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Immigration Daily July 23, 2009
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Fight Notario Fraud

The ABA Commission on Immigration has a helpful page on Notario Fraud with help for immigrants and others preyed upon by immigration fraudsters. Of particular note for attorneys is their attorney resources page, which features:

  • Cases (Civil and Criminal)
  • Statutes (State and Federal)
  • Law Enforcement Referral (Bar and Law Enforcement Contacts)
  • Administrative Regulation
  • Secondary Sources (Articles and Surveys)
  • Training Materials
Immigration practitioners may want to bookmark this helpful resource.

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Today Is The Deadline For State Laws And No Match

The curriculum for Thursday July 23rd third session of "Employer Sanctions For Beginners" is as follows:

  • Business license laws
  • E-Verify mandates
  • Other state laws
  • Update on the no-match regulation
The speakers for this seminar series are Greg Siskind, Hector Chichoni, Scott Decker, Kevin Lashus, Mira Mdivani, Tyler Moran and Roger Tsai. Wednesday, July 22nd 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.


Termination Of 274a.12(c) Employment Authorization
Scot A. Silzer writes "Although the I-765 often requires a separate and independent basis (e.g., an I-485 application) in order for it to be accepted, processed, and serve as a basis for the issuance of the EAD, once it is accepted and the EAD is issued, the EAD acquires a life of its own."

Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy
Greg Siskind writes "My friend Tamar Jacoby of ImmigrationWorksUSA joins former Mexican Foreign Secretary Jorge Castenada in writing in today's Washington Post about what could be the biggest area of division in the coming reform debate - how to handle future workers. "

Immigration Control, Circa AD 175
Harold B. Jones Jr. for the Foundation For Economic Education writes "Today's leaders might do well to consider the unfortunate example of Marcus Aurelius."

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Neufeld Memo On 1-751 Filed Prior To Termination Of Marriage
Donald Neufeld, Acting Associate Director, USCIS issued a memo providing guidance on how to adjudicate an 1-751 petition if the Conditional Permanent Resident and petitioning spouse are legally separated or have initiated divorce or annulment proceedings, but the marriage has not been terminated.

DOS Publishes Final Rule On Foreign Government Officials' Immediate Family
DOS published a final rule amending the definition of "immediate family" for the Foreign Government Official nonimmigrant visa category.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Midtown Manhattan - Boutique law firm seeks two attorneys: 1) Senior attorney with 3-7 years experience to manage own caseload of employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visa petitions for a wide range of professionals, including research scientists, artists/designers, athletes, IT professionals, etc, family-based petitions, motions & EOIR matters. May also handle some litigation matters. 2) Junior attorney with 1-3 years experience to assist Senior attorney with business & family immigration matters and handle personal injury/no fault and matrimonial litigation. This position requires admission to NY Bar; admission to NJ Bar is a +. Both positions require great initiative and follow-through, as well as excellent writing and interpersonal skills. Ideal candidates will have graduated in the top 1/3 of their class and have Journal experience. Salary DOE. Please email cover letter and CV to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Downtown Washington, DC (K Street area) - Fast-paced boutique immigration law firm seeks legal assistants. 1-2 yrs exp req.d in business/family immigration law. Interesting work and clientele; no timesheets; latest technology; competitive salary and benefits (401K, health insurance, paid vacation, etc). Successful applicants will be detail-oriented, able to handle volume, highly organized and strong communicators. Email resume, cover letter and salary reqs to No calls please. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Lincoln, Nebraska - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks an experienced attorney for the position of Service Center Counsel at the Nebraska Service Center (NSC). Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, serving as an attorney providing legal advice to the NSC personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security; writing visa appeal briefs and providing litigation support to the U.S. Attorney's office on cases arising from Service Center adjudications. J.D. degree, active bar membership by the entry on duty date. For full details enter COU-CIS-2009-0005 here. Applicants must submit (1) resume , (2) writing sample (10 pps. max), (3) references to All submissions must be received by close of business on July 17, 2009. GS-13/15, position open until filled. No relocation allowance offered.

