been practicing immigration exclusively at the profitable downtown Clearwater location for 12 years. She is opening a second office where she will work full time. The new attorney will handle all the firm's current and future clients at the Clearwater location. The position will be ideal for someone who has or had an immigration law firm and seeks to relocate to Florida to start again without all the work of establishing a new practice and the hassle of paying the bills. May also be ideal for associate in big firm who deals well with responsibility and who wants same. Please email resume to Phone number: (727)-462-8181

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Philadelphia, PA - Established immigration firm seeks attorney with minimum 3-5 years of corporate business immigration experience. Experience should include full range of employment based immigrant and nonimmigrant categories. Experience supervising paralegal staff and managing corporate immigration accounts strongly preferred. Excellent legal writing, organizational and case management skills required. Please submit resume, cover letter and relevant, substantive legal writing samples (i.e.: RFE responses, explanatory letters to clients, analytical case planning memos, etc.) to Lawrence Rudnick:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Detroit, MI - Clark Hill PLC seeks experienced immigration associate. Qualified candidate will have 2+ two years business immigration law experience with filings for H Visas, L Visas, E Visas, PERM cases and green cards. Working knowledge of immigration case management system is preferred. Excellent written communication and strong interpersonal skills required. Email resume, cover letter, writing sample, + law school transcript to Martha Mackinnon: EOE.

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:

Case Management Technology
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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.


ICE raids on homes panic schools, politicians

Congress talks immigration


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Immigration Event - Washington, DC
Heritage Foundation is pleased to present "Winning the Global Talent War: H-1B Visa Reform" on May 12. For more info see:


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:
In response to ID comment (05/08/08 ID): It's a presidential election year. One can set the cycle of ICE raids as certainly as the tide by the proximity of a Presidential election. This is true of past Democratic and Republican incumbents. It's all "show business" to play to the baser feelings of the electorate and look tough against an easy target to gain votes. You an be quite sure that in September there will be a front page news grabbing raid of a name brand business that will allow the current incumbent to pound his chest and declare "We're the party tough on illegals." Only thing is the Clintons played the same reindeer games. Until a new Congress comes in with the political guts to deal with comprehensive immigration reform it is all just a big game, with good hard working people being the pawns. A sad commentary on us as a nation.

Craig Trebilcock, Esq.
York, PA

Dear Editor:
As an immigration attorney in Utah and with knowledge of the raid of the Universal Industrial Sales raid, I must say this in response to your comment (05/08/08 ID) that raid was well planned, and did not have the same problems that the other enforcement raids of the past have had as community leaders were immediately contacted to assist family members etc. While still a sign of the times, ICE is conducting employment enforcement, such action at that employer was conducted in a far better manner than any other raid I have known thus far and from what I have been privy too, by the book, not warrantless. Please let your readers know that the Universal Industrial Sales raid is not an example of bad acts on behalf of ICE but rather an example of perhaps how such enforcement acts be carried out if ICE wants to conduct (and perhaps needs to) work enforcement raids.

Steven Lawrence, Esq.

