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Immigration Daily July 24, 2009
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Rule Of Convenience

Joe Arpaio, the anti-immigrant Sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona, says that he believes in the Rule of the Law, and that that is his reason for hounding the undocumented, whose presence in the US offends the law, in his view. He believes that the 287(g) agreement that his law enforcement agency currently has with ICE permits him to use any excuse to stop anyone and demand that they prove that their presence here is authorized under our laws.

Of course, all this is pure poppycock. Mr. Arpaio's real problem is no doubt the fact that those whom his deputies stop have brown skin. We do not believe that Mr. Arpaio's people believe in harassing the undocumented from Europe. As many pro-immigrant bodies have long claimed, Mr. Arpaio does not believe in the Rule of the Law, rather he believes in the Rule of the Law only when it is convenient to him.

Recent events show this in spades. The DOJ has commenced an investigation into the activities of Mr. Arpaio's office. After initially welcoming the investigation, he has now stopped cooperating - apparently he believes that the DOJ investigation of his office's infamous activities is not lawful. Most recently, the DHS issued new guidelines to 287(g) signatories, asking that charges be preferred against those stopped, and that priority be given to serious crimes. Again, this apparently offends Mr. Arpaio's view of the Law, and he has refused to follow the DHS instructions.

It is clear that Mr. Arpaio believes in the Rule of Convenience, and that the Rule of the Law is a mere fig leaf for nefarious beliefs. In this, of course, he is joined by a large number of Southern Republicans whose objection to the undocumented will continue even after they are fully legalized and within the Law. The patriots at America's Voice have an online petition to Secretary Napolitano to discontinue Sheriff's Arpaio's oft-abused 287(g) authority. We urge those who agree that racists like Mr. Arpaio should not be part of the 287(g) program to sign the petition, it only takes a few minutes, and it will help Ms. Napolitano see the extent of the opposition that Mr. Arpaio has aroused.

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  • Chapter 1: Removal proceedings
  • Chapter 2: Grounds of deportability
  • Chapter 3: Grounds of inadmissibility
  • Chapter 4: Contesting removability
  • Chapter 5: Adjustment of status
  • Chapter 6: Waivers of inadmissibility and deportability in Removal proceedings
  • Chapter 7: Section 212(c) and Cancellation of Removal for lawful Permanent Residents
  • Chapter 8: Cancellation and Suspension for Non-Permanent Resident Aliens
  • Chapter 9: Asylum, Withholding of Removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture
  • Chapter 10: Voluntary departure
  • Chapter 11: Naturalization as a defense to Removal
  • Chapter 12: Administrative review of Removal Orders
  • Chapter 13: Judicial review of Removal Orders
  • CD-ROM has 600+ important documents including: key BIA & Federal cases, selected USCIS/ICE memos and DOS cables, forms from USCIS & EOIR, relevant regulatory sections from 8 CFR & 42 CFR, significant statutory provisions from the INA, 18 USC & 28 USC, Links to informative internet resources, etc
For more info on this book, and to order, see here (fax version, see here).


Bloggings On Nurse and Allied Health Immigration
Christopher T. Musillo writes "The USCIS has just released a Guidance Memorandum for those Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists who had their H-1B petitions denied this spring before the issuance of the Velarde Guidance Memorandum."

Bloggings on Updates in Immigration Law
Carl Shusterman writes "This opens the way for children who have "aged-out" to be reunited with their parents."

Immigrants Of The Day: Garo Yepremian of Cyprus
Kevin R. Johnson celebrates the achievements of these select immigrants.

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EOIR Releases Notice On Immigration Fraud
Executive Office for Immigration Review of the DOJ released a notice on how to prevent becoming a victim of immigration fraud.


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.

Immigration Law Certificate
Master the complex and ever changing maze of immigration policies and regulations with the Immigration Law Studies Certificate Program offered by CUNY's School of Professional Studies. This graduate-level certificate program, consisting of (3) three-credit classes, offers students who complete it a comprehensive understanding of the laws, regulations, and processes surrounding the status of immigrants in the US, including family and employment-based immigration and deportation defense. It is designed for individuals working in law firms, companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations where they interact with immigrants and immigrant legal concerns on a regular basis and would therefore benefit from greater knowledge of the laws and regulations surrounding immigration. Beginning this spring, the program is also being offered online. For more information on class schedules, tuition and fees, course applications and to register, see here.


Immigration Debate Nearly Cost George Gascon His Job
There were several nights outgoing Mesa Police Chief George Gascon questioned whether he was on the right side of the illegal immigration debate.

Congress Eyes Biometric Authentication For Job Eligibility
In a move likely to worry opponents of a national ID card, some lawmakers in Congress are proposing that biometrics be used to authenticate the identity of anyone seeking a job in the US.

Police Chiefs Press For Immigration Reform
Some of the nation's top cops on Wednesday called upon Congress to promptly adopt an immigration reform measure, saying local law enforcement agencies across America are struggling to deal with crime and confusion caused by a broken system.

Review: 'Snakehead' Explores Notorious Illegal Immigration Operation
Keefe's account reminds us how much hope the American dream inspires and what a steep price some have paid to try to live it.


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Dear Editor:
ID comment on "Hypocrisy Among The Antis" (07/21/09 ID) openly shows its own hypocracy. Antectdotes are not to be used unless they are positive for the "pros". What could be more hypocritical than that? The comment claims the "antis" demand a higher standard of quality than in the known world, but then claim the only failures are terrorists. The comment seems to forget all the other dangerous illegals, like common criminals, gangbangers, smugglers, rapists, drunk drivers, etc. who destroy lives on a daily basis in the United States. For the record, the responsibility for investigating and preventing terrorism in the U.S. is held by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. That is in the HSA. ICE's anti-terrorism responsibilities are secondary to its primary responsibilities. ICE and the other agencies of DHS have the same responsibilities that they held before 9/11. They are to enforce the customs and immigration laws of the United States. The comment also forgets that USCIS' responsibilities are to find fraud, not ignore it. I agree that USCIS' RFE are pointless, as they should not be used, but the documentation issues that bring up an RFE should be the catalyst for a denial, as an RFE is only a chance for the manufacture of more fraud and the replacement of an American in a job by an alien. Well, America is not about national origin discrimination so a company can pay a computer code writer a lower salary. Union busting and forcing down wages by brining in immigrants is un-American and illegal. The real face of immigration is the high-school dropout from Mexico, the Salvadoran MS-13 gangbanger, the Russian mafiosa, the Somali Islamic terrorist, the Mexican illegal dependant on TANF, CalWorks, food stamps, Section 8 housing, and the local government funded clinic.

John Henderson

Dear Editor:
I said in my letter (07/23/09 ID) no matter who is the majority in the Congress or Senate the effect is the same. Whatever happened with who was the majority before gets ostracized by the minority party so as to make it impossible to do a law.

Gladys C Farris

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