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Immigration Daily October 15, 2009
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Gutierrez Principles

At a rally on the West Lawn of the Capital, Rep. Gutierrez outlined his vision for a new comprehensive immigration bill. "It will include the following core principles: Pathway to legalization for undocumented workers... Professional and effective border enforcement... Smart and humane interior enforcement... Protecting workers... Verification systems... Family unity as a cornerstone of our immigration system... Future flows of workers... AgJOBS... DREAM Act... Promoting immigrant integration..."

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Today Is The Deadline For F, J, and M Student Visa and Status Acquisition and Travel

Wednesday, October 14th is the deadline for the Thursday, October 15th phone session of Students: F, J, and M, with speakers Steve Springer (discussion leader), Jenny Bowen, Parker Emerson, Liz Goss, Elizabeth James, Craig Peterson and Greg Simkiss. The curriculum is as follows:

  • Restrictions on study for Bs and F-2s, and study as a secondary activity for those in non-student classifications
  • SEVIS, travel, visa acquisition, and change of status, including recent developments concerning SEVIS fee payments
  • Change of status to/from F, M, or J
    • Process, documents, and strategy/timing issues
    • Grace periods and change of status
    • Two year home residence requirement and change of status
  • Travel, the necessary documents and "authorizations"
  • Visa acquisition
    • Timing, documents, plans, and overcoming INA 214(b)
    • Recent DOS cables, adjudications, and indications from consular officials
    • Security checks and delays
    • Third-country-national visa processing in Canada and Mexico (including INA 222(g))
  • Optional practical training, travel, and visa acquisition
    • Travel while awaiting the employment authorization document
    • Travel while engaged in OPT, including employment requirement
    • Travel during cap-gap extension and STEM extension
    • Travel while engaged in OPT with an approved future change of status to H-1B
  • Travel to re-establish status (as an alternative to reinstatement)
  • Travel and "automatic extension of visa validity"
Wednesday, October 14th 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.


VSC On H1B Cap And Third-Party Client Sites
Sheela Murthy et al., attorneys from the Murthy Law Firm write "The change in VSC policy regarding end clients is helpful."

Roosevelt, The Great Depression, And The Economics Of Recovery
Burton W. Folsom Jr. for the Foundation For Economic Education writes "As professor emeritus at Rutgers University, Elliot Rosen has written this book as the culmination of a life's study of Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal."

Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy
Greg Siskind writes "Ironic that a law enforcement officer who took an oath is publicly proclaiming he'll ignore the law."

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EOIR Publishes Fact Sheet On Representation For Aliens
Executive Office for Immigration Review of the DOJ published a fact sheet on who can represent aliens in immigration proceedings.


Help Wanted - Immigration Attorneys
Owings Mills, MD - The Murthy Law Firm seeks attorneys with 3+ years of experience in business immigration law. Our practice is dynamic and fast-paced with high standards of integrity, work ethic, and quality. Successful candidates will have the ability to work both as members of a team and as team leaders. They will bring in-depth understanding and knowledge of the breadth of immigration procedures, and are expected to supervise paralegals and support staff. Good writing and analytical skills are required. They will join more than a dozen high-caliber colleagues and have quality support in the way of legal and administrative staff, as well as technology. Visit for details regarding the unique benefits of working at the Murthy Law Firm. Send Resume + cover letter to All communication will be treated in confidence. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and abilities. Final interviews of candidates are at our office a few minutes from downtown Baltimore, MD. EOE.

Help Wanted - Immigration Attorney
Los Angeles, CA - Global Am-Law 100 firm seeks business immigration & compliance associate. Qualified candidates must have 2-4 years of experience preparing various types of employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions, including extensive experience with PERM. IRCA compliance experience a plus. Must be very organized, detail-oriented and able to manage a heavy caseload as well as a team of paralegals. Must possess excellent computer skills and experience with case management software as well as strong written and verbal communication skills. Please send resume, cover letter, transcript, writing sample and salary history to This is a blind ad posting.

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.

J-1 Visa Program
Discover the ease and flexibility of the J-1 Visa with Global Current, a service of AIESEC U.S., a leader in international exchange and professional training for over 50 years. Unlike other visas, the J-1 does not require a lengthy petitioning process, has few restrictions and can be processed at any time of year to facilitate the quick and simple implementation of an Exchange Visitor Program. Global Current has developed a streamlined sponsorship process supported by J-1 experts that allows us to maintain an unrivaled 48 hour turnaround time on complete applications. Global Current provides J-1 Trainee and Intern programs in a variety of occupational categories including law, engineering, finance, architecture, graphic design, marketing and fashion. For more information on eligibility requirements and a complete list of occupational categories, visit or email Melany Hamner at


Immigration Rally Draws Thousands
Thousands of immigrants came to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for a day of lobbying and an afternoon rally calling for comprehensive immigration reform.

