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Immigration Daily June 18, 2009
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Secret Courts

The Nation reports that detention centers across the country are restricting public access to immigration courts. "You don't need to go to Iran or North Korea to find secret courts. They're alive and well right here in the United States. On March 26, 2009, I was denied access to immigration courts in Eloy and Florence, Arizona, even though a federal regulation states, "All hearings, other than exclusion hearings, shall be open to the public" "

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Today Is The Deadline For E-Verify

The curriculum for Thursday June 18th second session of "Employer Sanctions For Beginners" is as follows:

  • Overview of E-Verify
  • Benefits of signing on
  • Risks associated with signing on
  • E-Verify Federal Contractor rule
Wednesday, June 17th 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.


PERM Practice Tips
Joel Stewart, et al. share citations from this recently concluded seminar series.

The Fight For Beijing
Steven W. Mosher for the Foundation For Economic Education writes "Here is an eyewitness account of those days of terror in the Chinese capital."

Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy
Greg Siskind writes "The American Civil Liberties Union has a web site devoted to opposing the Real ID Act of 2005."

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USCIS Releases QAs On CSPA
USCIS released QAs providing guidance on the applicability of Child Status Protection Act (CSPA).


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 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.

Case Management Technology
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J-1 Visa Program
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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.


Green Cards, Belief and Betrayal At A Storefront Church
The green cards would be ready in a month. It seemed too good to be true.

Democrats Face Crucial Immigration Test
After twice postponing a highly anticipated meeting between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders on immigration reform, the White House is under increasing pressure to get legislation done this year.

Third Year Of Fewer Illegal Immigrants Caught
The number of Border Patrol apprehensions nationwide dropped for a third consecutive year, falling more than 17 percent to a level not seen since 1973, according to new government data.

Arizona's False Leadership on Immigration Policy
The Arizona legislature is considering some very harsh immigration-related bills.


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Immigration Event - Los Angeles, CA
June 18 - 'Are We On Our Way to Immigration Reform?'a discussion on how immigration reform and the policy and social implications for the Golden State. For more info see


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Dear Editor:
Well since we are discussing bussing all of a sudden, in the June 16th issue, would someone please tell my why bussing was required in Boston, or in Boulder, cities with no de jure history or anti-black racism? Do the the letters of Mr. Murray (06/16/09 ID) and Mr. Algase (06/17/09 ID) really claim that black students are somehow dumber without a white in the room? I dispute the letters' implication that I made my black classmates smarter. Would it not have been better to have focused on improving teaching and access to a good learning environment rather than Desegregation needed some forceful shoves in the South, but Boston, the cradle of abolition, specifically the Catholic areas that were still heavily influenced by the decidedly anti-segregation Catholic Church were foolish locales to practice such heavy handed experiments. My point is that policies that are applied to achieve racial balance or privilege or anything of the sort have all sorts of toxic side-effects and that therefore we should avoid such policies in immigration. Race talk does not add value to the discussion of immigration any more than race policies make government better. Rather, a focus on race is per se toxic. I agree with Mr. Algase's letter (06/17/09 ID) that racism of all kinds is bad. Races lack moral superiority, though individuals clearly differ. Perhaps we can leave it at that and move on to policy. We disagree about appropriate remedies for racism. Equality means equal treatment before the law to me, and we move into fixing inequities (as opposed to specific remedies for specific people through the tort system) at our peril.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
While I would normally show complete deference to Greg Siskind on all things immigration, I must take exception to his article (06/17/09 ID). While the article is correct to applaud the achievements of the immigrants on the Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Redwings, and Orlando Magic, I would humbly ask the following question: What are the Los Angeles Lakers, chopped liver? I believe that Pau Gasol and Sasha Vujacic, and possibly others on the team that could very well be immigrants, might rightly deserve mention, seeing as how they won, and all. I am reminded of the Marx Brothers movie, in which Groucho says to Zeppo, (playing Groucho's secretary Jamison), "Jamison, take a letter to my attorneys, Hungadunga, Hungadunga, Hungadunga, and McCormick. Gentlemen, question mark....okay, read that back to me." Zeppo - "To Hungadunga, Hungadunga, and McCorrmick." Groucho - "Wait, you left out a Hungadunga.........and the most important one, too!" Well, I believe that Greg's article left out a Hungadunga, and a retraction is in order!

Robert Gittelson

Editor's Note: The article was compiled by ILW.COM from the recent Immigrants of the Day blog entries on Greg Siskind's blog.

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