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Immigration Daily October 15, 2008
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Major Immigration Merger

Two large immigration law firms announced a merger creating the country's second largest immigration law practice. Tindall and Foster of Houston, Texas is merging with Quan, Burdette and Perez also of Houston, Texas. The newly formed Foster Quan LLP boasts a roster of 56 lawyers and a staff of 165 professionals speaking 33 languages. For the announcement, see here. For the fact sheet, see here.

Immigration Daily has learned that the merger was under discussion for some time, and is not related to the current turmoil in the financial markets. The largest single industry in Houston and Texas is energy, and the energy industry is expanding even in the current recessionary climate due to the historically high price of oil. This merger consolidates the two firms with the largest (proportional) share of energy-related clients in immigration law. We believe that further consolidation among the larger immigration firms is inevitable, especially in light of the current recessionary climate. While immigration law practice continues to be dominated by solo practitioners and small firms (as in most other areas of law), increased consolidation among the larger practices continues to reduce the cost of legal services (as consolidated firms have better efficiencies and competition among profitable firms ensures accrual of benefits to customers).

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Deadline Is Wednesday, Oct 15th For Consular Practice: A Comprehensive View

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part telephone seminar series "Consular Practice: A Comprehensive View" (with Liam Schwartz, Bryan Funai, Rachel C. Graciano, Kehrela M. Hodkinson, Stephen Pattison, Michael S Rosenfeld, Lois Gimpel Shaukat and Other Speakers To Be Announced). The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on October 16: E-1 and E-2 Visas: How to Avoid Being Intimidated by Obscure Terminology and Cumbersome Procedures and Maintain a Satisfying E Visa Practice

  • E Visa Terminology in Bite-Sized Easily-Digested Portions
  • E Visa Practice and Procedure
  • Building an E Visa Strategy: Tips for Human Resources Managers (and Attorneys Too!)
  • Company Relocation Policy and the E Visa
SECOND Phone Session on November 13: Learning from the Leaders: How In-house Immigration Counsel Approach the Visa Application Process
  • Identifying visa processing issues in advance
  • Tips for preparing an applicant for the visa interview
  • Crisis management: how to deal with visa delays (PIMS, SAOs, etc.) and denials
  • Blanket Ls and Es: special considerations
  • TCN Canada/Mexico vs. Home Country visa processing
THIRD Phone Session on December 4: My Client, Your Applicant: A Roundtable with Visa Consuls and Visa Attorneys
  • Challenges Faced by U.S. Visa Consuls in the Visa Application Process
  • Best Practices for Attorneys in the Visa Application Process
  • Tips for Problem Solving at Consular Posts
The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, October 15th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: . (Fax version:


Web Developments Contracts: Who Owns Your Website Code?
John W. Dozier Jr. writes "So, the answer is a carefully drawn web development contract."

A Sweet Yet Subtle Irony: How The Attrition Through Enforcement Approach Could Ultimately Insure Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Robert Gittelson writes "Now more than ever it is time to use that leverage to achieve Comprehensive Immigration Reform."

Immigrants Of The Week: Helene Cooper, Prem Reddy, MD, and Wei Zen-Wei
Greg Siskind honors immigrants of the week.

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USCIS Opens New Office In Orlando
USCIS celebrated the opening of its newest field office in Orlando, FL.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Atlanta, Georgia (Midtown/Buckhead) - Boutique international corporate firm seeks experienced (5-10 years) attorney to maintain the firm's immigration practice. This of counsel position will primarily focus on investment and employment based visas for the firm's corporate clients, as well as some LPR and naturalization. Must have sustainable book of business, be willing to promote firm's practice, and familiarity with dual citizenship and expatriation. Please send CV to:

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.

EB-5 Business For Sale
US EB-5 opportunity - Lumber manufacturing, Barnes Manufacturing Co., Kenbridge, VA, Lunenburg County. $2.7 million USD. No debt or inventory included. To view pictures and an appraisal report, see here. To discuss further, contact Thomas Barnes at: or call 434-955-0595 (after 10 am EST). All inquiries will be kept confidential.

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Candidates Agree On Immigration, But Ads Don't Show It
For all their differences, Barack Obama and John McCain have often shared common ground on one volatile issue: immigration.

Dallas Suburb Drops Plans For Immigration Task Force
A Dallas suburb has dismissed plans to create a citizens task force to target illegal immigration, in part because a neighboring city has been halted from enforcing immigration-related measures.

Historic Number Of Campaigns Promise Immigration Enforcement In 2008
A historic number of Federal campaigns are presenting their stances to voters in 2008 on illegal immigration and promising more immigration enforcement and opposition to Amnesty according to the research of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC).

Anti-Hispanic Rhetoric Growing
The vitriolic illegal immigration debate of the last few years has left Latinos feeling hurt and angry, according to a recent poll of both citizen and non-citizen Hispanics.


