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Immigration Daily May 20, 2009
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AgJobs 2009

The Miami Herald reports on the AgJobs bill introduced in the Senate by Sen. Dianne Feinstein. "A former opponent of the agricultural guest-worker proposal, Feinstein now says it is needed to keep farms in business. The legislation combines streamlining of the existing but infrequently used H-2A guest-worker program with a legalization plan for farm workers already in the United States illegally. "

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Today Is Deadline For Grounds For Removal

The curriculum for the Wednesday May 20th phone session of "Removal For Beginners" is as follows:

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


Tax Exemptions For Scholarships And Fellowships
Paula N. Singer, Esq. and Terri Crowl write "Although scholarship and fellowship grants for which no services are required are not reportable to US citizens and resident aliens, the recipient may nevertheless be subject to income taxes on the grant." To submit an Article for consideration, write to


DOS Releases Cable On Student and Exchange Visitor Update
DOS released a cable advising all diplomatic and consular posts on updates to F, M, and J FAM regarding student and exchange visitors.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Atlanta, GA - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, USCIS OCC, Southeast Region. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing legal advice to the Atlanta, GA and other field offices within the District on immigration benefits and related matters including adjudications involving issues of national security. Applicants must possess JD degree, be an active member of the bar and have 1+ years of post JD experience. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2009-0004 at Submit cover letter demonstrating specific skills, experience, and interests qualifying candidate for position. Applicant should list references but recommendation letters not necessary. Applicants must also submit a resume + writing sample (max. 10 pps) to: Michael P. Conricode, Regional Counsel, USCIS, Southeast Region: Must be received by close of business Friday, May 22, 2009. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. No relocation reimbursement expenses available.

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.

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.

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.


US To Expand Immigration Checks To All Local Jails
The Obama administration is expanding a program initiated by President George W. Bush aimed at checking the immigration status of virtually every person booked into local jails.

When Only 'Geniuses' Need Apply
Top artists, writers, and musicians are among those awarded O-1 visas each year to add to U.S. culture and the economy

Congress Should Act Now On AgJobs Bill
But it can give farmers the help they deserve to do the right thing and legally hire the help they need to bring in this year's harvest.

The GOP's Hispanic Problem
The Republican Party has scarcely begun to repair a wound that threatens to confine it to minority status: its 2006 collapse among Hispanic voters.


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Immigration Event - Rochester, MN
May 28, 29 - Sisters of St. Francis Justice and Peace Committee are pleased to present "Immigration in the 21st Century: What works, what doesn't work and what we can do about it" For more info see


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

Dear Editor:
Today's Washington Post has an article saying that the Obama administration is planning to match the fingerprints of the entire prison population, including those in local jails, with fingerprints in the Department of Homeland Security database so that the immigration status of every person detained in America will be known. The idea is to make it easier to identify and deport "'criminal aliens"'. This insane plan is not only objectionable because of its Orwellian implications - "Big Barack is watching you"' - but because of its skewed priorities. Millions of "'undesirable"' Mexicans and Asians would wind up being deported after being arrested for petty violations, even if no conviction resulted, because they lacked legal immigration status. This is reminiscent of the Ashcroft "'special registration"' fiasco in the wake of 9/11, when thousands of Muslim immigrants who had no suspected terror connections were rounded up and deported because of immigration-related issues. I remember once speaking at a Catholic church where I had to tell the men in the congregation, made up mainly of Indonesian Christians, to get ready to report for special registration because they were from a Muslim country. I will never forget the sense of panic among people, who far from supporting Jihadism, might have been in great danger of violence from it if they were sent home. President Obama seems determined to deport millions of people who mean this country no harm, while letting the torturers off and doing nothing to reform our broken legal immigration system. What kind of change is that?

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Regarding the ID comment (05/19/09 ID), I work with families who wait patiently, legally, till their petitions become current and they receive their visas to enter the States. To insist on avoiding the term "illegal alien" is an affront to those who respect our country's immigration laws. If people are "undocumented", they are here illegally. It's quite simple.

Robert Mullins

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