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Immigration Daily November 20, 2009
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Front Row Seat

BeyondChron reports that "9500 Liberty", a new independent film, documents an intense immigration policy battle in Prince William County, Virginia. "The devastating social and economic impact of the 'Immigration Resolution' is felt in the lives of real people in homes and in local businesses. But the ferocious fight to adopt and then reverse this policy unfolds inside government chambers, on the streets, and on the Internet. 9500 Liberty provides a front row seat to all three battlegrounds." Here is the trailer of the movie.

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The Immigration Compliance Book

The Immigration Compliance Book, Editors Angelo A. Paparelli, L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens, and Dan Siciliano features the following:

  • Sections: Understanding I-9 Concepts, I-9 Advanced Topics, Employer E-Verify Considerations, E-Verify Advanced Topics, DHS Enforcement Through ICE Raids and Audits, Specialty Topics
  • Sample Proposed I-9 Policy and Procedures, Sample Form I-9 Verification Procedures Guideline for Employers, Sample Checklist for I-9 Audit and Correction Guidelines
  • Critical Resource Materials: Selected Statutory Provisions, USCIS Memos, Executive Orders, USCIS Publications on I-9s and E-Verify, USCIS Press Releases/Q&As/FAQs, etc
  • Resource Materials on CD-ROM: 100+ Relevant Cases from OCAHO, BIA, Federal District and Circuit Courts, Important Statutes, Regulations, Forms, Weblinks, etc.
  • 750+ pages, 850+ footnotes
  • 33 authors: Adam Ketcher, Angelo A. Paparelli, Bonnie K. Gibson, Cynthia Lange, Cyrus D. Mehta, Dan Siciliano, Douglas D. Hauer, Francis E. Chin, Greg Wald, Jason Burritt, Jay Jorgensen, John Fay, Johanna Marmon, Julie Pearl, Justin A. Rymer, Kevin Lashus, Kristin Major, L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens, Laura Danielson, Loan Huynh, Lynn O. Tarran, Maggie Murphy, Matthew Warren, Michael Patrick, Michael J. Wildes, Olivia M. Sanson, Philip C. Curtis, Richard Gump, Robert F. Loughran, Steve Trow, Susanne C. Heubel, Susan Kelly, Vinh C. Trieu
For more info on this book, see here (fax version, see here).


Subpart A And SEVIS II - Will Your J-1 Program Sponsor Clients Be Ready?
Darra Klein writes "Aside from these significant proposed policy changes, sponsors can expect sweeping new changes to the way they administer their programs with the forthcoming launch of SEVIS II."

Bloggings on Updates in Immigration Law
Carl Shusterman writes "The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is an extremely valuable tool. It allows an immigrant and his attorney to see what information the government has about him in its files."

Bloggings On Nurse And Allied Health Immigration
Christopher T. Musillo writes "The Secretary's vision of Comprehensive Immigration Reform is a "three legged stool," where the three legs are: a commitment to serious and effective enforcement; improved legal flows for families and workers; and a firm but fair way to deal with those who are already here."

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DHS Announces Campaign To Recognize E-Verify Employers
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced a new "I E-Verify" campaign to recognize the approximately 170,000 businesses nationwide that seek to maintain legal workforces by using E-Verify.

CRS Report On E-Verify
The Congressional Research Service released a report on "Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification".


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Washington, DC - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel seeks experienced attorneys to apply for the associate counsel position at the Litigation Coordination Division (LCD). Primarily responsible for assisting in provision of litigation support in immigration cases involving USCIS operational components. Applicants must possess JD degree, be an active member of the bar and have 1+ years of post JD experience. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number COU-CIS-2009-0009: at Applicants must provide cover letter, references, resume, and writing sample (max. 5pps) to: Evan Franke, Chief, LCD at: Must be received by close of business Friday, Dec 4, 2009. GS-13-GS-15 levels. No relocation reimbursement expenses available. Appointments made under the provisions of this announcement are Excepted from the Competitive Civil Service.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Downtown Washington, DC firm seeks mature and responsible paralegal with 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 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. Please email resume, references, writing sample + cover letter with salary expectations to No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Cleveland, OH - Margaret Wong and Associates, LLP seeks to hire experienced immigration removal attorney for immediate hire. Candidate must be an excellent researcher, communicater, and writer. Must have graduated from top 10 percent of law school class. Excellent advancement opportunities offered, including partnership track. Send resume + cover letter to: All resumes will be treated in confidence.

