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Immigration Daily June 10, 2009
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Today Is The Deadline For Overview of Relief From Removal

The curriculum for the Wednesday June 10th third session of "Removal For Beginers" is as follows:

  • 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
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:


Attorney Marketing: How To Prevent Problems With Returned Phone Calls
Trey Ryder writes "Lawyers who fail to promptly return phone calls can be the source of great frustration to the person who left the message -- and the professional responsible for attorney marketing."

Uncovering The Emigration Policies Of The Catholic Church In Mexico
David Fitzgerald for Migration Information Source writes "Within Mexico, most elites opposed the mass migration of its people, the country's largest asset, to the US."

Immigrant Of The Week: Bernard Wolfsdorf
Greg Siskind writes "Fortunately, the pro-immigrant community has a great leader in Bernie who has been a tireless advocate for decades."

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EOIR Provides Update On 22 Improvement Measures
The EOIR released a fact sheet providing a status summary of 22 measures designed to bolster the quality and efficiency of the immigration courts and the BIA.


Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), an Arlington, VA not-for-profit national organization dedicated to addressing the needs and rights of refugees and immigrants, is seeking a highly motivated proven leader to serve as Vice President. Responsibilities include oversight, implementation, and accountability for quality of programs and delivery of services. The Vice President reports to the President and CEO and works as part of the Senior Management Team. Strong and significant experience in program growth, development of proposals, project design, implementation and management, is required. He/She will have budget, fundraising and supervisory responsibilities. For a more detailed job description and application process please visit job openings at

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.

Immigration Law Certificate
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Case Management Technology
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Voice That Sounds Like Home Welcomes Mexico's Outsiders
Mr. Lopez knows well the immigrant experience, arriving in the United States from Oaxaca almost 30 years ago to pick oranges in Florida, cotton in Arizona and finally grapes in California.

Exec Wants Trial Delay In Miss. Immigration Case
The personnel director accused of knowingly hiring dozens of illegal immigrants who were rounded up last year in the nation's largest workplace raid now wants his trial delayed.

State Needs Feds' Help Enforcing Immigration Laws, Legislator Says
Law enforcement officials in Colorado are doing about all they can do to catch illegal immigrants who have committed crimes, an auditors report said.

Buddhist Monk Faces Worldly Green-Card Matters
At issue is the meaning of "employment." Mr. Jomthong's fate may depend on whether his attorney can convince a judge that the monk's unpaid religious services don't constitute employment.


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New Offices - Washington DC
Foster Quan LLP, the nation's second largest immigration law firm, has opened a new office in Washington, D.C., marking its seventh location and the first on the East Coast. The office will primarily focus on employment-based immigration services, representing clients across a variety of sectors. The firm has two Houston locations and offices in Austin, San Antonio, the Rio Grande Valley, Mexico City and now, Washington, D.C. 1331 G Street NW, Suite 910, Washington, D.C. 20005. Phone: (202) 204-0614.


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

Dear Editor:
I agree with Roger Algase's letter (06/09/09 ID) that our illegal alien population is treated as a helot class, and that the results of that are wrong. I disagree with the idea that allowing them anything like a real amnesty whereby they can jump to the front of the immigration line without some penalty is any more a solution to a problem than the phenomenally destructive practice of bussing and court-run school systems were. If Mr. Algase's letter meant "amnesty" to mean something like the payment of a real fine for queue jumping, then his letter has more of a point. Those of us who navigated the Rube Goldberg contraption that is our immigration system to enter legally are overwhelmingly resentful of anything much like a real amnesty. Further, in a related point, while I agree with the ID article that laments our limits on the importation of scientist and other skilled knowledge workers, I would point out that historically terrorists from Omsk, Russia to Racine, Ohio have disproportionately come from the ranks of such people and continue to do so today, especially if they are not doing as well as they feel they ought to be. Che Guevara and London's Tube Bombers offer us examples enough, as do the 9-11 suiciders. The security fears involving this cohort is real, though smaller than the economic benefits they provide.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
I am intrigued by the posting regarding the delay of EVerify (06/09/09 ID comment). I'm an aspiring legal immigrant and find it strange that a program meant to encourage following the law does not appear to be supported by ID postings. I understand EVerify may have flaws but then what program is perfect? At least, they are trying to send a message that people who follow the rules are being treated fairly.

World Citizen

Dear Editor:
I don't understand the purpose of ID featuring a presentation by the Center for Immigration Studies when they are an arm of FAIR, the leading anti-immigrant group with ties to white supremecists (see 06/09/09 ID). Both FAIR and CIS were founded by John Tanton, referred to by the Southern Poverty Law Center as "founder of the Nativist Movement.

Rachel Heuman
Evanston, IL

Editor's note: Immigration Daily strives to provide a platform on all points of view on immigration. ILW.COM does not endorse any opinion of any author of Articles or Letters to the Editor. We sincerely believe in freedom of expression and speech, and are proud to carry on this distinctly American tradition.

Dear Editor:
Has anyone given any thought to what the current immigration policy is doing to the US economy. I fled to the US 30 years ago from a government who wanted to kill me. Granted I lived in the US illegally for those 30 years, but I also married a US citizen and have 2 small US born children, always paid my taxes, never committed a crime and owned businesses that employed people, also through my specialized businesses I assisted the FBI in tracking down international fugitives wanted for child molestation and narcotics manufacturing. After pleading guilty to 18usc1001 (making a false statement) I was deported, people I employed lost their jobs, my family had to move to a country they had never been to and my more than $1 million in personal and business debt, which until then had never been in default, now went into default. Now that is just me, how many others have now defaulted on debt because they were deported, it must be costing the economy and US banks and businesses hundreds of millions of dollars.

Ralph Mills
formerly of CA

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