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Immigration Daily February 17, 2009
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NumbersUSA Helps Immigration Lawyers

To qualify for the OPT STEM extension, F1s need to seek jobs only at employers using E-Verify. Unfortunately, DHS does not provide a searchable database for this, and often the immigrant student reaches out for help to immigration counsel to find such employers. Fear not, the anti-immigrant NumbersUSA comes to the rescue! NumbersUSA has a searchable database of about two-thirds of E-Verify employers, conveniently searchable by location and business type for F1 students. This gem is at: This is a unique example of an enforcement-related resource being useful for benefits purposes.

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Deadline For Preparation of the PERM Application Is Tuesday, Feb 17th

Tuesday, Feb 17th is the deadline for the Wednesday, Feb 18th phone session of the telephone seminar series "PERM For Beginners" with discussion leader Sofia Zneimer. The curriculum for the session on " Preparation of the PERM Application" is as follows:

  • Employer registration and attorney sub-account
  • Prevailing Wage
  • Recruitment Plan
  • Job Order
  • Mandatory Printed Ads - elements, placement, considerations
  • Additional steps for professional jobs - what is a professional job anyway?
  • Recruitment Report - elements and considerations
  • Qualified US workers
  • Audit preparedness
  • Discussion of best practices to manage the process
  • Schedule A and Special Handling
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, February 17th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Fax version:


Belarus Religious Persecution Cases In The Circuit Courts Of Appeals - Case Study
Alex Berd and Patrick Klauss write "As discussed above, many of these cases turn on the court's determination whether the facts support a finding of persecution, rather than mere harassment."

Obama's Homeland Security Selection Viewed As Focused On Immigration
Muzaffar Chishti and Claire Bergeron for the Migration Policy Institute write "President-elect Barack Obama's selection of Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as the next secretary of homeland security signals his willingness to make immigration policy concerns a high priority."

Bloggings on Dysfunctional Government
Angelo A. Paparelli writes "The bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth is a fitting moment to ponder the state of our fractious and fractured nation of immigrants."

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DOJ Announces MultiState Arrests For Visa Fraud
The Department of Justice announced the arrest of 11 individuals as part of an investigation into suspected visa and mail fraud.


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Expert Witness Services
Muslim World Expert Dr. Shaul M. Gabbay is pleased to offer expert testimony on immigrants from Muslim countries/societies, including the former Soviet Union (USSR). I have testified in 150+ Immigration Court cases nationwide (asylum, cancellation of removal) and to USCIS (asylum interviews, hardship waivers) with very high success rates. For more info, including detailed biography + testimonials from lawyers who have worked with me in the past, see: Please contact me with any additional questions: Dr. Shaul M. Gabbay, Muslim World Expert, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado,, (303) 871-2560. For countries outside of my expertise, I may be able to recommend an expert in that area.

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On Angel Island, The Walls Really Talk
Desperate demands in Japanese: "Get me out of here fast." Impatient orders in German: "Close the doors. There's a draft." A simple tally in Gurmukhi, a script used by Sikhs: "100 days. Tara Singh." Carved birds and a shrine to good fortune, with a butterfly and a basket.

Napolitano: As Recession Deepens, Illegal Immigration From Mexico Declines
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the department has seen a "significant decrease" in the number of illegal immigrants crossing over from Mexico because there are fewer available jobs in the United States.

How Would Lincoln Vote Today?
But Lincoln's dismissal of prejudice against Irish and German Catholics naturally leads to dismissal of all arguments about immigration based in bigotry.

Immigration Fight Simmered During Stimulus Negotiations
Although preliminary indications are that the requirement did not make it into the final version, the battle over E-Verify is far from over.


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New Attorney- Skokie, IL
Immigration Law Associates, P.C. is pleased to welcome Matthew I. Bernstein as a Senior Associate Attorney. Matt joins us from Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, where he was a professor and practiced immigration and nationality law. He not only brings years of knowledge regarding a full spectrum of immigration law issues, but also his extensive deportation and removal experience to our team. Matt is licensed to practice in Illinois and is a member of AILA.


