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Immigration Daily June 5, 2009
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Calling Our Friends

We rely on you, our readers and friends currently in Vegas, to come meet with us at our Open House. We have four NEW books, which we hope you will check out. But more than anything else, we hope to shake your hand, learn how you are doing, and share with you whats going on in our neck of the woods. Vegas is full of things to do, but we are relying on our friends to remember to make a visit to our Open House part of your program. The Open House is from 12noon to 10pm in Room 3701 (Level 3, Toscana) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (we are NOT in the exhibit hall). We are raffling away many free immigration books for those of you who fill out a short questionnaire giving us your views on Immigration Daily. We are also offering a show-only discount for all books published by us. And everyone gets a small box of cookies from our youngest team-member, 6 year old Ms. Liberta (named after the Statute of Liberty, but to see her, you must come before bed-time!). Please come on over, and bring your friends with you! Thank you!

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Employer's Immigration Compliance Desk Reference

ILW.COM is pleased to feature The Employer's Immigration Compliance Desk Reference by Gregory H. Siskind, co-published by ILW.COM and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). The book features:

  • Part I: Complying With Immigration Laws: Form I-9 General Concepts; Completing the I-9 Form; Reverification; Recordkeeping; Electronic I-9 Systems; Knowledge of Unlawful Immigration Status; Unfair Immigration Practices; Penalties and Other Risks; IRCA Compliance Tips; Conducting an I-9 Self-Audit; E-Verify, IMAGE, and SSNVS; Social Security No-Match Letters; Mergers and Acquisitions; State Employer Immigration Laws Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia
  • Part II: An Overview of the U.S. Immigration System: Nonimmigrant Visas, Immigrant Visas (the "Green Card"), Asylees and Refugees
  • Appendices: Notable ICE Worksite Enforcement Operations in 2006-2008, M-274, Handbook for Employers, Electronic I-9 and E-Verify Vendors
For more info on this book, see here (fax version, see here).


Bloggings on Updates in Immigration Law
Carl Shusterman writes "Currently, we are representing a young man from Mexico who was petitioned by his U.S. citizen father when he was just 20 in the late 1990s."

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EOIR Provides Public Access To IJ Benchbook
The EOIR announced today that it has posted the "Immigration Judge Benchbook" online, as part of ongoing efforts to better meet the information needs of the people it serves.

USCIS Says A Files Will Become Permanent Record
USCIS announced that alien registration files (A-files) will no longer be a temporary record and announced that steps have begun for these records to be transfered to National Archives custody 100 years from the individuals date of birth.

FAR Rule Is Delayed To Sept 8th
USCIS announced that the rule requiring federal contractors to use the E-Verify system is delayed until Sept 8, 2009.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
New York, NY - Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, a nationally-known immigration law firm, has an opening for a paralegal with 2-3 years of experience to handle a variety of employment based immigration matters for hospitals and research organizations from its New York City office. You will work with attorneys, have contact with scientists, managers, and other professionals to determine their skills and background, draft documents to establish their eligibility for immigration benefits, and help guide them through the immigration process. If you are interested in international/intercultural issues; are a good writer; are able to understand complicated rules and procedures; and have a Bachelor.s degree with excellent academic credentials along with 2-3 years of immigration experience, please email your resume and a brief writing sample to: Information about the firm can be found at

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Leading immigration law firm, Foster Quan, LLP, seeks experienced immigration legal assistants for its Houston and Austin, TX offices. Applicants must have two years of employment based immigration experience. A university degree is required, as well as strong writing and communication skills and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel. Foreign language fluency is preferred. Must be detail oriented, able to multi-task and have strong analytical and organizational skills. Send resume and cover letter via e-mail to, referencing the position title in the subject line.

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.

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.


Same-Gender Couples Fight For Immigration Rights
But all three said their hands were forced by federal immigration laws that don't allow Americans to sponsor their foreign-born same-sex partners for citizenship as a man may do for his wife or a woman for her husband.

Holder Overturns Bush Immigration Order
The elimination of the order could place a heavier burden on the immigration court system because appeal processes would take more time, Feere said.

Immigration Debate Heats Up, Yet Stays Peaceful
"This has nothing to do with racism," he said. "This is strictly about legal vs. illegal immigrants."

Immigration Reformers Add Texting to Toolbox
While marches and rallies are long used strategies to call attention to political issues, cell phone text messaging has been added to the list of tools supporters of immigration reform are adding to their campaign arsenal.


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ILW.COM Open House Vegas
ILW.COM Open House Vegas is located at Room 3701 (Level 3, Toscana), 12noon to 10pm each and every day from Wednesday, June 3rd through Saturday, June 6th (both days inclusive). Share your comments on how we may improve Immigration Daily, browse our newest books, enjoy a cookie and enter our raffle for a chance to win a free book of your choice. Look forward to seeing you.


