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Immigration Daily December 22, 2009
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Enforcement Boom

The Washington Independent reports that though the administration claims that it has been focusing its enforcement efforts on employers instead of immigrants, statistics of federal criminal prosecution shows otherwise. "The result is that criminal prosecutions for immigration violations now make up more than half (54%) of all criminal cases brought by the federal government. In FY 2009, the federal government prosecuted almost five times more immigration cases than in 2002."

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Physicians For Beginners

Tuesday, December 22nd is the deadline for ILW.COMs new seminar series of "Physicians For Beginners" with speakers Christopher Wendt (discussion leader), Lisa E. Claypool, Kristen A. Harris, Ann Lance, Bruce R. Larson, Hamel Vyas and Other Speakers To Be Announced. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on December 23: Through the Looking Glass: Introduction to Medical Education and Licensure; Working with Hospital/Institutional Counsel

  • System of Medical Education in the US
    • Who is an FMG?
    • Post-Graduate Medical Education
  • Medical Licensure and Certification
  • Interaction with the Immigration System
  • Institutional Rules and Policies - Dealing with In-House Immigration Staff/Counsel
SECOND Phone Session on January 6: The J-1 Exchange Visitor Classification and its Discontents
  • Getting Into the J-1 (The ABC's of ECFMG)
  • Getting Around the J-1 for Training
  • Getting Out of the J-1 Obligations - Waivers and more
    • Waivers
    • MAVNI
  • Satisfying the 2 year home residency requirement
  • The Physician National Interest Waiver
THIRD Phone Session on February 3: Other Common Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Solutions for Doctors
  • H-1B's for Physicians
  • O-1
  • TN
  • PERM
  • Avoiding PERM
    • EB-1-1
    • EB-1-2
    • Schedule A, Group II
    • The "other" National Interest Waiver
Tuesday, December 22nd 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.


A Section By Section Review Of HR 4321 (The Gutierrez CIR Bill)
Greg Siskind writes "Below you will find a review of HR 4321, the first major comprehensive immigration reform bill to be introduced in the current Congress."

2009 Update From The Board Of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA)
Cyrus D. Mehta writes "BALCA has been busy in 2009, and has issued many decisions that have had an impact on how labor certifications under PERM are prepared and filed."

Bloggings On PERM Labor Certification
Joel Stewart writes "This week I decided to feature part of a legal brief regarding the question of family relationships in labor certification processing." To submit an Article for consideration, write to


CRS On State Medicaid And SCHIP Coverage Of Noncitizens
The Congressional Research Service released a report discussing state Medicaid and SCHIP coverage of noncitizens.


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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:


H2-B Workforce Coalition Says Comprehensive Immigration Reform Must Include Relief For Seasonal Employers
The H-2B Workforce Coalition believes that it is important for Congress to address comprehensive immigration reform, including much needed relief for many seasonal industries that use the H-2B program to supplement their year-round domestic work force during peak seasons when too few American workers are available.

Far Reaching Immigration Bill Introduced In The House
Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D. Ill., introduced a bill last week to reform the nation's broken immigration system.

Principles For Immigration Reform
Our broken immigration system undermines core national interests and must be reformed.

New Policy On Asylum Seekers
ICE outlines new procedures for aliens with "credible fear" of persecution or torture.


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Dear Editor:
Mr. Trivikram Krishnamurthy's letter (12/21/09 ID) is by and large accurate insofar as it characterizes (and then disagrees with) what I said. His letter overstates or over-interprets what I said about the Visa Waiver program, however. My point is that the Visa Waiver program measures the proportion of violators and adjusts yearly. Social science data, such as English language proficiency, intermarriage, or the more economic variables I cited earlier can all be revisited yearly, or even more often. One cannot read the New York Review of books or Commentary without seeing them. The regular revisiting of whatever characteristics is a very important difference between what I was talking about and something like the Chinese Exclusion Act. As for being biased against Mexicans, the present system whereby we tolerate the creation of a semi-rights possessing helot class of overwhelmingly mono-cultural illegal aliens is a classic recipe for bi-culturalism, not multi-culturalism, and bi-culturalism leads to very bad places more often than not. Western Europe could use more immigrants that already speak an EU language or two. Perhaps we could deport our illegal Mexicans there as a humanitarian gesture. Our non-enforcement and general impenetrability of our immigration laws engenders a certain rational contempt for them, and it seems harsh to send them to a home they worked so hard to leave.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

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