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Immigration Daily July 29, 2009
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Police Foundation

The Police Foundation's report "The Role of Local Police: Striking a Balance Between Immigration Enforcement and Civil Liberties" is the culmination of a national effort to bring together law enforcement leaders, public officials, scholars, and community stakeholders to collaboratively examine the implications of local law enforcement of immigration laws by reviewing practices, constitutional issues, and economic factors. The report concludes among other things "The costs of the 287(g) program outweigh the benefits." For the 256-page report, see here.

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Today Is Deadline For Asylum For Beginners

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part telephone seminar series "Asylum For Beginners, with speakers Jeff Joseph (discussion leader), Andres Benach, Ally Bolour, H. Raymond Fasano, Regina Germain, Ilana Greenstein and Thomas K. Ragland. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on July 29: Preparing A Well-Developed Asylum Claim

  • Preparing the client affidavit/declaration: How long should it be?
  • Defining the class of persecution: One theory or many?
  • Establishing the motive of the persecutor: What does one central reason mean?
  • How do you establish the harm? Emotional harm? Economic harm enough?
  • Dealing with the one year deadline: How do you establish changed or exceptional circumstances?
  • What sources should you use to establish country conditions?
  • Working with experts: Do you need one? How do you find them and which do you use?
  • Medical forensics evaluations: Are they helpful?
  • Authentication of documents: What are the requirements?
  • What is the attorney's role at the interview?
  • Late breaking items
SECOND Phone Session on August 26: Defending the Asylum Claim in Immigration Court
  • How to deal with dual nationality
  • Firm resettlement: Is there a way around this?
  • Material support bar: what constitutes material support? How to establish duress
  • Extortion vs. Persecution
  • Corroboration: is it required? Dealing with REAL ID
  • Dealing with credibility:
  • Challenging DOS letters
  • Challenging adverse authentication or forensics findings
  • Admissibility of Asylum Officer assessments
  • Late breaking items
THIRD Phone Session on September 23: The Ever Changing Dynamic of Social Group Claims
  • FGM
  • Sexual Orientation claims
  • Domestic Violence: Matter of R-A-, where are we now?
  • Gang cases: Are they winnable? Matter of S-E-G-
  • Family as a social group
  • Family planning claims
  • Late breaking items
Tuesday, July 27th 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.


Janice Kephart for the Center for Immigration Studies
Janice Kephart for the Center for Immigration Studies writes "Licenses often have been copied or manipulated and are subject to vast amounts of identity theft and fraud."

Quebec Adopts Special Immigration Program For International Students And Foreign Workers
David Cohen writes "Quebec's Immigration Minister Yolande James, has recently announced new regulations governing the selection of applicants for immigration to Quebec."

Immigrant Of The Week: Shantanu Narayen
Greg Siskind features select immigrants and their achievements in this regular series.

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Texas Attorney General Opinion On Tuition Eligibility For Undocumented
Texas Attorney General Abbott issued an opinion letter on "Whether the State of Texas may permit unauthorized aliens to receive the benefit of in-state tuition at Texas state colleges and universities?"


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New Burden Of Identity Proof For Pa. Drivers
Pennsylvania law requires applicants to prove "legal presence" in the state before they can obtain a license or ID card. But in some cases, proof other than Social Security numbers can be accepted.

NRA Goes To Bat For Illegal Alien Coke Dealers
The GOP, which is against "criminaliens" and "Mexicans" swarming across our Southern border, is backing a convicted drug dealing illegal alien and thus opposing law enforcement.

AZ Gov. Resumes Budget Talks; Illegal Immigration Avoided
Interestingly, there is no mention of curtailing the cost of illegal immigration in any state budget plan.

Immigration Services Files WARN Notice With Florida State
Perot Systems, which operates four U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services offices in South Florida, has notified the state of plans to lay off 97 employees between Aug. 31 and Sept. 14.


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New Offices - San Diego, CA
Lynne R. Feldman and Jason E. Feldman are pleased to announce the opening of Feldman Feldman & Associates concentrating in Immigration and Nationality Law located at 2221 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 201, San Diego, CA 92108. Phone: (619) 299-9600, Fax:(619) 923-3277, Email: and


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

Dear Editor:
Congratulations to Reverend Robert McDonald and those who stand with him (07/28/09 ID) in having the courage to initiate long overdue steps to recall Arizona's favorite racist psychopathic bully, Sheriff Joe Arpaio (07/23/09 Comment). It is good to know that there are still some decent Americans who have the guts to stand up against hatred and intolerance, whether wrapped in the fig leaf of supposed concern about the environment and "overpopulation", or whether masquerading as ''law enforcement". I would rather read the letters of Jim Roberts, which at least are honest in their wish to turn the entire US into a whites only "gated community" than some other letters which indignantly deny having even the slightest taint of racial prejudice, while insisting that the only way we can avoid environmental, economic, "cultural" or whatever other kind of Armageddon the writers in question see in their fevered imaginations is to shut the gates to America firmly against brown people.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
I am writing to praise the article written by Mark E. Nerenberg (07/28/09 ID). I totally agree with the Article's analysis of the current labor certification system. Especially in times of high unemployment, it is cruel to desperate American workers to advertise for jobs that do not exist. I have been practicing immigration law for the past 32 years, and I have never had a case where a U.S. worker was employed based on a labor certification ad. I believe the immigration bar should advocate for a change in the process to return to the prior system which had the Labor Department determine if there is a labor shortage for a particular position in a given geographic area. That system would be infinitely better than the current one.

Robert N. Gottfried, Esq.
New York, NY

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