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

Dear Editor:
The article "Gay Partner Language Could Doom Immigration Reform" (06/04/09 ID) exposes the fact that not all parties lobbying for CIR are truly "pro immigrant" or even "pro American". For whatever reasons, the Catholic church and others would support a CIR bill which would benefit millions of illegals, but will have nothing to do with the same bill if it also benefits a small number of gay or lesbian US citizens. There are only an estimated 36,000 binational same-sex couples compared with over 12,000,000 illegals in the US. The Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), which would recognize same-sex partners and spouses as being eligible for the same type of immigration benefits as opposite-sex spouses, should be one of the least controversial immigration reforms. All of its beneficiaries would be US citizens or legal immigrants. UAFA also benefits US citizens in other ways. UAFA will allow US citizen parents to stay close to their adult sons and daughters who, too often, are now choosing to live outside the US so that they can be with their loved ones. UAFA also allows the US government to continue collecting income taxes from US citizens rather than having these income taxes paid to the government of the country in which US citizens are exiled. UAFA is not even particularly progressive legislation considering that it just brings the US into line with 19 countries that already have similar laws on the books, including all of the US strongest allies, countries as diverse as Canada, Spain, Israel, Brazil and South Africa. UAFA should be seen as one of the most pro-American of immigration bills. Unfortunately, it seems that many in the immigration battles are more anti-gay than they are pro-American.

Ronald Matten, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Christopher Basaman's letters' attempts (06/04/09 ID) to censor my letters for pointing out the Republican party's indisputable history of courting anti-Black and anti-Latino voters during the past forty years are laughable. However, I do not argue that his letters should not be published, merely because I disagree with them, Mr. Basaman's letters would do well to show the same tolerance for opposing viewpoints, instead of misrepresenting my letters' statements and complaining when they are published. Unless his letters can show convincingly that my letters' statements about the Republicans' long and still ongoing history of courting racist votes have no basis in fact, than his letters certainly owe an apology, not so much to me personally, but to everyone who cares about accuracy in the immigration debate. However, even Mr. Basaman's biased and distorted letters are models of reasoned discussion compared with the standard right wing rantings of Peter G.'s letter (06/04/09 ID), which wants to deport millions of perfectly legal US citizens, whom it calls "anchor babies", the latest in a large and rapidly growing vocabulary of anti-Latino racial slurs to hit the dictionaries.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
The lazy US born citizens welfare suckers are just plain lazy period. Good economy or bad economy they will be more happy to suck welfare instead of washing dishes, busing tables etc. like the "illegal" Chinese or Mexicans. Despite all the hardships and mean treatments in this country, many of them still manage to save money and send the remittance to their families back home, please don't tell me any excuses that native born Americans can't find decent jobs at all if not out of laziness, picky and take it for granted attitudes. Look at our streets to find any lazy bumps and ask them whether or not they're born here, I can bet you that mostly they're Americans. With all due respect to Ms. Cogill's letter (06/04/09 ID), yes foreigners take jobs from Americans, legal or illegal immigrants or jobs move to their countries instead, machines and computers take many manual jobs also from Americans and yes, other Americans are happy to take jobs from their fellow Americans, it's called competition. Shall we make the automation of jobs illegal as well, so self service online reservation on our plane tickets, hotel rooms etc. are banned, many more Americans can work to assist us in doing these reservations again like the good old days ? But will anyone pay the extra fees to pay these live agents then or complaining again as usual ? Nothing should be illegal or unethical about competition. Ones are subject to bid and ask process in this life on Ebay, in hiring decision, shopping online or offline etc. That's the fact of life, don't like it ? That's too bad about it.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
I was watching CNN today and noted with some amusement the recent gallop poll of GOP members who seem not suprisingly to be 89% white. My family is mixed status in more than one way. Many of them are non-white hispanics and some are not yet citizens. So in the last year it became increasingly uncomfortable to be active in the GOP since it was rare to attend a meeting where someone didn't say something highly offensive regarding Hispanics or Latino's and most commentators were egged on despite being extremely ill informed on the specifics of Immigration Law and the reasons for the surge in economic migration. Painting Latino's with a broad brush or ignoring long standing family ties and relationships with newer migrant families and ignoring the contributions of the migrant workforce contributed to the failure of the GOP to keep a large Latino base that shared many of its values. Of the 22 hardliners on Immigration only 2 won elections in November. If you are not a part of the solution you are contributing to the problem. As I gazed out the window listening to this nonsense I noted the group had no problem looking out the country club window watching the dark skinned South American men cutting the lawn, or being served by them in the room we sat in. The "perception" that the base of the GOP is racist might be incorrect but the reality that I witnessed. was myself and only one other member of our local party challenged any of the speakers who were spewing lies, hate speech and misinformation.

Sergi Sheplov

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