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Immigration Daily April 15, 2009
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Helping The Economy

A New York Times editorial says, "Even in a bad economy - especially in a bad economy - getting undocumented immigrants on the right side of the law only makes sense." For the full editorial, see here.

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Today Is Deadline For Removal For Beginners

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part telephone seminar series with Discussion Leader Scott Bratton and speakers Wayne Benos, Nikki Mehrpoo Jacobson, Patricia S. Mann, Steven C. Thal, with other speakers to be announced. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on April 15: The Basics of Removal Proceedings

  • Removal Proceedings under INA Section 240 - Notice to Appear
  • Exceptions to Removal Proceedings under INA Section 240- expedited removal, reinstatement of removal order
  • Basic Immigration Court Practice and Procedures - Overview, EOIR Practice Manual
  • Bond Hearings - ineligibility, Joseph hearings
  • Master Hearings and Individual Hearings pleadings, an attorney's role and responsibilities
  • Motions to Reopen- in absentia orders, motions to apply for new reli
  • Appeals - Form EOIR 26, BIA Practice Manual

SECOND Phone Session on May 20: Grounds For Removal

  • Grounds of Inadmissibility under INA Section 212
  • Grounds for Removal under INA Section 237
  • Criminal grounds of Removal- categories of crimes that trigger removal
  • Aggravated Felonies- convictions that are considered aggravated felonies and their implications

THIRD Phone Session on June 10: Overview of Relief From Removal

  • Voluntary Departure- pre-hearing vs. post-hearing, benefits
  • Asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture eligibility, discretion, bars
  • Cancellation of Removal (LPR vs. non-LPR) - eligibility, bars, discretionary factors
  • Adjustment of status- jurisdiction of IJ, requirements, discretion
  • Waivers- 212(h), 237(a)(1)(H), 212(i)
  • NACARA- who is eligible and the latest developments
  • TPS- circumstances where TPS can be granted by an IJ and eligibility requirements
  • Other potential relief in removal proceedings
For more information and to register see: Online: Fax form:


The Long Arm Of The Lawless
Fred Burton and Scott Stewart write "Most kidnapping for ransom that does happen in the United States occurs within immigrant communities."

When Passion Meets Recession
Michelle LaBrosse writes "Whether you can get Mr. Recession to leave tomorrow, or if he decides to stick around for a while longer, just get on with your life."

Immigrants Of The Week: Dov Frohman Bentchkowsky, and Alfredo Cho
Greg Siskind celebrates the achievements of these select immigrants.

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DHS Releases QA On Biological Relationship Testing
DHS released the comments, questions, and answers from the Teleconference on Biological Relationship Testing: Opportunities and Challenges held on October 30, 2008.


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:

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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.


Report: Immigration Reform is Basic Economics for FL
The dollars and cents of immigration reform make a lot of sense for the beleaguered U.S. economy.

Judge Declares Illegal Immigration Measures Moot
A Columbia County judge has declared an anti-illegal immigration measure and ordinance unenforceable and moot because of conflicts with federal law and various state authorities.

Making This the Year of Immigration
President Obama has promised the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that he'll put comprehensive immigration reform on his priority list this year, and he'll make the same point when he meets with Latin American leaders, including the president of Mexico, later this week.

Barack's Border Battle: President Obama Must Win Immigration Reform
White House aides have let it be known he intends to push for comprehensive immigration reform this year - on top of health care reform, a big energy agenda and rescuing the American financial system.


Readers can share professional announcements (up to 100-words at no charge), email: To announce your event, see here

Immigration Event - New York, NY
'Intelligent Immigration Reform: A Real-World Legislative Approach', 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 23, 2009 The New School, 66 West 12th Street, Space is limited, so please register by April 15, 2009, by completing this online registration form Print out and present the ticket(s) at the check-in desk when you arrive at the event.


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

Dear Editor:
I would like to answer Alma's letter's question (04/14/09 ID), "What in the world are we afraid of? It is not, as Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, " ... nothing to fear but fear itself." It is the reality of what would happen if the US opened its southern border to some of the poorest countries in the world. That reality is millions and millions of Mexicans and Central Americans heading northward to the land of opportunity as both political and economic refugees - until the jobs cease to exist, or the US is turned into Mexico. Like Alma, I do not believe the "wall" is the answer. But they tell us the wall serves other purposes, like making it more difficult for drug traffickers. I believe law enforcement could end the drug trade. But so long as America supports Afghanistan, the largest exporter of heroin poppies in the world, why worry about Mexico, when we can just cut it off at the source a source we control? Ponder that. Alma's letter refers to Elkhart, Indiana, capital of the US recreational vehicle industry, whose factories have lured illegal workers from south of the border for decades, profiting by low wages and work ethic, but suffering from the crime and change of cultural flavor it has contributed to that area. Because of the drop in RV sales, according to Alma's letter, I suppose we can now expect Elkhart's illegals to be flipping burgers, instead of manufacturing RV's, and the ones that can't find jobs flipping burgers will undoubtedly return to whence they came. That seems to be the natural order of things, and if this recession continues, there may be no need for "CIR" (i.e. Amnesty) and we can get on with true and necessary immigration reform.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Could we have a tribune to tell our story about the cruelty of waiting for 10 years for the endless delay the Visa Bulletin posts every month? What is the grief involved in the need to see our loved ones and be reunited with them? (see 04/14/09 ID comment).

interested ID reader

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