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Immigration Daily July 6, 2009
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Detention Is Un-American

In his scholarly work "Modern Times: A History of the World from the 1920s to the 1980s", prominent historian Paul Johnson points out the fact that one of the defining characteristics of tyrannies is the accumulation of prisoners who are unconvicted of any crime. By that characterisation, the United States has taken a step closer to tyranny by setting up its immigration detention system in the post-IIRAIRA world. In this cruel system, tens of thousands of immigrants seeking the American Dream languish in deplorable conditions. These detainees include children, whose only offense it was to dutifully accompany their parents. Adequate medical care is not provided to detainees, as the Washington Post reported in 2008: "Some 83 detainees have died in, or soon after, custody during the past five years. The deaths are the loudest alarms about a system teetering on collapse. Actions taken -- or not taken -- by medical staff members may have contributed to 30 of those deaths, according to confidential internal reviews and the opinions of medical experts who reviewed some death files for The Post." To treat the seeking of the American Dream as a crime is un-American. Immigration, which is as American as apple pie, is part of our national political conversation, and it is important to highlight this subject to a broad segment of the public. MidwestHumanRights, an immigration activist organisation has produced a less-than-two-minute video on this matter, we hope our readers will view it, and will pass the link on to their friends and colleagues. As Congress prepares to take up the challenge of Comprehensive Immigration Reform later this summer, we urge Congress to heed the wisdom of Martin Luther King who said We are called to speak for the voiceless; and to bring an end to this cruel system of detention.

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US Tax Compliance For Immigrants And Employers: The Lawyer's Complete Guide

Our new book on tax compliance for immigrants and employers authored by noted authority Paula Singer is shipping now. The outline is as follows:

  • International Aspects of Individual U.S. Tax Returns
  • A Guide for Filing IRS Forms 1042 and 1042-S
  • L-1 Intracompany Transferees on U.S. Assignment
  • J-1 Nonstudent Exchange Visitors Performing U.S. Services
  • U.S. Taxation of H-1B Specialty Workers
  • U.S. Taxation of B-1 Business Visitors
  • U.S. Taxation of Foreign Students
  • Tax Treaty Benefits for Foreign Nationals Performing U.S. Services
  • What You Need to Know About Exchange Visitors
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Bloggings On Nurse and Allied Health Immigration
Christopher T. Musillo writes "Whether ENSRA eventually written into the CIR is an open question at this time and likely will not be decided until CIR looks like it will eventually be passed."

Bloggings on Updates in Immigration Law
Carl Shusterman writes "In most cases, they will receive fines for being sloppy, not for being "unscrupulous"."

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ICE Announces 652 Businesses Served With Audit Notices
ICE issued a press release announcing the launch of a new audit initiative by issuing Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to 652 businesses nationwide which is more than ICE issued throughout all of last fiscal year.

USCIS Responds To CIS Ombudsman Recommendation 41
USCIS Acting Deputy Director Aytes responded to CIS Ombudsman's recommendation 41 regarding payment methods for USCIS filing fees and other costs.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Las Vegas, NV - The Law Offices of Garcia-Mendoza & Snavely seeks an experienced paralegal to perform all types of business and family visa packages with assistance of attorney. Minimum 3-5 years experience required. Salary to be negotiated. Firm provides benefits including paid vacation and sick leave plus profit sharing plan. Located in a free standing building on ground level in downtown. Parking is free. Submit resume + cover letter to All replies remain in confidence.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
The Murthy Law Firm is seeking immigration attorneys with at least three years of experience in business immigration law, with or without litigation experience. Our practice is dynamic and fast-paced. We have high standards with regard to integrity, work ethic, and quality. Successful candidates will have the ability to work both as members of a team and as team leaders. They will join over a dozen high-caliber colleagues and have quality support in the way of legal and administrative staff, as well as technology. They will bring in-depth understanding and knowledge of the breadth of immigration procedures, and are expected to supervise paralegals and support staff. Good writing and analytical skills are required, as well as experience dealing with complex immigration law cases. Litigation experience a plus. Interested candidates may visit for details regarding the unique benefits of working at the Murthy Law Firm. Resume + cover letter should be forwarded to All communication will be treated in confidence. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and abilities. We are an equal opportunity employer. Final interviews of candidates are at our office in Owings Mills, MD, a few minutes from downtown Baltimore, Maryland.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Small immigration law firm in Northern Virginia seeks associate with 2+ years of experience in litigation before administrative tribunals. Good writing skills. Send resume to Must be fluent in Korean. Salary commensurate to experience. Good benefits.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Small immigration law firm in Northern Virginia seeks immigration legal assistant with 2+ years of experience in business immigration law. Send resume to Must be fluent in Korean. Salary commensurate to experience. Good benefits.

J-1 Visa Program
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An Academic's Labor Helps Fight H-1B Visas
Norm Matloff, a computer science professor with a Chinese-born wife, says the U.S. skilled-immigrant visa system exploits workers everywhere.

Illegal Immigration Bill Takes Effect, But Not All Are Cooperating
Senate Bill 81, which allows police departments to cross-deputize officers as federal immigration agents, goes into effect Wednesday.

ICE Audits 32 Arizona Companies Over Hiring
Federal immigration-enforcement agents notified 32 Arizona companies on Wednesday that their employment records are being audited to determine whether they are complying with laws aimed at preventing the hiring of illegal workers.

Love, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
But, in the space of a day, our dream was deferred and we became another couple of statistics in the growing heap of families separated by visa processing backlogs.


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New Offices - Cincinnati, OH
Chris Musillo and Cindy Unkenholt are pleased to announce the July 1, 2009 launch of Musillo Unkenholt LLC. MU provides immigration legal services to a variety of business and individual clients in fields such as healthcare, information technology, engineering, business, and human resources. Chris was's second blogger and continues to write the Nurse and Allied Healthcare Immigration Blog at Contact Chris, Cindy and our team of experienced immigration paralegals at: or 513-381-VISA (8472).


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

Dear Editor:
As approved by both the APA and MLA, the proper form of writing the expression "god speed" is Godspeed (see 07/02/09 ID comment). That is to say, God is capitalized, always, as one is referring not to a god, but the God. Also, the word 'speed' is combined with 'God' to form one, compound word. [See, "Godspeed" Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, 1996. See also, "Godspeed" The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, 2005.]

Samuel D. Blanco, Esq.
Naples, FL

Dear Editor:
Speaking of how law-abiding immigrants are sometimes disadvantaged when playing by the rules, I remember when many immigrants were allowed to enter on V visas to be re-united with their family members in the US. The only problem was that many of the visas were given to children under 21. Under the law at that time the V visa would expire when the children turned 21. Many stayed, and many left the U.S. because they wanted to obey the law. So what happened to those that stayed in the U.S. and overstaying their visas? They were eventually given another V visa and work permit and allowed to stay in the U.S. until they could immigrate. What happened to those that obeyed the law?. They were never given an opportunity to return to the U.S. on a V visa and many are still waiting to immigrate. I wrote many letters to our representatives in the Congress and Senate, but nothing came out of it.

Ermilo Villarreal

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