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Immigration Daily December 3, 2009
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Immigrant Integration Initiatives

The E Pluribus Unum Prizes are a national awards program that provides four $50,000 prizes annually to exceptional initiatives that promote immigrant integration. The awards are open to individuals, nonprofit and community organizations, businesses, religious groups, and government entities, agencies, or officials operating in the United States, and the application deadline is December 10. To learn more about the prizes, see here.

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Today Is Deadline For Applications for Immigrant Visas

Wednesday, December 2nd is the deadline for the Thursday, December 3rd phone session of "Consular Processing For Beginners" with speakers Brian Bolton (discussion leader), Shanni Alexandrovitz, Maria Lianides Celebi, Magdale Labbe Henke, Joan Squires-Lind, Liam Schwartz, Nita Upadhye And Other Speakers To Be Announced. The curriculum is as follows:

  • Application process
  • Immigrant Visa Interview
  • Documentary requirements
  • Affidavit of Support issues
  • Validity of immigrant visa
  • What happens if client isn't quite ready to re-locate to U.S.?
Wednesday, December 2nd 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.


Keep The Faith
Acton Orwell Doesgood writes "The DOL advocates for regulations which strangle the process and are designed to obfuscate, block, slow, and deny cases, rather than meeting their mission ( erroneous to begin with) of testing the American job market."

Anything To Declare?
Sheldon Richman for the Foundation For Economic Education writes "That is not a declaration of war. It's a grant of Caesarian power."

Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy
Greg Siskind writes "Now a new report is showing that six of the eight states expected to gain congressional seats based on the 2010 census will do so because of Hispanic population shifts."

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USCIS Letter On H1-B Fraud Enforcement
USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas responded to Senator Grassley's questions on USCIS efforts to prevent, detect and address fraud in the H-1B program.

DOL FAQs On Change Of Attorney And Change Of Address
DOL released FAQs to clarify best practices for notifying the Department of Labor (DOL) of change of address or representation requests with the National Processing Center (NPC).


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

J-1 Visa Program
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Credential Evaluation And Translation
Why do the largest law firms, corporations and universities in the U.S. choose AETS for their foreign credential evaluations? Because as the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and translations, American Evaluation & Translation Service, Inc. (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry - $75 educational evaluations, as well as $300 'expert opinion' work experience and position evaluations completed by PhD university professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit for work experience and/or training." AETS offers a variety of turn-around times, including same-day service for educational, work experience, and position evaluations. For list of rates and times, see: AETS also provides certified translations in 100+ languages, with translators that are specialists in 80+ fields. For a copy of the Application for Credential Evaluation and Translation Services, see: Please contact AETS at anytime at (786) 276-8190, visit , or email:


Some Toy Drives Check Immigration Status
They don't claim to know who's been naughty or nice, but some Houston charities are asking whether children are in the country legally before giving them toys.

Reports Find Lapses In Immigration Detention System
A growing number of noncitizens are being held unnecessarily and transferred heedlessly in an expensive immigration detention system that lacks basic fairness, a bipartisan study group and a human rights organization concluded in reports released jointly on Wednesday.

Obama Aunt Anguished By Separation
President Barack Obama's aunt buried her face in her hands and sobbed as she described her anguish over no longer having contact with him and his family after the revelation she had been living illegally for years in the United States in public housing.

Should Immigration Policies Be More Welcoming To Low-Skilled Workers?
In spite of, or perhaps because of, the world's economic woes, debates regarding immigration policies continue.


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Dear Editor:
Regarding "Health care trumps CIR" (12/02/09 ID Comment): Presenting the issue to Latino or any other voters as health care vs. Comprehensive Immigration Reform makes no sense to me and I doubt that it makes much sense to Latinos or anyone else either. Both are issues of social justice and racial equality. An article in the current issue of the New Yorker describes how efforts to reform the US health care system have been going on for almost a century, and have been defeated by the same kind of hate and fear mongering by powerful entrenched interests during this entire period. The only difference is that back then, health care reform was attacked as a German plot to turn America over to the Kaiser (during and after WW1). Now, health reform is being attacked as a Socialist plot to "Europeanize" America. In those days, restrictionists were using "red scare" and "yellow peril" tactics in an ultimately successful (in 1924) attempt to cut off most immigration by Italians, Jews, Eastern Europeans and Asians. Now, they are using draconian "enforcement-only" policies and opposition to "amnesty for illegals" to try to expel millions of Latinos and close America's borders to most non-white immigrants. What has changed?

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
It would appear that lax entry policies are a problem not only at US borders, but also at the recent WH state dinner where the Salihi couple crashed the event without an invitation. Are they then undocumented guest partiers? At least they didn't move in. Sen. Kyl (AZ) wants an investigation of this intrusion which he seems much more upset about than the thousands of similar invaders in his home state. The problem with ID Headlines and the S. Sheplov letter (12/2/09 ID) is that for every sad story of non-citizens, at least three could be found for citizens suffering from mass entry. Whose interests should be served? The reluctance of entry enthusiasts to admit that illegal entry is a crime is problematic. Is bank robbing making undocumented withdrawals? Should we give them amnesty to get them out of the shadows to be able to tax their incomes and avoid sanctions that might effect their children. Illegal presense has to be made a felony with enforced deportation so there is no doubt about our resolve and sovereignty. The cheapened birth citizens by illegals needs to end. This would deter many problems. More on CIR can be found in "Janet Napolitano's Comprehensive Immigration Reform" by Michael Cutler, retired from INS. With 125,000 legal entrants per month and also illegals, a moratorium is needed. Many faults of our Nation (R. Yang letter, 12/01/09 ID) are from straying beyond Constitutional principles of limited powers and failure to limit mass entry which are restrictionist policies. Those who believe the Indians still own US, don't have to leave, they can stay and be hypocrites.

Jim Roberts

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