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Immigration Daily February 24, 2009
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Tuesday Is Deadline For I-9 Update

Tuesday, Feb 23rd is the deadline for the I-9 Update session of the 3-part telephone seminar "Employer Sanctions For Experts" (speakers: Angelo Paparelli, Don Crocetti, Laura Danielson, Bonnie Gibson, Douglas D. Hauer, John Quill, Batya Schwartz Ehrens and others to be announced). The curriculum is as follows:

  • Key Changes in the New I-9 Form and New DHS Regulation
  • E-Verify Mandates That Change the I-9 Process
  • Paper-Based versus Electronic I-9s - Pros and Cons
  • Employer Self-Audits and Attorney Audits - Practical and Legal Concerns
  • Employer Compliance Policies and Raid-Readiness Precautions
  • Constructive Knowledge: Beyond No-Match Concerns

Don't wait to register. Tuesday, Feb 23d is the deadline! For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Online: Fax form:


A Refresher And Follow Up Look At The Case Of DerKevorkian v. Lionbridge Techs, Inc.
John Rotterman, Esq. writes "Over two years later, on December 3, 2008, the 10th Circuit remanded and now DerKevorkian may lose all of those damages."

US-Mexico Border Policy Report
Fernando Garcia et. al of Border Network For Human Rights write "This report is the culmination of years of effort among border leaders to provide local law enforcement, government and community expertise to the national debate over immigration policy and border security."

Bloggings On PERM Labor Certification
Joel Stewart writes " ... the Project Manager has been quietly and discreetly removed from the list of available job opportunities for description of job functions and titles for temporary visas and/or labor certification."

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USCIS Final Rule On US Armed Forces Employment Verification
USCIS published notice of a final rule in the Federal Register on the employment authorization and verification of aliens enlisting in the Armed Forces, effective February 23, 2009.


Position Sought
JD, with 10 years experience in business immigration, available to draft and consult on complex RFE responses, MTR's, EB-1 (all subcategories), EB-5, E-1, E-2, H-1B, L-1, O-1, NIW, PERM and TN matters on a project basis. Additional specialization in inadmissibility waivers, paralegal training programs, and legal research. Competitive hourly or flat fees. References available upon request. Please contact for additional details.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Redmond, WA - Are you ready to make a significant impact on an industry leader? Would you like to have the ability to contribute to the success of many businesses and products in the technology arena as well as make a positive impact on individuals and their families' lives? If you do, come join us at Microsoft as a US Immigration Attorney. We are a diverse and global company that makes a significant positive impact on 600 million plus customers worldwide. The Microsoft Corporation Legal & Corporate Affairs Global Migration department plays an integral role in helping hiring managers and recruiters hire and on board the best and brightest. If you are ready to make a difference and learn and grow in the US Immigration arena, we offer an opportunity like no other. This position requires excellent academic credentials, 4-6 years experience in all NIV business visas, labor certifications, and other business-related immigration matters. Strong case management, customer facing, communication and writing skills required. Full relocation package offered. To view detailed job description and apply, see here.

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

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.

J-1 Visa Program
Discover the ease and flexibility of the J-1 Trainee visa with AIESEC United States. For 50 years, AIESEC U.S. has offered foreign nationals the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally by sponsoring exchange visitor traineeships. Enjoy unparalleled customer service, including in-depth guidance on J-1 Trainee visa regulations and the changes effective July 2007. We also offer logistical and cultural reception services in locations nationwide. Expect a 24-48 hr. application processing time. The J-1 Trainee visa can be used for individuals to participate in training programs in the following fields: information media and communications, education, social sciences, library science, counseling and social services, management, business, commerce and finance, the sciences, engineering, architecture, mathematics and industrial occupations, public administration, and law. Attorneys interested in learning more about AIESEC United States and the J-1 Trainee visa, please email Melany Hamner:


The Two Faces Of DHS Secretary Napolitano
Illegal Immigration critics are complaining that Arizona's former governor, now Secretary of Homeland Security, played politics when she announced a state of emergency during the Bush Administration in response to illegal aliens and then she vetoed a new bill that would aid law enforcement in curtailing rampant illegal immigration.

