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Relief From Removal: A Definitive Manual For Winning Cases

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

  • Chapters: Removal proceedings; Grounds of deportability; Grounds of inadmissibility; Contesting removability; Adjustment of status; Waivers of inadmissibility and deportability in Removal proceedings; Section 212(c) and Cancellation of Removal for Lawful Permanent Residents; Cancellation and Suspension for Non-Permanent Resident Aliens; Asylum, Withholding of Removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture; Voluntary departure; Naturalization as a defense to Removal; Administrative review of Removal Orders; Judicial review of Removal Orders
  • 23 Appendices include: Sample cover letter and instructions for requesting a FBI criminal record check; Sample Motion to Suppress; Sample Motion to Dismiss; Sample Brief in Support of Motion to Terminate Removal Proceedings; Sample Motion to Terminate to Proceed on an Application for Naturalization Pursuant to 8 CFR 1239.2; Sample Notice of Appeal from a decision of an Immigration Judge; Sample Motion for Extension of Time to File Brief to BIA
  • CD-ROM has 600+ important documents including: key BIA & Federal cases, selected USCIS/ICE memos and DOS cables, forms from USCIS & EOIR, relevant regulatory sections from 8 CFR & 42 CFR, significant statutory provisions from the INA, 18 USC & 28 USC, Links to informative internet resources, etc.
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Coaches Teach What Law Schools Don't
Ed Poll writes "Law school does not teach lawyers how to effectively interact with clients; law school does not teach lawyers how to efficiently manage their practices."

Bloggings: July 11, 2008
Christopher T. Musillo of the Hammond Law Group shares the latest entries to his blog.

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Scharfen Memo On Petitions Returned By DOS For Revalidation Or Revocation
Jonathan Scharfen, Acting Director, USCIS reponded to CIS Ombudsman Michael Dougherty, regarding recommendations on petitions returned by DOS for revalidation or revocation.

Four Year Delay In Adjudication Of Adjustment Of Status Applications Unjustified
In Shirmohamadali vs. Heinauer (CIV S-07-1073 DAD. E.D. California, July 2, 2008), the court said the defendants had failed to demonstrate any circumstances that justified a four-year delay in adjudication of adjustment of status applications pending FBI name check. The court found that the agency's conduct did not have a reasonable basis in fact or in law, and that the government's litigating position was not justified to a degree that could satisfy a reasonable person. The court awarded $25,626.40 in attorney fees in the case. This case was brought to our attention courtesy Kip Steinberg, Esq.

Editor's Note: Corrected on July 11,2008.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Washington, DC - Maggio & Kattar, P.C. , a fast-paced nationally recognized immigration law firm seeks highly motivated, detail-oriented individuals for entry-level paralegal positions. Strong organizational, writing & interpersonal skills a must. Great opportunity for individual interested in challenging, exciting work with international clientele; excellent career advancement possibilities and work environment. Competitive salary and benefits. Send: resume, writing sample, salary history and references to:, reference: Paralegal position.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
New York, NY - Pollack, Pollack, Isaac & DeCicco, LLP., a small downtown firm seeks experienced immigration attorney in litigation and/or corporate immigration law. E-mail resume, and salary requirements to legal administrator at

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
New York, NY - Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, a nationally-known immigration law firm, has an opening for an experienced immigration paralegal. This position will handle employment-based immigration matters for universities, hospitals, research organizations and corporations. Our firm provides paralegals with a collegial atmosphere with high professional standards. Excellent academic credentials at a minimum of a Bachelor's degree level; strong verbal, written and organizational skills; and computer literacy required for this position. Successful paralegal candidates should have at least 3 years of employment-based immigration experience. Fax resume and salary history/requirements to (215)-825-8699 or E-mail:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Reston, VA - Law Offices of Rakesh Mehrotra has immediate openings for senior and junior immigration paralegals/adminitrative assistants for busy Immigration practice. Candidates must have experience in business immigration law, including preparation of H-1B, L-1, TN, 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. Senior paralegals will supervise and mentor junior paralegals. Qualified candidates must have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, accuracy and consistency. Excellent written and oral communication skills and bachelor's degree required. Junior paralegal position requires 2+ years of experience and Senior paralegal position requires 5+ years of experience. Competitive salary and benefits offered. Very congenial work environment with opportunity for professional growth. Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to

