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Immigration Daily November 11, 2008
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School Check

The Springfield Missouri News-Leader reports "[] starting Jan. 1, public universities and colleges in Missouri will take extra steps to ensure there are no illegal immigrants taking classes, working or receiving public benefits such as state grants and scholarships." For the full story, see here.

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Deadline Is Tuesday November 11th For Learning from the Leaders: How In-house Immigration Counsel Approach the Visa Application Process

Tuesday, November 11th is the deadline for the Thursday November 13th phone session of "Consular Practice: A Comprehensive View" (with many distinguished speakers). The curriculum is as follows:

  • 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
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday November 11th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


Basics Of The Deemed Export Rule
William Henry Humble III writes "Immigration attorneys need to know about this issue because it may delay/stop NIV status changes or visa issuance, and may trigger an investigation of the petitioning company, leading to fines, civil sanctions and criminal penalties."

Why I Voted For Barack Obama
Liz Cedillo-Pereira writes "I believe him when he says that he will place everyday Americans first in his Administration."

Bloggings on PERM Labor Certification
Joel Stewart shares the latest entries as of November 10, 2008 on his PERM Labor Certification blog.

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DHS On Korea's Visa Waiver Program Eligibility
DHS and the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade signed a Memorandum of Understanding in April regarding the Republic of Koreas candidacy for the Visa Waiver Program that required, among other things, an agreement between the countries on information sharing for certain criminal activity.

DHS Files Motion For Summary Judgment In No-Match Litigation
DHS filed a motion to vacate the preliminary injunction and for summary judgment in AFL-CIO v. Chertoff.


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Immigration Law Certificate
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HB 1804 Law Foes Are Diverse
Much of the opposition is focused on the part of HB 1804 that requires employers doing business with the state to use a voluntary federal worker verification system.

LA Immigrant Rights Activists Wrap Up 3-Week Fast to Change US Immigration Policy
But immigrant rights activists have just finished a twenty-one-day "Fast for the Future" to call on President-elect Obama to change US immigration policy.

Guidance, Support Needed During These Uncertain Times
Immigration proved essential to the labor force needs of the emerging manufacturing economy, and together they produced the first great geographic transformation industrial agglomeration, economic concentration, and urbanization.

Border Patrol Roadblocks May Be Working, But At What Cost?
The Border Patrol in Washington is burgeoning in the post-9/11 world. It's got more agents, better equipment, a new station -- and it's making a lot of arrests.


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Immigration Event - Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL - Workplace Enforcement & Immigration, November 14, 2007, Loyola Law School. The Federal Bar Association is pleased to sponsor this event which will provide practical guidance on issues arising from DHS enforcement measures. Keep abreast of the most pressing issues and initiatives undertaken by the government and the best practices associated with them. For details, including how to register, see here. Additional questions can be directed to program chair Peggy McCormick: or (tel) 312-267-4610. 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:
Beres L.'s letter (11/10/08 ID) seems to respond to a problem that was resolved more than fifty years ago, when the law making Asian immigrants ineligible for US citizenship was abolished. I believe that this took place in 1953. Therefore, stating that Asian Americans would be barred from owning land in Florida under the proposition in question is not correct. However, clearly there are certain immigrants who are ineligible for citizenship because they lack good moral character or because of other various reasons which are not directly related to race. Therefore it would seem clear that the intent of the Florida proposal is to curb land ownership by racial minorities indirectly, if not directly, since most immigrants are non-white, and some of these may not be eligible for citizenship for one reason or another. With regard to Al Suther's letter (11/10/08 ID), it is sufficient to point out that just because someone is black, it doesn't necessarily mean that he or she was born in Africa. This is true even if the person, like President-elect Obama, had a parent who was born there. Mr. Suther's letter's assumption that Barack Obama, who was actually born in Kansas, must have somehow been born in Africa, shows that even though America has elected a black president, bigotry is still, unfortunately, alive and well in this country.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Hanza Prchal's letter (10/10/2008 ID) responding, by way of what seems to me a demeaning personal attack on my intelligence, to my letter of 10/07/08 ID, which states, "I hope that is not his opinion, but merely what he is channeling from what he watches on overseas television and hears from clients who think they understand America from watching Baywatch and Oliver Stone movies." is an insult and the type of nonsensical personal bashing that should not be allowed in ID, or anywhere in the responsible press. I do not watch "overseas television" - whatever that is, I do not pass on what I "hear from clients", nor do I watch Baywatch, and would not know an Oliver Stone movie from a Daffy Duck cartoon, so how Mr. Prchal's letter can lambast my opinions with such nonsense, and how ID can allow him to do so in their publication is beyond belief. I am very angry and expect an apology from Mr. Prchal and from Immigration Daily. If I don't get it, you can believe this will be the last Immigration Daily will hear from me. Let's see you publish this.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
According to Al Suther's Nov. 10 letter, "It is also said that Obama has refused to show his birth certificate that he may have been born in Kenya (sic), making him ineligible to be President of the US." The fact that there are people who still cling to this preposterous myth, defying common sense and indisputable facts to do it, is amazing for at least two reasons. First, does anyone really think that Hillary Clinton and John McCain would have ignored the issue of Obama's citizenship if it was, in fact, an issue? They accused him of everything short of rape and murder, but somehow we are supposed to believe that they gave him a free pass on being an ineligible candidate? Second, a copy of Obama's Honolulu birth certificate has been posted on the Internet for months and, in spite of far-fetched forgery allegations, independent authorities including a State of Hawaii spokesman have verified its validity. In short, the battle is over and Obama won. His opponents need to accept that fact, return to planet Earth and get a life.