Immigration Crackdown Written Into The New Stimulus Law Will Damage New York's Financial Sector
An immigration crackdown written into the new stimulus law will damage New York's financial sector - and must be repealed immediately.

Prayer Vigil Focuses On Immigration Reform
Humanity and compassion must be the twin components of any immigration reform if it is to succeed, according to leaders at an interfaith prayer vigil held yesterday at Community United Methodist Church in Massapequa.

Taking A Stand For Legal Immigration
The founder of the Minuteman Project is heading to Harvard later this month to debate the issue of illegal immigration.


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New Website - CLINIC
The Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) is pleased to announce the launch of its new website. We have worked hard to design a site that is user-friendly, and we are sure that you will like it. 415 Michigan Ave NE, Washington DC 20017,


Readers can share comments, email: (up to 300-words). Past correspondence is available in our archives

Dear Editor:
Several ID letters have expressed outrage over my letters' (ID 2/19/09 and ID 2/20/09) suggestion that the fact that 31/35 current visa waiver countries are in Europe (plus Australia and New Zealand) might have something to do with race. However, their arguments are barely comprehensible. Honza Prchal's letter (ID 2/23/09) alleges that Turkish tourists have a better reputation in Europe and the Middle East than Saudi tourists (even though Saudis may be able to afford bigger tips than "impecunious" Turks). What does this have to do with the US visa waiver program? Paul Good's letter (ID 2/23/09) claims that, from his own experience in Thailand recruiting high school students for an exchange visitor program in the US, every single one of the returning students was "planning/scheming" to immigrate to the US and that some of them actually did, even though it took years. In other words, his letter seems to be saying that these students returned to Thailand, subsequently applied to become immigrants to the US and then waited patiently for years to receive their immigrant visas, all as required by law. How could America ever imagine granting visa waiver privileges to people from such a law-abiding country? In contrast to the above confused arguments, Gregory W. Christian's letter (ID 2/20/09) clearly points out our shameful discrimination against Haitian immigrants. His letter might also have added that President Clinton first used the US Coast Guard to blockade Haiti in order to stop desperate refugees from fleeing the Duvalier dictatorship (before he finally invaded Haiti and removed Duvalier). Haitians caught at sea trying to flee their country are still being sent back. And race has nothing to do with immigration? That (to paraphrase Mr. Prchal's letter) is the most "risible" statement of all.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Regarding the alleged traumitized children of criminals arrested by the Maricopa County Sheriff's office (02/20/09 ID); there would be no traumitized children if their parents obeyed the law. But I guess that is too much to be expected of immigrants who believe that they have a right to break the law.

John Henderson

Dear Editor:
It is rather interesting how a Comment (02/20/09 ID) in support of humane treatment of undocumented families seems to always result in a heavy day of bashing. The incident in question no one would argue was a legitimate police stop. The police when they stop a non-hispanic typically don't get into citizenship questions. What comes after for this family is the real question. The family will not be able to find her for several days because there is no information system in place to provide this information. Once in detention she will be mixed with the general criminal population so she is at risk there. If her family is lucky enough to find her before she is deported they can possibly visit her through the glass but not touch her. This may require a 10-14 hour round trip to some remote detention center. When she finally is deported her family will not be informed and she will return to the streets of her home country peniless since DHS doesn't let the family leave money, credit cards or cell phones. Sadly many of the children who are faced with this are left behind for weeks or months, and so many are US Citizens. Regardless of what you think of birthright citizenship in its current state this leaves our Police complicit in a taudry affair. The law allows for prosecutorial discretion and this is the place it should be used. Creating hardship for US Citizen children should not be a goal of our law enforcement officials.

Sergi Sheplov

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