Position Sought
Experienced immigration specialist/paralegal seeks immigration contract work for law firms on a telecommute basis. Possess 10+ years experience in law firm environment and corporate environment managing the immigration department with primary responsibility for all phases of immigration processing and administration. Provides a wide range of immigration support services to immigration attorneys including, but not limited to: preparation of all IV and NIV documents and support letters (B, H, E, L, TN, O, P, PERM and PR), article and newsletter drafting, onsite I-9 and Public Access File auditing services to arrange corporate compliance with labor and immigration regulations, and coordinating visa applications requiring host-country filings. Resume, writing sample, and references available upon request. Email:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Salt Lake City, UT - Alcala Immigration Law Firm seeks an immigration attorney. Two years experience in immigration law preferred. Candidate must possess strong writing, analytical, organizational, and case management skills. Applicant must be fluent in Spanish. We offer an excellent compensation and benefits package. Please e-mail cover letter, resume, references, writing sample, and salary history to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Washington, DC - Maggio & Kattar, P.C. , a fast-paced nationally recognized immigration law firm, seeks highly motivated, detail-oriented receptionist. Excellent interpersonal skills and computer literacy required. Great opportunity for individual interested in working with international clientele and/or legal field; career advancement possibilities. Salary range: $27,000-$31,000. Competitive benefits. Please email resume to: or fax (202) 483-6801, Attn: Amal Talhame. No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Knoxville, TN - Kramer Rayson LLP seeks an immigration paralegal with experience in the immigration field. Job responsibilities include the preparation and filing of business and employment-related immigration documentation and communications with government agencies and clients. Qualified candidates must have excellent writing, technical, communication and organizational skills with an attention to detail. BA or MA preferred. Please e-mail your confidential resume with your specific experience, salary requirements and writing sample to Marc Upchurch, Executive Director at or fax number (865) 522-5723.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Dallas, TX - Law Offices of Richard A. Gump, Jr. P.C., an immigration law firm located in the Galleria area, seeks a full time immigration paralegal. Ideal candidate has a BA degree and a minimum of three years experience preparing employment-based and family-based cases. Please fax resume to: 972-386-9547 or email to:

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Loss Of Undocumented Workers Could Cost Oregon $17.7B
The state could see an immediate loss of more than 170,000 jobs and a $17.7 billion drop in production under a proposed federal regulation that would require employers to fire undocumented workers, according to a study released Wednesday.

Deportations On The Rise In Florida
Deportations in Florida jump by almost 50 percent, setting a pace that likely will surpass last year's total and exceed a 10-year high mark.


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Immigration Event - Washington, DC
July 15 - Migration Policy Institute is pleased to present "Migrants to the Metropolis: The Rise of Immigrant Gateway Cities" - a book discussion with Marie Price and Lisa Benton-Short, book editors and Associate Professors at George Washington University, and Demetrios G. Papademetriou, MPI President on accelerating, worldwide immigration trends and the impacts on gateway cities. . 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:
I just received your email on DOL messing in their nest (07/10/08 ID Comment) and couldn't stop laughing. It really appears that DOL has forgotten who they are messing with when by attacking immigration attorneys. I look forward to the continuing drama as DOL gets deeper in their mess. As we all know from the past, when DOL can't handle their messed up systems, they just start another one that is suppose to better than the one before. The pending applications will just be sent to a backlog center and take 4 or 5 years to process. I would like to know if anyone else is have big problems with (untrained) NSC mailrooms wrongfully rejecting a petitions, not once but three times for same petition but for different reasons?

Shirley Baxley

Dear Editor:
I write to you to tell you with pride, that after a long 5 1/2 years of waiting, I finally got my green-card. I met my husband in Brazil back in 2000 and after 2 years of long distance dating, in November 2002 I arrived in the US with my fiancee visa. We got married in December 2002 and started the process for adjustment of status. I received a letter from USCIS saying that my green-card would be granted by the end of 2004. Well, between all the forms going back and forth, during the 2004 hurricanes in FL my paper work got lost in the mail and was told that we needed to start the process all over again. This is a great victory for me, that after so many years of anguish and expectation, I will finally be able to see my family again. The only family member that I've seen since I moved to the USA, was my grandfather, who came here for my wedding. I have a fourteen year old daughter in Brazil who for custody reason was never allowed to visit. Thank God for the internet because that's one of the only ways that I have to communicate with my family - phone calls are way too expensive. I would like to thank you and all the staff there for the wonderful job that you do in keeping us all updated with the latest news regarding Immigration. Your daily e-mails is what kept me feeling strong and gave me hope towards knowing that I would get my green-card and I look forward to it every day. Thank you so very much. Keep up the great job and may God bless you immensely in this amazing journey that so many of us take in the pursuit of the "American dream".

