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Immigration Daily April 10, 2009
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CIR This Year

The New York Times reports that President Obama plans to address CIR this year. "Mr Obama plans to speak publicly about the issue in May, administration officials said, and over the summer he will convene working groups, including lawmakers from both parties and a range of immigration groups, to begin discussing possible legislation for as early as this fall."

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Crimes And Immigration: A Definitive Manual For Winning Cases

The following is the table of contents for this book which is now being shipped:

  • Chapter 1: Evaluating A Criminal Case For Immigration Purposes
  • Chapter 2: Criminal Grounds Of Inadmissibility And Waivers
  • Chapter 3: Criminal Grounds Of Deportability
  • Chapter 4: Good Moral Character
  • Chapter 5: Detention And Removal Of Noncitizens Charged With Criminal Grounds Of Inadmissibility Or Deportability
  • Chapter 6: Applications For Relief From Removal For Criminal Aliens In Removal Proceedings
  • Chapter 7: Working With Criminal Defense Counsel And The Criminal Courts On The Structure And Amelioration Of Convictions
  • Chapter 8: Judicial Review
  • CD-ROM: Over 700 Critical Documents - Significant statutory provisions of 8 USC, 18 USC, and other public laws, Relevant regulatory sections and forms from USCIS and EOIR, Key BIA and Federal Court cases, Links to informative internet resources, etc.
For more info, and to order, please see here. For the fax order form, see here.


Bloggings on Updates in Immigration Law
Carl Shusterman writes "Persons who have played by the rules and have pending applications for adjustment of status now have no idea when, or even if, they will qualify for permanent residence in the U.S. They live in fear of their temporary visas expiring, their children "aging out" and losing their jobs before they can secure green cards."

Bloggings on Nurse Immigration
Christopher T. Musillo of the Hammond Law Group writes "For the first time in several years, the H-1B visa cap has not been met on the first day that H-1B visas have been available. "

Immigrants Of The Day: Lisa Kalvelage (RIP) of Germany, Jim Yong Kim of South Korea, Claude Rains of England
Kevin R. Johnson writes "Raines' most famous role was as the suave French police Captain Renault in the great refugee film Casablanca."

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USCIS Updates Count Of H-1B Filings
USCIS announced that it has received 42,000 H-1B petitions counting toward the Congressionally-mandated 65,000 cap, and an additional 20,000 petitions for aliens with advanced degrees. The agency continues to accept both kinds of petitions.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
NYC - Established boutique law firm seeks experienced paralegal who desires to work from home, part-time. We specialize in O-1 and EB-1A in the arts and entertainment, with a selection of H-1, L-1 and family cases. The ideal candidate will: 1) have experience in our practice area, 2) have an interest and talent for organizing, excerpting and summarizing evidence in a lengthy submission letter (for O-1 and EB-1 cases), 3) be self-motivating, and will 4) work efficiently, timely and in an organized fashion. We communicate via emails and couriers. The candidate will augment our current team of telecommuting paralegals. We project 5-15 cases per month. The candidate must have necessary computer equipment, software and skills for this position. We pay by the hour or per case. Please forward detailed resume, writing sample for EB-1A case, and two references to:

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).

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.

J-1 Visa Program
Discover the ease and flexibility of the J-1 Visa with Global Current, a service of AIESEC U.S., a leader in international exchange and professional training for over 50 years. Unlike other visas, the J-1 does not require a lengthy petitioning process, has few restrictions and can be processed at any time of year to facilitate the quick and simple implementation of an Exchange Visitor Program. Global Current has developed a streamlined sponsorship process supported by J-1 experts that allows us to maintain an unrivaled 48 hour turnaround time on complete applications. Global Current provides J-1 Trainee and Intern programs in a variety of occupational categories including law, engineering, finance, architecture, graphic design, marketing and fashion. For more information on eligibility requirements and a complete list of occupational categories, visit or email Melany Hamner at

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.


Immigration at Issue in Suburban Chicago Race
The mayor-elect of a North Shore suburb said Wednesday that he would drop many restrictions against illegal immigrants imposed by his predecessor.

US Citizens Caught Up In Immigration Sweeps
The detentions, which in some cases have nearly led to the deportation of citizens or legal residents, are drawing increased attention.

Applications Down For Foreign Worker Visas
The economic downturn - and perhaps a push in Washington to protect American jobs - has turned the annual torrent of H-1B visa applications for foreign workers into a trickle.

Immigration Law Snubbed By Salt Lake Police
Saying it would have a "chilling impact" on the community and "drive a wedge" in it, Salt Lake Police Chief Chris Burbank on Wednesday said his department will not deputize officers for immigration enforcement.


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Immigration Event - Fairfax, VA
April 14 - The Mason Project on Immigration would like to invite you to a talk "Worker Centers as Community Institutions: Integrating Immigrant Workers" by Dr. Abel Valenzuela, UCLA. 4:30pm at VA. Johnson Center, Room C, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. For more info email


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Dear Editor:
I wonder what is the moral of the news story referred to in ID's editorial comment (04/09/09 ID) about a USCBP agent getting rousted because ICE officers went to the wrong address? Perhaps the moral of the story is, "Hell hast no fury like a USCPB agent scorned." Mr. Slaughter's Fourth Amendment lawsuit is the fodder for which criticism of lawyers is so famous, for filing "frivolous law suits". But other than the ironic coincidence, the fact that Mr. Slaugher works for DHS has no bearing on the issue, except perhaps to the extent that it defused what may have otherwise been even a worse experience or an ordinary citizen. Frequent international travelers know how badly USCBP and ICE officers sometimes treat people coming through Immigration and Customs, when they are jet lagged after a long trip and particularly when they don't speak good English. In his job as a US Customs officer Mr. Slaugher routinely rousts citzens and aliens alike, toting a gun, cuffs on his belt, looking for the ubiquitous criminal, exercising the power of God, instilling fear in the unwary, at least until his shift ends. If his dog falsely alerts on a person's bag, I wonder how the 285 pound former Marine treats that person? Try to imagine. It seems ironic that Mr. Slaughter has no sense of humor and certainly no humility. The mistake by ICE was a simple, although ridiculous, and could have been avoided by better police work. But the ICE mistake is certainly not worth one thin dime of tax payer money in federal court. This is really just an ironic joke that they all should have had a good laugh about. "Law enforcement gone arwry - DHS enforcer hoised on his own petard," should have been the headline.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Regarding ID Comment "ICE Bites CBP Officer" (04/09/09 ID): This is what our country is made up of be the Jury and Judge before you know the facts they should be ashamed of themselves here is a Man that is doing his job and works hard for his country and he gets this I hope he puts there butts in jail for a long time there is no excuse for this lets see how Ice covers up this one and how they try to justify what they did .I as a American and can only say that I am sorry to the Guy that they did this to and hope he gets better.


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