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Immigration Daily March 16, 2009
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Deepest Regret

The Associated Press reports "Condoleezza Rice says her deepest regret from her time as secretary of state was the failure of the Bush administration to achieve real reform of immigration laws." For the full story, see here.

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The Nurse Immigration Book

The table of contents of this definitive work edited by Joseph Curran and Daniel Berger is as follows:

I. FOREWORD: Why A Nurse Immigration Book? By William Stock


  • H-1 Visas For Nurses By Greg Siskind and Esther Fridman
  • TN Status For Nurses By Christopher Wendt
  • Practice Pointers for Presenting TN Applications By Leslie Holman
  • An Outline Of A Typical Nurse Case, Including Consular Processing By Joseph Curran
  • Adjustment Of Status For Professional Nurses By Sylvia Boecker
  • Building International Bridges By Commission On Graduates Of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS International)
  • Tips For Staffing Companies In Planning Their Posting Strategies By Ronald Nair
  • Licensure: US State Licenses For International Nurses By Patrick Curran
  • Immigration Basics For Allied Professional Healthcare Workers By Christopher Musillo
  • Managing Or Achieving Expectations: The Key To Success By Michael Hammond
  • Global Issues In Nurse Recruitment By Joseph Curran
  • The Nurse Shortage: Why It Matters By Carl Shusterman
  • Deadly Consequences: The Hidden Impact Of Americas Nursing Shortage By Stuart Anderson
  • Aiding And Abetting - Nursing Crises At Home And Abroad By Sreekanth Chagaturu and Snigdha Vallabhaneni
  • US Visa Policy Competition For International Scholars, Scientists And Skilled Workers By Phyllis Farrell Norman
  • Better Late Than Never: Workforce Supply Implications Of Later Entry Into Nursing By David Auerbach, Peter Buerhaus and Douglas Staiger
  • The Business Of Nurse Immigration By Mireille Kingma
  • Recruitment Of Workers In The Philippines: Playing Ball With The POEA By Ronald Nair
  • Successful International Nurse Recruiting By C. Philip Slaton
  • Nurse Assimilation By Yvette Mooney
  • Hospitals' Responses To Nurse Staffing Shortages By Jessica May, Gloria Bazzoli and Anneliese Gerland
  • Nurse Perspectives Of The Migration Experience By Mariah Rutherford-Olds
V. AFTERWORD: Musings After 2 Decades In Nurse Immigration By James David Acoba

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Widow Penalty Class Action Lawsuit
Brent Renison, Esq. writes "Surviving Spouses Against Deportation pro bono counsel Brent Renison and Alan Diamante filed a national class action lawsuit in Los Angeles, California federal court challenging the widow penalty."

Bloggings on Dysfunctional Government
Angelo A. Paparelli writes "Another immigration ritual with perhaps just as much riding on the outcome occurs in the second week of every month as immigrant hopefuls await publication of the State Department's Visa Bulletin."

Immigrants Of The Day: Cesar Millan of Mexico, Sukhee Kang of Korea, and Frank Gehry of Canada
Kevin R. Johnson celebrates the achivements of select immigrants.

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J1 And Special Religious Worker Programs Are Extended Until September 30th
The Senate passed H.R.1127 without amendment on March 11, 2009 which extended both the special immigrant program for non-minister religious workers and the J-1 visa waiver (Conrad state 30/medical services in underserved areas) program until September 30, 2009.


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Case Management Technology
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Illegals' Opponents On The Left
Prediction: Illegal immigration, an issue that has slipped from the headlines, is about to get more visible again.

Arpaio A Victim Of A Witch Hunt
If Arpaio's policy is to be changed, it should be through an election, not with a politically motivated mob. You can't catch a witch by making a pact with the devil.

Father Of Miss Oregon Investigated On Suspicion Of Visa Fraud
According to the Oregonian, Federal prosecutors say he lied in 1998 when applying for refugee status in the United States.

Two U.S. Immigration Amendments Extended
The program makes as many as 5,000 permanent immigrant visas available each year for religious workers employed by various denominations, and is particularly helpful to small Jewish communities in remote areas who have difficulty hiring rabbis, cantors and Hebrew school teachers.


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New Partner - Reston, VA
Goel & Anderson, LLC announced the addition of Michael Neifach who has joined the firm as a Partner. Mr. Neifach was formerly Principal Legal Advisor for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at DHS. In more than 17 years of public service, Mr. Neifach has served in key positions shaping the U.S. government's immigration and border security policies and enforcement initiatives. As Principal Legal Advisor to ICE from July 2007 to January 2009, Mr. Neifach oversaw approximately 800 attorneys responsible for representing the U.S. government in immigration court proceedings.


