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Short Version And Erratum

Members of the ILW.COM team will be at the ILW.COM workshops in Vancouver this week, and later at the ILW.COM booth in the exhibit hall there. As is our custom, we will run a shortened version of Immigration Daily for this week.

Due to a production error, some data in a table in "Consular Corner: June 2008" by Liam Schwarz were in error. The table has now been corrected, we regret the error.

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


Family-Based Immigration: Nuts And Bolts

Our new book, Family-Based Immigration: Nuts & Bolts; Editor: Charles Wheeler of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) features:

++ Chapters: Immediate Relatives And The Preference System, Overview Of The Application Process For Permanent Residence, Adjustment Of Status, Consular Processing, Immigrating Through Marriage, Grounds Of Inadmissibility, Waivers Of Inadmissibility, Affidavit Of Support, Self-Petitions For Abused Spouses And Children, & Ethics

++ 35 Appendices include: Sample Request For Criminal History, Documenting I-130 Petitions, Sample Motion To Reinstate I-130, Consular Processing Instruction Package, Consular Processing Appointment Package, Suggested Evidence Of Bona Fide Marriage, I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA 212(h) (Criminal Convictions), I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA 212(i) (Fraud Or Misrepresentation), I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA 212(a)(9) (B)(v) (Unlawful Presence), & I-212, Request For Permission To Reapply For Admission After Deportation

++ CD-ROM includes: relevant regulatory sections from 8 CFR, 22 CFR, etc., many forms from USCIS, DOS, SSA & IRS, significant statutory provisions, key BIA & Federal cases, selected USCIS memos, public health service documents, etc.

For more info on Family-Based Immigration: Nuts & Bolts, and to order, For the fax order form, see here.


USCIS On Processing Questions
USCIS Acting Director Jonathan Scharfen posted a blog entry on the DHS leadership journal responding to 400 comments on his previous blog entry.

USCIS On Iraq Refugees
USCIS issued a fact sheet on Iraqi refugee processing.


Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Secaucus, NJ - Ernst & Young LLP seeks Inbound Visa & Immigration Coordinator who will be responsible for the firm's J-1 exchange training program. This process includes reviewing and assessing all incoming requests, ensuring all participants meet Department of State requirements, processing visa forms and fees, ensuring all proper documents are collected in each file, monitor all J-1 cases from start to finish, updating SEVIS system on a weekly basis, follow-up with J-1 participants on work location changes and address changes. Coordinate H-1B, L-1, TN, E-3 and green cards processes with outside immigration counsel, counsel international business travelers on work permit/visa requirements, assist HR/Recruiting community that involves immigration sponsorship, and assess impact emerging legislation on our business. Bachelor's degree, equivalent work experience, 2+ years of business immigration experience, international exposure & cultural awareness a plus, experience working with government agencies, foreign embassies and outside counsel, knowledge of HR issues, strong verbal and written communication skills, organizational skills, attention to detail and sensitivity to timing, ability to work in a fast pace environment and support client-vendor relationships, good judgment and analytical skills. For more info and to apply online enter the job number 00IX6 here or email resume with cover letter to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Madison, WI - Quarles & Brady LLP, a national law firm, seeks experienced immigration legal assistant/paralegal. Candidates should have a Bachelor's degree and experience preparing H-1B, L-1, TN & Labor Certification cases. Additional experience a plus. Must have good writing skills, strong academic background, and appreciation for other cultures and peoples. Quarles & Brady LLP offers a competitive salary and benefit package, in a congenial work environment located in downtown Madison. For immediate, confidential consideration, please fax or email a cover letter including a resume to: Quarles & Brady LLP (414) 277-5239 or

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
New York, NY - Levitt & Needleman, P.C., a 13 person midtown immigration law firm, seeks immigration paralegal with 2+ years of experience with business applications: nonimmigrant and immigrant. Experience with family based, naturalization, and other applications a plus. Ideal candidate has BA degree, is detail oriented, organized, and conscientious. Candidate must also possess excellent writing, communication, and case management skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Email resume and cover letter in MS Word format to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Pittsburgh, PA - Fujitsu Consulting, an international IT services and consulting company, seeks an immigration paralegal for its in-house immigration department. The paralegal will participate in all aspects of the department's employment-based immigration practice. Candidates must be detail-oriented, possess solid writing skills, and be capable of working in a fast-paced and deadline-driven environment. A bachelor's or higher degree is required. Experience as an immigration paralegal is preferred, though not required. Salary is competitive. All qualified applicants are invited to apply. Please email your resume to EOE.

