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Immigration Daily December 2, 2009
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Health Care Trumps CIR

Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic states "Hispanics now place health insurance reform before immigration reform as their top political priority". For the full commentary see here.

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Today Is Deadline For ICE Enforcement and Criminal Prosecution - What Every Employer Needs to Know

Tuesday, December 1st is the deadline for the Wednesday, December 2nd phone session of "Employer Compliance For Experts" with speakers Cynthia Lange (discussion leader), Robert Divine, Jay T. Jorgensen, Angelo A. Paparelli, Patrick Shen, Shannon Slattery, Jennifer Sultan and other speakers to be announced. The curriculum is as follows:

  • How has ICE been implementing Secretary Napolitano's April 30 directive to focus enforcement on employers?
  • What are the changes in policy and practices compared to the previous administration that would affect an employer's ability to resolve matters with ICE?
  • What can employers expect from an ICE visit?
  • What rights do employers and employees have in an audit process?
  • Cooperating with government - how far to go?
  • How to prepare and handle workers you think are unauthorized
Tuesday, December 1st is the deadline to sign up. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Fax form: Don't delay, sign up today.


NYC Know Your Rights Project: An Innovative Pro Bono Response To The Lack Of Counsel For Indigent Immigrant Detainees
Kiera LoBreglio and Lynn M. Kelly of the City Bar Justice Center write "This report recommends that there be government-funded appointed counsel for all detained immigrants who cannot afford private counsel."

Law Library Of Congress Global Legal Monitor: Immigration And Nationality Law June 2008 Issue 6 G.L.M. 2008
Rubens Medina, Law Librarian of Congress tracks recent immigration-related legal developments around the world.

Immigrant Of The Week: Karen Weinstock
Greg Siskind celebrates the achievements of Karen Weinstock, an immigrant from Israel.

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USCIS Answers National Stakeholder Questions, Aug 26th
USCIS published its responses to national stakeholder questions from its August 26, 2009 USCIS National Stakeholder meeting.

ICE On 287g Program
ICE released information on its 287(g) program, including an updated list of Memorandum of Agreements (MOA) by state.


Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Washington, DC - The American Council on International Personnel seeks a director of agency liaison. Work with ACIP members and federal immigration agencies to improve immigration policies/procedures for large multinational employers. Maintain relationships with policymakers and report on agency activities, organize and report on liaison meetings, identify emerging global mobility trends and explore best practices, draf Fed Register comments and amicus briefs as needed, analyze new policies and procedures, and communicate changes to members through weekly email bulletins, website updates, webcasts, and other venues. Involved in planning ACIP's Annual Symposium in June. Public speaking and travel required. Ideal candidate has law degree, detailed knowledge of business immigration laws + procedures, understanding of global mobility best practices, experience filing immigration applications on behalf of large employers, liaison experience, ability to juggle shifting priorities, excellent writing skills + ideas for improving immigration system. Send resume, cover letter, references + writing sample to

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.

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.

Case Management Technology
Offering enterprise-level software and unparalleled US-based support, TrackerCorp is the most flexible and dependable immigration management solution on the market today. Designed by immigration attorneys and paralegals, ImmigrationTracker is often praised for its ease of use, intuitive features, and built-in immigration knowledge. As one of our customers noted, "If we had two years and unlimited funds to design our ideal immigration management system, Tracker would be it." Phil Curtis, Chin & Curtis. Find out for yourself why Tracker is the choice of: 83% of practicing Past Presidents of the AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association, through June 2007); 86% of the 25 largest immigration law firms (IndUS Business Journal 2006); 75% of the AmLaw 200 (largest US law firms, American Lawyer Media, 2006); 3x as many globally ranked immigration attorneys as compared with other software vendors (Chambers Global and the International Who's Who of Business Immigration Lawyers, 2007). Schedule your private demo: Call 1-888-466-8757 ext. 278 or email sales@trackercorp.

Translation Services
Eurasia Translations, Inc. has been proud to serve immigration attorneys and individuals since 1993 with the translation of personal documents, academic credentials, criminal clearance letters, etc. Our customers can rest assured that all of our translations are prepared in accordance with USCIS requirements and are accompanied by a notarized certificate of accuracy. For more information, please call 888-887-1884 or visit our website. For a free quote, please complete or fax your document at 818-907-9763.


Arizona Law Denying Benefits To Illegal Aliens Draws Criticism
A new Arizona law that denies benefits to illegal aliens has drawn criticism for being too harsh and punitive, and that it may affect the children of illegal immigrants as well.

Immigration Reform Is Good for Economic Recovery
But the simple truth is that updating our immigration laws will generate tax revenues by requiring all workers and employers to be in the system and level the playing field for business owners who play by the rules.

Pro-Immigration Reform PACS Growing In Influence
Immigrants' List and ImmigrationPAC, both established less than four years ago, have raised $100,000 combined this election cycle

Reevaluating Immigration Reform: What's it Worth?
The polemics increasingly revolve around how immigrants can be used, not how they deserve to be treated.


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Immigration Event - Washington, DC
The Migration Policy Institute invites you to attend the release of a new MPI Labor Markets Initiative paper on the economics and policy of illegal immigration. This thought-provoking paper explains the key questions in the economics of illegal immigration. Illegal Immigration's Effects on the US Economy and Policy, Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 9:30 - 11:00 am, MPI Conference Room 1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 300 (Third Floor), Washington, DC 20036, If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Dixon via email at or by phone at (202) 266-1929.


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Dear Editor:
I just noticed ILW.COM has immigration law resources. Do you have any information on Immigration offices in Guangzhou, China? Also, do you have any information on immigration law in China?


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Dear Editor:
I could not agree more with yesterdays letter from Honza Prchal (12/01/09 ID). Soon the discussion of an Immigration Reform bill will be at hand and I would be interested in hearing what solutions to the current situation some of ID's frequent contributors have in mind. I am especially interested in practical solutions for the complex questions that need to be addressed concerning the mixed status families that dot our American landscape. Do ID readers believe that a US Citizen spouse should have recourse to current harse and draconian Immigration laws which result in extended separations? Should all US citizens have the same right to free association regardless of spouse or parents national orgin? Is the definition of Extreme hardship citizen family members are required to prove a reasonable standard? Is it fairly and objectively applied by the DHS and State Department personnel processing waiver applications? Is it good for our economy and the fabric of our society to have so many families limping along in emotional and financial turmoil? Is it good for the children of mixed status parents to endure extended separations from one of thier parents? Is our immigration policy impacting postively or negatively where these families are concerned? Is our Immigration Law "broken", not sure but it certainly seems overly complex and punitive in certain circumstances.

Sergi Sheplov

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