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  1. Jan 5 - Happy New Year

    -----------------IMMIGRATION DAILY FROM ILW.COM------------------
    January 5, 2009
    Items:
    1.  Comment: Happy New Year
    2.  Focus: PERM For Beginners
    3.  Articles:
        (a) Seeing Green In US Immigration Policy by Cyrus D. Mehta
        (b) Immigrants Of The Day: Fernando Espuelas of Uruguay,
        Rumeal Robinson of Jamaica, and Arjinderpal Singh Sekhon of
        India by Kevin R. Johnson
        (c) Bloggings on Dysfunctional Government by Angelo Paparelli
    4.  News:
        (a) Presidential Determination On Humanitarian Funding To
        Congolese Refugees
        (b) Data Privacy Committee Shares Recommendations On Employer
        Verification In E-Verify Program
    5.  Classifieds:
        (a) EB-5 Business For Sale
        (b) Immigration Law Certificate
    6.  Headlines:
        (a) Employer Enters Agreement on Immigration Compliance
        (b) Sessions Scheduled On State's New Immigration Law
        (c) Immigration Law Makes Deportations Easy - But Life Hard
        (d) Local, National News Intertwine
    7.  ComingsNGoings:
        (a) Appointment - Austin, TX
    8.  Letters From:
        (a) Roger Algase, Esq.
        (b) David D. Murray, Esq.
        (c) John Henderson
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2009,0105.shtm
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    1.  COMMENT
    Happy New Year
    Immigration Daily wishes you a joyous New Year.
    We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by
    writing to mailto:editor@ilw.com.
    _________________________________________________________________
    2.  FOCUS
    PERM For Beginners
    ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part telephone seminar
    series "PERM For Beginners" with discussion leader Sofia Zneimer
    and speaker Ellen Freeman, with other speakers to be announced.
    The curriculum is as follows:
    FIRST Phone Session on January 21: Understanding the PERM Process
    ++ Statutory background and agencies involved
    ++ Who is the client and payment of fees
    ++ Purpose of the PERM  process - willing, able, qualified, and
    available
    ++ Timing of the process - counting the days and periods
    ++ Considerations - alien ownership and control, ability to pay,
    layoffs, internal and external consistency, job zones, SVP,
    combination of duties, educational requirements, restrictive
    requirements, job requirements for current status of alien,
    internal and external consistency
    ++ SVP, Job Zones, and what is normal
    ++ Business necessity issues
    ++ Job description and minimal requirements
    ++ Filing options for form ETA 9089
    ++ Document Retention requirements
    SECOND Phone Session on February 18: Preparation of the PERM
    Application
    ++ Employer registration and attorney sub-account
    ++ Prevailing Wage
    ++ Recruitment Plan
    ++ Job Order
    ++ Mandatory Printed Ads - elements, placement, considerations
    ++ Additional steps for professional jobs - what is a professional
    job anyway?
    ++ Recruitment Report - elements and considerations
    ++ Qualified US workers
    ++ Audit preparedness
    ++ Discussion of best practices to manage the process
    ++ Schedule A and Special Handling
    THIRD Phone Session on March 18: PERM Sticky Issues
    ++ Prevailing Wage issues - private wage survey, wrong
    classification, wrong salary, and other wrongs
    ++ Notice issues
    ++ Roving employees and layoffs
    ++ Occupation, Job Zones, and SVP, and OES changes
    ++ Business Necessity and Normal Requirements - Magic Language
    ++ On the job training
    ++ Typos and other errors in submitted and approved labor
    certifications
    ++ Attorney-Client relationship in PERM applications
    ++ Attorney consideration of applicants - do's and don'ts
    ++ Reconsideration and Appeal
    ++ Summary of best practices   
    The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, January 20th. For more info,
    including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration
    information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/200902.shtm.
    Fax version:  http://www.ilw.com/seminars/200902.pdf.
     _________________________________________________________________
    3.  ARTICLES
    (a) Seeing Green In US Immigration Policy
    Cyrus D. Mehta writes "Yet, it is time now to recognize that one
    of the ways for the U.S. to breakout from this economic meltdown
    is to be the world's greatest innovator in green technology."
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0105-mehta.shtm
    http://www.cyrusmehta.com/
    (b) Immigrants Of The Day: Fernando Espuelas of Uruguay, Rumeal
    Robinson of Jamaica, and Arjinderpal Singh Sekhon of India
    Kevin R. Johnson recounts the stories of notable immigrants.
