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Immigration Daily August 19, 2009
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Detention Shame

The New York Times reports "More than one in 10 deaths in immigration detention in the last six years have been overlooked and were omitted from an official list of detainee fatalities issued to Congress in March, the Obama administration said Monday." For the full story, see here.

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Today Is Deadline For Bars to Asylum and Particular Social Groups

Tuesday, Aug. 18th is the deadline for the second session of Asylum for Experts", the curriculum as follows:

  • Internal relocation
  • The one-year deadline
  • Firm resettlement
  • Persecutor of others
  • Material support: when is giving under duress a defense?
  • Domestic violence: my husband beat me
  • FGM
  • Recruitment by a gang
  • Juveniles
  • Other particular social groups
  • Recent case law
Don't wait to register, Tuesday, August 18th is the deadline. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Online: Fax form:


Global 100 UK Firm Goes Public On Legal Outsourcing
Mark Ross writes "As far as the legal profession is concerned the recession/credit crunch is the most significant event by far over the last ten years."

High-Tech Immigrant Entrepreneurship In The US
David M. Hart, et. al for the Small Business Association Office of Advocacy write "Immigration policy, as it affects highly educated and highly experienced foreign-born individuals who might be drawn into high-tech entrepreneurship, is an important element of that climate."

Immigrant Of The Week: Omri Casspi
Greg Siskind features the achievement of basketball player Omri Casspi as the immigrant of the week.

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DOJ Immigration Litigation Bulletin: March 2008
The Department of Justice Office of Immigration Litigation released the March 2008 issue of its publication, Immigration Litigation Bulletin.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Washington, DC - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy seeks an experienced Paralegal for its D.C. office. This is a career position requiring a wide range of skills in a fast-paced setting for the right candidate. Our ideal candidates have 2+ years experience with all aspects of business immigration, including H-1B and L-1 visas, PERM, Immigrant Visa Petitions, and Applications to Adjust Status. The Paralegal will have the opportunity to manage caseloads with a large degree of independence; communicate with clients regarding procedural and case processing issues; update and maintain client status reports; prepare bills; and serve as a team resource. Very competitive salary and benefits for the right candidate. Please email your cover letter, resume, and writing sample (Word or Adobe formats only) to Robert F. McCafferty, Human Resources/Office Manager, at Or fax same to 202-371-2898. EOE.

Case Management Technology
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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.


Michelle Obama's Martha's Vineyard Family Vacation May Spark Immigration Debate
Like most visitors to the island, he'll probably spend his time riding waves and eating lobster rolls without noticing the mostly unseen workers who make the island function.

White House To Host Immigration Meeting
Obama said he expects to see draft legislation for an overhaul in the immigration rules by the end of the year, but changing the system will have to wait until next year.

With Immigration, Abortion And Gay Rights Still Focus Of Debate, It's Like 1969 All Over
But as I rummaged in the bubble of Woodstock 1969, I realized how much remained the same.

Immigration Official Says Agents Will No Longer Have To Meet Quotas
Teams of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were expected to increase the number of annual arrests in the controversial 'fugitive operations' program, according to memos.


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

Dear Editor:
I agree with Alan Lee's Article (08/18/09 ID) completely. Kudos for bringing this to light. The USCIS has become draconian in its requests for evidence and arbitrary and capricious in their denials. Unfortunately, our remedy of an appeal is no remedy at all and they know that so they can basically make unfettered decisions. I, for one, had hoped that a change at the top politically would allow more reasonable and rational minds to take back control of the agency but, alas, that has not occurred and, if anything, the agency has become more obstructionist than ever before.

Michael F. Hammond, Esq.
Cincinnati, OH

Dear Editor:
Alan Lee's article (08/18/09 ID) on ridiculous H-1B adjudications resonates loudly. Coupled with the nonsense that passes for L-1 adjudications by the California Service Center, perhaps the goal of comprehensive immigration reform should subordinate itself to a meaningful process of comprehensive immigration bureaucracy reform. Congress could enact the most perfect CIR legislation, but its ultimate effects would be rendered meaningless in the hands of USCIS' current leadership. The supposed new era of President Obama has yet to have any impact on the way USCIS administers the US immigration program. But did anyone honestly think it would?

Brandon Meyer, Esq.
Solana Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Ruth Stadnik's letter (08/18/09 ID) asks why the US lets in light-skinned, well educated immigrants and discriminates against darker skinned, less educated, hardworking "economic immigrants" from Mexico. This is a good question. It goes to the heart of our immigration system, which is built on a foundation of discrimination. It always has been. Another August 18 letter has a "wish list", urging repeal of some of the more outrageous ineligibility provisions, especially those dealing with "aggravated felonies" (defined in the law as practically everything above jaywalking) that keep so many brown-skinned immigrants out and break up their US citizen families. These provisions also, were enacted in order to favor white, more educated immigrants. Overwhelmingly, that is what the American public wants. But, is that an excuse? There was a time when most white Americans wanted to "keep the Negro in his place". That didn't justify passing or keeping discriminatory laws then and it doesn't justify it now.


Dear Editor:
Responding to an immigration bill to be discussed in early 2010 by President (08/18/09 ID comment), this is a welcome move by the President Obama. The indecisiveness by the congress in the last decade has built up misery of the immigrants too many fold. The President should decide keeping country interest on prime. at the earliest opportunity.

Ramesh Rai

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