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Immigration Daily September 30, 2008
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Trivia Or Concepts

San Jose Mercury News reports on the new citizenship test that goes into effect on October 1st. "For years, scholars, historians and policy makers have mocked the inane questions on the naturalization examination that immigrants must pass to gain U.S. citizenship, arguing that it tested trivia and minted new Americans who lacked meaningful knowledge about their adopted country's history and governance... 'We're trying to encourage civic learning and attachment,' Alfonso Aguilar, chief of the Office of Citizenship, said in an interview during a stop in San Francisco. 'The test is not harder. It's just a better test. It follows a basic U.S. history and civics curriculum. It's more on concepts than on rote memorization.' "

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Deadline Is Tuesday Sep 30 For Affidavits of Support

Tuesday, Sep 30th is the deadline for the Oct 2nd phone session of "Family Matters - Hot Issues In Family Immigration" (with Angie Junck, Katherine Brady, Romulo Guevara, Jennifer Guilfoyle, Joren Lyons, Joseph Reina, Debbie Smith and Charles Wheeler). The curriculum is as follows:

  • Documentation requirements
  • USC sponsors not residing in the U.S.
  • Household members
  • Calculating assets
  • Joint sponsors and requirements
  • Enforcement issues-use of affidavit of support in family support cases
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, September 30th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: . (Fax version:


Martinez V. Mukasey: New Hope For Certain Legal Permanent Residents With Criminal Convictions
David A. Isaacson writes "Earlier this year, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a decision that could make relief from removal available to many Legal Permanent Residents with criminal convictions who had previously been thought ineligible to receive such relief."

The New President And The Global Landscape
George Friedman writes "It has often been said that presidential elections are all about the economy. That just isn't true."

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DHS Releases Nonimmigrant Admissions Statistics: 2007
DHS released statistics on nonimmigrant admissions to the United States in 2007.

Congress Passes Religious Worker Extension
Congress passed religious worker program extension.

Congress Passes Conrad 30 Extension
Congress passed Conrad 30 program extension.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Lincoln, NE- USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney as Service Center Counsel at Nebraska Service Center. This is a full-time position. Provide legal advice to NSC personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security. Applicants must possess a JD degree, be an active member of the bar by entry on duty date. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2008-0011 at Submit a resume, cover letter + writing sample to: W. Douglas Craig, Chief of the Service Center Counsel Division at Must be received by close of business Friday, October 10, 2008. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels, open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Washington, DC - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for its Refugee and Asylum Law Division. This is a full-time position. Provide legal advice on domestic asylum law and practice, overseas refugee resettlement programs, temporary protected status, and CAT. Strong legal research and writing skills, and ability to complete assignments with short deadlines essential. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2008-0010 at Submit a resume (or Optional Application for Federal Employment, OF-612) + cover letter discussing related work experience to: Ron Whitney, Refugee and Asylum Law Division Chief at Must be received by close of business Friday, October 3, 2008. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels, open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Metropolitan Washington, D.C. law firm seeks associate with 3+ years of experience in employment and family-based immigration law. Excellent salary/benefits. This is a blind ad posting. Qualified candidates, send resume to:

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:

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Immigration Debate Still Simmers Below The Surface
One of the great hidden issues of this presidential campaign season has been immigration.

Democrats Err On Immigration, Latino Issues
As they recall the failure of immigration reform in Congress, Democrats want to come off as the good guys.

Closed Doors Make Us Poorer
We are in the process of hollowing out our own economy in the name of security.

Civics Test For American Citizenship Changes This Week
Starting this week, immigrants will have to show a deeper understanding of U.S. history and government if they want to become citizens.


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Immigration Event - San Diego, CA
The Visitor: Screening and discussion of a feature film by Tom McCarthy on the post-9/11 immigrant detention system in the United States. Monday, October 6 (7:00-10:00 p.m., Robinson Auditorium, Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies, UCSD)


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:
Following the logic of Jim Robert's letter (09/29/2008 ID), sex causes cancer. Yes, it is a fact that approximately 99% of all people who die of cancer have had sex at least once in their lifetime. Let's stop having sex. Likewise, education causes automobile accidents, because more than 99% of the people who are involved in automobile accidents are educated. Don't send your children to school. And how about Mexican music? Mexican music causes illegal immigration, since virtually 100% of the Mexicans who have come into the United States illegally in the past hundred years have listened to Mexican music in Mexico and continue to listen to Mexican music after their arrival in the United States. Let's ban music, or at least Mexican music.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Jim Roberts' letter (09/29/2008 ID) relies on an article by the well known immigrant-hating columnist, Michelle Malkin, as authority for his latest exercise in scapegoating. Or, possibly, Ms. Malkin's article may have been influenced by Mr. Roberts' letters, just as Tweedledum and Tweedledee always agree. One can only wonder what anti-Latino immigrant bigots will blame them for next. Polar bear extinction?

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
The immigration issue/problem in the US is one of security and legal status. It is impossible to have a policy (or even a serious discussion) until ingress is controlled to the maximum extent possible. Open border advocates sell the citizen/legal resident down the river for some soft-headed "We Are the World" mantra. Others benefit from the cheap, exploited labor of the semi-desperate. The citizen underwrites both the wrong headed philosophers and the fat cat bosses. Is it true that to make our system work we must have cheap and silent labor(ers)? If so, ain't that a corrupt system? In any event, the pie is not infinite. The USA must take care of its own first, while helping its neighbors to reach their own potential, whatever that turns out to be.

Selah J. Hawk

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