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Immigration Daily September 18, 2009
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Obama And Wilson Join Hands

Immigration Daily is a newspaper about immigration law and policy, we take no position, nor make any comment, on health care issues. However, insofar as issues intersect with or reflect on immigration law and policy, we do look at the areas of intersection and occasionally we comment on these. The biggest political debate currently underway in the country is over health care reform, with positions on this matter across the political spectrum from left to right. The health reform debate is increasingly taking on immigration issues. Of particular note, President Obama has joined Rep Wilson (the heckler) in a race to the bottom - to see who can demonize immigrants more. The bill released by Sen. Baucus, using language drafted in part by the White House, penalizes legal immigrants and drives the undocumented deeper into the shadows. A story says "Rep. Luis Gutierrez, an early Obama ally from Illinois, has been complaining for days of the shifts in the bill, and said on a conference call organized by the group America's Voice that he's "revisiting" his support for health care legislation." Another news report says "[Frank] Sharry and other pro-immigrant leaders said they were deeply concerned by measures unveiled in the Senate Finance Committee and in other quarters on Capitol Hill that would exclude immigrants from participating in an insurance exchange even with their own money, prevent children of undocumented residents from getting coverage, probe the residency status of emergency room patients, and make verification of residency status an expanded, cumbersome process for both citizens and non-citizens alike."

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Relief From Removal: A Definitive Manual For Winning Cases by Jill Sheldon of CLINIC is now available for an attractive Inventory Closeout price, only $99 including taxes and shipping and handling. This book features:

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  • 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
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New Americans In The Centennial State
Mary Giovagnoli et. al of the Immigration Policy Center write "One in ten Coloradans is an immigrant, and one in five is Latino."

Bloggings On Nurse And Allied Health Immigration
Christopher T. Musillo writes "Given that Sen. Schumers historical position on employment based immigration, it seems more likely than not that the CIR bill will include nurse visa reform."

Immigrant Of The Day: Jameel Jaffer of Canada, and Amrit Singh of India
Kevin R. Johnson writes "They followed up with a Freedom of Information Act request, follwed by litigation,that has produced a treasure trove (130,000 pages) of information."

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


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.

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.

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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.


Obama Links Healthcare, Immigration Reform
Healthcare reform is crucial for Hispanic Americans because reforming the U.S. healthcare system is linked to immigration reform, U.S. President Obama said.

Obama, Immigration And Health Care
President Barack Obama has already made three big errors where the issues of health care and illegal immigration intersect, and we're still in the early innings.

Lawsuit Brings Better Conditions For Immigration Detainees
Immigrants detained in a short-term processing center in the basement of a Los Angeles federal building can no longer be held for weeks without access to drinking water, clean clothes or items such as sanitary napkins, according to a settlement announced Wednesday.

Immigration: Making Catholicity Tangible
Immigration makes the nature of the universal Church visible, according to a Vatican aide who was reflecting on migrants and catholicity.


Readers can share professional announcements (up to 100-words at no charge), email: To announce your event, see here

Immigration Event
September 30 - The CIS Ombudsman presents a community call-in teleconference "USCIS Fee Waivers: How Are They Working for You?" For more info see here


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

Dear Editor:
I'm amazed that the Obama Administration has not seen fit to point out that: 1. There are only broad outlines or drafts of a bill so far, so it is premature to say what the final language of any bill would provide. 2. Even if in its final form, a bill or piece of legislation will only provide a broad outline of Congressional intent. 3. A well drafted piece of legislation will, in a broad outline of Congressional intent, provide clear directions for administrative agencies. 4. In theory, it is the job of administrative agencies that are charged with implementing passed legislation, who will promulgate and publish detailed regulations to carry out the Congressional intent. The broad outline of Congressional intent that undocumented aliens will not receive government subsidies under the bill has been included in the drafts of legislation submitted by various Congressional and Senate Committees, and it is dishonest to say that the Congressional intent is not clearly stated. It is also quite premature to bring up all the "what ifs" when no final version of the bill has been passed or presented to the President for his signature, and no implementing regulations have yet been published for public comment. The "devil is in the details", and the details should be in the regulations. Until those regulations are published, everyone should just chill out.

Robert R. Gard, Esq.
Chicago, IL

Dear Editor:
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) pulls CIR bill. Of course this means no work on Visa Retrogression and the EB-3 visa is as dead as last weeks road kill. This economy is turning, going to turn, and there is a shortage of nurses. Watch wages to rise. ANA got, is getting, what it wanted. Meanwhile many U.S. hospitals and agencies that have hired foreign nurses are being cleaned out because after spending 10s of thousand of dollars on each nurse for test review, testing, residencies, fee based in-country job placement, cannot get their nurses into America. Millions of dollars down the drain. I am very disappointed in my democrat party, its leadership and my President.

Phil Slaton
Seattle, WA

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