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Immigration Daily August 4, 2008
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Immigrant Flag Raiser

Marine Corp Times reports "It has been more than 63 years since Sgt. Michael Strank helped raise the American flag during World War II on the infamous Mount Suribachi and, until Tuesday, he had never officially been presented with US citizenship. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services honored the fallen hero by presenting his youngest sister, Mary Pero, with a certificate of citizenship at the Marine Corps War Memorial, the monument that immortalizes five Marines and a sailor captured in an iconic Pulitzer-winning photograph taken Feb. 23, 1945, during the Battle of Iwo Jima."

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PERM With Joel Stewart

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part seminar series " PERM With Joel Stewart". The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on August 14: Preparing the application

  • New Regulations on Prevailing Wage Request
  • Basics of PERM Process
  • Review of PERM Definitions
  • Analysis of Current SVP and SOC Problems
  • How to O*Net Occupations and Job Zone Levels
  • Job Descriptions and Requirements
  • Preparing PERM for 2nd Preference
SECOND Phone Session on September 24: Audit Proofing the Application
  • New 9089 Form: Step by Step
  • Restrictive Requirements
  • Audit Proofing a Perm Case
  • Schedule A Health Workers, Exceptional Aliens & Artists
  • Special Recruitment for College & University Procedures
  • Prohibition on Payments to Attorneys
  • Current Ethical Issues in Recruitment Process
THIRD Phone Session on October 22: Final Determinations
  • Reconsideration and Appeal.
  • Supervised Recruitment.
  • Validity and Invalidation.
  • Fraud and Misrepresentation
  • Revocation of Approved Cases
  • Summary of Recent BALCA Decisions
  • Update on Federal Litigation
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, August 12th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: . (Fax version: ).


Immigrants Of The Week: Tara Summers, Lucette Lagnado, and Khatuna Lorig
Greg Siskind honors the immigrants of this week.

Bloggings on Dysfunctional Agencies
Angelo Paparelli shares the latest entries as of August 4, 2008 on his Dysfunctional Agencies blog.

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ICE Announces Scheduled Departure Program
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the launch of a pilot program, Scheduled Departure, which will begin next week in five cities. The program allows fugitive aliens who have no criminal history and pose no threat to the community an opportunity to remain out of custody while they coordinate their removal with ICE.


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.

Credential Evaluation
Specializing in difficult cases NOIDs, Denials, RFEs. Foreign credential education evaluation for I140 / H1b / Green Card etc. Career Consulting International ( For a Free detailed review of all NOIDS, Denials, or RFEs simply go to and fill out the short form. Then email or fax all documents to the email address or fax number on that page. This is a special page for difficult cases, RFE's, Denials, NOIDs, etc. We will get back to you within two days with a no charge analysis of your case. Read what our clients say. Here is just one: " ... At last we succeeded! My I140 was approved today. I really appreciate you on this. You did an Excellent Job. (with 3 year degree, EB2, Nebraska)". No case too small. For a free consultation call today: 1.800.771.4723.

Border And Consular Assistance
For visa application processing at US-Canada border or at US Consulate in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and/or Quebec, please contact Charles J. Leamy at Ogilvy Renault LLP. Mr. Leamy is a Montreal-based AILA member with more than 15 years experience in U.S. immigration law. Ogilvy Renault s Business Immigration team will accompany your client and provide representation at border/consular posts. We have wide-ranging expertise with border/consular issues including all TN visas, L visas and waiver of inadmissibility cases. For more information: Charles J. Leamy at Ogilvy Renault LLP; Montreal, QC; (514) 847-6103;


Advocates Question Plan For Illegal Immigrants To Turn Themselves In
The idea that millions of people are going to knock on the government's door and ask to be deported is pure fantasy.

Former USCIS Head: President Must Push Immigration
It's unlikely any comprehensive immigration bill will be passed if its creation is left up to Congress, according to the former head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

In His Own Words: Jonathan Scharfen Of The USCIS
With growers unable to find enough workers to plant, care for and pick their crops, there is pressure to improve the process of giving out temporary worker visas.


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New Honor
Leon Versfeld of Versfeld & Hugo, LLC was recently included as one of Missouri Lawyers Weeklys "Up and Coming Lawyers". This honor goes to lawyers under the age of 40 for their legal and community achievements. Versfeld & Hugo, LLC, PO Box 901946, Kansas City, MO 64190.


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 notice that in response to the writer who had issues with "anonymous" letters (08/01/08 ID), Editor's note said: "It is customary for all newspapers including legal newspapers that editorial opinions are usually unsigned." I would ask that ID apply another custom that newspapers have traditionally followed: that of not allowing an ongoing dialogue between the same individuals that always ends up in hostility, bad feelings, and name-calling and contribute nothing to the debate.

Eric P. Lin, Esq.

