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Immigration Daily May 28, 2008
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Today's Immigration Daily issue features various items of interest, including two articles on H1Bs and labor certs, news from USCIS and CBP, help wanted ads for attorney and paralegal positions, links to items on immigration from newspaper websites, an announcement of a book on immigration policy and many letters to the Editor. Please scroll down to find the item(s) of interest to you.

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Crimes And Immigration: A Definitive Manual For Winning Cases

The following is the table of contents for this book which is now being shipped:

  • Chapter 1: Evaluating A Criminal Case For Immigration Purposes
  • Chapter 2: Criminal Grounds Of Inadmissibility And Waivers
  • Chapter 3: Criminal Grounds Of Deportability
  • Chapter 4: Good Moral Character
  • Chapter 5: Detention And Removal Of Noncitizens Charged With Criminal Grounds Of Inadmissibility Or Deportability
  • Chapter 6: Applications For Relief From Removal For Criminal Aliens In Removal Proceedings
  • Chapter 7: Working With Criminal Defense Counsel And The Criminal Courts On The Structure And Amelioration Of Convictions
  • Chapter 8: Judicial Review
  • CD-ROM: Over 700 Critical Documents - Significant statutory provisions of 8 USC, 18 USC, and other public laws, Relevant regulatory sections and forms from USCIS and EOIR, Key BIA and Federal Court cases, Links to informative internet resources, etc.
For more info, and to order, please see here. For the fax order form, see here.


H-1Bs: Still Not The Best And The Brightest
Norman Matloff for The Center For Immigration Studies writes "Most foreign tech workers, particularly those from Asia, are in fact not 'the best and the brightest.' "

Bloggings: May 28, 2008
Joel Stewart shares the latest entries to his blog.

To submit an Article for consideration, write to


USCIS Releases Supplemental Q&A On OPT Extension
USCIS released supplemental Question and Answers regarding the April 4, 2008 interim final rule on extending the period of Optional Practical Training (OPT) for qualified F-1 non-immigrant students.

CBP Moves Up Global Entry Start Date
CBP published a notice in the federal register moving up the start date of the Global Entry pilot 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:

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.

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.

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:


More Than 300 L.A.-Area Arrests Made In Crackdown On Immigration Violations
In California, the three-week operation led to the arrest of more than 900 immigrants, most of whom committed crimes, ignored deportation orders or returned to the U.S. after removal, officials say.

New Visa Curbs Hit Seasonal Employers
With summer approaching, U.S. businesses that rely heavily on seasonal immigrant workers are grappling with a crippling labor shortage.


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 Book
"The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers" Jane Guskin and David L. Wilson, Monthly Review Press, 144 pp. Paperback, ISBN: 1583671552, $11.95


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 am afraid Juan Correa's letter's suggestion (05/27/2008 ID) to "legalize today all our people that are great contributors to this great nation" is an oversimplification of a very large problem and fails to address reality. In reality, America needs the illegals less than the illegals need America. If America did not have the illegals, it would need to pass laws that would allow the importation of foreign workers in order to satisfy any demand there may be. But if America were to magically legalize an estimated 12 million illegals, the task would be so onerous as to bring the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services to its knees, unable to dig out from under the backlogs for what I would estimate to be 30 years. It was 20 years after the failed Amnesty of 1986, which failed in its intention to stop illegal immigration, before the mess was finally cleaned up. America simply cannot legalize the illegals, but instead a plan needs to be drafted that will face human reality, while doing what is best for America's economic interests. It is only through rationality that the mess Congress allowed to occur over the past twenty years can be undone - if it ever can be undone. Since Congress has not been rational about immigration policies and enforcement in the past, one would wonder if we can expect anything different in the future.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Regarding ID comment (05/27/08 ID): The American people should be aware of how difficult the imigration laws currently are written. People need a fair and appropriate course of for reform and should contact their Senators and Congressman with strong feelings. I feel the ten year ban should be lifted and people should be able to go to their native land and return to the U.S. legally.


Dear Editor:
Hoza Prachals letter (05/23/08 ID) discussing the rational for Voter Registration Laws is incredibly naive. The United States the World leader in exporting democracy has one of the lowest voter turn-outs on the planet. Political parties in particular Republicans abhor the idea of "one man" one vote. Why else would voting in the Land of the Free become so bogged down in bureacracy? Our "system" is designed to discourage voting of "undesireables". Voter "fraud" could easily be dealt with in a fashion similar to that of Third World Countries around the globe. The purple thumb method. Free and Fair elections are not for America they are only for the countries we deem to be targets of our precious exportable democracy.

