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Immigration Daily February 18, 2009
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Deadline For Removal For Experts Is Wednesday, Feb 18th

Wednesday, Feb 18th is the deadline for "Removal For Experts" a 3-part telephone seminar series, the curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on February 19: Right to Counsel in Removal Proceedings

  • Statute/regulations explaining the right to representation in removal proceedings
  • EOIR attorney disciplinary regulations
  • Lozada vs. Compean
SECOND Phone Session on March 19: The Changing Definition of Crimes of Moral Turpitude
  • The Categorical and Modified Categorical Approaches
  • BIA Case Law with a Focus on Matter of Silva-Trevino
  • Federal Circuit Court Case Law
THIRD Phone Session on April 16: Litigation Tactics in Removal Proceedings
  • Motions to Continue, Administratively Close or Terminate
  • Motions to Change Venue
  • Motions to Suppress
  • Discovery
  • Contesting Charges in the Notice to Appear
  • Objections
  • Authentication of Documents and Responding to FDL Reports
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Three Basic Tips To Help Law Students Transition From Wallflowers To Networkers Extraordinaire
Paramjit L. Mahli writes "In today's fast-paced, global technological environment, law schools and students must realize that leaving law school with a good law degree is no longer enough to ensure professional success."

Hello, I Love You, Won't You Tell Me Your Name: Inside the Green Card Marriage Phenomenon
David Seminara for the Center for Immigration Studies writes "Are Americans the most beautiful, charming, and seductive people on the planet or are we in demand as marriage partners by those in the developing world in part because marrying a U.S. citizen is the quickest and easiest path toward becoming an American lawful permanent resident (LPR, also called having a "green card")?"

Immigrants Of The Week: Ram Shriram, Tapan Thakur, and Jin Kyu Robertson
Greg Siskind celebrates the achievements of these immigrants.

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CRS Report On Worksite Enforcement
The Congressional Research Service released a report on performance measures for immigration-related worksite enforcement.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Beverly Hills, CA - Busy immigration law firm has immediate opening for experienced, hard-working and creative self-starter. Candidate must be able to thrive in challenging, trial-oriented environment where deadlines are critical, must be active bar member (any jurisdiction), and have experience in handling nonimmigrant business and/or NIV visas and consular practice, PERM, family, removal proceedings, as well as BIA and Circuit Court Appeals, and federal litigation. Must have following: demonstrate quick analytical ability and facility to articulate critical issues in case; have superior oral and writing skills, strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgment; possess excellent courtroom skills and exhibit ability to work in professional manner with others, demonstrate computer literacy skills. Expected to do own legal research and writing and to be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence/pleadings. Occasional travel required; bilingual a plus, but not essential (spanish or korean) No relocation reimbursement. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample (max. 10 pps. in MS Word or Adobe PDF format) to

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Rahm's Immigration Turnabout
It was not so long ago that Rahm Emanuel was on the House Democratic leadership team and being accused of throwing immigrants "under the bus" for the sake of strengthening Democrats' power in the House.

Thirty-thousand Haitians Ordered To Leave US
U.S. immigration authorities say they've ordered 30,000 Haitians to leave the country.

Four More Expected To Plea Guilty In Immigration Case
Lawyers expect plea agreements in the cases of four defendants who still face criminal charges from the federal immigration raid at the BP Whiting Refinery in December.

Paths To American Dream Converge In Immigration Court
Each of 26 immigration judges presides over a tiny courtroom, with room for just a dozen or so spectators. On average, each judge hears more than 1,000 cases a year.


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Immigration Event - Denton, TX
March 12, 2009 - The University of North Texas is presenting a conference on immigration that will bring together nationally known figures and local experts to provide to the public a lively, balanced discussion of the challenges facing the US today. The conference is open to all and free of charge. The deadline to register is March 9, 2009. Tickets will be emailed after March 9, 2009 (include email address on the registration). Only 500 tickets available, register early,


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:
Mr. Murray's letter (2/13/09 ID), in response to a letter by Ms. Krishnamurthy (02/12/09 ID), makes the statement that the quota system is not discriminatory because it allocates the same number of visas to everyone regardless of national origin. However, a "per country limit" which says we don't want too many of X to come here is discriminatory, if not on its face, through its effect. A person may agree with this discrimination but that's exactly what it is. It's not a surprise that immigration law is discriminatory as throughout its history it has been used by racists to restrict groups that were deemed "unworthy". Any doubt about this shows a basic ignorance of the history and the law. Furthermore, Mr. Murray's letter states that Ms. Krishnamurthy's letter is attempting to "muzzle" the free speech rights of Americans as guaranteed by the First Amendment when her letter states that whether or not the American immigration system is welcoming is an opinion best left to those who actually go through it. This statement is nonsensical as the First Amendment is about the government restricting free speech rights. This comment shows a basic ignorance of our Constitution. Though Mr. Murray's letter is entitled to its opinion about whether or not our system is welcoming (it's not according to my clients who have to suffer through it) the letter writer is clearly not best position to make this assessment and neither are most Americans. As far as not allowing those who would immigrate to the US a voice about how to reform the system because of their prejudices and self-serving opinions I would add that Americans with prejudices and self-serving opinions on the matter should be excluded from the discussion as well.

