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Immigration Daily February 27, 2009
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Freezing ICE

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has ordered a review of the ICE raid in Bellingham, WA. The New York Times reports "A high-level official in the Department of Homeland Security said that Ms. Napolitano had not been informed about the raid on Tuesday before it happened, and that she was seeking details about its planning and scope. 'She was not happy about it because it's inconsistent with her position, and the president's position on these matters,' " This is the chance for the new administration to set policy for ICE based on the administration's professed positions and values.

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New 2008-2009 Edition For Immigration Practice By Robert C. Divine

Immigration Practice by Robert C. Divine & R. Blake Chisam is an invaluable supplement to Kurzban's with a different approach. It is also useful to newer practitioners and paralegals in view of its easy to understand and practical style. For more info, see here. To order by fax, see here.


Employer Enforcement: What You Need To Know Now
Cynthia J. Lange, et al. share citations from this recently concluded seminar series.

Bloggings on Nurse Immigration
Christopher T. Musillo of the Hammond Law Group writes "In the last week or two there have been a rash of RFEs issued on PT H-1 cases."

Immigrants Of The Day: Valentino Achak Deng of Sudan, Rosika Schwimmer of Austria Hungary, and Arthur Mkoyan of Armenia
Kevin R. Johnson celebrates the achievements of these immigrants.

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Sanders H-1B Amendment In H.R. 1
Here is the final text of the Sanders H-1B amendment in Section 1611 of Title XVI of the stimulus act, H.R. 1.

USCIS To Adjudicate Russian I-600s
USCIS announced that beginning March 30, 2009, it will assume responsibility from the Department of State for adjudicating any Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, filed within the Russian Federation. For the announcement, see here and for the FAQs see here.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Roseland, NJ - Fox Rothschild LLP has an opening for an immigration paralegal. The ideal candidate will have 5+ years of employment based immigration paralegal experience. Experience must include preparing and filing full range of employment-based applications, independently conducting research, analyzing legal resources, maintaining document files and case docketing. Must be team player, detail oriented and possess excellent communication, writing, organizational and computer skills. Will consider Bachelor's degree, Associate's degree, or paralegal certificate and 5 years of experience or 10 years of comparable work experience. Please apply online at EOE.

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

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Supreme Court Questions Use Of ID Theft Law Against Illegal Workers
The Supreme Court gave a skeptical hearing Wednesday to the government's use of a strong new identity theft law against illegal workers who use fake ID cards.

ACLU Signs Add To Washington State's Immigration Storm
An immigration showdown is brewing on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, where simmering tensions and borderline hostility have fueled a turf war between the local community and the Border Patrol agents assigned to protect it.

Immigration Groups Seek Release Of Mother Of 3
Advocates for an undocumented Honduran immigrant, apprehended when Tavares police responded to a domestic violence call, vowed Wednesday to continue fighting to keep her in the country.

More Texas Agencies Using Immigration Database
Nearly a dozen more North Texas law enforcement agencies will have the ability to access federal criminal and immigration records simultaneously when taking suspects' fingerprints during booking, federal officials announced Wednesday.


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Dear Editor:
Visa waiver program is actually racist in nature. Not all citizens of the VWP beneficiaries are rich and have no intention to work here illegally, and not all developing nations citizens are poor folks who will do dish washing for less than minimum wage here. Instead of begging Chinese to buy our Treasury Bonds (our debt) why not inviting them to visit US and spend their money here to stimulate our economy, only the wealthy ones of course. It's time for us to enact guarantor visa system. It's smart, and it's a common sense policy. Foreigners who wish to get visas must have third parties to guarantee that they will faithfully obey the terms and conditions of their visas. Argentina was once a beneficiary of VWP when it was prosperous enough to be trusted, but then we took it away because the nation was in economy chaos and bankruptcy, the same should apply to Iceland and maybe UK if it goes under as well, and maybe other nations will impose the same restrictions on us, if we go under with such a huge debt we can't never imagine how to pay them off. Yes, it's so unfair to be poor folks living in a bankrupt and corrupt nation and have no rights to improve themselves to immigrate to other lands, then hopefully we or our children won't experience the same unfair and unfortunate faith in the future.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
Regarding S. Sheplov's letter (02/26/09 ID): Apparently, it is the goal of the entry enthusiasts to be the ones with the most "compassion" as our ship of state, like the Titanic, sinks slowly to the bottom of the sea. Clearly (for most), the huge problem today is overwhelming numbers, both for US and the World. It is the goal of restrictionists to act responsibly by limiting entry numbers to prevent otherwise unavoidable tragedy rather than trying to pack as many entrants legal or illegal here regardless of our rule of laws, quality of life, national sovereignty or social cohesion. As Frosty Wooldridge's 2/23/9 article states: "Today, at 306 million citizens, America adds 3.1 to 3.4 million annually. U.S. population projections show America adding 100 million by 2035, a mere 26 years from now. (PEW Report: US Population Projections, March 2006) Globally, humans add 77 million annually, net gain. That increase expects human planet expansion to multiply from 6.7 billion to a low of 9.2 billion to as high as 9.8 billion in 41 years--2050. ( The human race gallops toward a collision with its own numbers." The reason our entry system is "broken" is the direct result of so-called experts grasping the "complexities" with a "reasoned diagnosis" as they did in l965, 1986 and elsewhere all for the narrow benefit of profiteers, ideologues, special interests and foreigners. Eliminating visa waivers would not stop tourists, only terrorists. A "moratorium" would be drastic, but not "draconian" and compatible with "the principle of proportionality" because of the excesses of the past and present, including ID's Comment of "Revolutionary Solution" (02/25/09 ID) which schemes to bypass our representative form of government by executive fiat for a dubious purpose. What could be more foolish or un-American?

Jim Roberts

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