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Immigration Daily December 24, 2008
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Various Items

Today's issue of Immigration Daily features various items including: articles on a successful immigrant and on the connection between the baby boomer retirement and immigration policy, a DHS announcement adding a VWP country, several advertisements of interest to immigration professionals, immigration headlines from around the web, an announcement on teleconferences by the CIS Ombudsman, and three letters to the Editor. Please scroll down to find the item(s) of interest to you.

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An Accountant In New York
Shrikant Rangnekar writes "Over the last 35 years, Mahesh built a successful accounting practice in Manhattan. I asked him what he likes about America. He said that he likes the American people because they are friendly, open and fair. His greatest satisfaction about his decision to come to America and leading a professional life is that he was neither asked nor has paid a single bribe ..."

Old Promises and New Blood: How Immigration Reform Can Help America Prosper in the Face of Baby Boomer Retirement
Dowell Myers writes "Policy makers cannot afford to view immigration and the retirement of baby boomers as two separate phenomena. We must evaluate our immigration needs in light of the pending massive movement of a significant portion of the population out of the labor pool and housing market and into government funded entitlement programs."

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DHS Designates Malta as a Visa Waiver Program Country
DHS announced that it "will designate Malta as a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) country on Dec. 30, 2008."


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Washington, DC- USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorneys with 3+ years demonstrated experience in immigration law for the Adjudications Law Division (ALD). The attorneys will serve as advisors to the Chief of the ALD, the Chief Counsel, and to USCIS and other Departmental components on issues relating to U.S. immigration laws. Applicants must possess a JD degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have 3+ years of post-J.D. experience in immigration law. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2008-0013 at Submit a resume, cover letter + (2) writing samples to: Claudia Salem, Acting Chief, Adjudications Law Division at Please make sure to note in email subject header that you are applying for the Experienced Attorney Position, ALD, at USCIS. Must be received by 5pm, ET, Friday, December 19, 2008. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service. No relocation reimbursement available.

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.

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Economy stirring illegal immigration tempest? says "The biggest reason to have a controlled immigration policy is for economic stability, and then for deterring the risk of terrorism," Gilchrist postulated. "By not controlling our borders, there's more risk to our economic stability than there is to our national security from terrorism."

US, Mexico: Partners for prosperity
An opinion piece in the Arizona Daily Star says "For centuries, America has served as a symbol of freedom and democracy throughout the world. How long will it take for our great nation to repair the ill will that these walls have engendered around the world? Is it too much too soon to ask that this wall come down or is it the right thing to do at the right time in history? If not now, when? If not under President-elect Barack Obama, then who?"

Border security will loom large for Obama administration
Government Executive reports "A new secretary has the opportunity to be able to start with what's been accomplished over the last five years and really push this concept of one department in terms of how they collectively look at the missions across the department."

SHRM, U.S. Chamber Join Suit Against E-Verify Changes
Occupational Health and Safety reports "The Society for Human Resource Management, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and three other groups filed suit challenging a recent executive order that will require federal contractors and subcontractors to use the Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify system to confirm prospective employees are legally eligible to work in the United States."


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New CIS Ombudsman Teleconferences
Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman for U.S. Department of Homeland Security announces that Upcoming Teleconferences include: "Motions to Reopen: How Are They Working for You?" January 28, 2009 - 2-3 p.m. EST and "Refugee Processing: Your Questions and Comments: February 25, 2009 - 2-3 p.m. EST.


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:
Gladys C. Farris' letter (ID 12/22/08)deserves to be commended for its common sense suggestion of empathy for immigrants, especially those in unskilled jobs that few Americans want. Despite all the hate group propaganda blaming immigrants for America's current economic crisis, immigrants are a mainstay of our economy, as consumers, business owners and taxpayers. If, as the anti-immigrant lobby would like them to, all immigrants went back to their native countries tomorrow, our struggling economy would collapse. This applies to both legal and illegal immigrants. In this time of crisis, the last thing America needs to do is to shoot itself in the economic foot.

Roger Algase, Esq
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Restrictionists are being so hypocritical on accusing on our economic recession by simply blaming poor "illegal" immigrants without even pointing the real culprit is the speculation, manipulation and greed in the stock markets and in our financial banking system. Restrictionists do mind on "illegal" immigrants going to public schools, ER rooms in many hospitals and other public services available but yet never mentioned at once on lazy US citizens who abuse our own welfare system and even dare to finger point to our corporates CEOs who have done lousy jobs even fraud on their companies performance and yet still justify themselves to get nice compensation package, salary even fly on corporates jets while shamelessly expect taxpayers' bailouts while continuing their "secret" holidays' parties on our tax dollars. Restrictionists never bother to find out how many billions dollar being corrupted and wasted in Iraq and Afghanistan wars without supervision and corrective actions. If ones lost jobs, lost their homes etc. better to look on how crooked our political and economic system are, blaming "illegal" immigrants is only convenient scape goat to blur the bigger and real picture.

robert yang

Dear Editor:
Re: KO's letter (ID 12/22/08) "and most of all I am grateful for no grants of amnesty", the letter is one mean Mr. Grinch. My heart goes out to the families that will spend the Holidays in fear that ICE will come down the Chimney instead of Santa this year. I mourn for the Children who turned 18 this year that were brought here as toddlers and aged out, were hunted down, detained and caged like animals, then unceremoniously dumped into another country penniless, alone and often not speaking the native language. May peace and comfort follow those who are here for refuge and assylum from the torture and mutilation they suffered abroad. I pray for the suffering still in detention centers alone, ill and afraid they might die from health conditions that have not been properly diagnosed or treated. I hope that in the coming year decency and common sense will prevail and men and women in our Congress and Senate will lift the curse of the 1996 IRRCA and allow families that contain US Citizen Spouses and Children to find a way to legally overcome the harsh and draconian provisions of the law that force so many of these families into financial and emotional devestation. May our Creator bestow wisdom and strength and perserverance to all those in service to these individuals and families and grant them grace and creativity as they fight the noble worthy battle for the dignity of these human souls.

Sergi Sheplov

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