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Three Choices

This year AILA members have a choice of three candidates--T. Douglas Stump, Ruth Oh and Romy Kapoor--for the position of Executive Committee Secretary of AILA. Eligible voters should have received an email with instructions on how to cast their vote electronically or a paper ballot in the mail. We encourage all eligible AILA members to make a choice. If you have already voted, please consider encouraging those who haven't, to do so. Active participation by the bar in matters of bar governance makes for a healthier bar. Get involved.

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by writing to


Investor Visas Workshop Save $100 Deadline Is May 31st

ILW.COM is pleased to announce The Investor Visas Workshop which will be held on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 in Vancouver, Canada. The Save $100 Deadline is May 31st. The speakers are Lincoln Stone, David Andersson, Edward J. Carroll, Steve Fischel And Linda Lau. The curriculum is as follows:

Session 1: The EB-5 category

  • Basic Eligibility for the I-526 petition
  • Thorny Issues in preparing the I-526 petition
  • Practice Pointers for the I-526 petition
Session 2: Beyond the Initial Petition
  • EB-5 case processing problems and issues
  • The I-829 petition
  • Regional center designation and oversight
Session 3: EB-5 and Investments
  • Overview of active regional centers
  • Due diligence
  • Professional responsibility standards
Session 4: Liability Considerations
  • Business and securities law issues
  • Financial advisors and advice regarding investment
  • Best practices on limiting risks
For details on curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, please see: For the fax form, see here. The Save $100 Deadline is May 31st, don't delay, act today!


Two New Gang-Based Asylum Victories
David L. Cleveland writes "To say that there is judicial hostility to asylum applicants who flee gangs in Central America is an understatement. "

Bloggings: May 22, 2008
Greg Siskind shares the latest entries to his blog.

To submit an Article for consideration, write to


USCIS Publishes Fact Sheet On Iraqi Refugee Processing
USCIS published a fact sheet on Iraqi refugee processing.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Newark, NJ and New York, NY - Proskauer Rose LLP, one of the nation's largest law firms, seeks immigration paralegal. Must have a minimum three to five years experience with non-immigrant and immigrant casework (HIB, LIA, LIB, TN, E, O1, PERM, EB1, etc.), generating and completing forms, entering data into a case management system, and performing research. Bachelors Degree preferred. Excellent English writing skills and attention to detail required. Please send resumes to Angela Houghton via email to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Boston, MA - Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. has immediate openings for a senior and a junior immigration paralegal for busy Immigration practice. Candidates must have experience in business immigration law, including preparation of H-1B, L-1, O-1 and E-1/E-2 visa petitions and labor certification cases. Responsibilities include the preparation and filing of business and employment-related immigration documentation and communications with government agencies and clients. Senior paralegal's responsibilities include supervising and mentoring junior paralegals. Qualified candidates must have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, accuracy, consistency and job ownership. The ideal candidates must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Bachelor's degree is required. Junior paralegal position requires 3+ years of experience and Senior paralegal position requires 7+ years of experience. Send cover letter and resume to EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Miami, FL - Feldenkrais Law, P.A. seeks immigration attorney with minimum 3-5 years of corporate business immigration experience with filings for H Visas, L visas, E visas, O visas, PERM cases and green cards. 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 (RFE responses, explanatory letters to clients, analytical case planning memos, etc.) to Michael Feldenkrais:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Miami, FL - Feldenkrais Law, P.A. seeks senior level immigration paralegals. 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 communicating with 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 preffered. Competitive salary. Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Michael Feldenkrais:

Help Wanted: Immigration Professionals
Multiple Locations - USCIS seeks over 500 entry level Immigration Services Officers. Positions are available in duty locations around the nation at the GS-5/7/9 grade levels. Starting salaries range from $26,264 to $39,795. Promotion potential and regular salary increases may also be available. USCIS will accept applications starting Monday, May 12, through Monday, May 26, 2008. New recruits will attend a 8-week training program and practicum, during which new recruits will be provided with the skills needed to adjudicate applications and petitions. Applicants can qualify for the GS-5/7/9 grade levels based on education, experience, or a combination of both education and experience. All academic majors are acceptable for these positions. For more info, see here: Please be sure to reference vacancy announcement number: FCIP-187891. To review the official vacancy announcement, key in vacancy announcement number: FCIP-187891 at OPM USA Jobs website.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Chicago, IL - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP seeks senior level immigration paralegals. 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 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

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:

EB-5 Business For Sale
US EB-5 opportunity - Lumber manufacturing, Barnes Manufacturing Co., Kenbridge, VA, Lunenburg County. $2.7 million USD. No debt or inventory included. To view pictures and an appraisal report, see here. To discuss further, contact Thomas Barnes at: or call 434-955-0595 (after 10 am EST). All inquiries will be kept confidential.


Media Matters New Study On Inflammatory Reporting Of Illegal Immigration Issue
Media Matters Action Network has released a new study, "Fear & Loathing in Prime Time: Immigration Myths and Cable News" that details the near-hysterical reporting surrounding the critical and complicated issue of illegal immigration.

Another GOP Challenge For Sen. McCain: Immigration
Rank-and-file Republicans will be confused and upset when they figure out what John McCain's stance on immigration actually looks like.


Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or fewer at no charge), email: Readers interested in learning about featuring your event or conference in Immigration Daily, see here. To feature your newsletter in Immigration Daily, see here.