Janet Fitzgerald

Dear Editor:
Why bother to pass Laws that will not be defended. Making legislation is only one part of our process. We have three branches of government that is suppose to work as balancing agents against the other. Our courts seek to legislate, Our executive branch has laid down or gone above the Law. Our legislature branch has decided to execute judgment in banking, oil, and baseball. Simple part of the law states you must have legal entry into the US. Our sovereignty is dependent on it. We have banged injustice so often in other countries that they feel obligated to return the favor. The United Nations is not a group we need to be part of. The President has placed him and his staff above the law. We know why... but it is wrong. secure the borders. Provide proper process of voter ID, work together in the process of removing illegal aliens from the US ( personally I would invite all to return to their Home Country and begin processing papers for re-entry at a point in the future). I would collect fees for processing special situations here only with the understanding that immediate deportation will be used upon final consideration (not to exceed 20 days from point of filing). In other words get your business in order just in case.

Charles Waldie Jr

Dear Editor:
Regarding Mayor Bloomberg's stand on immigration (05/23/08 ID comment), here in Northwest Arkansas we have received an overwhelming number of illegal immigrants. None are on record as being "professional." Migrant workers with virtually no education. The Mayor is quite wealthy, we all know that. I personally agree with a few of his positions on issues. However, his stand on guns and immigration has alienated mega millions of Americans. Without guns, and the help provided to obtain them by American citizens, many of Hebrew ancestry, there would be no Israel. Yet the Mayor wishes to disarm my wife and myself in the face of ever increasing danger. Does anyone think his body guards are unarmed?

Ken Roberts

Dear Editor:
Even George Washington was immigrant. Except the native Indians are all immigrants...right?

Sian Mang

Dear Editor:
The letter of David Murray (5/27/08 ID) identifies the US entry dilemma with: "viewpoints of what is good for America differ dramatically" Restrictionists feel that just about all of the stated benefits of immigration are achieved with very limited, selected and enforced entry while avoiding most of the negative factors that come with the excessive polyglot we have today, Others, such as the letters of R. Algase (5/27/08 ID) never mention limits and dogmatically spew seemingly deliberate disinformation dogma with statements such as calling the reality of the "reconquista" movement a "fantasy" and attempting to compare the mention of it to "Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion" which many believe to be valid and not a "hatemongers" "forgery". The website concludes that "Protocols" has never been disproven and: "The fact that the Protocols are demonstrably the agenda to which the world's politicians have orchestrated public and secretive manoeuvres to bring the world to the brink of a new world order under a one world government, is almost impossible to refute". It is not abusive, but a valid , objective expression of US sovereignty to limit and control entry, particularly in view of the excessive legal and illegal numbers as well as the radical comments of some Atzlan Latinos and organizations. As for: "deaths at the Mexican border", all of these are due to the illegals, smugglers and drug dealers while the BP and the MM have always rendered aid when possible, consistent "with the values of a civilized, democratic society". Enforcement is an essential part of responsible entry policy because of violators. It is divisive, irresponsible, race-baiting, anarchy and just plain wrong to call it: "popular prejudice, political pandering, and persecution".

Jim Roberts

Dear Editor:
In response to Ben's letter (05/27/08 ID): We're not giving; its being taken away. We the people, own the country, and whats best for the people, meaning the citizens, is all that counts. We're not giving, we're upholding world regimes that keep their people poor. We're not giving, its all to compensate big business for profiteering at the expense of the citizen. So the u.s gives, and the world's regimes make 1% of the world own 50%. What is the object here, the health of the citizenship or the profits of big business. What happened to democracy. What the letter is referring to is a society owned by big business. What the letter is fostering is a dictatorship of big business favoring illegals. The letter's thinking is like a kids, but it omits the realities of history. History repeats itself people, history is not going to stop that. It is a pipedream but it will never materialize into reality. Forget latino's, forget the hate thing, the racist, prejudiced viewpoint for a moment and look at history. They have been encouraged to come into this country thinking they are gonna get something for nothing. I can tell you i worked for over 40 years in the US and every morning peole americans drive thru blizzards, to get to work. The letter is running down the people that make the US a monster economy in the world is in itself very very prejudiced. When you've put the americans in the food line, then your taxes will go up and when you ask for a raise to cover increased taxes for welfare, the rich, the employers don't care about you, you're just cheap labor and when you're in the ranks you desire, they turn on you too. Rationalize that folks.

David Utterback

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