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0105-johnson.shtm
    http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/
    (c) Bloggings on Dysfunctional Government
    Angelo Paparelli writes "Tossing cynicism to the wind, I hereby
    offer a few New Year resolutions for immigration officials to
    consider adopting ..."
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0105-paparelli.shtm
    http://www.nationofimmigrators.com/
    To submit an Article for consideration, write to
    mailto:editor@ilw.com.
    _________________________________________________________________
    4.  NEWS
    (a) Presidential Determination On Humanitarian Funding To
    Congolese Refugees
    President Bush authorized the funding of up to $6 million for the
    unexpected urgent humanitarian needs related to the Democratic
    Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda nationals.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2009,0105-congo.shtm
    (b) Data Privacy Committee Shares Recommendations On Employer
    Verification In E-Verify Program
    The Data Privacy & Integrity Advisory Committee issued
    recommendations to the Secretary and the Chief Privacy Officer of
    the DHS on options for verifying the EIN or otherwise
    authenticating the employer in the E-Verify program.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2009,0105-Everify.pdf
    _________________________________________________________________
    5.  CLASSIFIEDS
    (a) EB-5 Business For Sale
    US EB-5 opportunity - Lumber manufacturing, Barnes Manufacturing
    Co., Kenbridge, VA, Lunenburg County. $2.7 million USD. No debt
    or inventory included. To view pictures and an appraisal report,
    see here. http://eb5opportunity.com/
    To discuss further, contact Thomas Barnes at:
    mailto:barnestb@earthlink.net or call  434-955-0595 (after 10 am
    EST). All inquiries will be kept confidential.
    (b) 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.
    http://www.sps.cuny.edu/programs/spscourses/programdescription.aspx?pid=17&sid=ILCP
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    6.  Headlines
    (a) Employer Enters Agreement on Immigration Compliance
    Republic Services, Inc., a Texas waste management and collection
    firm, has agreed to cooperate with the federal government in its
    ongoing criminal investigation of immigration violations at the
    company's Wilson Road facility in Houston.
    (b) Sessions Scheduled On State's New Immigration Law
    Steps to curb illegal immigration are among South Carolina's new
    laws going into effect Thursday.
    (c) Immigration Law Makes Deportations Easy - But Life Hard
    It has hit hard in the Cambodian-American community in Long Beach
    since 2002, when Cambodia began accepting deportees.
    (d) Local, National News Intertwine
    The immigration raid at Howard Industries made state and
    national headlines, while all of us in the Pine Belt were
    impacted by the struggling national economy and witnessed a
    historic Presidential election.
    For links to the above stories see here:
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2009,0105.shtm#Headlines
    _________________________________________________________________
    7.  ComingsNGoings
    Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or
    fewer at no charge), email: mailto:editor@ilw.com. Readers
    interested in learning about featuring your event or conference
    in Immigration Daily, see here
    http://www.ilw.com/corporate/media_sponsor.shtm.
    (a) Appointment - Austin, TX
    Thomas Esparza, Board Certified Immigration Specialist is please
    to announce his reappointment to the Austin Commission on
    Immigrant Affair. At the December meeting of this city commission
    he was elected vice chair.  The ACIA recently sponsored a seminar
    on Immigration Law and Crimes for all Travis County Magistrates.
    Thomas Esparza, Jr. Attorney at Law, 512-441-0062,
    tom@tomesparza.com.
    _________________________________________________________________
    8.  LETTERS
    Readers are welcome to share their comments, email:
    mailto:editor@ilw.com  (300-words or fewer preferred).
    Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence,
    available in our archives.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/archives.shtm
    (a) Dear Editor:
    Mario Apuzzo's latest letter (12/31/08 ID) criticizes David D
    Murray's letter (12/15/08 ID) for allegedly not showing respect
    for the argument that Barack Obama may not be a "natural born"
    citizen of the US. But in order to demand respect, one must have
    an argument worthy of respect. The argument that there is no
    proof that Barack Obama was born in the US is not worthy of
    respect. The President-elect has produced a Hawaiian birth
    certificate which no one has shown any reason to doubt. The last
    time I checked, Hawaii was just a much a state as Mr. Apuzzo's
    own presumed state of New Jersey. Moreover, Mr. Apuzzo's
    constitutional arguments are so vague and confused that it is
    hard to tell what they are, let alone accord them any respect.
