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Immigration Daily May 7, 2009
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Army Recruiting Immigrants

Only citizens or permanent residents used to be eligible to serve in the US Army. The Los Angeles Times reports "But starting today, 10 Los Angeles-area Army recruiting offices will begin taking applications from some foreigners who are here on temporary visas or who have been granted asylum. In all, the pilot program, which was launched in New York in February, seeks to enlist 1,000 military recruits with special language and medical skills, most of whom will join the Army. Those who are accepted will get an expedited path to citizenship in return for their service."

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Today Is The Deadline For Nurses and Allied Health Care Professionals

Today is the deadline for the May 7th phone session of "Options For Health Care Professionals", the curriculum is as follows:

  • Strategies for recruiting and keeping nurses
  • NIVs for Allied Health Professionals
  • DOS Final Rule on Visa Screen
  • Licensure and other considerations
  • Schedule A & Retrogression
  • Legislative Horizon
Don't wait to register, Wednesday, May 6th is the deadline. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Online: Fax form:


Recent Developments In Criminal Law - January 2009
Norton Tooby writes "Singh v. U.S. Atty. Gen., 553 F.3d 1369 (11th Cir. Dec. 31, 2008) (conviction rendered in adult court constitutes a conviction for immigration purposes, no matter how old the noncitizen was at the time of the offense). "

Raising the Minimum Wage Will Discourage Migration? It Just Aint So!
David R. Henderson for the Foundation For Economic Education writes "So while reducing the overall number of jobs, an increase in the minimum wage will actually open up more jobs for illegal immigrants, making it even harder for unskilled legal residents to find work."

Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy
Greg Siskind writes "Are we playing with fire when it comes to nursing immigration?"

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USCIS Updates H-1B Petition Count
USCIS announced that it has received approximately 45,000 H-1B petitions counting toward the Congressionally-mandated 65,000 cap and approximately 20,000 petitions for aliens with advanced degrees. The agency continues to accept both kinds of petitions.

USCIS Reminds About Extension Of Non-Minister Special Immigrant Religious Worker Program
USCIS advised its customers that Public Law 111-9, signed by President Obama on March 20, 2009, extends the non-minister special immigrant religious worker program through Sept. 29, 2009. The program had expired on March 6, 2009.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Reston, VA - Goel & Anderson, LLC has an immediate opening for an experienced business immigration paralegal. Ideal candidates will have 5+ years experience as an immigration paralegal handling employment-based NIV and IV cases. Prior experience should include demonstrated ability to manage large caseload, while effectively/accurately preparing wide range of employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions, with strong emphasis on H-1B and L-1B matters. Experience with PERM, I-140, adjustment of status, and complex RFE responses essential. Successful applicants will possess thorough knowledge of immigration law and procedure, excellent writing, communication, organizational, and computer skills, and ability to conduct legal research, analyze issues, and effectively interact with corporate petitioners, beneficiaries, and law firm staff. Five years of prior experience, a four-year college degree, and solid references required. Goel & Anderson is a nationally recognized business immigration firm that offers an outstanding compensation and benefits package. Apply with resume, cover letter, + salary req. to Principals only. No phone calls.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Long time NYC practitioner seeks young lawyer as associate (or not so young) with or without own practice to work with a view towards parnership and sucession. I wish to work less now and much less later but not retire completely. Harry DeMell (212) 732-2767.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Small Northern Virginia immigration law firm seeks associate with 2+ years experience in Immigration Court/BIA litigation. Good writing skills. Spanish speaking preferred. Salary commensurate with experience. Good benefits. Send resume to

Forensic Psychology Services
Forensic Psychology Group - nationwide service - 800-852-2160. The Forensic Psychology Group provides nationwide expert witness services in all areas of immigration law. It is led by Stephen Reich, PhD, JD, and Grace P. Lee, PhD, JD, who are both clinical psychologists and attorneys, and also AILA members. The Group's experts - all licensed psychologists or psychiatrists - have extensive experience in working collaboratively with immigration lawyers on a wide range of forensic psychological issues. We offer nationwide service in the following areas: psychological consultation, psychodiagnostic evaluation, psychological reports, expert witness services, courtroom testimony, political asylum evaluation, extreme and exceptional hardship evaluations, spousal abuse, citizenship waivers. Dr. Stephen Reich, the Group's founder and director, is a nationally known forensic psychologist who holds a BA, JD, and MBA from Columbia University, and an MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University. He has been on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College and on the Attending Staff of New York Presbyterian Hospital for 30+ years. Visit The Forensic Psychology Group. The right experts make a real difference.