Raquel Billingsley

Dear Editor:
Links are broken in Immigration Daily (07/10/08 ID) for #6 headlines. When I click the links given for "Law Students Rush To Meet Needs In Booming Field Of Immigration" and "Immigration Comes To Fore For McCain, Obama" my Internet Explorer gives me the messages that the pages can not be found. Just FYI. and PS thanks so much for your dailies.

Alene Bryson

Editor's Note: We check all links at the time ID is sent out. Sometimes links to external news websites are changed and that results in "page not found" errors. When that happens, we recommend using the search function of that news website to locate the article.

Dear Editor:
I found it funny that Roger Algase letter (07/09/08 ID) was horrified that immigration restrictionists might direct their appeals through The Nation, as if leftists were immune from immigration restrictionism. Immigration restrictionism cuts across party lines. CNN's Lou Dobbs is a leftist. Heck, The Nation used to support Hollywood blacklists. George Orwell, another leftist, broke with people of the Nation's ilk on most of those issues without becoming any less lefty. Immigration is similar to such issues in that it is not a left-right issue no matter how much folks with axes to grind would like to pretend it is. If immigration were left-right, why would Fox News be the most pro-legal immigration news network on the air - I mean aside from it being part of a truly international media empire? One can support the silly and doomed anti-assimilationist maunderings of Aztlaners in higher education and the ed-schools without being against immigration per se just as one can rant against Aztlan's white racist analogues without supporting any immigration compromise or legalization program. Colorado's Democrat former governor Richard Lamm has been doing the latter, as have a number of unions that actually represent private sector workers, for decades while The Wall Street Journal has been doing the former since before it took issue with Samuel Gompers. As for my opinion, I support immigration, safe, legal and common, but think we need a border wall to prevent any earned legalization from being yet another magnet for another influx of some the least productive and law-abiding immigrants we could be attracting, and further, I care relatively little what country immigrants are from so long as they are exceptionally likely to be productive and well assimilated or assimilable into the norms of Western Constitutional government.

Honza Prchal

Dear Editor:
We have hundreds of billions of dollar to waste in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan where the people and governments still believe in absurd theocracy and keep blind eyes on sectarian intolerance and rivalries and persecution and discrimination on the minorities, while we can better use that money to afford universal health care and affordable top notch education for all of us. Mr. Utterback's letter (07/09/08 ID) must question his elected representatives about these absurd costly wars instead blaming our problems to the illegals. Illegal immigrants indeed pay taxes. They pay rent to their American landlords who pay property taxes to pay public schools, when they work using bogus SSNs, they pay medicare, SS and federal and state income taxes in which they'll never claim the return nor the benefits, whenever they shop they pay their states sales tax as well. Isn't it enough now to stop any wrongful evil foolish accusations on these folks? Foreigners don't have to immigrate legally or illegally to steal our jobs. Period. In the globalized economy, businesses will invest anywhere that give best return on investments as shoppers and consumers are always looking for best deals. Ones will earn their income and living standard instead of just being born as "lucky" Americans or Japanese. Any nativist losers here who don't want to face this reality can shoot themselves if they wish or it's too painful, they can go into exile in Antartic while don't have worry about illegal immigrants and global competition at all.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
Regarding letters of Gladys C. Farris & Nolan Rappaport (07/10/08 ID): Yes, isn't it sad? I'll be glad when U.S. citizens can file lawsuits for the trillions of dollars in damages for being exploited for illegals. Should we begin filing lawsuits against the states, the federal government to recapture losses taken by U.S. small businessmen, u.s. families, bankrupt hospitals and other u.s. entities? And there's the regresses of the u.s. citizen families displaced. Should we not also prosecute the roman catholic church for their part in the mistreatment of u.s. citizens who their mission offended, denying citizens the right to enjoy their own country. Then threes the hundreds of bankrupt hospitals and their shareholders, that must file lawsuits for recover the trillions in damages having been forced to care for non citizens. To think these institutions, businesses, families have invested decades of community and private sacrifices to build an infrastructure for a well balanced economy. Perhaps the companies who hired illegals should be taken over, the board's members imprisoned for life. Then too, there a millions of people that have lost their livelihoods, which were forced by law to pay taxes, fees in complying with the law that have been bankrupted by government regulations while the illegals were permitted to evade these taxes, regulations. It makes democracy a farce, doesn't it. How can the u.s operate under the guise of freedom and democracy when in fact it is all a lie. Perhaps we need an army like the German S.S. that enforces the rights of the u.s. citizens. That would be more fair than what we have. So, it is that gradually, democracy is failing and the days of absolute rule are slowing changing into a dictatorship of nationalism. At least then, the citizens have a fair chance to enjoy their homeland.

David Utterback

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