    What is at issue here is not whether there is a distinction
    between a US citizen and a citizen by birth in the US, as Mr.
    Apuzzo's letter argues. Everybody agree that there is such a
    distinction. But scratching our heads over the status of citizens
    born outside the US is not relevant to Mr. Obama's case, because,
    Mr. Apuzzo's letters notwithstanding, President-elect Obama was
    indeed born right here in the US.  The real issue is whether
    there is a distinction between a citizen by birth in the US and a
    "natural born" US citizen. To argue that there is any such
    distinction is the height of absurdity. Is there a difference
    between the number of US citizens by birth and the number of
    "natural born" US citizens who can stand on the head of a pin?
    Perhaps a future letter from Mr. Apuzzo will provide an answer.
    Roger Algase, Esq.   New York, NY
    (b) Dear Editor:
    In response to Dave Chapman's letter (12/31/08 ID), I don't know
    where this information about politicians accepting bribes from
    India comes from, but I and every other immigration attorney who
    handle non-Indian H-1Bs can testify that without H-1Bs, many of
    their employer clients could not survive. The vast majority of
    H-1B visas are legitimate and are required by American employers.
    Until America trains more engineers and scientists, there will
    continue to be a shortage in these occupations, no matter how
    high unemployment rates go in the general employment population.
    Likewise as to nurses, which nobody will deny are in short
    supply, yet we can't get them what were formerly H-1A's.  Go
    figure.  These are just small examples of why America needs to
    immediately reform its legal immigration system, separate and
    apart from what is commonly referred to as "CIR". We all know the
    system is broken and we need to fix each break one at a time, not
    in a "comprehensive" package designed to appease all. Let's stop
    complaining about how terrible it is to have illegals, or that we
    should just let them in, because we need them and love them.
    Let's fix the present system first and concentrate on what to do
    with the illegals after we have a workable system that addresses
    employer's needs.  If we do it that way, I believe the plight of
    the millions of illegals will be resolved - perhaps not totally
    to the liking of those who view immigration as an emotional
    issue, but by pure and simple economics.  Let's see, pi squared
    equals one half the circumference of corporate jet, as reflected
    in fraudulent corporate balance sheet that provides a golden
    parachute . . . oh well, I give up! But this ain't rocket
    science.
    David D. Murray, Esq.  Newport Beach, CA
    (c) Dear Editor:
    ID carried an interesting news link article complaining about the
    treatment of Poles by CBP and ICE. The major contention of this
    piece was that Poland, as a close ally of the U.S. in the War on
    Terror, should have its citizens treated differently from
    citizens of those countries that do not support the War on
    Terror. Is it the Article's contention then that citizens of
    countries that oppose the War on Terror, like Mexico, be treated
    worse than citizens of those countries that support the War on
    Terror.  Since Mexico does nothing to support the War on Terror,
    refuses to send troops to either Iraq or Afghanistan, and refuses
    to increase its production of oil, should we discriminate against
    Mexican citizens?  So, therefore one supports discrimination
    based on nationality? Also, I always thought ID supported illegal
    immgration by Mexican citizens and that Mexican citizens were
    victims of American racism, but based on this news link article,
    ID seems to be supporting Poles over Mexicans. Interestingly the
    complaints of the Polish citizens, who are white, seems to show
    that American law is enforced evenhandedly against all
    nationalities.
    John Henderson
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  2. Dec 31 - Pass It On


    -----------------IMMIGRATION DAILY FROM ILW.COM------------------
    December 31, 2008
    Items:
    1.  Comment: Pass It On
    2.  Focus: H-1B For Experts
    3.  Articles:
        (a) New To America by New2Usa
        (b) A Child Alone And Without Papers by Amy Thompson et al.
        for the Center For Public Policy Priorities
        (c) Immigrants Of The Week: Tariq Farid, Anna Friel, and Dani
        Rodrick by Greg Siskind
    4.  News:
        (a) DHS Announces Malta Joins Visa Waiver Program
    5.  Classifieds:
        (a) J-1 Visa Program
        (b) EB-5 Business For Sale
        (c) Case Management Technology
        (d) Credential Evaluation
    6.  Headlines:
        (a) Time To Build Trust On Immigration
        (b) Tactics Will Change, But Goals Of Immigration Reform
        Advocates Remain The Same
        (c) Conservatives Look To Flake To Rescue The Republican
        Party
        (d) President Bush Offers Advice To The GOP On Immigration
    7.  ComingsNGoings:
        (a) New Attorney
    8.  Letters From:
        (a) David D. Murray, Esq.