Translation Services
Certified translations by Legal Language Services in 157 languages have helped immigration attorneys throughout the United States for more than 25 years. Legal Language translates birth and marriage certificates, academic degrees, health records, employment information and other documents needed for immigration proceedings. Legal Language meets all USCIS translation requirements. Legal Language also offers consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, as well as certified transcription, in support of immigration proceedings. Rush service, including same day service, is available for a slight additional fee. For a free consultation or for more info: call 1-800-788-0450 or email or visit us at In addition, Legal Language seeks experienced immigration attorneys to contribute to our blog and respond to questions from visitors to our site. Email us to discuss further.

Co-Counseling Offered
Practitioners with challenging extraordinary ability cases or any other complex immigration cases including appeals, may wish to co-counsel with PJ Patel, an attorney experienced in O, EB-1, NIW, and any complex matters for many years. Mr. Patel is known for his compilation of the INA, 8 CFR & 20/22/28 CFR for the past 25+ years. For more information, see his website at Mr. Patel can be reached at 212-279-3230. All cases will be kept in strict confidence.


Immigration Reform Conference Call Draws Thousands
Families, activists and politicians gathered to show support for comprehensive immigration reform.

Immigrant Advocates Plan House Parties For Reform
Immigrant advocates will hold nearly 900 house parties in communities across the country to drum up support for an overhaul to the country's immigration system.

USCIS Helps Disabled Applicants
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has made it easier for disabled applicants to get assistance in applying for immigration and citizenship benefits.

Government Rewarding Firms Checking Immigrant Status
The Homeland Security Department will give a "seal of approval" to businesses volunteering to use an electronic program to check workers' immigration status.


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Dear Editor:
Regarding ID Comment about 25,000 USCIS site inspections (11/19/09 ID): The Obama administration's approach to providing jobs for Americans resembles that of a general who tries to win a war by ordering his troops to shoot themselves in the feet. It is the most profoundly negative approach imaginable. It assumes that America's capacity to create jobs is finite, so that the only way to give an American a piece of the jobs pie is to take a job away from a foreign worker. If the billions that are being wasted on 25,000 useless work site fishing expeditions, which is all that the USCIS inspections are, as well as making prison contractors rich by locking up as many people who speak Spanish as possible, while buying even more expensive hi-tech toys to play with at the Mexican border, were instead spent on effective and well designed job creation programs, there would be more jobs for everyone and we would be a lot closer to getting out of this recession. Instead, the Obama administration is launching a war on the immigrant communities that have the fastest growing purchasing power, which is guaranteed to make American companies less profitable or bankrupt by impoverishing many of their best customers. Of course, this falsely assumes that the Obama people really care about the economic effect of their immigration policies. But they care most of all about catering to the anti-immigrant lobby. There was nothing wrong when Obama bowed to the emperor of Japan. But he should stop kowtowing to the hate groups that want to do ethnic cleansing of Latino and other non-white immigrants.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
In Jim Roberts' letter (11/18/09 ID), accurately describes Ike's, Truman's and Hoover's immigration behavior. All three presidents were great humanitarians and all three really thought they were helping American workers. Yet each presided over sub par economic times and there is little agreement that their deportation policies made the country wealthier or even helped American workers in aggregate, though I am sure the last surviving practicing Okies were happy to work in a low skilled manual labor market emptied of competition by Operation Wetback before full scale mechanization on the plains. So far Bush's and Obama's continued policy of denying illegals jobs has not seemed to help our economy in the aggregate either. Perhaps enforcing immigration laws is less about economics or even employment and more about enforcing the law, dysfunctional as it is, in order to avoid becoming yet another increasingly corrupt society governed by laws so labyrinthine that almost everyone is a criminal in order to live normally. We should respect and enforce our laws, but we should also work to make them respectable. To make laws respectable involves rationalizing them, perhaps even making it easier to immigrate legally than illegally. Our immigration incentives remain all wrong, and I fear that the health care push, staffing issues etc. have sucked the oxygen out of immigration rationalization. Remember, as we add ever more entitlements and live ever longer, we will need ever more workers to support transfer payments and ever more social and physical infrastructure to assimilate immigrants as Americans. We need more people. We are one of the only three advanced societies with positive replacement rates and that just barely, and we are one of the best at assimilating newcomers. Let us go with our strengths and not mimic the failed policies of, say, Italy or Japan.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

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