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Immigration Daily April 1, 2009
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Be Safe

PC World reports "Security watchdogs warn that millions could be affected by the Conficker worm tomorrow - unfortunately this is not in an April Fool's Day joke." For the full story, see here.

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Today Is Deadline For Drafting a Proper ETA-9089

Today is the deadline for the April 1st phone session of "PERM For Experts", the curriculum is as follows:

  1. Foreign degree equivalencies (3-year Indian degrees)
  2. Using the "magic" language
  3. Flexible minimum requirements
  4. Anticipating business necessity
  5. Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP)
  6. Job Zone/s
  7. Wage issues - wage ranges; is the SWA reliable (using Level I/II/III/IV if worksheet differs, does safe harbor exist?); alternate wage surveys (PERM regulations/FAQs: liberal vs.conservative; is GAL 2-98 still relevant?)

Don't wait to register, Tuesday, March 31st is the deadline. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Online: Fax form:


Immigration Enforcement Under Napolitano: A 180 Degree Shift To Employers
Hector A. Chichoni writes "This is not only part of a well calculated move, but, as it would appear, the foundational step necessary to set President Obama's immigration plan in motion."

Partnering With Your Partners: Promoting Team Rewards
Ed Poll writes "All for one and one for all" may be an old concept, but "team lawyering" is a relatively new one for the legal profession."

Immigrants Of The Week: Jorge Munoz, Pavel Goberman, and David Campos
Greg Siskind celebrates the achievements of these select immigrants.

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CGFNS Letter On Physical Therapist Education Requirements
CGFNS provided its views on the educational requirements for applicants for a CGFNS VisaScreen certificate as a physical therapist in a letter to USCIS SCOPS (courtesy of Chris Musillo, Esq.)


Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
New Orleans, LA - Tulane University seeks a dynamic immigration professional for the position of Program Manager in the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). The Program Manager: ensures Tulane's compliance with US immigration regulations and procedures with regards to H-1B and TN visas; is principal contact for the hiring of Tulane int'l faculty and staff; ensures intl'l faculty/staff receive proper immigration documentation and understanding of US immigration procedures; assists with F-1 and J-1 visa processing; helps retain int'l students to successfully complete academic course of study through programming. Requirements include: bachelor's degree and 2+ years int'l education experience at college level or equivalent. Salary is $34,080-$43,000/yr, depending on experience. To view full job details (scroll down to Manager, Program) and to apply visit here (refer to job listing #102583).

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Owings Mill, MD - The Murthy Law Firm seeks attorneys with 3+ years business immigration law experience. Our practice is dynamic and fast-paced. We have high standards with regard to integrity, work ethic, and quality. Successful candidates will have ability to work both as members of team and team leaders. They will join dozen high-caliber colleagues and have quality support in the way of legal and administrative staff, as well as technology. They will bring in-depth understanding and knowledge of the breadth of immigration procedures, and are expected to supervise paralegals/support staff. Good writing and analytical skills required. Visit to learn unique benefits of working at Murthy Law Firm. Send resume + cover letter to All communication will be treated in confidence. Salary and benefits commensurate with experience and ability. EEO.

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.

Translation Services
Eurasia Translations, Inc. has been proud to serve immigration attorneys and individuals since 1993 with the translation of personal documents, academic credentials, criminal clearance letters, etc. Our customers can rest assured that all of our translations are prepared in accordance with USCIS requirements and are accompanied by a notarized certificate of accuracy. For more information, please call 888-887-1884 or visit our website. For a free quote, please complete or fax your document at 818-907-9763.


Immigration Reform Tough During Crisis, Biden Says
"We believe, the president and I, that this problem can only be solved in the context of an overall immigration reform," Biden said, asked about the chances of extending temporary migrant protection programs.

Arpaio Support From Out Of The (Boys In) Blue
But among all of the people involved with illegal immigration, none deserve of our attention more than the officers on the street.

Legislature Should Keep Its Powder Dry On Immigration
An all-too frequent use of legislation, however, is to solve problems that don't exist.

Homeland Security Shifts Focus To Employers
A new policy will aim enforcement efforts at those who hire illegal workers. But immigration raids will continue, sources say.


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Counsel - Rockville, MD
Rockville, MD - Albright & Rhodes, LLC announces the addition of Sandra Grossman, Esq. as counsel. Ms. Grossman is an experienced immigration litigator who has represented clients in immigration courts and U.S. District Courts, in addition to employment and family-based immigration matters.


