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Immigration Daily May 26, 2009
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Dont Ask Dont Tell reports "In a case of first impression in New Jersey, an Appellate Division panel held Wednesday that defense counsel cannot ask the plaintiffs about their immigration status during discovery in a putative class action suit alleging an employer cheated its workers out of just compensation and overtime pay." For the full story, see here.

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Employer Sanctions For Beginners

The curriculum for our new 3-part telephone seminar series "Employer Sanctions For Beginners" is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on May 28: I-9s

  • Overview of IRCAs employer compliance provisions
  • Review of I-9 requirements
  • Changes on the new I-9
  • I-9 compliance tips
  • Electronic I-9s Time to switch?
SECOND Phone Session on June 18: E-Verify
  • Overview of E-Verify
  • Benefits of signing on
  • Risks associated with signing on
  • E-Verify Federal Contractor rule
THIRD Phone Session on July 23: State Laws/No-Match
  • Business license laws
  • E-Verify mandates
  • Other state laws
  • Update on the no-match regulation
Wednesday, May 27th is the deadline to sign up. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Online: Fax form: Don't delay, sign up today.


Visa Scammer Posing As An Alpaca Buyer
Gary Chodorow writes "In retrospect, England admits there were a number of warning signs that this was not a legitimate business deal."

Supreme Court Rules Against Charging Unauthorized Immigrants With "Aggravated Identity Theft"
Muzaffar Chishti and Claire Bergeron for Migration Information Source write "The US Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that an unauthorized worker who uses a false social security number to seek employment cannot be found guilty of "aggravated identity theft" unless prosecutors prove the worker knew the social security number belonged to an actual person."

Bloggings on Dysfunctional Government by Angelo A. Paparelli
Angelo A. Paparelli writes "But even the most vigilant and persistent Ombudsman cannot replace the oversight roles of Congress, the President and the courts."

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CBP Reminder On New Border Crossing Travel Documents
US Customs and Border Patrol reminds US and Canadian citizens that new document requirements go into effect on June 1 for entry into US at land or sea ports.


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.

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I9 Audit Services
Do your clients need substantive due diligence for the employment provisions of the INA? Omega Secure Solutions (OSS), Inc. offers a cost effective option to review your client's I9s which can help your law firm gain competitive advantage. OSS has a national workforce of retired immigration investigators. All our Associates have a minimum 25+ years as distinguished INS / ICE senior special agents. OSS provides a comprehensive plan to demonstrate to the satisfaction of ICE that your business clients are serious about complying with the INA so that devastating adversarial action does not become a reality. We understand the law and the bureaucracy that administers that law. Omega ... the last word in Homeland Security support. To learn more about our services including HR training, employer-worksite compliance programs, I-9 audits, all at competitive rates, contact Bob McGraw, President, Omega Secure Solutions at or 410-263-9500.

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.


Deportations Carried Out In The Middle Of Immigration Cases
Agents have arrested people at Immigration Court in downtown L.A. and expelled them. Authorities say they're reinstating previous orders.

U.S. 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.

Obama's Game Plan To Move Forward With Immigration Reform
"... then we're one step closer to obtaining the necessary votes for true comprehensive immigration reform in the near future."

Arpaio, Others Blast Sanctuary City Policies During Senate Hearing
"For far too long, well over 20 years, people have been pointing the finger at Washington and blaming D.C. for all of the problems related to illegal immigration."


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Immigration Event - Arlington, VA
2009 ACIP Annual Symposium: June 15-18, 2009, Arlington, VA - For thirty-five years, the American Council on International Personnel's Symposium has been the most highly respected annual meeting devoted exclusively to employment-based immigration. We bring in-house immigration professionals from universities and research institutions, non-profits, and multinational corporations together with U.S. government representatives and legal experts. This year's Symposium "Changing Times, Changing Strategies" will help you: strategize and network in an uncertain economy, meet new leaders of Federal Agencies & Congress, develop airtight compliance measures, and refine your global mobility management models. ILW.COM is pleased to be an event media sponsor.


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

Dear Editor:
However crudely put, Robert Yang's letter (05/22/09 ID) makes an important point in reminding us that crowing about how one's ancestors came to the US legally says nothing at all, given that there were no barriers to immigration 100 years ago and that any (white) person was free to immigrate without restriction. That does not mean that immigrants at that time did not face the same kind of hatred and prejudice that today's immigrants do. They did. It only means that the excuses for anti- immigrant bigotry were different - supposedly inferior racial or "biological" status instead of being "illegal". Janet Napolitano may have a point of sorts if she means that America might temporarily be less of a magnet for foreign workers because of the economic downturn. Who would have thought, for example, that the H-1B cap would still be open at the end of May? But to use this as an excuse for failing to reform the many injustices in our immigration system and, especially ignoring the need to make legal immigration more fair and rational, is shameful. It seems that Ms. Napolitano, who signed the nation's most draconian employer immigration "'enforcement" law as Governor of Arizona, understands nothing about immigration. She is turning out to have been the worst possible pick to head the Department of Homeland Security and she should resign.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

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Publisher:  Sam Udani    Legal Editor:  Michele Kim                        ISSN:   1930-062X