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.

J-1 Visa Program
Discover the ease and flexibility of the J-1 Trainee visa with AIESEC United States. For 50 years, AIESEC U.S. has offered foreign nationals the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally by sponsoring exchange visitor traineeships. Enjoy unparalleled customer service, including in-depth guidance on J-1 Trainee visa regulations and the changes effective July 2007. We also offer logistical and cultural reception services in locations nationwide. Expect a 24-48 hr. application processing time. The J-1 Trainee visa can be used for individuals to participate in training programs in the following fields: information media and communications, education, social sciences, library science, counseling and social services, management, business, commerce and finance, the sciences, engineering, architecture, mathematics and industrial occupations, public administration, and law. Attorneys interested in learning more about AIESEC United States and the J-1 Trainee visa, please email Melany Hamner:


Over the horizon a housing recovery
"Not all immigrants buy houses, but many immigrants buy houses. That has a positive effect on the prices in a market."

Bush's Billion-Dollar Immigration Gulag
ICE has created a multi-billion dollar industry for holding immigrants deemed "removable" by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Texas farms are suffering from a labor crisis
A solution for the farm labor crisis cannot wait until a new president and Congress decide to revisit this toughest of issues. The cost of losing control of our food supply is too great.


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:
Jim Roberts' previous letters have all claimed to be in favor of objective, rational discussion in order to determine the levels of immigration that would be in the best interests of the United States, free of name-calling or disparaging the motives of the other side. Above all, Mr. Roberts' previous letters have vigorously disavowed any suggestion that they might have been motivated by prejudice against Latinos or any other racial or ethnic group. However, his latest letter (06/23/08 ID) refers to the writings of Patrick Buchanan as an authority on immigration policy. This is the same Patrick Buchanan who, earlier in his career, wrote that the trial of a former Nazi concentration camp guard might have been an injustice similar to that of the notorious anti-semitic Dreyfus case in France at the turn of the last century. It would be almost impossible to imagine a greater insult to Holocaust victims and their survivors. Buchanan's current obsession with the "Hispanicization" of America, which he claims is a threat to this country's continued existence, also has strong racial overtones. Jim Roberts' letter calls anyone who disagrees with his restrictive views on immigration a traitor to America. This is not exactly the kind of dispassionate, objective discussion of immigration policy that Mr. Roberts previous letters claim to have supported all along. Are Mr. Roberts' letters finally showing their true colors? No pun, of course, is intended.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Robert Yang's well-reasoned response (06/23/2008 ID) to Mr.Utterback and Mr.Roberts' letters (06/1/9/2008), however, in the 21st century, when the world has perhaps more than ten thousand times more people and perhaps more than a million times more economy and business competition between nations, and when now the majority of the people - at least in first and second world economic powers - are literate, we cannot base immigration policies on religious concepts of love and compassion, but rather must rely on sound economic planning. That being said, neither can America become racist,or religious in it's approach to immigration issues, either pro or contra - and by this I mean total impartialilty, not pandering to, or discriminating against any racial group. But this does not mean thrwing the borders opento lawbreakers, or rewarding lawbreakers with benefits that exeed those who have patiently awaited their turn under the present quota system that is the law of the land? We have an estimated 12 million illegal in the USA because the former INS and present ICE/CBP have sadly failed over the last twenty years to do their job. Now that they are doing their job, they get criticism . . . perhaps rightly so, but how does any of this solve the US immigration crisis?