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.


Coalition Moving Forward In Goal For Immigration Reforms
The Coalition for Immigration Reform hopes to persuade U.S. Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, to become more of an "immigration champion" as discussed during the group's Tuesday night meeting in Salinas.

Obama Budget Puts Security First At The Border
President Obama will ask Congress for $27 billion for border and transportation security in the next budget year.

Making The Punishment Fit The Crime
The Supreme Court upheld this principle by insisting that undocumented immigrants who use false papers to get work be punished only for what they did.

Immigration Raid Rules Echo Bush Era
Napolitano reforms worry wome immigration advocates.


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Immigration Event - Washington, DC
May 13 - Migration Policy Institute is pleased to present a discussion "Labor Markets and Immigration" Speakers: Demetrios G. Papademetriou, Doris Meissner, Tamar Jacoby and Frank Sharry . For more info see here


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

Dear Editor:
In a couple of my previous Letter's to the Editor, I've pointed out some areas of disagreement between David D. Murray's letters and myself. However, Ifeel compelledto write this letter to say thatI agree 100% with Mr. Murray's letter yesterday (5/6/09 ID). Serious topics, such as CIR, deserve serious and informed debate. Conjecture and misinformation from uninformed bystanders hinders the debate, and should rightly be discouraged. Mr. Murray's letterexplains this gracefully and succinctly, when it says, "Silly analogies of freeing all the inmates in the criminal justice system serves no purpose in the immigration debate, but only shows ignorance and arrogance, a combination regretful in a democracy based on the pursuit of freedom, liberty and justice." When you're right, you're right.

Robert Gittelson

Dear Editor:
I have to draw your attention towards the plight of Unmarried sons/daughters of permanent residents. It takes more than ten-eleven years then their cases are taken up. If in the mean time they marries they lost their chance. Just imagine that for one son we apply at the age of 22 years, by the time his number comes he becomes 34 years of age, it is unjustified to keep thousands of people deprived of their natural rights to be married as soon as they come to age. This is very much unfair deed. Please write on this matter, and request to proper authorities to consider this matter, and if within five years their numbers does not come they may be allowed to marry still their case remain intact.

Mutahir Husain

Dear Editor:
I couldn't keep myself from sending a note this time, first I will join David D. Murray, Esq's and Robert Algase, Esq's letters for their tribute to ID (05/05/09) for the outstanding effort to keep us posted in immigration issues, very valuable information indeed, as well as to contribute and elaborate in the unbelievable situation of the Chinese woman Xiu Ping Jang in her strugle for life in the US. Is there anything that us readers can do to help? On the other hand, Mexico has recently been charged or blaimed on the influenza flu, especially in China where in some Mexican Family was expelled from a Hotel in Shangai, first the origin of this flu is now known to have been brought in from a Chinese passenger, thru the United States then into Mexico, so it is not Mexican flu, like all the world pretends to blaim, and thanks to the efforts of President Calderon seems to be under control. We are considered to be friendly country, and We would like to continue to be so, when disaster strikes like the earthquake in Italy Mexicans volunteered to go on and help, the very next day, and like when the sunami stroke in Asia, same thing, as soon as flights were available off they went to help. It's been quite some time since a US President visited Mexico, although Bush met with President Fox, we feel that with Obama's recent visit things will benefit in both sides in many new ways, like the fight against drug dealers and the control of guns sales to Mexican mafia lords, and of course we expect that immigration issue must have been a priority they talked about. Let us hope for all above mentioned and Congratulations again to Immigration Daily.

Victor Gomez Llanos
Mazatlan, Mexico

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