Dear Editor:
While I not care to engage Jim Roberts' letters in debate (08/01/2008 ID), I must set the record straight regarding the assertion in the letter that it is "heart warming" that my letter (07/31/08 ID) considers the "validity of the Aztlan movement." I do not. This appears to be nothing more than an attempt by Mr. Roberts to use my letters to validate his outlandish rhetoric, some of which I find flies in the face of logic, some Chicken Little's fear that the sky is falling, with remainder offering nothing to the immigration debate, except to say that illegal immigration is bad. I have lived and worked in Southern California, right in the middle of the huge Latino communities of San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties for more than thirty eight years, practiced immigration law for thirty years, and not had my head in the sand, yet until Mr. Roberts' letters mentioned it, I had never heard of Aztlan, which probably accounts for my failure to spell it correctly. Interestingly, Aztlan appears to have no website of its own, while anti-Aztlan websites abound. Go figure. I went online to Wikipedia and did a search on "Aztlan" and in relation to a political group calling themselves "Aztlan," Wikipedia says, "The name Aztlan was first taken up by a group of Chicano independence activists... during the Chicano movement of the 1960s and 1970s." Now, I ask if the movement has been around that long, and if it is this terrible and active force that threatens the security of the USA with a Latino takeover, then why have you and I not heard about it? Aztlan, shmazatlan. The real issue is what are we going to do to provide America with workable immigration laws? Mr. Roberts' letters has never addressed that.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
I had promised myself that I wouldn't respond to any more of Jim Roberts' letters, but I just can't help myself. His letter (8/01/08 ID) makes a few interesting targets for my cannon fodder. For example, his letter's comment on David Murray's letter, "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," has taught me a lot about this movement. I hadn't understood that there is a test associated with joining this secret society, and that spelling counts. Evidently it is a secret literary society. Those are dangerous, after all, the pen is mightier then the sword. Personally, without spell check, I doubt that I could get in. That is disappointing, because I was anxious to learn more about the secret handshake. His letter goes on to suggest that the C.E. Tapia letter should worry less about questionable "Migrant human rights." What exactly is his letter's question, that they have any human rights, or that they deserve human rights? Those human rights are pesky, they get in the way of all the master races. Not to worry. As his letter responds to R. Yang's letter, "the belief of many (is) that liberalism is a mental disorder."I suspect from his letter's intonation, that the letter isn't much more inclined to allow the "mentally disturbed," into it's homogeneous version of America then it is the "illegals". So, I guess that as long as we are non-liberal U.S. born citizens, we will all fit into his letter's America just fine, (that is, as long as we can spell it correctly).

Robert Gittelson

Dear Editor:
For those open border anarchy activists that think the only way to deal with illegal aliens is to reward them with amnesty need only review the detailed CIS report that recently was released. It shows a steady decline in the illegal alien population due to the effective enforcement of our immigration laws. Couple this continued success with the soon to be announced Self Deportation plan which will compassionately allow illegal aliens to come forward without threat of confinement and return to their country of origin. Illegal immigration as we know it is coming to an end.


Dear Editor:
Regarding anchor babies: Stop the abuse to the fourteenth amendment. I believe this law never envisioned it to serve babies born to illegal immigrants on US soil. Perhaps a simple reversal to this abuse might not even need the US Supreme Court.

Peter Griswold

Dear Editor:
Nativists and isolationists here should apply their own version of harsh immigration laws to their own respective ancestors and let's see what these folks will say then. Those who believe that closing the border and adopting isolationism and protectionism will save Americans' jobs are in fact the ones in mental disorder and delusional. It won't happen. Yes, we can penalize all employers that hire illegals harshly, deport anyone who can't show the "papers" but it doesn't mean jobs can't be moved to overseas and outsourced more to the machines, robots and computers. Businesses won't pay $ 30/hour plus benefits for spoiled take it for granted whining American native labors just to do easy manual jobs that can be outsourced cheaper overseas or to robots instead, not because they're greedy and want more profits but because consumers demand reasonable price on anything. And once again it's baby boomer Americans who suck up most Social Security and Medicare benefits and our endless expensive wars that bankrupt our nation not illegal immigration. And I haven't seen anybody here comment anything on elderly Americans who never saved in their younger years in their Social Security account and now we the younger generation including illegal immigrants working with bogus SSNs must pay their SS and Medicare benefits. Is that fair?

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
The compelling J.E. Smith letter (7/31/08 ID) did not miss the "two main points" in the letter of R. Algase (8/1/08 ID), the former simply does not subscribe to the narrow, self serving views of the latter. The RA letter mistakenly believes that because demand exists it must be accommodated. Many demand more money but the existence of laws prevents the illegal acquisition thereof. The letters sympathies lies with the illegals, all of which place their desires above the right and desire of US citizens to limit entry. If no "line" exists or is limited, deal with it, don't violate it. It is our country. The latter sentiment could have something to do with the millions illegally here now, mostly Latinos, not "prejudice" which the letter predictably suggests. If there is any prejudice displayed, it is the unrelenting letters' comments against whites. In reply to the H. Prchal letter (8/1/08 ID), I never suggested: "Why don't we turn a blind eye to law enforcement officials". What was questioned was what seems to be a deliberate attempt to discredit the BP and the agents Ramos and Compean which can be ascertained by how the case was handled. Jurors were not allowed to know the credibility of the drug dealing witness whose testimony was bought with immunity. How reliable could it be? Also, the agents had reasonable explanations for all of their actions. Many jurors said afterwards they would not have voted to convict if they had all the facts. This was not justice, but an orchestrated travesty thereof.

Jim Roberts

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