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Immigration Daily October 1, 2008
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Relief From Removal: A Definitive Manual For Winning Cases

The following is the table of contents for this definitive work which is now being shipped:

  • Chapters: Removal proceedings; Grounds of deportability; Grounds of inadmissibility; Contesting removability; Adjustment of status; Waivers of inadmissibility and deportability in Removal proceedings; Section 212(c) and Cancellation of Removal for Lawful Permanent Residents; Cancellation and Suspension for Non-Permanent Resident Aliens; Asylum, Withholding of Removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture; Voluntary departure; Naturalization as a defense to Removal; Administrative review of Removal Orders; Judicial review of Removal Orders
  • 23 Appendices include: Sample cover letter and instructions for requesting a FBI criminal record check; Sample Motion to Suppress; Sample Motion to Dismiss; Sample Brief in Support of Motion to Terminate Removal Proceedings; Sample Motion to Terminate to Proceed on an Application for Naturalization Pursuant to 8 CFR 1239.2; Sample Notice of Appeal from a decision of an Immigration Judge; Sample Motion for Extension of Time to File Brief to BIA
  • CD-ROM has 600+ important documents including: key BIA & Federal cases, selected USCIS/ICE memos and DOS cables, forms from USCIS & EOIR, relevant regulatory sections from 8 CFR & 42 CFR, significant statutory provisions from the INA, 18 USC & 28 USC, Links to informative internet resources, etc.
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Party Platforms Discuss Immigration, But Candidates Scarcely Mention It
Claire Bergeron and Muzaffar Chishti for the Migration Policy Institute write "Their parties adopted dramatically different platforms on the issue of immigration, but Republican presidential candidate John McCain and Democratic nominee Barack Obama employed similar techniques when dealing with the topic at their respective conventions -- neither said very much about it."

From The President Desk - Poverty And Wealth: India Versus Hong Kong
Mark Skousen for the Foundation For Economic Education writes "In 1991, facing default on its foreign debt, India abandoned four decades of economic isolation and planning, and freed the nation's entrepreneurs."

Immigrants Of The Week: Henry Cejudo, Wang Chen, and Liang Chow
Greg Siskind honors immigrants of the week.

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DOS Publishes DV-2010 Lottery Application Instructions
DOS published guidelines on applying to the 2010 Diversity Visa Lottery.

DOS Final Rule Regarding Burma
DOS released a final rule exempting certain Burmese officials from travel restrictions.

USCIS FAQ On Intercountry Adoptions
USCIS published FAQ on intercountry adoptions.

DHS Fact Sheet On Streamlining Visa Applications for HIV Positive Nonimmigrants
DHS published a fact sheet on streamlining the issuance of certain short-term non-immigrant visas for non-U.S. citizens who are HIV-positive.


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:

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.

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:


More Than 1100 Arrested Throughout California In Immigration Raids
Billing a series of raids as the largest sweep of its kind in California, federal immigration authorities Monday announced more than 1,100 arrests throughout the state this month.

Visa Reforms Mired In Debate
And on Cape Cod, their employers are already wondering how they will be able to keep their businesses operating smoothly if they are faced with another year of visa limitations.

2010 Diversity Visa Lottery Program Registration
Applications for the 2010 Diversity Visa Lottery Program will be accepted from October 2 to December 1, 2008.

Presidential Candidates Vying Quietly For Latino Vote
Immigration issues were a divisive force in the 2004 election, so this year's candidates are taking a quieter, more direct approach to reaching the Latino population.


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Immigration Event - Pittsburgh, PA
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants is pleased to sponsor the 2008 Conference on Refugee Warehousing which will offer a forum to consider the issues and strengthen the movement against refugee warehousing. October 10 - October 12, 2008. For more info see:


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:
A "concepts" citizenship test fits perfectly with an apparent agenda of fewer naturalized citizens. I have represented many cooks and garment workers from the Chinese community in New York City. They are hard working people who contribute to the vitality of this country and produce high achieving children. For many of them, the English language is a collection of tongue twisters, difficult to learn as adults. It is a struggle for them to learn basic English let alone "concepts" of American government and history that they can verbalize to the immigration examiners. What is next... essay tests? They understand freedom of speech, freedom of religion and representative government. Making them pass a linguistically more difficult "concepts" test does not reinforce their understanding. It only keeps them on the intended.

John Moncrief, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Regarding ID comment (09/30/08 ID) Trivia or concepts: call it what you will, but I'll be surprised if more than 10% of native born Americans can get 6 out of 10 questions from the existing test. The effect of the new test will be that the immigrants will now have to pass a test that only 5% of native born Americans can pass.

David H. Jung, Esq
Honolulu, HI

Dear Editor:
Over the years I have seen knee-jerk, irrational analysis of the immigration woes of America, but the letter of Selah J. Hawk (09/29/2008 ID) tops the cake. Ms. Hawk's letter holds the "immigration issue/problem" is one of "security and legal status". I disagree that immigration is a matter of security -- immigration is a matter of immigration. Security and immigration should not be administered by the same organization. It was shortsighted when the government, pre 9/11, disbanded the INS, taking it totally away from Justice and putting it totally into Homeland Security. That was a mistake. Ingress and egress from the country, legally or illegally, has nothing to do with violations of the law after one is here. These violations are a matter of immigration enforcement, not adjudication. Patrolling the borders should be a function of the Department of Defense. As to "open border advocates," a phrase nothing more than xenophobic scare-mongering, I know of no rational person who believes America should throw open its borders and eliminate the immigration process. But we must end the processing delays, revise the family quota system and make it easier for employers to legally employ needed workers. Most responsible, nonpolitical, non-bias reform advocates support a workable system of laws that recognize that US employers should be able to fill certain temporary and permanent jobs with foreign workers, while at the same time enforcing those laws to in the future prevent a debacle as caused by the 1986 Amnesty. Let that fiasco never again be repeated, but let us not bury our heads in the sand and ignore 12 million people, justifying doing nothing and blaming illegal immigration as creating the ills of America. America needs to address reality; that's how America can "take care of its own."

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

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