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Immigration Daily July 27, 2009
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The Empty Country

America is largely an empty country, i.e. there is significant under-population in America as compared to the world as a whole. Since this is quite likely somewhat surprising to most, we provide the numbers below:

What would happen if the entire population of the world (6.75 billion) moved into the US, and we all lived at the same population density as Manhattan (where Immigration Daily is published from, 70,595 people per square mile) ? The total area required for all to fit would be 95,615 square miles, about a third of the state of Texas (268,820 square miles). Lets say this one more time: the entire population of the world would fit comfortably into the State of Texas, by New York standards. Of course, those who live in North Dakota may find this a little too crowded for their taste (as far as such taste is concerned, to each his or her own). [source for numbers: Wikipedia].

The point we are trying to make is that it is not just Americas powerful, labor-hungry economy that is priming immigration. There is also the simple issue of population density. In other words things are not as different today from the late 1800s as the anti-immigrationists would like to believe in that the relative newness of the new world still drives immigration to some degree. We can therefore expect that US population at the end of this century will likely be many hundreds of millions more than today. Consequently, our grand children and great grand children will see a different America, just as we are seeing a different America than existed a hundred years ago.

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Immigration Practice By Robert C. Divine

Immigration Practice by Robert C. Divine & R. Blake Chisam is an invaluable supplement to Kurzban's with a different approach. It is also useful to newer practitioners and paralegals in view of its easy to understand and practical style. For more info, see here. To order by fax, see here.


In Memoriam: Mario F. Vazquez - November 25, 1946-July 10, 2009
Nativo V. Lopez of the Mexican American Political Association writes "On July 10, 2009, the labor and civil rights community was saddened by the passing of a dynamic and courageous Labor Attorney, Activist, and Father Mario F. Vazquez."

Bloggings on Dysfunctional Government
Angelo Paparelli writes "Let's hope ICE takes the steps necessary to apprehend and prosecute this fraudster-with-funny-phrasing who encourages violations of the laws against employment discrimination."

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DOS Cable On Consular Training
The Department of State issued a cable to all diplomatic and consular posts providing instructions to hold mandatory consular training for WWTVPRA before June 15.

DOS Cable On Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act Of 2008
The Department of State issued a cable to all diplomatic and consular posts providing a corrected copy of notification that the WTVPRA pamphlet is now available online and gives instructions on these (including consular training), distribution, translation, and printing of the pamphlet.

DOS Cable On 9 FAM Changes Related To Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act Of 2008
The Department of State issued a cable to all diplomatic and consular posts on the 9 FAM changes to reflect the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008.


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

Credential Evaluation And Translation
As the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and translations, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc. (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry $50 educational evaluations, as well as $200 'expert opinion' work experience and position evaluations completed by PhD university professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit for work experience and/or training." AETS offers a variety of turn-around times, including same-day service for educational, work experience, and position evaluations. For list of rates and times, see: AETS also provides certified translations in 100+ languages, with translators that are specialists in 80+ fields. For a copy of the Application for Credential Evaluation and Translation Services, please contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit, or email:

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.


Operator of Employment Agency Sentenced to Federal Prison for Harboring Illegal Aliens
"We will continue using our investigative tools to pursue those who take advantage of illegal labor for personal profit."

Bill Gates Blasts U.S. Policies on Privacy, Immigration
The Microsoft chairman also warned that tougher immigration policies could jeopardize economic growth.

Why Immigration Reform Is Needed Now
Anti-immigration sentiment is fueled by so much misinformation, and messages of hate are not welcome in America.

Illegal Immigration from Mexico Hits Lowest Level in Decade
The flow of immigrants from Mexico to the U.S. declined to the lowest level in a decade during the past year, a sign that the recession is deterring economic migrants from heading north in search of jobs.


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Immigration Event
The Migration Policy Institue is pleased to invite you to attend the following webinar on July 30 -- The Next Generation of E-Verify: Getting Employment Verification Right at 2:00 PM (ET), 1:00 PM (CT), 12:00 PM (MT), 11:00 AM (PT). Registration is required: or email:


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

Dear Editor:
According to John Henderson's letter (07/24/09 ID) the "real face" of immigration is that of Mexican dropouts, welfare recipients and "Somali terrorists" (despite the fact that the only Somalis known to be in the US are living here peacefully and forming thriving communities in Maine and other states). His letter is unable to see the faces of many other immigrants who are here to do scientific research or who are providing badly needed expertise in international business or other specialties in order to help US companies provide jobs for more US workers. New glasses are in order. With regard to Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, it is all too easy to focus only on his egregious racial profiling and overlook the sadistic and psychopathic elements in his approach toward "law enforcement". These include, according to a July 20 New Yorker magazine article, keeping his victims in tents with temperatures of over 120 degrees, serving them only two meals a day while limiting TV viewing options mainly to the food channel, humiliating prisoners by forcing them to wear pink, just as some prisoners were forced to wear at Dachau and Buchenwald, and a host of other assorted petty and not so petty cruelties. According to the same article, there have been numerous deaths among people in his custody. Not all of his victims are illegal immigrants. Some are US citizens awaiting trial for petty crimes while, according to the same article, more serious crimes go uninvestigated and unpunished due to diversion of resources. However, it is safe to say that almost all of the victims in "Sheriff Joe's" concentration camp have brown skins.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Responding to ID's comment (07/24/09 ID), plese use the correct term. They are not undocumented they are Illegal Alien Invaders. They have plenty of documents such as forged Social Security Cards, Driver Licenses and birth certificates just to name a few. As for 287(g) it was useful in holding back the tide of Illegal Alien Invaders while in effect however now we here in Arizona have put in place many laws that will take its place. For example, Illegal Alien Invaders can't get bail when arrested, it is a felony to use a false Social Security Number whether the user knows it or not, The Legal Arizona Workers Act requires all Arizona employers to use the E-Verify program to verify citizenship and proof of citizenship is required to get a business license. Maybe you should come out here to Maricopa county and see for yourself. But be careful, the Reverend Al Sharpton came out here and we ran him off.


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