Forensic Psychology Services
Forensic Psychology Group - nationwide service - 800-852-2160. The Forensic Psychology Group provides nationwide expert witness services in all areas of immigration law. It is led by Stephen Reich, PhD, JD, and Grace P. Lee, PhD, JD, who are both clinical psychologists and attorneys, and also AILA members. The Group's experts - all licensed psychologists or psychiatrists - have extensive experience in working collaboratively with immigration lawyers on a wide range of forensic psychological issues. We offer nationwide service in the following areas: psychological consultation, psychodiagnostic evaluation, psychological reports, expert witness services, courtroom testimony, political asylum evaluation, extreme and exceptional hardship evaluations, spousal abuse, citizenship waivers. Dr. Stephen Reich, the Group's founder and director, is a nationally known forensic psychologist who holds a BA, JD, and MBA from Columbia University, and an MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University. He has been on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College and on the Attending Staff of New York Presbyterian Hospital for 30+ years. Visit The Forensic Psychology Group. The right experts make a real difference.


Mexican Immigration To US Off 40 Percent
Mexican immigration to the United States has dropped sharply since 2005, but the flow of migrants returning to Mexico remains steady, according to a study released Wednesday by the Pew Hispanic Center.

NY, NJ Immigration Raids Violated Rights
Immigration agents raiding homes for suspected illegal immigrants violated the U.S. Constitution by entering without proper consent and may have used racial profiling, a report analyzing arrest records found.

The New Geography Of United States Immigration
New trends in immigration are changing communities across the United States.

Legal Status Of US Workers' An Immigration Issue
The Senate Democrat leading the push for immigration changes said Tuesday verifying the legal status of workers will require citizens and immigrants to prove they are legally eligible to hold jobs in the U.S.


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Immigration Event - Washington, DC
July 24 - Migration Policy Institute is pleased to present "A new proposal to address US immigration future flow needs" For more info see here:


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

Dear Editor:
Regarding the ID Comment on Anti's hypocracy (07/21/09 ID): The basis of any intelligent discussion is the ability of each side to objectively weigh the merits of the other's points. Those of us who believe that immigration is both essential and good for America are able to concede the numerous points which are problematic and beckon for the intelligent legislative response to the current immigration situation in the U.S., which is long overdue. Those who believe that immigration is "bad" for America grant no such concessions, choosing instead to simply sweep all the valid points regarding the positive impact of immigrants on U.S. culture and society under the rug with the inflammatory rhetoric which caters so well to the xenophobes who make up the bulk of their ranks. Accordingly, it is my opinion that as long as the "Anti's" are unable to engage intelligently, the absence of thoughtful, pragmatic dialogue from their end of the opinion spectrum will leave them exactly where they have remained for the 22 years in which I have been involved with the immigration debate, first as a consular officer and subsequently as a private practitioner: on the sidelines, heckling all progress bitterly as those of us who are trying to make things better move forward without the intelligent input we so desperately need from them.

Jose Latour, Esq.
Miami, FL

Dear Editor:
Regarding ID Comment "RFEs And Hypocrisy Among The Antis" (07/23/09 ID): Actually, ID has got it reversed. We here at USCIS are encouraged to complete cases, and discouraged from issuing RFE's without substantial justification. Just to clarify, hope this helps.

Michael D Cotton

Dear Editor:
The article by Winthrop Staples III and Philip Cafaro, (07/21/09 ID) about immigration and the environment, says that high immigration levels in America over the past few decades have contributed to economic growth. Nobody would argue with that. Nevertheless, they are against "mass immigration" (translation: immigration from Latin America) because they think it would be bad for the environment. Nobody who lives in this country seriously believes that our environmental problems would go away even if we cut off all immigration tomorrow. As Mark Twain wrote about his own death, reports of the environment being ruined by immigration are greatly exaggerated. But what about immigrants creating economic growth? Now, there is a real danger.Why on earth would a country mired in a deep recession with almost ten per cent unemployment want to let in people who create economic growth? The article should be thanked for pointing finger at the biggest threat of all, namely that immigrants might help revive our economy. We had better close the borders before it is too late.

Elihu S. Ferguson

Dear Editor:
I agree that the anti-immigrants attitude has been around for many centuries after the first settlers established themselves. In fact the generation that started this attitude may have been from the fourth generation after the settler arrives here. What irony to a nation of immigrants. The ones who should have been anti is the native Indians yet it is not them but the Anglo Saxon per se. There is a group that really believes that this nation does not need anymore immigrants and that we should see to that. What I cannot see is the people in the seat of Congress and Senate have been elected by those immigrants that are able to vote and yet this group is so strong yet not too large to control the laws of what is passed in the Senate and Congress. Just think how much benefit would be in the country if our law makers would be conscientious to what they have been elected for.

Gladys C Farris

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