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Immigration Daily August 20, 2008
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DHS Overload

A Government Executive editorial says, "Not surprisingly, a department whose mission requires it to be all things to all people is going to generate a lot of disappointment." For the full opinion, see here.

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


Deadline Is Wed, Aug 20th For Back To School: Immigration Issues For Students And Universities

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part seminar series "Back To School: Immigration Issues for Students and Universities". The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on August 21: F, M and J Students - what they are and how do they apply

  • Similarities and Differences between the three statuses - Is there a choice?
  • NIV Visa issuance: Proving Nonimmigrant intent from troublesome countries and after IV petitions; and support issues
  • The realities of maintenance of status and reinstatement (how to apply and likelihood of success)
  • Personas non grata - flight school issues
  • Students who are not F,M or Js (derivatives, asylees, recent developments e.g. for visitors)
  • When D/S is no longer D/S - unlawful presence, departure and inadmissibility
SECOND Phone Session on September 11: Student Employment Issues
  • The usual rules of engagement for Fs - On-Campus, CPT, OPT, Unforeseen Economic Hardship and Internships with International Organizations
  • Employment of M and J students (including J-1 Student Interns)
  • When is an EAD needed?
  • The Cap Gap solution for this year
  • Interim Final Rule for OPT 4/8/2008 - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
    • Who's included and excluded
    • 17 month extension - student applications and employer reporting requirements
    • E-Verify employers - how to find them, what E-Verify means to employers, how and why to convince employers to go E-Verify
    • New Reporting Requirements
THIRD Phone Session on October 30: Helping educational institutions with their immigration issues
  • SEVIS - history and update for today - What a DSO and lawyer must know now
  • Understanding H-1 exemptions - collaborations between universities and the private sector
  • Issues Transitioning from student to professor (J-1 waivers, alternatives to H-1B)
  • Special Handling PERM applications; When regular labor certification process applies;
  • Difficult EB-1s and NIWs (From F, J or M direct to Immigrant - when, why, how; considerations whether to PERM after all)
  • Can a non-resident alien be a resident for tuition?
The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, August 20th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


The New Battleground: Immigration In The States - The Outlook For Business
Tamar Jacoby for Immigration Works USA writes "In the wake of Congress's 2007 failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform, state authorities have rushed to fill the vacuum."

Bloggings On PERM Labor Certification
Joel Stewart shares the latest entries as of August 19, 2008 on his PERM Labor Certification blog.

To submit an Article for consideration, write to


ICE Releases Scheduled Departure Program Info
ICE released information on its Scheduled Departure program. For the fact sheet and brochure, see here. For a list of Scheduled Departure program locations, see here.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Multiple locations - Williams Mullen seeks business immigration mid-level associate to join our ten-member global visa practice. Successful candidate will advise on strategic choices and manage client relations in all immigration areas. Prepare and review NIV, IV filings; handle RFEs; and prepare updates for client newsletters and email alerts. Associate will assist with immigration compliance issues (I-9s, E-Verify, etc.) and will have heavy involvement with PERM filings, EB-1/NIW petitions and foreign work visa applications. Successful candidate will work on in-bound and out-bound projects. Requirements include superb communication, analytical skills, judgment and writing abilities. Our firm is equipped with state-of-the art, web-based software and ample paralegal capacity, which enables our associate to take on meaningful and challenging assignments. Moderate amount of portable business required, as well as proven ability to market and develop business and client contacts. For full details, including job locations, see here. Highly competitive salary + benefits offered. Qualified applicants, send resume to: EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Lee's Summit, Missouri - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of of Service Center Counsel at the National Benefits Center (NBC). Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing legal advice to the NBC personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security. Service Center Counsel are also responsible for writing visa appeal briefs and providing litigation support to the U.S. Attorney's office on cases arising from Service Center adjudications. The Service Center Counsel will be directly supervised by the Deputy Chief Service Center Counsel and the Chief of the Service Center Counsel Division. Applicants must possess a JD degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) by the entry on duty date. For full details enter COU-CIS-2008-0009 here. Submissions for this announcement are preferred by email (all attached documents must be in MS Word or Adobe Acrobat PDF format) to W. Douglas Craig, Chief Service Center Counsel Division, at Contact Information: Sheila Fisher. Phone: 949-389-3687. Or write: Office of the Chief Service Center Counsel, USCIS, 101 West Congress Parkway, Suite 560, Chicago, IL 60605.

Case Management Technology
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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:


Obama Talks About Immigration, Border Security
"That plan includes boosting border security, cracking down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants, improving the immigration system and creating a legal pathway for undocumented immigrants already in the US to gain citizenship."

Justice's Comments Were Out Of Line
"What was not fine were Justice's comments about immigration. He implied we must rid the city of all immigrants, not just those here illegally."

Sanctuary City Under Attack
"The attack is being waged by a spectrum of anti-immigrant forces--from the racist Minutemen, to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), to the mayor."

Minutemen Claim Softer Side
"They say they are not vigilantes or racists. They understand the impulse to come to America, to feed a family. They might do it themselves if they were Mexican."


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.

ComingsNGoings - Washington, DC
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) issued a press release stating that Donald Kerwin, Executive Director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), announced he will leave the agency in mid-October.


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'd like to address the letter of John Frecker, (ID 8/19/08). His letter references the recent CIS report regarding that claim that more immigrants will cause more pollution. It will. It's CIS's purpose in this world to rail against immigration - legal or otherwise - and in this they have made an obvious point. I just would mention the obvious fact that the presence of additional immigrants - ideally immigrants legalized and authorized through a new CIR - would also yield the following positive impacts on our country: Increased taxes, (income, property, sales, corporate, social security), increased productivity, increased competitiveness, increased GDP and decreased trade deficit, increased pool of military recruits, more customers for our domestic businesses from General Motors to Pepsi, from Microsoft to Wal Mart. For every reason that CIS can come up with to argue against immigration, we can come up with several to argue for immigration, and especially for CIR. Therefore, if CIS wants to state the obvious to make their point, then we can state the obvious to counter it. The real problem is the less obvious, the points that one needs to think about to understand. CIS will not advertise those points, so we need to do so. Information is power. That, CIS understands all too well.

Robert Gittelson

Dear Editor:
It is interesting that both the letters of R. Algase and Semakweli (8/19/08 ID) chose "cultural dilution" from my previous day's letter to comment on, ignoring all of the other facts. While the latter can't be denied, a specious racist charge and anti immigrant spin about the former can always muddy the water. Once again, restricting entry does not mean no entry, but means restricting numbers. The RA letter contradicts itself by denying an open entry position and then stating that America should be an "opportunity for all". The letter would just legalize what has been illegal and call needed enforcement "draconian". This was done in 1986 which is why the Census Bureau predicts that non-Hispanic whites will be a minority by 2042. If this isn't dilution of our existing culture, what is? Pres. Calvin Coolidge in 1923 said: "American institutions rest solely on good citizenship. They were created by people who had a background of self-government. New arrivals should be limited to our capacity to absorb them into the ranks of good citizenship. America must be kept American. For this purpose, it is necessary to continue a policy of restricted immigration. It would be well to make such immigration of a selective nature with some inspection at the source. Either method would insure the admission of those with the largest capacity and best intention of becoming citizens. The best service that can be rendered to humanity is the assurance that this place will be maintained". Non-restrictionists and CIR advocates apparently have no interest in maintaining America. Their positions are just as obsolete today as are the buggy whip and whale oil suppliers. Times do change.

Jim Roberts

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Publisher:  Sam Udani    Legal Editor:  Michele Kim                        ISSN:   1930-062X