Dear Editor:
I disagree with Jim Roberts' letter (05/08/2008 ID) that, "Those who dwell upon such (racial issues) are myopic or devious in the attempt to shame others as "racists", "hateful" and "mean" in order to gain ground for their agenda." Those who would deny immigration benefits to anyone on the basis of race, religion or national origin ignore the true American spirit and are blinded by their own small-minded bigotry. In my letter (05/07/2008 ID) I did not intend to imply that race was not a motivating factor with anti-immigrationists- just that race is, or should be, irrelevant to the immigration law revision discussion. The focus of the discussion should be on economics and what is good for America, not the illegal aliens. Immigration issues should not need to be about compassion, but about what is good for America and Americans. To focus on compassion without regard to the realities of economics, is a mistake. If America needs to legalize illegal workers to benefit its own economy, then legalize them. If it seeks to legalize illegal workers merely to benefit the affected individuals or another country's economy, then that kind of compassion disserves the American people. Flinging open America's golden doors is not the solution to a well run country - which we may once again get, if we elect either Hillary Clinton or Barak Obama to the presidency and get rid of the Nixon-to-Bush Republican Machine that is self-perpetuating and seemingly just won't go away, like the smell of an old dirty sneaker. America needs good government and workable immigration laws. Right now, it has neither. And that is a shame.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
In view of the fact that Jim Roberts' previous letters have attempted to stereotype Mexican and other Latino immigrants as "invaders" "murderers" and "rapists", I can only marvel over the fact that his letter of (05/08/08 ID) continues to claim that race has nothing to do with the restrictionist agenda put forth in these same letters. Mr. Roberts' previous letters have shown little or no regard for the history of the immigration laws, which, as I have pointed out ad infinitum (some might say ad nauseam) in my previous letters, is a history that is recognized by every serious scholar as inseparable from America's shameful history of racial prejudice. His latest letter also distorts the facts of the much more recent history of last year's attempt at immigration reform, CIR, which, even prior to its defeat by anti-Latino feeling thinly covered by the fig leaf of upholding the "Rule of Law", had been eviscerated by a barrage of restrictionist amendments, mainly from Republicans trying to exploit white prejudice, not only against minority illegal immigrants, but against all Spanish-speaking ones. These amendments were aimed not only at making "amnesty" as difficult as possible, if not unattainable, for most of the people it was supposed to benefit, but also at restricting future legal immigration by cutting down on family and employment categories used by Latinos and other minorities. It would now appear that these attempts to use revisionism in support of restrictionism extend, not only to the history of the immigration laws, but to the history of Mr. Roberts' own letters as well.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
This editorial (05/08/08 ID) hits the nail on the head. Unfortunately the general public and certainly not the government employees working for DHS have no interest in reality. Its a wild stretch of the imagination to expect ICE to actually go out there and do police work that would result in rubbing elbows with possible bad guys. Its much easier to "investigate" factory workers, lawn care and farm hands and the actual rounding up is the fun part. Its apparently more glamorous to get yourself a spot on the Lou Dobbs show with a bus load of "illegals". It certainly is less dangerous. Thank you for noting there has been no bus load of terrorists, in fact no cell identification. No bus load of illegal gang members, nor "drug lords". No the "bus load raids" have been made on hard working non violent workers largely invited here and many recruited by US Business interests. Worth noting as well is ICE has not raided the home of one factory owner, CEO, or landscaping company to "enforce" employer sanctions. Sadly only workers have been harrassed by ICE many the spouses and parents of US Citizens whose homes have been destroyed by the raids. Because ICE/CIS is so wrapped up giving extra scrutiny to workers that are no threat to the US people like Nada Nadim Prouty get by them. Prouty falsified a marriage to a US Citizen, then unbelievably infiltrated the FBI then the CIA and eventually was a mole going through government files searching for information the US might have on her families terrorist cell. I cannot wait until someone makes a movie out of this fiasco by our government "DHS" now could easily be renamed "Department of Hideous Stupidity".

Janet Fitzgerald

Dear Editor:
I know not of the raids ICE has been performing. It would seem amazing in that ICE was "customized". That said the editors rantings (05/08/08 ID) appear very much like those of the Georgia onion and Colorado potato farmers who were so successful with their senators that Clinton terminated any interior immigration enforcement. Reaping what was sown, the volume expanded beyond capacity causing the flashback burst of voter anger of today. Be cautious & prudent with what you wish for. Just look at all the employers, a few of whom are willing to pay legitimate salary and benefits, who struggle without capable help. Did those onion & potato farmers "win"? All that is considered "good" may not be so in the extreme.

Tim Houghtaling

Dear Editor:
In response to Mr. Utterbacks and Mr. Roberts' letters (5/7/08 ID): Competitors steal, indeed. Unfortunately we must deal with them in doing business, in dating, in working environment etc. If the new store next door offering customers better service and prices than mine, and many of my customers shop there, it's an unfortunate for me but either I have to compete and bring back my customers' loyalty by offering better service and prices than the next door business or in close my business for good and or commit suicide as a loser. Anti immigrationists here like whining kids who want to make it illegal for others to set up businesses "next door" for less and better so they can jack up prices to their customers forever. Regarding bad tainted Chinese products, let the market and consumers decide about them, consumers can decide whether they buy them or not, and it's up to the Chinese whether they're selling good and reasonable priced products or losing the competition then. Legal or illegal is very subjective, something "legal" is not necessarily just and good. Racist discriminatory laws maybe "legal" for some, but unjust and depicable for many. I never support any welfare state nor protectionist one. Protectionism is unfair and not working. Those who hate the reality that they must compete with others, better go to exile in the Antartic instead.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
In response to Jim Roberts' letter (05/08/08 ID): That is correct. The u.s. citizen is paying taxes for the 19% of wealthy for many of the 168 countries of the world who pay NO taxes. They live in mansions, having many mansions, where the u.s. citizen are being evicted from their homes, and foreigns from many poor coutries can afford to fly around the world, and the rich are regimes that our military protects. So, are we as americans guarding the world for democracy or are we upholding hundreds of regimes who pay no taxes for their military protection that costs hundreds of billions of dollars. Now we see the rice, where these wealthy of 168 countries pay no taxes, export their rice for high prices and the US give their poor rice. Is that fair to the US citizen? Illegal immigration by the tens of millions taking our jobs and placing their dependents medical and education and use of our public infrastructure, physical and social are the last straw. We left the u.s. because we couldn't afford to live in the US with medium income and the illegals ride the big yellow school buses we paid for, the public school we paid for and they get it at our expense but my own kids i had to remove because we were being victims of corruption having paid every bill we ever owed, and still being victimized by fraudulent medical facilities and fraudulent billing services that have the immunity of the state statues. Don't tell me illegals immigration is morally right, it is the cause of collapse of society and until the corruption in the legislatures brings to justice the bribes, US society will continue to falter until the US citizens have had enough.

David Utterback

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