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Immigration Daily January 7, 2009
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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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Dispelling The Divisive Myths Of Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Robert Gittelson writes "Due to the unprecedented nature of the national financial crisis that has emerged so prominently over the past week or so, I feel that it is timely to discuss one specific myth that I discuss in my article, and that is the myth that illegal or undocumented immigrants cost our country more in social services then they contribute to our tax base."

19 Tough Questions To Ask A Marketing Consultant Before You Write A Check
Trey Ryder offers tips when interviewing a marketing professional.

Nitya Vidyasagar, and T.V. Raman
Greg Siskind honors immigrants of the week.

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USCIS Releases Supplemental Religious Worker QAs
USCIS issued supplemental questions and answers on the final religious worker rule effective November 26, 2008. This new release is in addition to the QAs that were issued on November 25, 2008.


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Immigration Reform Rests With Congress
New Jersey has to tread lightly when it comes to efforts to compensate for our country's failed immigration policies.

ICE Insider Seeks Pardon For Ramos And Compean
A candidate for assistant secretary of Immigration and Customs Enforcement urged President Bush in an open letter to pardon ex-Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.

Bill O'Reilly Plays The Fox Fear Factor Card And Again Lies About A NY Times Editorial
Bill lurched straight into Nativist paranoia land when he claimed that the far left goal is to create a new America where workers, many of them foreign-born, control the voting process.

Friendship Park's Intended Purpose Is Lost In Fog Of Border War
What will stop illegal immigration is a mega-construction project of justice on the Latin American side of the border, the sudden leveling of mountains of inequality.


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Of Counsel
Reina & Bates Immigration Law Group is pleased to announce that Elisabeth S. Brodyaga has become of counsel to the firm. Ms. Brodyaga is Board Certified in Immigration Law and Nationality law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


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:
In the latest in my much-acclaimed series of letters to Mr. Donald Neufeld, Acting Associate Director of USCIS Domestic Operations, I complained about the most recent USCIS blunder that it has been my "pleasure" to encounter. Personnel at the Chicago Lockbox rejected my client's I-765 because I had inadvertently filed an outdated version of this Form. I sent them a new I-765 on the current version of the Form and wrote the following in my cover letter: "The basis of your request that I submit a new application is that the old one is outdated. The only difference between the old one that I filed initially and the current one is that the old one has 16 numbered items to complete while the current one adds an item numbered 17. In its own terms, item 17 needs to be completed "If you [the applicant] entered the Eligibility Category, c(3)(C), in item 16 above." Since my client entered (c)(9) in item 16 in the initial application, just as he entered (c)(9) in the current application, item 17 does not apply to him. Had he filed the current form initially, he would have correctly left item 17 blank. In rejecting his initial application in these circumstances, you have taken an action that is not just an abstract defiance of common sense, but one with real-world adverse consequences: the creation of an unnecessary delay in the processing of my clients case. Your action has gained you not an iota of added information ..." In my letter to Mr. Neufeld I wrote: "... Nevertheless, and perhaps precisely because it is the garden variety of error that I encounter in so many cases I file with USCIS, I wish to bring it to your attention."

Oscar Jaeger, Esq.
Brooklyn, NY

Dear Editor:
The link to your 1/6 newsletter is not working. It doesn't even work if you paste the link into the browser. Must be a glitch today.

Leslie Davis
Long Beach, CA

Editor's note: Thanks for pointing out our error. The link has been corrected.

Dear Editor:
Regarding Mario Appuzo's ltr 1/06/09, Obama has presented his Certification of Live Birth (COLB) has proof that he was born in Hawaii. That is all that is required. He has the proper documents case closed. Its interesting how Obama is faced with the same dilemma many families within a stone throw of the southern border are faced with, conspiracy theorists. Many families with children born near the border later face tremendous burdens in "proving citizenship" despite documentation and often cannot obtain passports because "suspicious minds" at the State Department are working overtime. Even families like Obama's where the parent is a US Citizen and regardless of location of birth face questions and hassles. I think its an arrogant attitude prevailing when someone says "Obama has the burden to come forward with competent evidence to prove that he was born in Hawaii. " Unfortunately some of our State Department personnell have the same backward and incorrect assumption when they deny Citizens with birth certificates a Passport. Its the burden of the government to prove a "crime" not the citizens burden to prove innocence. Thats why this Immigration Haters attitude is so scarey. If we give pencil pushers at DHS, Justice and State the freedom to incarcerate and strip a citizen of his birthright which are the rights to due process we create a nightmare. Think it through, E-Verify has what a 3-5% error rate? So stripping 3-5% of the US citizens who are kicked back erroneously of thier constitutional liberty and flagging them as "live bait" for ICE "Enforcement Only" action. Now that agencies are sharing information its a matter of time before more US Citizens are netted, detained and held until they "prove citizenship". We may never know what "natural born" is, perhaps our forefathers envisioned test tube babies, many were considered forward thinking.

Sergi Sheplov

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