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Immigration Daily November 4, 2008
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Latino Voters And McCain

Ruben Navarette Jr. writes "Recently, I was on a Latino-themed radio show defending John McCain." For the full editorial, see here.

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Deadline Is Tuesday, November 4th for ICE Enforcement and Criminal Prosecution - What Every Employer Needs to Know

Tuesday, November 4th is the deadline for the Thursday, November 6th phone session of "Employer Enforcement: What You Need To Know Now". The curriculum is as follows:

  • 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 Tuesday November 4th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


The Perils Of Pre-Emption: Immigration And The Federalist Paradox
Gary Endelman and Cynthia Lange write "While Congress dithers, and comprehensive immigration reform remains a slogan for debate and an invitation for demagoguery, states and cities throughout the land rush into the vacuum with their own solutions. To explore this movement and ponder its constitutional legitimacy is the purpose of the essay that follows."

Morristown's Misguided Bid To Enforce Immigration Law
Michael J. Wildes writes "While I share my colleague's concerns about national security, the law has always placed enforcement in the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal government."

Bloggings on PERM Labor Certification
Joel Stewart shares the latest entries as of October 31, 2008 on his PERM Labor Certification blog.

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EOIR To Continue In-Person Hearings In Reno
The Executive Office for Immigration Review announced that immigration judges will continue to be detailed to Reno, Nevada until further notice.

DHS Signs Visa Waiver Program Declaration With Romania
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff signed today a Visa Waiver Program declaration with Romanian Ambassador Adrian Vierita.

USCIS Sets Application Period In Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Legalization Case
USCIS announced that the application period will commence Feb. 1, 2009 and end Jan. 31, 2010.

Rep. Conyers Letter To DHS Secretary Chertoff On Alleged Obama Aunt Immigration Case Leak
Congressman John Conyers, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to DHS Secretary Chertoff expressing dismay at the alleged leak from a federal enforcement official on an immigration case (courtesy of Greg Siskind).


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
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Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
St. Louis, MO - Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP seeks an experienced paralegal to assist in case management and preparation of a wide range of employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant petitions, PERM applications and Adjustment of Status applications. Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP is one of the nation's largest law firms, with 335 attorneys in eight offices with experience in more than 45 practice areas, and represents clients in a full range of corporate, transaction and litigation matters. For more information see: Please send resume with salary requirement to Lisa K. Lange at:

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.

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EB-5 Investor Program
There is no need to wait for the Regional Center program to be extended before it sunsets on September 30, 2008. This is a 300 acre project in Southern California near San Juan Capistrano. The Project will create at least 300 new full-time jobs through the development of a resort hotel/spa & corporate retreat, an upscale equestrian centre with 1000 stalls, arena, training and boarding facilities and, along with a vineyard, an olive orchard, and 30 estate view lots. The developers and general partners have extensive experience in high profile developments. The Project qualifies under the EB-5 Investor Visa program for an immigrant investor in need of a permanent residence in the US "Green Card". The project is a Targeted Employment Area (TEA) requiring investments at the reduced $500,000 level. Visit for more information or contact a USA Global Development representative by e-mailing or calling (949) 296-3078 or complete contact us section of our website. Not an offer to purchase or sell securities. Only qualified investors can offer to subscribe after reviewing the full program and submitting a signed subscription agreement for consideration.


Immigration Advocates Say Candidates Ignoring Issue
Both candidates only talk about immigration when they are trying to get votes from the minorities, from Spanish-speakers especially, Salazar said. I don't think [the presidential candidates] are really interested in Latinos.

Catholic Charities To Break Ground On New $15 Million Headquarters
The social service agency is breaking ground today on a $15 million building that will consolidate programs offered now in three buildings.

One Prayer Answered, A Mother Puts Her Faith In God's Messengers
Those involved with the case are hesitant to criticize the government openly, for fear the visa will be snatched back.

Disclosure About Obama's Aunt Is Investigated
The government is investigating whether any laws were broken in the disclosure that Barack Obama's aunt was living in the country illegally.


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Immigration Event - Washington DC
'The Role of Migrant Health and Social Care Workers in Aging Society' sponsored by the Institute for the Study of International Migration. 8:30-10:00 a.m., Friday, November 14, 2008. Georgetown University Law Center, Hotung 2000, 600 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, DC. RSVP: Contact: Marwa Alkhairo, (202) 687-2132 or


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:
Why is the border fence being built, and should it be built at all? These questions are multi-faceted. Anti-Immigrationists suggest the fence will eliminate illegal immigration. But while it will slow it down, it will not stop it. The only way to stop illegal immigration is to effectively prevent undocumented people from working in the US. But should the border fence be built for other reasons? I doubt many Americans understand what is going on in Mexico; even here in Southern California we get very little news. Mexico is embroiled in a drug war drug dealers versus everyone else, with corruption at all levels of society from farmers who have forgone traditional crops to plant marijuana to petty bureaucrats, to high government officials, and cops, to wealthy businessmen who traffic cocaine from Colombia to the US. In the last year alone, more than 4,000 people about the same as US deaths in Iraq since 2003 including police officers, soldiers, criminals and civilians were killed in a wave of violence linked to organized crime in Mexico. Mexico's president, Felipe Caldern, who has made fighting trafficking a crucial part of his presidency, said that the fight to clean up Mexico depends on citizens putting their country first and respecting the law above all else. Mr. Calderon said there must be a line people will not cross, even for a suitcase full of cash. But the line Mexicans are crossing that concerns US citizens is the line in the sand running from the Texas Gulf Coast to California's Pacific Ocean. Perhaps the border fence can do double duty, but a fence will not keep illegal aliens from working in the US that is up to American employers to, as Mr. Calderon says, "put their country first and respecting the law above all else."

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
David Murray's letter responded (ID, 10/31/08) to a NY Times article and a TV commercial linking immigration and "America's carbon footprint". His letter dismisses the linkage as "preposterous" and then goes on to imply that anyone who sees a link between immigration and America's "carbon footprint" is a bigot, hate monger, facist, etc. But there is another way to look at this which, I believe, was the intent of the commercial. On 2/11/08, the PEW Research Center issued a publication projecting that the U.S. population will be about 438 million by 2050. (The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that we'll hit the 400-million mark around 2039.) Pew estimates that 82% of this population growth will be due to immigrants and their descendants. It seems to me that it's apparent that immigrants to the U.S. tend to have a bigger "carbon footprint" as they become more "Americanized". Whether they do or not, 438 million residents of the U.S. will produce a lot more pollution than the present 300-plus million. And the major portion of our population growth - 82% if you believe PEW - will come from immigration. If it's hateful, facist and/or bigoted to be concerned about a U.S. population of 438 million driven primarily by immigration, I plead guilty.

John H. Frecker
Baileyville, ME

Dear Editor:
Big Brother is not a new idea (11/3/08 ID comment). Since the beginning of the 1900 it has been around sometime it is a big service for the USA and other times it seems to be sleeping. Now Big Brother will grow to a dimension not known and as long as there is threat it will keep growing. This section feeds of fear and intimidation to the public. Are we aligning ourselves to some similarity of Russia system?

Gladys C. Farris

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