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Immigration Daily September 24, 2008
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FGM Decision Is Vacated

The Los Angeles Times reports "Atty. Gen. Michael B. Mukasey, a former federal judge, threw out a decision by an arm of the Justice Department denying asylum to a 28-year-old woman from Mali who had been subjected to genital mutilation as a girl." For the full story, see here. To read the decision, see here.

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


Employer Enforcement: What You Need To Know Now

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part telephone seminar on a timely topic for immigration practitioners "Employer Enforcement: What You Need To Know Now". The speakers for this panel led by Discussion Leader Cynthia Lange include: Katherine Baldwin (USDOJ), Robert Divine, Gary Endelman, Bonnie Gibson, Marielena Hincapie, Parisa Karaahmet, Katherine Lotspeich (USCIS), Aaron Marcu (invited), Mac McMillan (USCIS), and Michael Patrick. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on September 30: Practical Aspects of E-Verify, State Enforcement of Immigration Laws and Preemption

  • Which states have passed Employer Sanctions legislation and what do the laws require?
  • Have there been any state enforcement actions?
  • What have the Federal Courts said about preemption and recent State Legislation?
  • How does E-Verify work and how does an employer decide to participate?
  • What are some of the recent E-Verify improvements regarding Tentative Non-confirmation and Final Non-confirmation?
  • Describe the purpose and goals of the E-Verify enforcement unit
SECOND Phone Session on October 9: Developing Company Policy in Light of SSA No Match Letter Controversy, OSC and ICE investigations and workers rights
  • How has the No-match litigation and the government's response affected employer's "constructive knowledge"?
  • What effect has the 9th Circuit Aramark case had on employers attempt to create a prudent company policy?
  • How should employers/workers respond to a mistaken no match triggered by E-Verify or Social Security?
  • What are the recent investigations and charges is OSC involved in?
  • Do employers have responsibility to protect individual worker's rights in anticipating federal enforcement programs?
THIRD Phone Session on November 6: ICE Enforcement and Criminal Prosecution - What Every Employer Needs to Know
  • Review of recent ICE enforcement actions
  • What can employers do to prepare?
  • What rights do employers and employees have?
  • Cooperating with government - how far to go?
  • How to handle workers you think are unauthorized
The deadline to sign up is Friday, Sep 26th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


McCain-Kennedy Is Useless For The Undocumented, Among Others
Kevin L. Dixler writes "Immigrant Advocates must become familiar with ridiculous Congressional proposals that simply make a mockery of human rights.

What Causes Wealth?
Roger Ream for the Foundation for Economic Education writes "The poor are still with us. Despite tremendous advances in agriculture and industry, poverty persists. But why?"

Immigrants Of The Day: Maria Teresa Thierstein Simoes-Ferreira Heinz of Portugal, Ann-Margaret of Sweden, and Samuel "Sammy" Peralta Sosa of Dominican Republic
Kevin R. Johnson celebrates the achievements of these immigrants. To submit an Article for consideration, write to


USCIS Neufeld Memo On Special Religious Worker Petitions
USCIS Acting Associate Director Neufeld released a memo providing guidance on the handling of non-minister special immigrant religious worker petitions affected by the October 1, 2008 sunset date.

USCIS Update on Houston Office Closures
USCIS announced that four of its offices in the Houston area will remain closed for business until further notice.

DOS Announces New J-1 Program With Korea
The Department of State announced an exchange program that will allow up to 5,000 qualifying university students and recent university graduates from the Republic of Korea to enter the US for a period of 18 months on J-1 exchange visitor visas.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Downtown Washington, D.C. - Boutique immigration firm seeks senior business immigration paralegal. Small, friendly environment with no billable hours requirements. Bachelor's degree required and 5 + years of business immigration experience preferred. Must be proficient in preparation of PERM cases, H-1B, L-1, O-1 and E-1/E-2 visas, I-140 EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 petitions, adjustment applications and consular processing. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred, but must have excellent English writing skills. Must be comfortable with extensive client contact and have the ability to multitask effectively. Compensation commensurate with experience and skill level. Please send resume with cover letter and salary requirements to: No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Midtown Manhattan - Prominent immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 3-5 years of business immigration experience. Applicant will work in high volume team environment. Applicant will have client contact and work with state-of-the-art case management system. Applicant must have excellent writing, communication and organization skills. Potential for assignment in firm's Bergen County, NJ office. Please send resume to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
New York - Troutman Sanders LLP, an international law firm, seeks immigration paralegal. Ideal candidate possesses: four-year degree plus a paralegal certificate (ABA-approved preferred); 2+ years of business immigration experience; ability to read, write, and speak Korean preferred; knowledge of preparing H, L, O, E non-immigrant visas, I-140 petitions and adjustment of status applications; experience with multi-national corporations, start-up companies and PERM applications; must have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, initiative, strong client relations skills and be a quick learner by relating individual tasks to the "big picture" issue in complex business transactions. If interested, please visit to apply online.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
New York, NY - Established mid-sized NYC law firm seeks business immigration paralegal. Will provide general support to the firm's immigration practice group, including preparation of H-1B, L-1, O-1 and E-1/E-2 visas, I-140 immigrant petitions, consular applications, adjustment applications, PERM cases, and special projects. Bachelor's degree required. 2+ years business immigration experience preferred. Must be organized, detail oriented, responsive and have excellent writing, verbal and case management skills. Must be able to multi-task and work independently. Ability to work well under pressure and work effectively with clients, attorneys and staff. Competitive compensation + comprehensive benefits package. Please send resume + cover letter to:

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.

Case Management Technology
Are you ready for the new changes in immigration? See why INSZoom has a 99% customer retention rate. Use our forms with peace of mind - 800+ updated within 24 hours of any new release, no patches or downloads. E-File 20+ forms. Access your firm's online database anywhere you have internet access. Client relationship management tools, practice management tools, group calendaring, emails, notes, reports, invoices, auto email alerts and reminders, document storage and assembly. A library of customizable questionnaires, letters and email templates included. Online access for clients to check case status included. Compliancy modules: I9, LCA, AR 11, PERM. Optional services: credit card processing, Outlook & QuickBooks integration. One-time data entry and auto population into all documents will save you time and reduce errors. Customizable to support solo practitioners, mid-large law firms & corporations. We teach you how to customize the software to fit your processes and communication needs. Founded in 1999, INSZoom is a profitable, financially sound company, employing 80+ engineers and 11 sales and support staff. INSZoom is the "world's largest immigration software company", built with flexible modules that allow you to manage and control technology. To schedule a complimentary online demo, call 925-244-0600 or email


Immigration Slows in Face of Economic Downturn
The economic downturn, coupled with a government crackdown on illegal immigration, is dramatically slowing immigration to the US, according to new data from the Census Bureau.

Immigrants Follow U.S.-Borns' Path - Often To Sun Belt
Foreign-born Americans are moving from place to place in patterns similar to those of the U.S.-born, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Census data out today offering the first detailed look at migration since the beginning of the decade.

House GOP Backs Off Immigration, Avoids Openly Questioning Mccain
House Republicans have resisted making illegal immigration a major campaign theme this year, aware that their presidential candidate is at odds with them on the issue and voters are more focused on the economy.

System To Verify Legal Status Faces Deadline
The fate of the federal immigration verification system E-verify, a keystone of the immigration package passed by South Carolina lawmakers this year, now is being negotiated by senators who must renew the program in coming weeks or see it expire.


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.

Immigration Book
The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation By Leo R. Chavez. Stanford University Press, 272 pp. Hardcover, ISBN: 0804759332, $44.00,


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:
ID's pro-McCain, anti-Obama pieces are way off base and totally wrong on the facts (see 09/23/08 ID comment). First ID had an editorial about how McCain, not Obama, would be the stronger person for immigration reform, and now ID features a lead column about how bad the Dems have been on comprehensive reform. Surely a more honest appraisal would lay the blame at the doorstep of the Republicans, who abandoned the bill in the Senate, with only 12 Republican votes in support. Please come to your senses on this. Senator McCain used to be a friend of immigration and of constitutional rights to habeas corpus. Alas, those days are long gone.

Ted Ruthizer, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Could ID please put its daily link above rather than below all the text [in the email version of Immigration Daily]. I go immediately to the webpage. Easier if the link is on top.

Richard Kuslan, Esq.
New Haven, CT

Editor's note: Thank you for providing us with this excellent suggestion. It has been forwarded to our technology department for consideration.

Dear Editor:
Regarding the entry invasion apologists letters of 9/23/08 ID, the R. Algase letter has mischaracterized my letter of 9/22/08 ID, seemingly deliberately so. My letter never mentioned Latinos and gave many reasons for the US financial crises, of which the sub prime loans to illegals and others who should not have qualified is a fact, not an opinion. Facts do not go away because of sarcasm or ridicule. While there is plenty of blame to go around with the present financial turmoil, it was the over-regulation that allowed these unwise loans, due in part to the hollow charges of racism by many who now deny any responsibility. It is the letter of R. Gittelson that "is out of touch with reality" with familiar and predictable specious arguments that are not factual or persuasive. How is our economy and Americans better off with millions of jobs exported or taken by lower wage non-citizens? The financial and social costs of the latter are straining and breaking the budgets at every level of government. And the letter's "solution" of CIR amnesty to legalize and induce a tsunami of others to come illegally for the next amnesty is laughable and dangerous. Immigration profiteers have been "bailed out" for years by US citizens picking up the tab, none of which can no longer be sustained. It is similarly false to label restrictionists as "enforcement only".

Jim Roberts

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