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Immigration Daily May 23, 2008
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American Suicide

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in a commencement address to University of Pennsylvania graduates, argued "For America, the key to innovation boils down to one word. The key to innovation is immigration. Our nation's greatest historic strength is that we've always welcomed the best and brightest from every corner of the globe. And yet every year, Congress shuts the door to hundreds of thousands of doctors, scientists, engineers and artists from around the world who want to work here. It's the greatest case of national self-sabotage and attempted suicide I can imagine. If our country's future is going to be as great as our past, we have to start realizing that immigrants have always been - and always will be - one of our greatest economic and cultural assets."

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The PERM Workshop Save $100 Deadline Is May 31st

ILW.COM is pleased to announce The PERM Workshop which will be held on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 in Vancouver, Canada. The Save $100 Deadline is May 31st. The speakers are Joel Stewart, Angelo A. Paparelli, Rohit Turkhud, and other speakers to be announced The curriculum is as follows:

Session 1: Mechanics of PERM: Preparation & Prevailing Wage

  • Understanding O*Net
  • Understanding Job Zones & SVP
  • How to use the DOL's Trinary System: SVP Ranges, Competency Levels, and Educational Ratings for Schedule D Professionals
Session 2: The Recruitment Process & Strategy
  • Tips for Advertising, Coordinating the Campaign in 180 Days
  • Analysis of the 10 Professional Recruitment Options
  • Review of Resumes, Contacting and Interviewing US Workers, Recruitment Reports & Categorizing Reasons for Rejection, Preparing the Record File and Supporting Documents
Session 3: Restrictive Requirements, Audit Proofing, and Electronic Filing
  • Defining Normal Requirements, Foreign Languages, Combination of Occupations, Alternative Requirements, Actual Minimum Requirements, Combinations of Education Experience, and Training
  • Layoffs, Alien Influence and Control
  • Documentation of Employer, Job Requirements v. Alien Qualifications, How to Fill in H-4 to H-10, When and Where to Put the Magic Language
  • Tips on Filing Electronically
Session 4: Reconsideration, Appeals to BALCA, & Federal Court Litigation
  • Understanding Audit Letters and Final Determinations, Retention of Documents, CO Requests for supplemental information and/or documentation, Supervised Recruitment Pros & Cons
  • Motions to Reconsider with or without Request for Appeal, Which BALCA En Banc Cases Differ from PERM, Arguing Harmless Error after Matter of Health America
  • Legal Arguments on Appeal, When Introduction of New Facts May be Possible, Exhausting Administrative Appeals Not Required
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!


A Complete Marketing Message Screens Prospects, Makes Efficient Use Of Your Time
Trey Ryder writes "The more information you give prospects, the more likely you are to win new clients."

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CBP Releases Global Entry Program Information Guide
CBP released an information guide on the Global Entry program.


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.

Case Management Technology
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Expert Witness Services
Are you involved in litigation requiring an expert witness with a sophisticated knowledge of immigration law and agency practice? Look no further. Angelo Paparelli and Lory Rosenberg offer their services as expert witnesses. Their litigation experience includes business, tax, employment, personal injury and family disputes as well as criminal-defense. Angelo has twice been named by his peers as the world's leading authority on corporate immigration and received the AILA President's Award for his work in mergers and acquisitions. Lory is a former Judge on the Board of Immigration Appeals, adjunct professor, co-author of the treatise, "Immigration Law and Crimes", and the recipient of AILA's prestigious Edith Lowenstein award. Offices in CA, NY & MD; Services: worldwide. To discuss how we can assist you with your case, contact Angelo Paparelli at 949-955-5555 or


Enforcement On Steroids: Homeland Security's Emerging Immigration Police State
The idea that the government isn't trying to enforce its immigration laws is hogwash -- the problem is that it's all it's doing.

Immigration Reform Under The Next U.S. President
Immigration advocates say the prospect of immigration reform under the next U.S. president is slim, but the way immigration plays out in the election could change the face of the Republican Party.


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Immigration Event - Riverside, CA
May 28 - University of California, Riverside is pleased to present a "Roundtable on Race, Immigration and Public Policy". Participants are Vanesa Estrada, Tomas Jimenez, Max Neiman, and Karthick Ramakrishnan. 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:
This year AILA members have a choice of three good candidates. I am voting for Doug Stump. I have known Doug Stump for a long time. he is the kind of guy who will shake things up at national for the good. It seems to me that the organization we pay high dues to should do more for us. It seems that the members have become the cash cow that national needs to sustain itself. Why is it that we pay our dues and then have to pay for every workshop, webinar, and tidbit of information. Everything about national seems designed to separate us from our money. Our dues give us the "priviledge" of being a captive market where we pay for the information that we pay to receive twice. Doug understands what the solo aila practitioner goes through trying to be the best that he or she can be. His is a three person law office. He understands that change comes from the top and that it is not possible unless new blood is introduced into the chain of command. I like the other two candidates but they do not represent change. Electing Doug Stump will start the change that has to start from the ground up.

