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Pressure Cooker Manual

ACLU reports that "The American Civil Liberties Union obtained a government 'manual' distributed to defense lawyers assigned to represent immigrant workers arrested and prosecuted in last May's Postville, Iowa meatpacking raids. The document posted on the ACLU Web site today contains prepackaged scripts for plea and sentencing hearings as well as documents providing for guilty pleas and waivers of rights that were used to push the more than 300 Postville workers through mass criminal proceedings as quickly as possible. This document provides further evidence of the government's disturbing pressure cooker tactics for mass guilty pleas that assumed guilt instead of protecting the constitutional presumption of innocence."

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Raids, Removal and Review: ICE Enforcement and EOIR Issues Reach the Courts

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part seminar series "Raids, Removal and Review: ICE Enforcement and EOIR Issues Reach the Courts" (discussion leader: Lory Rosenberg). The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on August 7th:

  • Brand X & Chevron doctrine
  • BIA and circuit court views of deference
  • Application in asylum, aggravated felony context
  • Responses and strategies in statutory interpretation
SECOND Phone Session on September 4th:
  • ICE raids, employer/employee rights, ethical issues
  • Suppression of evidence, statements, hearing rights
  • Aggravated identity theft, other charges
  • Preservation of petitions, applications, re-entry issues
THIRD Phone Session on October 8th:
  • REAL ID standards in practice
  • Credibility and corroboration requirements
  • Removal and relief strategies
  • Jurisidiction in circuit court; due process claims
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, August 5th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: . (Fax version:


How To Get A Reporter's Attention Without Losing Your Shirt!
Paramjit L. Mahli writes "Too many attorneys fail to understand how public relations work."

Bloggings On Nurse Immigration
Christopher T. Musillo of the Hammond Law Group shares the latest entries as of August 1, 2008 on his nurse immigration blog.

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CBP Establishes Border Crossing Information System
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) gave notice that it is establishing a distinct System of Records, Border Crossing Information (BCI). BCI will receive and maintain border crossing information on travelers who are admitted or paroled into the United States


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
New York, NY - A downtown Manhattan immigration law office seeks associate/senior paralegal. Prepare NIV & IV/consular applications. Experience with O-1 visas for artists preferred. Handle billing, calendar deadlines, client queries. Good writing skills essential. Use ImmPro, Access, Excel. Must be able to multi-task. Own office. P/T possible. Japanese language skills a plus. Email resume to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Los Angeles, CA - Stone & Grzegorek LLP, an immigration law firm in downtown LA, seeks an experienced Paralegal. Candidates should have 5+ years experience in immigration practice. The position requires attention to detail and a team work ethic. Stone & Grzegorek LLP offers work in a pleasant environment with a supportive team and excellent compensation and benefits plan. Please submit your resume to

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
San Bernardino, CA - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks an experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, USCIS OCC, Western Region. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, serving as an attorney providing on-site legal advice to the local District Office USCIS personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security, providing litigation support to U.S. Attorneys' Offices on cases arising from local District adjudications, consulting with USCIS; responding to inquiries from the private sector; providing legal opinions on cases involving criminal aliens; and preparing USCIS' brief to the BIA on visa petition appeals. J.D. degree, active bar membership, and 2+ years of post J.D. experience required. Immigration law experience, background in federal litigation, excellent academic record, and strong writing skills preferred. For full details enter COU-CIS-2008-0008 here. Applicants must submit (1) resume , (2) writing sample (10 pps. max), (3) references, (4) cover letter to All submissions must be received by close of business on August 8, 2008. GS-13/14/15, position open until filled. No relocation allowance offered.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Dallas, TX - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks an experienced attorney for the position of Service Center Counsel at the Texas Service Center. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing legal advice to the TSC personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security, writing visa appeal briefs and providing litigation support to the U.S. Attorney's office on cases arising from Service Center adjudications. Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) and have at least one year of post J.D. experience and be a US citizen. Need to complete a background security investigation before being appointed. For full details enter COU-CIS-2008-0007 here. Applicants must submit (1) resume , (2) writing sample (10 pps. max), (3) references, (4) cover letter to All submissions must be received by close of business on August 8, 2008. GS-13-15, position open until filled. No relocation allowance offered.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
San Francisco, CA - Weaver Schlenger & Mazel, a nationally respected immigration law firm, seeks senior immigration paralegal. 4+ years of employment based immigration experience and excellent verbal, written and organizational skills required. Collegial atmosphere, 401k, health and dental. Opportunity to work directly with partners and train junior paralegal staff on sophisticated corporate and research institution cases. Send cover letter and resume to: or fax to: (415) 395-9372. No phone calls please.