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Dear Editor:
Jim Roberts' March 13 letter condemns "race based egalitarianism" and states that "allegiance" should be considered in the "immigration mix". It has long been an article of faith among white supremacists that only white immigrants can truly assimilate or be loyal to American culture. While Mr. Roberts' letters are careful not to say this in so many words, it is not hard to glean this from many of his letters' comments, not least the unwillingness to accept the fact that America has legally elected an African-American president. The bigoted idea that only whites can be truly American appears even more explicitly in the writings of "respectable" commentators such as TV pundit and former presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan and the late Harvard professor, Samuel Huntington. Therefore, the anti-Latino rantings of Philippine-American columnist Michelle Malkin's TV appearances and newspaper articles and, most recently, Chia-Li Sung's ID letter, show that people from a different background can be just as "American" as a person whose ancestors came from Europe, at least if this means subscribing to the "values" of racism and intolerance that have, unfortunately, been part of American culture for so much of our history. Fortunately, countless millions of immigrants of non-European ancestry and their descendants have shown in much more positive ways that they believe in the real values of America, namely tolerance and racial equality, just as much as Americans whose ancestors came from Europe. Therefore, nothing betrays the real American spirit more than the letters of Mr. Roberts and Ms. Sung.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
I wish Jim Roberts's letters would not use my letters as support for his philosophies, because each time his letter (latest example 03/13/09 ID), masterfully twists my letter's meanings to suit his own. I have stated before, there is not much, if anything, Mr. Roberts's letters and mine would ever agree on. His letter's interpretation of mine with regard to Chia-Li Sung's letter is totally incorrect. I do not believe Ms. Sung's letter refers to too much immigration, but focuses on the reality of undocumented illegal aliens, forced to live underground in poverty, failing to adapt, turning to crime. I do not agree that there is "too much immigration," in fact, there is not enough. There is, however, too much illegal immigration and my letters have stated time and again that America's immigration laws must come into step with the actual needs of employers and make it easier to get nonimmigrant employment authorized visas to fill "the jobs Americans will not do." It appears Mr. Roberts's letter, by referring to "UnAmerican" once again unearths the parochial view expressed by bumper stickers during the Vietnam War era, "America, Love It Or Leave It". That was not a patriotic statement, that was a vengeful and hate filled statement of stupidity that took the position that if you did not agree that America should be in Vietnam, you should leave America. The "Support Our Troops" stickers on cars during the early stages of the Iraq war echoed a similar sentiment. I disagreed with the Vietnam war, but I spent one year in the midst of it, in 1968-1969, and developed a love of Vietnam, its people and its culture, but I should not be asked to leave America, nor should I be branded "unpatriotic".

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
In response to ID's 03/13/09 comment), over 15 years ago I made recommendations to INS Headquarters to start scanning and creating an electronic record of applications by each office immediately if not simultaneously after receiving them. Shortly thereafter I recommended internet submission of naturalization applications since all means to undertake this task were readily available (video, audio, scanners, electronic signatures, fingerprint recording, etc.) It appears like all suggestions submitted by others and myself found file 13 without proper review. Now CIS will spend all these millions(500) to digitize what could have started almost two decades ago, if not more, at a fraction of the cost. Many funds have been spent trying to do this, so why hasn't it been accomplished? It's so simple even a cave person can do it! Back then we were doing electronic completion of charging documents in Oklahoma and at other locations and if we could do that everything else was only a baby step away. Of course we were already many years behind the rest of the business world - some said 20. Government will never change because the leaders do not have the independent vision and when recommendations to modernize and processes are explained to them they only see the negative side. Many of these leaders are still in the Agency that by whatever other name it takes will always be the same. Are they still waiting to invent fire or are they throwing taxpayers hard earned payments into the fire? IRS has had electronic filing for many years so why is CIS so slow in reacting? Proactive initiatives seem to be nonexistent terms at CIS, ICE or CBP. I am not the enemy; the enemy lies within.

Victor Johnston, retired Legacy INS

Dear Editor:
Regarding the Letters of 3/12/09 ID, the offerings of D. Murray and J. Henderson stand up for America's interests while those of R. Algase, R. Yang and R. Gittelson do not. The RA letter continues to look for racism under every "stone" often finding it where it doesn't exist, ignoring other more pressing problems. The RY letter rightfully condems, "global banking cartel manipulation to enrich the few elites" and then endorses a global "equal" labor egalitariantism whose cheap labor policies would enrich them further, enslave workers and destroy national sovereignty/culture. The "faustian bargain" that the JH letter suggests has already duped US in 1986 when the future promised enforcement and closed borders didn't happen but shamnesty citizenship did which would only be repeated on much larger scales with any present or future CIR scheme which the majority of citizens are against. My list of desired entry policies should have been pursued after 911 for our National interests alone and not subject to any hypocritical bargaining by greedy special interests who have a history of not dealing in good faith. The man who says deportations are impossible should not interrupt the men who are doing them.

Jim Roberts

Dear Editor:
In our Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson, it's written that all men not Americans only are created as equal and have unalienable rights to pursue liberty, happiness and prosperity, this is what our country was founded on. USA is a nation of immigrants, founded and composed by and of immigrants and their descendants. Yes, many of our ancestors were living the ghettos and many suffered names calling, prejudice and xenophobia as Ms. Chia's letter to the Editor states when referring to the latinos community. As a Chinese or Taiwanese American, I'm sure the letter writer must have learned a lot about names calling, discrimination, xenophobia and racism on Chinese and other Asian immigrants in the past. Congressman Tancredo grandpa didn't come from Southern Italy in luxury ocean liner with tons of money, he was poor and uneducated as well but worked hard to make sure his descendants would live better and achieve their American dreams. I have no doubt that many of those who benefited from the past immigration "amnesties" are now shamelessly become as selfish as the "natives" born here by calling on enforcement on harsh immigration laws on recent immigrants after themselves. The restrictionists can't have double standard by imposing harsh laws on others but making excuses and exception on their own past cases or ancestors' when they immigrated here. Addressing Mr. Murray's letter, Sir, all nations make immigration restriction laws not only to prevent terrorists and bad guys entering the countries, but to be honest they're mainly designed to discourage foreign competition to make the loser natives happy and stop whining, that's about it. I love to call a spade as a spade, without being politically correct.

Robert Yang

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