Justin G. Randolph, Esq.

Dear Editor:
David Murray's letter (02/13/09 ID) asserts that my letter misrepresented INA 202(a)(2) in claiming that it is discriminatory. It is ironic that his letter quotes the preceding section, 202(a)(1), to refute my letter's claim. That section in fact owns up to discrimination in the INA. I remember the first time I read 202(a)(1) because I chuckled to myself when I read the following sentence (the first part of which Mr Murray's letter conveniently left out in his letter): "Except as specifically provided in paragraph (2) and in sections 101(a)(27) , 201(b)(2)(A)(i) , and 203, no person shall receive any preference or priority or be discriminated against in the issuance of an immigrant visa because of the person's race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or place of residence". Discrimination in the INA is not a matter of interpretation, it is enshrined in that very act as you can see. It is not everyday that you see the text of a discriminatory law admitting to the discrimination as if to say "that's the way it is, deal with it.". That said, I am surprised and sorry that my letter offended anyone. I would have been happy to engage in a discussion on per-country limits on immigrant visas. But I have always believed that when discourse degenerates into an argument on First Amendment rights, it has probably lost its value.

Trivikram Krishnamurthy
Sunnyvale, CA

Dear Editor:
Our constitution recognizes that all human beings are created equally, the Bible shows us that Jesus and all ancient Israelis' patriarchs were once refugees and immigrants themselves in foreign lands and teaches us to be Good Samaritans and sharing and loving unconditionally. Yes, I am a humanist and a globalist who believe that humanity must tear down the walls of apartheid, injustice, selfishness, greed and ignorance, not a selfish "faithful conservative" believer who cherry pick verses to justify their hypocrisies. Still, none here dare enough to answer my valid question about what rights given to them to establish labor, goods and services monopolies, to limit competition and choices on the market on goods and services and what rights also to give them rights to complaint about OPEC monopoly and manipulation on oil prices or other nations imposing trade barriers on US products and services or cable service monopoly with their jacked up price in their own towns. We must abolish welfare state, restore the integrity on Wall St. as a place where investors really want to invest in companies not trying to be speculators and treat it as a huge casino, and we must guarantee freedom of movement worldwide of self sufficient, skilled human beings who would like to trade the fruits of their labor, goods and services to highest bidders and buyers, without those losers trying to impose restrictions to discourage competition, and we should held our politicians and governments worldwide accountable if they don't protect the value of currencies, print money and spend recklessly and creating inflation everywhere and eating up our savings and prosperity.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
Jim Roberts's letter (ID 2/16/09), ends with the phrase, "Oh, I see, said the blind man." In terms of Jim Roberts letters thatrevolve around the theme of Restrictionism, perhaps a more appropriate phrase would be, "Oh, I see what I want to see," said the man wearing blinders. These blinders prevent one from seeing that at one time, everyone in this country, citizen or not, has an ethnic background, even if that ethnicity is Anglo-Saxon. I find the generalization of calling citizen members of any ethnic class less "American" to be offensive and xenophopic. I find that when the letter states that, "R. Yang and others claim to be Americans, but have globalist views which precludes nationhood," I can't help but feel that the letter has an intolerant view of the constitutional rights of Americans that don't march in lock step with the letter's narrowminded views of how "Americans" are supposed to think. His letters advocate that we simply ignore the causes, and by enforcing the laws already on the books, then the "solution" will correct itself. This narrow minded "blinders" mentality is ludicrous, as it doesn't so much address the causes, and attempt to find workable solutions, as it does to sweep the problem under the rug, and who cares if we tear apart families, destroy lives, and devastate our own fragile economy? I honestly don't have a problem with the fact that the letters of Jim Roberts have a fundamentally different viewpoint as to what is best for this country. However, I have a huge problem with the fact that the letters assume a "holyer than thou" stance the precludes the chance that the letter might be wrong - or that people with other opinions might be just as American as the letter's author.

Robert Gittelson

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