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
The letter of Jim Roberts, (6/23/08 ID), reminds me of the guy who digs a hole so deep, he can't climb out, but attempts to keep digging anyway. In my letter of 6/19/08, I condemned and repudiated the premise of his letter of 6/18/08, in which he implied that restrictionist points of view were in fact synonymous with the viewpoints of all American citizens. The implication of his letter of 6/23/08, is that the letter doesn't understand what all the fuss was about, after all, all the letter did was "merely pointing out the obvious perspective of the four letters (6/17/08 ID)." In other words, in the letter's opinion, all "true" American citizens are unsympathetic to the viewpoint of immigrants. Once again, I have to object to, repudiate, and condemn this erroneous and frankly alarming premise. To continue along the Roberts' letter's Shakespearian theme, the letter "doth protest" our repudiation, but frankly, the Shakespeare phrase that comes to mind is"Hoist with his own petard." In all seriousness, the Roberts letter flatly states that anyone who supports the passage of new immigration laws is "a traitor to the American Republic and an enemy of the citizens of the U.S." As if that wasn't far enough over the top, the letter concludes with this cryptic and threatening gem, "We will hold you accountable for attempting to overthrow our Republic." Well, I could go on and on about the Roberts' letter(s), but I feel that at this point, it would be beating a dead horse, and piling on. I don't think that the letters could be any clearer or more plainspoken as to their level of tolerance and open-mindedness. A final word on the Roberts letter, from the bard himself, "I could condemn it as an improbable fiction."

Robert Gittelson

Dear Editor:
I totally agree with Jim Roberts (06/23/08 ID): "We The People of the U.S. will hold each of you accountable for the lost American jobs, tax monies, and lives suffered because of your agenda. We will hold you accountable for attempting to overthrow our Republic". In response to Robert Yang (06/23/08 ID), the good Samaratan helped the man robbed. He was not the robber. Joseph and Mary did not go to steal, but to escape. Bethlehem is a small quiet town geographically located about 5 or 6 miles due south of Jerusalem, not Egypt. Jesus was not a thief. Jesus did not try to overthrow a Government and take everything from the peoples of any government. Jesus never came into a country with millions of illegals to overthrow a country. So, how about being a good Samaritan for Americans? I see no love and compassion for American troops and their homes! The letter points out "This Samaritan man helped the injured Jewish man and took care of him until he recovered well." Is this not hypocrisy caring only for illegals, not caring about The welfare of the people invaded, those millions of Americans losing their Homes, those veterans. Joseph and Mary slept in a barn because the inns were full. They did not steal education, medical, jobs from the people of Bethlehem. They were not a burden on the people of Bethlehem, but merely went there to escape Herod. Those referred in the letter are not coming into the U.S. to escape Herod temporatily and go back home.

david utterback

Dear Editor:
Re the R. Algase letter (6/23/08 ID) I invite readers to re-read my recent letters which have fully explained my restrictionist advocacy based upon reasons of over-population, excessive numbers, dilution of culture, stressed infrastructure and carrying capacity. That most of these may be non White is an obvious (to most) matter of causation. While the letter is clarifying, perhaps it could explain it's obsession against whites, why it favors the dissolution of America and excuses the millions of illegals. The letter of R. Yang (6/23/08 ID), while exhibiting a remarkable improvement in grammar, continues the mistaken belief that entry policy today should be based upon past history and not circumstances we presently have to deal with. The Bible examples prove nothing as Jesus, his parents and the recipient of aid from the good Samaritan were not with millions of others invading the visited country, nor did they receive amnesty or become citizens and their favorable treatment is no different than those who legally visit US today. The J. Fitzgerald letter (6/23/08 ID) would "strain at a gnat and swallow a camel" by ignoring "weightier matters of the law" (Matt.23:23,24) in trying to compare Jesus: "honoring the law that would not allow mercy to rob justice in supreme sacrifice to save sinners who believed" with "healing people on the Sabbath". It's even a further stretch, if that's possible, to suggest we should base entry laws upon these good deeds, but completely irrelevant healing incidents. Her letter is free to believe anything wished about God, however, this does not limit God, nor our entry policies.

Jim Roberts

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