Sid Lachter, Esq.
Tucson, AZ

Dear Editor:
Im happy for you americans, specially those with a democratic compromise and a sense of honor. Most of the letters after your election day I've read can not change the way of many americans think about themselves, about President Elected Barack Obama and the future. That's because it wasn't an "american election"; it was ours too, the people living abroad, the foreigners. And that's the most important to us. This election and the american President Barack Obama is a kind of promise to worldwide. I know many things could not change, but the americans whose voted for Obama, elected a brilliant, humanist, smart man. The anti-immigrants, the people who believes immigrants -undocumented or legal- are bad for many insane ideas, do not want to see themselves in the mirror. Maybe their relatives, their parents, went to America in the same way, but the better is to ignore it because of a false sense of honor.

Carlos Tapia
Michoacan, Mexico

Dear Editor:
I could not agree more with the David Murray comment of Nov. 10th: "That is the most ridiculous, self justifying nonsensical usurp(a)tion of poetic license I have ever seen." However, I would have applied it to the "laundry list" by America last advocate Roger Algase letter of the same date. The ID comment is entitled to such "poetic license" in it's editorials. The RA letter, on the other hand, is wrong and offensive with it's phony charges of "bigotry" and advocacy of dismantling the border fence, loosening of restrictions and ending enforcement regarding our entry laws. Such advocacy is highly irresponsible and to equate such to: "pandering to right wing anti-immigrant bigotry" is beyond feeble name calling and reveals an America last, immigrant first policy that is unacceptable. This, of course, is nothing new from this author. This may be a "change" that some immigration attorneys or anti Americans "can believe in", but most citizens will not. The first change that most Americans would like to see from BO is to stop the coverup of ignoring legitimate and lawful requests to produce a valid birth certificate to show that he is even legally qualified to be President as required by the US Constitution.

Jim Roberts

Dear Editor:
Mr. Suther's letter (11/10/08 ID), repeats a false canard regarding Sen. Obama, the President-Elect, and his birth certificate. Had anyone briefly perused the web, they would have easily found Sen. Obamas birth certificate, issued by the State of Hawaii which is a U.S. state. For example, it is available on the FactCheck website. The FactCheck website is an independent and unbiased website set up by the Annenberg Foundation, hardly a liberal think tank. Moreover, the State of Hawaii confirmed the validity of Sen. Obamas birth certificate on October 31, 2008. FactCheck also mentions that Sen. Obama has never claimed Kenyan citizenship, although he was eligible for it due to his fathers own citizenship. In fact, such claim expired in 1982. Clearly, Sen. Obama, the President-Elect, is a natural born citizen of the U.S. and he meets this and all other constitutional prerequisites for the presidency. It is time that one accepts the truth and think about improving this country and its ineffective immigration policies.


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