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Immigration Daily June 11, 2009
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Widow Reprieve

The New York Times reports that DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has granted a two-year reprieve to widows and widowers of US Citizens whose applications for permanent residency were denied due to the death of their spouses. "While Ms. Napolitano's order does not change or abolish the law, as its opponents have sought, it suspends action, including deportation proceedings, in cases involving widows and widowers who reside in the United States and were married for fewer than two years before their spouses died."

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Today Is The Deadline For A New Universe of Risks - "Random" Audits by Federal Document and Benefits Fraud Task Forces

The curriculum for the Thursday June 11th second session of "Consular Processing For Experts" is as follows:

  • Hard lessons from the al-Haramain and Kuene Cases - Targeted Surveillance of Attorney-Client Communications and Task Force "Sting" Operations against Attorneys with Foreign Clients
  • Practice before multiple agencies pose special risks for immigration attorneys - risks and duties of lawyers along the lifespan of exposure from initial client contact to disposal of closed case records. Multiple agency data mining and information sharing of records obtained in the US and abroad.
  • Everyone's at Risk - random document and benefits fraud audits, ICE data mining process, profiling programs. Avoid being selected for "random" audits.
  • H and L cases, LCAs, evaluations, corporate records - prime targets for joint State Dept DS and DOL investigations, DBFTFs, and other multiple agency task forces.
  • The expanding view of attorney culpability and mandatory Due Diligence requirements in all practice areas before federal agencies -
  • Discussion of select consular posts
  • Hot topics update
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Motions to Reopen Based On Ineffective Assistance Of Counsel Viable Again
Alan Lee, Esq. writes "The Attorney General's action is a further repudiation of some of the immigration abuses of the Bush Administration and a highly encouraging sign of where Mr. Obama wants to lead the immigration debate."

The Market, Or The Welfare State
Paul L. Poirot for the Foundation For Economic Education writes "One man's labor may or may not substitute satisfactorily for that of another - or it may serve in one situation but not in others. "

Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy
Greg Siskind writes "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is promising immigration will be one of three major legislative priorities this year."

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DHS Grants Interim Relief To Widows Of Citizens
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano granted deferred action for two years to widows and widowers of US citizens-as well as their unmarried children under 18 years oldwho reside in the US and who were married for less than two years prior to their spouse's death.


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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.

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Schumer: Sotomayor 'Within the Judicial Mainstream' On Immigration
Of the 848 asylum cases in which Sotomayor has taken part, Schumer's aides say, she sided with the foreigner over the government in 144 of them, or 17 percent of the time.

Judge: Immigrants' rights violated in raids
A federal judge has halted the deportation of four New Haven residents arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents during raids in Fair Haven in 2007.

Family Of girl, 11, Battles Her Deportation To Poland
8-year-old paperwork problem could split Forsyth girl from her parents, who are citizens.

St. Mary's University Graduate Deportation Delayed
A St. Mary's University honors graduate who could be deported to Mexico was granted a three-month continuance in federal immigration court this morning.


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Immigration Event - Washington DC
'How are Iraqi refugees faring in the US?' Sponsored by the Migration Policy Institute, 3:30-5:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, 2009, MPI Conference Room, 1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 300 (Third Floor), Washington, DC 20036


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Dear Editor:
In response to Honza Prchal's letter (06/10/09 ID), I did not mean to imply that an "amnesty" or legalization program for illegal would-be immigrants should be free of fines or other reasonable conditions. The point of my letter was that there is such fierce opposition to any form of amnesty or legalization on the part of the anti-immigrant zealots who dominate the public debate on this issue that there may never be a chance to have a rational discussion about what the terms of amnesty should be. In my letter, I compared the fury that the word "amnesty" generates in many Americans today with the rage that the concept of "busing" created in the civil rights era. For those readers who are under a certain age, I will explain that "busing" meant assigning children to public schools that might not have been closest to their homes in order to achieve the desegregation objectives of the 1954 Supreme Court Brown v, Board of Education decision. Desegregation opponents complained that spending a longer time on a school bus in order to achieve racial integration would destroy the lives of America's children, and they called for the impeachment of Chief Justice Earl Warren with the same venom and hatred that today's legalization opponents show in their slogan: "No amnesty for illegals". In each case, the real issue was not whether it was a good idea to make children spend more time on a bus, or whether it is a good idea to give legal status now to those who do not currently have it, but whether black children could go to previously all white schools then, and whether millions of Latinos will be able to become part of American society now - in other words, it was then and is now all about race.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
My letters contain a lot of incovenient truth and no political correctness and I realize that they have offended so many individuals who read them and I will never apologize for my blunt statements. We, our ancestors and others at some point in their life moved around here and there for survival, pursuing freedom, liberty, prosperity and better opportunities and we never know whether our ancestors have immigrated "legally" or "illegally" in the past and perhaps got some kind of "amnesties" from the Natives of the lands as well. I don't believe and support Welfare State for all nor open immigration with forever "free lunch buffets" attached and that immigrants and citizens alike who never contribute anything yet to Social Safety net system should benefit from it. It's unfair, absurd and unstainable. I particularly mentioned about Chinese and Jewish diaspora, because the two people are known and scattered around the world and living as strangers in foreign lands. We understand and endure so much with name callings, racism, holocaust, genocide, racial tensions and backlash from what so called as "natives" and yet we always try to survive and thrive. If I have very sharp rebuke and condemnation of my fellow Chinese Americans that become selfish restrictionist and nativist and also some Jewish and Christians as well, I only try to remind them our own roots in the past and yes our ancestors were in the same shoes and positions as today immigrants legal or illegal ones.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
I heard the following conversation on NPR (Market Place of American Public Media) yesterday. It was on Entrepreneurship and how immigrants can help recover the economy. The following was mentioned during conversation and thought it would be a good piece for you to cite on your daily news-roundup on immigration updates. Quote: "I think it's a legitimate point, of attaching green cards to post-graduate diplomas in this country." The source of the Entrepreneurship story was Washington Monthly.

Rikin Thakker

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