Thomas Esparza, Jr., Esq.
Austin, TX

Dear Editor:
In response to popular demand (05/22/08 ID), my letters will stop using the term "racist" from now now on, and will instead use the less pejorative term "prejudiced". However, this should be of scant comfort to anyone who harbors negative views toward Latin American immigrants or any other racial, ethnic or social group, because a glance at Webster's dictionary shows that "racism" and "prejudice" mean essentially the same thing, namely "irrational hostility" to an "individual, group or race". Judging by the tone of most of the restrictionist letters that have appeared recently in ID, few restrictinists would deny that they are hostile to immigrants, especially those from Mexico and Central America. The question is whether this hostility is rational. Arguably, in the case of illegal immigrants, it may be to some extent, but why should restrictionists be so hostile to legal immigration? One would think that there would be wide support for significant increases in legal immigration, because this would reduce the incentives to come here illegally or to overstay visas. But, reading most restrictionist letters, one finds a hostility toward legal immigrants even greater, if anything, than that toward illegal ones. Some ID letters, while themselves free from even the slightest hint of prejudice, question whether any of this matters. Why, these letters ask, don't we just ignore "academic" questions such as whether prejudice exists and get on with the business of improving our laws? This head in the sand attitude reminds me of a recent New Yorker Magazine cartoon showing a man in a taxi heading down Park Avenue, only to be blocked by an enormous dinosaur towering over the New York skyscrapers. He says to the driver, "OK, let's take FDR drive instead". The monster of prejudice is looming over our immigration system, threatening to destroy it.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
I have just signed up for Immigration Daily because of the article by Bill Dahl entitled,"Immipartheid: The Disease Wiithout a Name" (05/21/08 ID). I have been so frustrated with the attitudes of my fellow Americans and have been looking for "a voice of reason" and a way to verbalize or visualize our present situation. I think that Bill did a great job, and I intend to refer others to his article and to your website. My state of Missouri has just passed a restrictive immigration bill , and although I write and call my representatives, I understand that they get 70 or 80 phone calls for a "higher fence" as opposed to revision of the laws. It is past time for good people to "call 911"---but it's quite a problem when most of the medics are sick , too.

Mary Meinhardt

Dear Editor:
Mr. Utterback's letter (05/22/08 ID) is truly misleading us. America has never invited ones to come to its shores nor the Natives living at that time did the same. European settlers came to the Americans by and elsewhere by their own free will and determination for the same reasons as today's immigrants as well, to seek out better live, opportunities and survival from oppresive regimes and persecution. Mr. Utterback's letter also expressed the truly nature of this debate that is the fear and dislike of new competition from new comers. That's about it. It's all the same litany of complaint from centuries ago until today from who called themselves as "the natives" of the land. Re: Mr. Robert's letter (05/22/08 ID), Jesus teaches every Christians to be good Samaritans, and to love others as we love ourselves. If ones confest themselves as Christians and believe in treating others as less human than themselves without rights and dignity just because they're "strangers" and "foreigners" void of rights to survive, pursue happiness and safety and better lives and opportunities to satisfy their own selfish interests, I just wonder which Jesus they believe at and which Gospel they're referring to. This debate about immigration and trade is not about racial supremacy etc., it's purely about fear of competition, there are ones that live in self denial and hate the reality that they have to compete by merits and stop taking anything for granted just being "lucky" US born Americans.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
Regarding Ben's letter (05/22/08 ID): The Americans now need help. Why should we be paying aid in the first place? We need all our aid money for Americans. Are the US citizens the slaves proclaiming democracy when the worlds wealthy are becoming more wealthy not caring for their own. All we're doing is paying the foreign rich for doing what they should do themselves. How is it, the US citizen is responsible for hunger when 19% of 168 countries are super wealthy. Why is it we are picking up the tab? If non US citizens want to come in as overseas workers for $350 a month under a contract where their employer pays their medical, housing under the world standard of millions of overseas workers thats the way. Leave their families back in their host country. That works too. Lets stop foreign aid as it doesnt produce democracy, but puts the burden of world democracy on Americans. That is not democray, but a welfare world at americans hard work. If democracy works why do they need more and more foreign aid? Jim Roberts letter (05/22/08 ID) speaks the truth. This group is much like alcoholics Anonymous. They're basically co-dependents using each other, blaming America for their illegal status. Always clinging onto racism as a support like alcoholic is to an alcoholic. The US is the least country in the world to be racist. As a previous Post last year said 'whats hard to understand about the word illegal' That's the issue. What are you going to do with 300 million citizens that want Justice under the law? You know in this world, we work for what we get. Even our own kids must work when they leave home. How is it, I am to pay their way?

David Utterback

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