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Immigration Event - New York, NY
Immigrants' List (IL) cordially invites you to a cocktail reception and an introduction to the congressional candidates that IL will support in the 2008 election. Monday, October 27, 2008, 6-8pm, Cognac Restaurant, 1740 Broadway, New York, NY. Hosted by: Ted Ruthizer, Marcia Needleman, Jan Brown,Ira Kurzban, David K. S. Kim,Cheryl David, Steve Klapisch, Suzette Brooks -Masters, Maxine Lee, Noemi Masliah, Sheldon Zelig Suggested Contribution Levels: Host:$500, Sponsor:$250, Friend:$100. Please RSVP to Joshua Gray at or (202) 939-8644. To learn more, see: ILW.COM is pleased to be an event media sponsor.


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:
The idea that Obama would make a serious push for immigration reform is almost risible. CIR is just a page-six item in a laundry list of campaign programs that's exceedingly long even by Democratic historical standards. It's not something that Obama ever showed interest in while in office. When the 2006 and 2007 bills were close to passage in the Senate, he stayed conspicuously on the sidelines. If anything, the McCain campaign's contention that his 2007 amendment was in fact a poison pill is not far off the mark. Considering the dozen of other controversial programs at the top of his priorities, the notion that he would be willing to expend scarce political capital on something he's only devoted a modicum of lip service to (and precisely the minimum amount required to avoid an insurrection from the ranks of the Hispanic caucus) is among the most far-fetched claims of his campaign. The truth is, he has no need or desire to deviate from the attitude of the Democratic congressional leadership, which has been sheepish towards the racist-expulsionist 5% of the electorate, wary of the tensile strength of the moral fabric of the political middle, and pimpish towards its own captive Hispanic constituency. Needing to pick fights against a slimmed-down Republican minority of safe-seat, bloodthirsty, filibuster-happy Senators, there is virtually zero chance that CIR would make the cut. As a recent ID comment (09/17/08 ID) pointed out, the labels on the presidential candidates are upside down in this strange election. While Democrats remain the better option for Congress, supporters of CIR shouldn't let their wishful thinking and party loyalty lead them into 4 or 8 years of delusion. If you want CIR, vote McCain for President and Democrats for Congress.


Dear Editor:
I can not understand people sometimes when they take a word and make a big deal out of it. People should learn to accept the word and move towards a more constructive agenda. I can understand feeling insulted by the word "gringo" if preceded by "pinche" or proceeded by "guey" but even these two words could be a sign of familiarity or closeness with the addressee. Of course there are many other adjectives that depending on the tone and delivery could signify dislike and intended to directly cause psychological distress to the receiver. But remember "sticks and stones..." I am an American/Mexican - Mexican/American, I still do not know what came first (the chicken or the egg)! I do not worry about it. I recently returned from Equatorial Guinea where I was called "Blanco". Should I have been called "gringo"? I thought it was kind of cute. I am not Blanco otherwise I'd look like a white sheet of 94 bright paper. I actually have a reddish appearance to my complexion. Should I have been called "red'? Sometimes I am called "Vic", "Bictor" "hey you" yet my name is "Victor" it's ok I can live with that. I rather be called than never to hear from anyone, at least I know I am still alive without pinching myself to find out. So for all of you who feel offended by the use of lexicon based on your perceived meaning of the word, I am sorry for you. But I still love you. Now do not feel offended by my sarcasm I am just trying to make a point.

Victor W. Johnston

Dear Editor:
I am sure on what I have seen here in the South that to be able to count or tally the true picture of the population a median should be utilized. What would make it more comfortable to the Hispanic Community per se is to have the High School Hispanic students go with the census taker to provide the information needed. The High schooler should be in the 12th grade and have some people skills.

Gladys C Farris

Dear Editor:
The letter of Mr Murray (10/08/08 ID) mentions about the gringo expression it came precisely during one of the US invasions to Mexico when General Pershing was in pursue of Pancho Villa. That lasted 9 months of US soldiers without permission in the Mexican territory and never captured Villa at all. Well, at that time the US Soldiers wore green uniforms and people begun calling them green go home, that's where the expression comes from as far as I know. This took us out of the main subject of my letter, that the USA is in need of labor and foreign talents and that there is plenty right next door, and that if The US facilitates the coming of legal labor will benefit both countries, that's all. Locking US borders is not a solution, everybody knows that, controlling them is a must, legal, controlled border flow that's all both countries need. True, my country has been ran by corrupt governments all along history, The ruling party PRI remained in power about 70 years really damaged us, only with President Fox democracy begun to be dawn of a possibility after all these years, but the damaged done will take quite some time to cure, and progress will then be a reality. Yes we are way back delayed on that part, but is not as bad as it used to be, things are better in Mexico, than what they used to be, but still is a long way from being what it should be. The issue is legal immigration or non immigration, but legal, this is the key that will benefit us both, win-win situation, forget the historical events, let's move on for a better future for our countries and our children.

Victor M Gomez Llanos
Mazatalan, Mixico

Dear Editor:
Can you send me the best link for immigration site? I mean where everything is in details relating to forms and fees. I am looking forward to read about WAVA cases can u send me the link.

Robert Foner

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