Immigration Event - Teleconferences
May 30 - The Office of the CIS Ombudsman is hosting teleconferences to discuss your interactions with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Upcoming Teleconferences: "USCIS Summer 2007 Application Surge: How Is It Affecting You Now?" Friday, May 30, 1:30-2:30 EDT and "Visas for Nurses: How Does This Impact Your Medical Facility?" Friday, May 30, 3:00-4:00 EDT. To participate in these calls, please RSVP to specifying which call you would like to join. For more info, see here:


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:
Marty Ficke's letter (05/21/08 ID) asks whether we will soon have "undocumented US citizens". The answer could very well be yes, if in our zeal to persecute both legal and illegal immigrants, we adopt a national ID card. Already, at least 20 states have passed laws, one of which was recently upheld by the US Supreme Court, imposing ID requirements intended to make it harder for African-American and Latino US citizens to vote. As my letter (05/21/08 ID) also suggested, the more that we move toward police state methods to deal with the perceived dangers of immigration, the more American citizens will suffer. A good example was the 2006 bill, HR 3437, that would have made it a felony for US citizens to give any kind of vaguely defined "assistance" to even the most technical immigration violator. Some states are now reportedly considering similar provisions, including ones giving local police the power to stop people in the street to demand their papers. If these proposals go through, the jails would be full of "undocumented US citizens", many, but by no means all, of whom would be minorities, How many of our freedoms are we willing to give up in order to indulge in the prejudice against unpopular minority immigrants that, reluctant though some ID readers may be to pay attention to history, has always been and still is so much a part of our "culture"?

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Some of you guys just don't get it! What would you rather have? Give billions of dollars in aid to their country in return for nothing and stab us in the back? Or would you rather let them come over here and work for us cheap; pay taxes on what they earn; spend money here; and send money to their country with what they have left. This way, they earn their own way, help our economy (which is a proven fact) and the money they send home relieves us having to give their country billions in welfare with no return.


Dear Editor:
Roger Algase's letter (05/21/08 ID) has denounced two other letters against illegal immigration as racist. I would suggest that Jim Roberts's letter is not racist, but easily fooled for believing the crazed internet post by some lunatic claiming to be a commander in "the Azatlan front" whose full-time pregnant wife draws welfare for their brood of resentful revolutionary children, etc. Mr. Algase's letter, instead of applying some skepticism about the far too perfect source of alarm that might get through to others, rolls out the racist charge again. Somehow, I do not think the letter-writers against illegal immigration are likely to be convinced by being called "avowedly racist", especially when the letter-writer has disavowed racism in past correspondence. As for Mr. Algase's letter's more grounded concerns about conditions surrounding immigration detention in this country, I wonder how they compare to our jails, prisons and our worse nursing homes? The Washington Post's excellent reportage on this issue makes it sound similar, but given the necessarily anecdotal nature of the reportage, it is hard to tell if it is worse, better, or about the same. The ICE report on compliance with detention standards published in ID (05/09/08 ID) sheds some useful light on just how prevalent such abuses are. Immigration is a serious public policy debate about both ends and means, and unless I underestimate the sophistication of my fellow Americans, waving the bloody shirts of "racism" and "treason" are more likely to undermine one's arguments than buttress them. Mr. Yang's letter (05/21/08 ID) managed not to actually insult a single letter writer even while heatedly taking on a broad range of their arguments, so it can be done.

Honza Prchal
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
The letter of R. Algase (5/21/08 ID) must be a record for falsehoods including tired and meaningless charges of "racist" and "hatred" which are no more applicable to those concerned with high entry numbers than they would be to those concerned with the exceding of speed limits on highways. In both, it is the imprudent, reckless behavior of excess which endangers societal safe limits. America has more entry than any nation, but it is never enough for some. Like drug addicts stupified beyond reason and logic, for profits or ideology, they refuse to accept prudent limits or enforcement thereof. All of the blame that the RA letter places upon US should be upon those who came illegally, but it does prove the premise of Dr. Lyle Rossiter, author of the new book, "The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness". He 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, and subordinating him to the will of the government". The letter of R. Yang (5/21/08 ID) mistakes Jesus for Santa Clause who will grant every wish. In reality, mercy cannot rob justice as Jesus honored the law in sacrifice for the sins or broken laws of the world and also advised to, "render unto Caesar...". The articles of B. Dahl (5/21/08 ID) and R. Gittelson (5/19/08 ID) tediously twist reason, facts and hyperbole to arrive at their predetermined promotion of amnesty and could learn from the wisdom and brevity of the late Barbara Jordan, 1995Chair, U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, who said: "Those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave."

Jim Roberts

Dear Editor:
Regarding Roger Algase, Esq.'s letter (05/21/08 ID), again and again it is accurately described that is not racism. The letter's words 'attitude of hatred toward minority immigrants, legal and illegal, that has become America's epidemic and its shame.' 1) We always had Latino's then called mexicans in our schools during the 1940's and 50's. There was no racism. 2) America is the only country in the world to take in peoples from every country in the world. We used to that, thats who we are. Americans are people from all over the world. But, letter wants one race, the latino, to be a favored race. Back in the 1900's when america advertised to foreigners to come to America, the praries were void of people. There was no publc infrastructure,no roads, no schools, no hospitals, nothing. But they came to America and their average life in the late 1800's was 49 years old. It was a hard life. Today, illegals want to come in univited, to pick the fruits of the infrastructure, having others pay their way. they want to compete with the American citizen for their jobs, they want the american to pay their kids education, medical. Thats the big differance between the immigrants of the 1800's and 1900's and today. They carved out from the hundreds of square miles of grasslands a life. They built schools, churches, cities from the land. Thats a really big differance from what illegals do. If america favors illegals then we beocme racist against all the people of the world. The letter want one race to be supreme in lawlessness, entering illagal. I have no debate with Mr. Roberts' letter. thats a misnomer. I simply made a comment to his letter. Thats not a 'debate'.

David Utterback

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