Justices Ponder Lawyers' Obligations
He said his lawyer told him that he did not have to worry about immigration status because he had been in the country so long.

Marine's Widow Gets Bipartisan Senate Help
A Marine's widow who has been fighting to remain in the U.S. with her 8-month-old son is now getting bipartisan help from the Senate

Dairy Farmers Talk Prices, Immigration With Braley
The way I feel, and I know that others may not feel the same way, but there needs to be legislation to allow them to cover over and not just on work permit or whatever for six months.


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Immigration Event - San Diego, CA
October 20 - University of California, San Diego, presents "Blurring the Color Line: The New Chance for a More Integrated America" speaker: Richard Alba. For more info contact


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

Dear Editor:
A new survey by Zogby International finds that people in Mexico think that granting legal status to illegal immigrants would encourage more illegal immigration to the United States. The report claims that a clear majority of people in Mexico, 56 percent, thought giving legal status to illegal immigrants in the United States would make it more likely that people they know would go to the United States illegally. On several occasions in ID letters I have recounted an experience in my office just after the application period for the 1986 Amnesty expired, when a Mexican client asked me, "When is the next amnesty?" I naively told him, "Never," that this was a one time occurrence and that the open door of illegal immigration to America was closing. Boy, was I wrong! That door now seems to be swinging wide open and if CIR (buzzword for "Amnesty") passes, I expect that at the end of the application period, some illegal alien will wander into my office and ask, "When is the next amnesty?" Pavlov's dog learned his tricks and so have illegals. Wait long enough and the treat will be delivered, if you push the right buttons. Protesters around the country are pushing the buttons of politicians through the enticement of Hispanic votes. That's racism, but a true force in action, and one that could ultimately lead to a Hispanic takeover of American politics. Think I'm paranoid? Then you don't live in Southern California, where it is all too evident. Buenos dias, bienvenidos, push 1 for English, 2 for Spanish. If you speak Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, French or German, you're on your own. Viva Zapata! Recordar el virtud de tratados de Guadalupe Hidalgo. La venganza es dulce.

David D. Murray
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
I would take substantial issue with Jim Robert's latest letter, (10/14/09 ID). Not for the first time, a Roberts letter finds that my moral and ethical arguments are treasonous. "that promote and place the interests of illegal aliens and/or foreigners above those of American citizens err at best and are treasonous at worst." Roberts' letter starts with the false premise that when one argues for equal rights, somehow that translates into putting the oppressed party's rights "above" the citizen. Nobody is saying that the rights of the undocumented should be elevated above those of the citizen. Nobody is arguing for "superior rights." Equal means the same, not more, and specifically not less. Nobody is asking for special treatment, simply equality, and a recognition of rights, which currently the undocumented do not possess at all. Further, his letter goes on to argue that "R. Gittelson letter's display the truism that Liberalism is a mental disorder and the latter's dogma of shared responsibility for illegals is beyond absurd." Perhaps my wife might only take minor exception to the allusion as to my mental deficiencies, but as to the absurdity of the logic behind my notion of shared responsibility, I think that most people would find fault with the reasoning of the Roberts' letter. Frankly, I find it fascinating that conservatives would argue to the ends of the earth that personal responsibility trumps just about every conceivable argument for any progressive policy, but are in stark denial that our shared responsibility for the presence of the undocumented should in any way mitigate the Nativist position. Talk about having their cake and eating it too. They must have developed that ability along with talking out of both sides of their mouth.

Robert Gittelson

Dear Editor:
Regarding Jim Roberts' letter (10/13/09 ID): Nothing is so sacred about being born of Americans except being lucky enough to live as citizens of a country which can print dollar bills at will to buy anything we want, run sky high debt and deficit and have the entire planet to believe that those bills are as good as real gold. Americans or not, there are no guarantee for anybody on this planet to be exempted from any competition locally, regionally or globally. Hire and buy Americans first is easy to say but hard thing to do. Many conservative xenophobes love to preach what they don't do. Hypocrisy is their hallmark on many issues. Given the choices of Made in China or USA, anyone will take the cheaper ones which are absolutely be the Chinese ones. If we want good jobs, we must invest in Americans' education and infrastructures. In just the last 5 years, Chinese have built more highways , seaports, airports and high speed rail networks than ours and their universities have produced many more scientists and highly educated work force that are willing to work harder for less than everyone else. We must tell our President and lawmakers to stop wasting our tax dollar in wars and war machines, bailing out their Wall Street cronies and special interests and unfair welfare entitlements to the lazies. We must be a welcoming country for foreign tourists and investors to bring investments and money to create jobs here not snub and insult them and treating them as poor beggars or bad guy wannabees.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
Enforce all laws including immigration laws. Distinguish between 'legal' and 'illegal'!


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