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Software and Information Industries Urge Passage Of Bipartisan Immigration Reform Legislation
SIIA Letter Highlights Critical Importance of Highly Skilled Foreign Workers to U.S. Economy; Calls for Support of H.R. 5882 and Reform of Employment-Based Green Card Program

Politically Connected Immigration Judges Unlikely To Face Consequences
Justice Department officials likely broke the law in getting Francis Cramer his job. But that doesn't mean he's going to have to give it up any time soon.

Gathering Calls For 'Fair And Humane' Immigration Policies
After the collapse of efforts to pass a national immigration reform bill last summer, more than 850 Catholic activists and service providers who work with immigrants have gathered in Washington, D.C., this week to call for what one American cardinal described as a more fair and humane system.


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Immigration Book
"Illegal, Alien, or Immigrant: The Politics of Immigration Reform" by Lina Newton, NYU Press, 240 pp., ISBN: 0814758436, $22.00


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:
When you place a commentary on your site why not have the fortitude and honesty to pen the name of the author. Certainly in this age of "anonymous" e-mail and blogging, to which I ascribe simple cowardice, we can't afford not to take responsibility for our opinions. Contrary to what you believe, immigration is "not" a partisan issue. Throughout this country's great history, all of us, "all of us", save for Native Americans, have been immigrants or immigrant descendants. You will never make progress in stabilizing the process and the true value and meaning of "immigration" until you quit demonizing those who view the issue differently than you. Unless you are an "open borders" proponent, and if you are, simply say so and be honest about your position, you will only succeed by addressing "all" the concerns of illegal immigration in a comprehesive immigration reform bill. Anarchy and lawlessness demeans our democracy and each one of us. It strikes at the very heart of "personal" and collective security, both physical and economic. I trust you will publish this, if you are honest journalists, so that the many immigration attorneys who have labored tirelessly for those referred to so eloquently as emblazoned on our "Statue of Liberty", and those of us who still believe in an "orderly" and "rational" program of immigration, will be assured that we are not some strange, isolated minority of this profession.

John Walker, Esq.
Orlando, FL

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Dear Editor:
J.E. Smith's self-righteous letter (07/31/08 ID) misses two main points about the connection between immigration and the law. First, no amount of haranguing would-be immigrants about the agreed fact that they must obey the law will solve our immigration problems, as long as there is such a huge disconnect between the law and the actual demand for immigration. Of course, everyone must obey the law. But this is never going to happen a long as our laws, for example, provide almost no legal visas for less skilled workers from Mexico, Central America and South America or force people from countries such as the Philippines and Mexico to wait a dozen years or more to rejoin their families. Restrictionists love to tell immigrants to "get in line". But for all too many people, there is no line. This leads to my other point, that the immigration crisis is not exclusively one of illegal immigration, but is inextricably connected with the movement to reduce legal immigration, for reasons that frequently boil down to nothing more than prejudice against people who look different, speak different languages, or, in some instances, have different ways of praying, from those of a white majority scared of losing its privileged position and its power.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Jim Robert's well-written, well-reasoned letter (07/30/08 ID) about The Mills of God article and the decision to send two border guards up the river asks two very good questions - explicitly it asks [I paraphrase] "Why don't we make our immigration laws as harsh as Mexico's? and implicitly it asks "Why don't we turn a blind eye to law enforcement officials acting in a questionable manner when they are clearly dealing with known scum-bags"? As I said, good questions. In answer, I have some rhetorical questions. Ever been pulled over by the police in Mexico? How confident did you feel you would be treated properly? How do expectations like that play out on other rational actors, like law-abiding locals and even career criminals? We have to come down hard on law enforcement that steps over the line of propriety and the law. The other choices lead to even less palatable results than sending two border guards to the hoosegow for filling a drug dealer's rear end with lead. My family moved to this country from Canada and Europe, not to Mexico. Please do not Mexicanize us beyond eateries and pop culture.

Honza Prchal

Dear Editor:
Regarding yesterdays letters (7/31/08 ID), it is heart warming to see the letter of D. Murray is considering the validity of the Aztlan movement, but needs to first spell it correctly. The question of Constitutional rights for illegals may be settled for the immigration attorneys, with whom it's a full-employment measure, but many still wonder about this as a search revealed. Is this just another liberal interpretation and distortion as is the 14th amd. birthright citizenship issue? While rights are universal, our founding documents were written for US citizens and it is up to others to secure them in their own lands. At the very least, any such rights or their pursual here, should be paid for by the non-citizen or his/her nation of origin and not US taxpayers. The misguided C.E. Tapia letter: "As an academic-researcher on international migration" should review the many US laws against illegal entry (which should be a felony the first time) and worry less about questionable "migrants human rights". The R. Yang letter must be one of three that is rotated regularly and might be considered as tending towards the belief of many that liberalism is a mental disorder. The J. E. Smith letter says it all, particularly with: "Obeying existing immigration law would be the greatest demonstration of immigrants' fitness to join this experiment called the United States of America, a nation of laws".

Jim Roberts

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