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Immigration Daily September 11, 2009
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The Next 9 11

As another 9/11 anniversary approaches, most Americans are thankful that Al Qaeda has not struck again (in no small part due to members of our armed forces overseas who are keeping Mr. Bin Laden and his ilk in their caves). But there is a small group of fanatics in America who are eagerly awaiting the next 9/11: the anti-immigrationists. When and if another terrible calamity is visited on America, the antis are confident that they can close the borders indefinitely, and put a total stop to immigration for a generation or more, much as the National Origin Quota Acts of 1921/1924 did. We believe that contingency plans to this effect were made by the Bush administration, and that these will be rolled out by whatever administration happens to be around when the opportunity is right.

Furthermore, the anti-immigrationists will then unfairly dump the blame on USCIS officials or Consular officials at DOS, by pretending that it is humanly possible to weed out one terrorist from a million immigration benefit applications. Most of the blame should instead justly lie with those within our government who deal with foreign intelligence the decision by the current CIA Director to disband the unit responsible for killing terrorists overseas is an example of where blame may validly be assigned, if indeed events similar to 9/11 are repeated. In the rush of emotions following a catastrophe, the antis will try to focus America on immigrants instead of the real culprits, and propose the broad brush solution of a total black-out of all immigration and internment camps for immigrants within America. This is not just speculation, this is exactly what America did in the past, so the antis have historical precedent.

Even something far, far short of 9/11 will cause the antis to go on the offensive, perhaps to a receptive American public. Those in power in the halls of Congress should remember that good times do not last for ever. Their power is limited, and their ability to effect change is likewise limited, so they need to hurry and enact their agenda soon. Fortunately, the basic principles behind comprehensive immigration reform have bipartisan support, unlike health care reform where the Republicans are united in opposition. Perhaps the operating principle used by leaders of the Democratic Party that enacting the health bill will clear the path for the immigration bill - is wrong. Perhaps the reverse may be the case - moving forward on the immigration bill may clear the path for other Democratic priorities. The Democrats have a chance at making history it is up to them to take it or blow it. The ball is squarely in Congress's court.

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The Empire State's New Senator
Mary Giovagnoli et. al of the Immigration Policy Center write "Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Now Represents One of the Most Diverse States in America."

Bloggings On Nurse And Allied Health Immigration
Christopher T. Musillo writes "On September 1, the FCCPT suspended the FCCPT Type II Visa Screen process."

Immigrant Of The Day: Maria Elizabeth Zakrzewska Of Germany
Kevin R. Johnson writes "Born in Berlin, Maria Elizabeth Zakrzewska (18291902) was a pioneering female doctor in the United States."

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


Help Wanted - Immigration Paralegal
Austin, TX - Paul Parsons, P.C. is a busy immigration law firm practicing the following areas of immigration law: family-based visas, adjustment of status, nonimmigrant visas, PERM, employment-based visas, and naturalization. Seek bilingual legal assistant with family-based immigration experience. FT position. Ideal candidate will manage own caseload with high level of independence under supervision of attorney. This person must be bilingual in Spanish/English with at least one year of family-based immigration experience, excellent research and writing skills, efficient, resourceful, with keen attention to detail. Must be able to meet deadlines and multitask; and be a quick learner. Consular waiver experience preferred. Competitive salaries + excellent benefits. EEO. Submit cover letter, resume, + writing sample (in Word or PDF only) to or fax: (512) 479-6903. No calls, please. EEO.

Help Wanted - Immigration Paralegal
Senior Business Immigration Paralegal - Downtown Washington, DC firm seeking a mature and responsible paralegal with a minimum of 4 years experience in business immigration cases, including NIV (H-1B, E, L, J, and O), IV (including EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, EB-5) and PERM. Preference given to those with demonstrated EB-5 experience. Bilingual Spanish/English speaker preferred. Must have a Bachelor's degree and excellent native-level English writing skills. We are a boutique immigration firm with a fast-paced yet collegial atmosphere and no billable hours requirements. Salary commensurate with experience. Please email resume, references and writing sample to No calls please.

Help Wanted - Immigration Attorney
Honolulu, Hawaii - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorneys for for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, USCIS OCC, Western Region. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, serving as an attorney providing on-site legal advice to the local District Office USCIS personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security. J.D. degree, active bar membership, 2+ years of post-J.D. experience required. For full details enter COU-CIS-2009-08 here. Applicants must submit (1) writing sample (10 pps. max) (2) resume (3) cover letter, to All submissions must be received by close of business on September 18, 2009. GS-13/14/15. Position open until filled. No relocation allowance offered.

Help Wanted - Immigration Attorney
Miami, FL - Ira Kurzban seeks an associate who is an experienced brief writer and federal litigator in immigration matters to work in his firm's office in Miami. The lawyer should have excellent research, writing and analytical skills with at least 3 to 5 years of experience. Spanish speaking preferred. Forward your resume and two of your best written briefs or memoranda to or mail to 2650 SW 27th Avenue, Miami, FL 33133. Health + pension plan. Competitive salary based upon experience.

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Martinez Exits Senate -- With Some Regrets
Sen. Mel Martinez, the nation's first Cuban-American senator, left office Wednesday with pride, a "heavy heart" and a lingering regret that Congress has been unable to reach agreement on revamping the nation's immigration laws.

Immigration Judges Struggling
On any given day, Immigration Judge Dana Leigh Marks can find herself listening to a wrenching tale of an immigrant seeking asylum, fearing everything from torture to death if returned to his or her homeland.

Report Urges More Thorough ICE Detention Records
Better record-keeping could ensure U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement keeps dangerous immigrants in custody while operating its sprawling detention system safely and lawfully, according to a new report from a nonpartisan think tank.

Health Fight Arouses Immigration Battle
Regardless of how the stormy health care debate ends, the lingering question will be whether the rest of President Barack Obamas legislative agenda was swept away in the political debris.


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Dear Editor:
My apologies to K.W.E. (09/10/09 ID) and any other Democrat offended by my arguably (and there is apparently an argument about it - c.f. the Iraq war as opposed to the Iraqi war) poor grammar. I did not mean to insult Democrats by calling their party the Democrat party. Feel free to call mine the Republican, or even the Republic party. Like most Republicans, I very likely will not care any more than I do when people stumble over my name. I shall very likely slip into the usage again, but, not being a McCarthyite, I had no idea why it would be insulting and a Google search reveals that it sounds a lot like "rat" is the reason cited as to why many do find it insulting, though that sounds remarkably kindergartenish and is only asserted by those claiming offense, not as a rationale by those aware of giving it. reveals that many parties are officially called the "Democrat Party", but our governing party is apparently not. This is so despite the use of the term to describe Democrats by the press from 1890 to the present and by modern opponents of the Democratic Party as diverse as Eisenhower and Harold Staasen as well as McCarthy. As God is my witness, I did not mean it to be insulting and won't when I use it in the future, which, by force of habit, I certainly shall.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
E-Verify, plus the federal regulation requiring its use among federal contractors, will prove once and for all that immigration enforcement will work if it is pointed at the employers who hire illegal workers. I don't agree with a lot of Obama policies, but I do agree with two of his immigration priorities: weed out illegal aliens locked up in jails and prevent employers from easily hiring illegal workers. It couldn't come at a better time, either, with unemployment at 9.7% and rising.

Robert Bettes

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