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

Dear Editor:
Jon Feere's article title, "'Plenary Power: Should Judges Control Immigration Policy?" (03/31/09 ID Article) should set off alarm bells concerning its objectivity as legal scholarship. The scare tactic that recognizing due process and other constitutional rights of immigrants will lead to a judicial takeover of the immigration system is no different from that used during the civil rights era, when attempts to dismantle segregation produced warnings that the federal courts were about to take over the nation's school system, if not the nation itself. We should also be more than a little suspicious of any claim that immigrants have no constitutional rights in the light of the current revelations concerning the Bush era "torture" memos, which make the same claim with regard to US citizens as well as immigrants. It's also significant that the Supreme Court cases that Mr. Feere's Article relies on for its conclusion that the courts have traditionally approved what amounts to a police state regime for immigrants deal with the Chinese Exclusion laws, one of the darkest stains on America's history. It is as if one were to try to revive the Dred Scott case as a legal guide to the rights of African-Americans in the 21st Century. We should also be more than a little suspicious of Mr. Feere's Article's one sided interpretation of these cases. After all, it was in the context of a case dealing with the Chinese exclusion laws (Ng Fung Ho v. White, 259 US 276, 1922) that Justice Brandeis made his famous statement that deportation may result in the loss of all that makes life worth living. He continued: "'Against the danger of such deprivation without the sanction afforded by judicial proceedings, the Fifth Amendment affords protection in its guarantee of due process of law."' (259 US at 284-285).

Roger Algase, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Angelo Paparelli's posting is absolutely correct in his "Bloggings on Dysfunctional Government" (03/30/09 ID). The detention by ICE of immigration lawbreakers (and some who are not lawbreakers, but are mistakenly incarcerated) is a shame. These people have not committed any crime, yet they have their liberty taken away from them. Worse yet, they have had their freedom taken away. If liberty is the ability to go where you want, then freedom is a guaranty under the US Constitution, to be free from unreasonable governmental intervention and to have fair and just laws applied equally to all, which we call "due process". Like in the Pledge to the Flag, " ... with liberty and justice for all." Or are those just hollow words? Is there another civil wrong for which a person is jailed? (I can think of none, other than the Guantanamo detainees, but if someone else does, please tell us so we can add that to the List of Woe.) This injustice should not be tolerated in America and it is the duty of Congress and the President to remedy this disgrace. Either make unlawful presence in the US a crime and apply the principles of due process, or stop the detention, or pass laws that allow due process in this civil proceeding. The Congress and the President have the power to remedy this and it should be made part of any revision of US immigration law.. Write your Congressman and the President. It probably will do no good - it seems due process is the last thing on their collective minds. After all, we need to bring American style democracy to Iraq. Why dont the politicians clean up their own house first and bring democracy to America, the way it was intended to be?

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
I am a paralegal with an immigration law firm. I specialize in the preparation of immigrant visas under VAWA and felt that I had to comment on the letter from Jtanyu (03/30/09 ID). His letter suggests that immigrant women arrive in the US, falsely claim their US citizen spouse is abusive, and have that spouse arrested and detained. I find the notion completely ridiculous. To begin with, the authorities generally do not arrest someone for domestic battery just because someone claimed abuse, at least not in Florida and I doubt anywhere else in the US. Without any clear evidence of abuse an incident report will be made but not generally an arrest unless there is a past history with the offender. Therefore if the letter writer was arrested and detained it would appear that he deserved it. Secondly I have worked with many women who lived with physical and mental abuse for years because they did not know that there are laws to protect them from this. Oftentimes, US citizen spouses threaten to have the victim deported. If the couple have children there is the threat that the victim will be separated from their children. These individuals live in complete fear until they are finally pointed in the right direction. It is true that cases under VAWA could be abused just like any other immigration benefit. There are those who will choose to lie and cheat to obtain their goal as opposed to going about things the legal and proper way, but to essentially state that all cases filed under VAWA are fake and that immigrant women come to the US for the sole purposes of finding a citizen to marry them so that they can then claim abuse is outrageous and insulting.

Miranda Swanson, senior legal assistant
Lake Worth, FL

Dear Editor:
ID, nice job. Ok. Pls can let us know the winners of DV lottery for 2008 in Nigeria.

Okuta Faith Osewundo

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