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Immigration Daily March 18, 2009
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Detention Is Big Business

The Los Angeles Times reports "At a time when local law enforcement agencies are being forced to cut budgets and freeze hiring, cities across Southern California have found a growing source of income -- immigration detention." For the full story, see here.

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Today Is Deadline For PERM Sticky Issues

Tuesday, March 17th is the deadline for the Wednesday, March 18th phone session of the telephone seminar series "PERM For Beginners" with speakers Ellen Freeman, Sameer Khedekar, Alan Lee, Cora-Ann V. Pestaina and Bob Webber (discussion leader - Sofia Zneimer). The curriculum for the session on "PERM Sticky Issues" is as follows:

  • Prevailing Wage issues - private wage survey, wrong classification, wrong salary, and other wrongs
  • Notice issues
  • Roving employees and layoffs
  • Occupation, Job Zones, and SVP, and OES changes
  • Business Necessity and Normal Requirements - Magic Language
  • On the job training
  • Typos and other errors in submitted and approved labor certifications
  • Attorney-Client relationship in PERM applications
  • Attorney consideration of applicants - do's and don'ts
  • Reconsideration and Appeal
  • Summary of best practices
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, March 17th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Fax version:


Disaster Planning: Not If, But When
Ed Poll writes ""Disaster" for a law firm is not a question of "if," but rather of "when." The only unknowns are what the type of disaster, when it will occur and how bad it will be."

The Rise Of The Administrative State: A Prescription For Lawlessness
Donald S. Dobkin writes "This essay examines the confluence of events and factors, crystallizing primarily in the 1970's, 1980's, and 1990's, which have culminated in the creation of an unchecked, arbitrary, abusive, and unconstitutional fourth branch of government, hereinafter referred to as the "Administrative State."

Immigrants Of The Week: Tomoaki Kato, Sergey Brin, and Neil Gaiman
Greg Siskind celebrates the achievements of these immigrants.

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CRS Report On High Skilled Native Born Workers
The Congressional Research Service issued an updated report analyzing the impact of immigrants on the pay and job opportunities of native-born workers.


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CLE Immigration Event
Memphis, TN - (May 15-16, 2009) The Federal Bar Association and AILA Mid South Chapter invite you to join us for one of the most exciting regional immigration conferences you will attend this year. The confirmed speaker line-up is a who's who, including respected AILA attorneys and government officials including chairman of BIA, US Court of Appeals judge, director of OIL, current and former immigration judges. This conference offers opportunity to hear from a panel of ICE and CIS supervisors discuss local priorities that affect the mid-South and nationwide. Mingle with faculty without large crowds. This intimate setting is perfect for both new and experienced practitioners alike. Program includes special programs for pro bono attorneys + criminal lawyers. Earn up to 16 CLE hours and have fun too. Early bird deadline is April 30th. For more info, including speakers, curriculum, and registration, see here.


A Fine Border Line Between Cartels, Immigration Debate
Fear of the gruesome Mexican drug-cartel violence spilling over America's southern border is reigniting debate over immigration reform and controversial border-security measures.

New Film Traces Case Over Families In Immigration Jail
A new documentary, premiering at Austin's South by Southwest Film Festival today, chronicles the legal fight over a Texas immigration jail that houses families with children.

Immigration Advocates Talk With Burris
Hispanic community activists spent time with Senator Burris to talk about immigration and other issues important to Latinos

Policies Play Role In Police Tragedy
It is outrageous to learn that, as recently as November of last year, you were fully aware that thousands of illegal immigrants eligible for deportation all convicted felons like Joel Alfaro were slipping through Houstons jails undetected by federal immigration officials.


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Immigration Event
"Practical Immigration Consequences for Foreign Workers in a Slowing Economy," March 31, 2-3 p.m. EDT. To participate in these calls, please RSVP to specifying which call you would like to join. Participants will receive a return email with the call-in information.


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

Dear Editor:
Luz's letter (03/17/09 ID) praising the digitization of USCIS seems to indicate she believes a digitized computerized system will speed things up for people like her, who have been waiting seven years to immigrate her sons. It will not. Her wait is not the fault of USCIS, but of the visa quota system. No amount of digitization will change that. Again, Sergi Sheplov's letter (03/17/09 ID) misses the mark. Investor visas are not "elitist" and were not designed to be fair to anyone, except Americans. The Investor Visa Program, was designed to boost the US economy by creating at least 10 jobs. There should not be, a "sliding scale." An investment of $50,000 will create nothing and will not accomplish the intent of the Investor Visa Program. That would be a "visa for sale" giveaway we can't afford. I agree with Robert Yang's letter that increasing tourism will help the US economy, and we must allow more Chinese tourists, but a bond will do no good, so forget it. I know a Chinese tourist who paid and forfeited a $6,000 bond imposed by a tour company, married a US citizen and adjusted status to permanent residence. Her loss - about the same as paying a coyote. Once gain, I don't know what Honza Prchal' letter (3/17/09 ID) is talking about in the run-on sentence after the words, "Responding to Mr. Murray's Letter ...," but it does not seem to address any issue raised in my 03/12/2009 letter and I make no sense out of it. And once again, like Don Quixote, Jim Roberts's letter bats at the windmills of his own letter's defense, without offering any immigration solutions or enlightenment of how the immigration system really works and how it can be fixed. Let it go and move on.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

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Randall A. Drew, Esq.
Manchester, NH

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Dear Editor:
Regarding yesterday's Letters (3/17/09 ID) once again, my letter was edited from 40 lines to 27 with 13 lines deleted while other letters had: HP (42), GM (42), RY (40) and SS (39), respectively. Before I begin my hiatus from ID, a comment on the S. Sheplov letter is in order where his letter cheers the 3/16 D. Murray letter "which thankfully distances itself from the blatantly anti immigrant views expressed in J. Roberts's letter of 3/16" and then dictates: "who we allow to enter and become a part of our great experiment". To label my letter, letters or restricted views on entry as even anti immigrant (let alone blatantly) is an ignorant statement and juvenile name calling. If anything is "blatant", it is the excess of entry of all kinds suffered by US today. To the obese person, the normal weight might appear to be anti-food or starving. While the DM letter and I agree on enforcement against illegals, his letter "distances" himself in the wrong direction favoring more "legal" immigration. CA and US need less entry, not more. I'm sorry if the common belief caused embarrassment to DM causing the denial letter. But then, even Peter (the Rock) suffered severe denial of the truth when he said: "I know not the Man" (Matt. 26:74.) What right do entry enthusiasts have to pursue a "great experiment" upon US citizens, flooding our land with too many entrants beyond prudence?

Jim Roberts

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