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:
Roger Algase's (02/12/09 ID) letter alleges that we would never treat immigrants "from North of here" as harshly as those from "south of here" in the context of the immigrant being the clearly American family's primary breadwinner. Nonsense. We deported British and Canadian spouses who had homes here in the USA after 9-11. We even deported blonde Germans and people who spoke with a brogue. I do not like the policy, and some of those voting for that sort of thing surely are motivated by the racism Mr. Algase's letter describes everywhere, but the cheap shot is factually untrue. As for the rest of the letter to the Editor, I agree with it, except that place of origin is actually a pretty good predictor of success here, though that success rate changes over time. For example, British doctors, even if ethnically Mongol, Somali or Pakistani, probably assimilate better here than Mongol, Somali or Pakistani doctors coming straight from the mother country. Cantonese, Armenians and Basques seem to do particularly well in the USA (pace Mr. Yang) so I'm not asserting some sort of racial stalking horse, just arguing that nation of origin and culture are worth taking a look at in future immigration reforms, especially if the recent performance of immigrants from various locations is factored into future quotas from particular countries or categories (say, Iranian Jews and Bahais, unquestionably above par performers as a group).

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
Robert Yang's letter (02/13/09 ID) once again drones on about the global economy, world wide competition, labor monopolies and consumers' rights to shop for better deals, criticizing Americans for not understanding. Alright, already, move on. While Mr. Yang's letters may make some points, they were made long ago. Rehashing those a hundred different times offers no suggestion as to how to reform our immigration system. How can US immigration laws be written to achieve the type of globalization his letters advocate? I agree with Mr. Yang's letters that legitimate business travelers and tourists should more easily be allowed entry into the US, and that visas are often arbitrarily denied to Chinese. This policy should change in a global economy. Mr. Yang's letter claims that, "Brazilians fingerprint and photograph only American visitors and require Americans to obtain visas and pay $100 fee to get one, so do Chinese." Not true. Americans pay $130 for a Brazilian visa; the same as Brazilians pay for a US visa, under the legal doctrine of reciprocity. Likewise do Chinese. The Brazilian Consulate's web page makes no mention of fingerprinting. Since a visa application can be filed other than in person, for a $20 extra fee, this does not seem likely. I was not fingerprinted when I applied for my Chinese visa. If interpretation of law is incorrect, or if facts are wrongly stated, it is impossible to maintain credibility. In past weeks, there have been far too many misinterpretations of law and too many incorrect facts bandied about in Letters to the Editor. Let's get the facts and the interpretation of law right, or remain silent. I hear my nanny calling, telling me to get to work solving my clients' immigration problems, listening carefully to the facts and correctly applying the law.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Why remit any correspondence to a Congressman or Senator when as I see it there seem no impact to this telephones calls, correspondence or e-mail what the public needs to do is those who can vote start deleting the congress of whoever has been there more than two terms and the Senate at least one term and put another face in the podium. If this is done a few times I bet the congress people and senate people will listen.

Gladys C. Farris

Dear Editor:
A 2002 issue of Immigration Daily included a list of countries that were recognized for extended validity on their passports (the 6-month rule). I was on ILW.COM trying to find an updated version but couldn't.

Stony Brook, NY

Editor's note: Try using our advanced search engine to find any document on our website.

Dear Editor:
H. Prchal's (02/12/09 ID) letter deserves a response. My letters do not believe it is "acrimony to no purpose" to question the "allegiance" of those who , sincere or not, advocate such policies as open borders, birthright citizenship for illegals, visa waivers or CIR. It is the opinion of restrictionists that these views which result in excessive entry, weakened security and cheapened citizenship are harmful to US, whether made oblivious to the harm or in full awareness, the damage is still done. We are not only entitled to such views, but believe that they are the correct ones. The Constitution, similarly, is a document that attempts to limit government to increase liberty and to benefit society. We observe that deviating from this limited standard (such as the 1986 amnesty), tolerating visa fraud, lax border security or even excessive legal entry results in a diluted, chaotic society as does straying from the Constitution, bail-outs, wars, fiat money, etc. We observe that citizens with strong ethnic backgrounds often show little or divided allegiance to US which is why entry has to be limited and enforced. R. Yang and others claim to be Americans, but have globalist views which precludes nationhood. It is not necessary to sacrifice America to compete or to abandon or minimize entry enforcement as the letters of M. Freedman and R. Algase would have us do because there are sad stories here and elsewhere. If one is suffering and even dying of cancer or sees the ship sinking, it is not "acrimony to no purpose" to attempt to address the causes to correct the situation, it is moral concern with a purpose. This is not "confusing its own politics with fundamental American values", rather it is supporting and honoring them. "Oh, I see", said the blind man.

Jim Roberts

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