        (b) Mario Apuzzo, Esq.
        (c) Dave Chapman
        (d) Gladys C. Farris
        (e) Robert Gittelson
        (f) Robert Yang
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2008,1231.shtm
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    1.  COMMENT
    Pass It On
    If you find Immigration Daily a valuable resource, won't you
    please share it with your friends and colleagues? We thank you
    for it and they will too. To begin receiving your email version
    of Immigration Daily, simply submit your email address in the
    text box on our homepage.
    http://www.ilw.com
    We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by
    writing to mailto:editor@ilw.com.
    _________________________________________________________________
    2.  FOCUS
    H-1B For Experts
    ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part telephone seminar
    series "H-1B For Experts" with discussion leader Karen Weinstock.
    The curriculum is as follows:
    FIRST Phone Session on January 14:
    ++Strategic considerations when first considering an H-1B case;
    Should you even bother filing with the cap issues? 
    ++When can we use multiple filings to get two bites at the cap?
    ++Discussion of advanced cap exempt strategies (previously
    counted, employed AT a qualifying facility, higher education,
    affiliated with, government or non-profit research, physicians,
    concurrent employment).  
    ++New cutting edge occupations and  combination of occupations -
    will they qualify for H-1B?
    ++Consulting companies H-1B and issues surrounding them: who is
    really the employer? 
    ++Self-employment on H-1B?!
    ++Strategic considerations for existing H-1Bs changing jobs or
    employers
    ++Complex portability issues and change in job duties
    ++Strategic considerations beyond the H-1B towards green card
    options and why it is important to plan in advance and consider
    both
    SECOND Phone Session on February 11:
    ++Analyzing Labor Condition Application in detail 
    ++Confirming that the H-1B employer meets the LCA attestations
    (single employer, required wage, benefits, public access file,
    posting, no-benching, recruitment and non-displacement)  
    ++Actual vs. prevailing wage analysis 
    ++Prevailing wage issues: can anything be done when the company
    cannot pay the required wage? 
    ++What about deducting attorney fees from the required wage?
    ++Dependency issues that affect the dependent and non-dependent
    employer 
    ++What is a Public Access File and what documents are included in it?
    ++What additions in Public Access File are required for dependent
    employer?
    ++How to define exempt H-1B workers?
    ++Roving employees: definition of place of employment/worksite;
    30/60 day rule; recordkeeping and posting issues
    ++Documentary requirements in case of an audit.
    ++When does the company's requirement to pay end?
    ++Liquidated damages vs. penalty issues
    ++A current review of enforcement issues and DOL assessment of back
    wages and other penalties.
    THIRD Phone Session on March 4:
    ++Complex educational and work equivalency evaluations, degree
    mismatch issues
    ++Problematic Occupations: Marketing Analyst, IT consultants,
    specialty nurses, etc.
    ++Representing the H-1B employer in financial difficulty
    ++The impact of corporate reorganizations on H-1B statu
    ++How to deal with gaps in employment, including lay-offs, downsizing,
    leaves of absence, resignations?
    ++Overview of options from H-1Bs to green cards; What to do when EB-3
    visas are unavailable?
    ++Extending H-1B status beyond the normal six-year limit
    including new rules and new policy interpretations
    ++Maintaining H-1B status vs. AOS portability with an EAD
    ++Complex travel problems on H-1B and AOS
    The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, January 13th.
    For more info, including speaker bios, detailed
    curriculum, and registration information, please see:
    http://www.ilw.com/seminars/200901.shtm. Fax version:
    http://www.ilw.com/seminars/200901.pdf.
    _________________________________________________________________
    3.  ARTICLES
    (a) New To America
    New2Usa provides information to immigrants on issues commonly
    faced when adjusting to life in the US.
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1231-new2usa.shtm
    http://www.new2usa.com/
    (b) A Child Alone And Without Papers
    Amy Thompson et al. for the Center For Public Policy Priorities
    write "What really happens to the estimated 43,0001 unaccompanied
    undocumented children who are
    removed from the United States?"
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1231-thompson.pdf
    http://www.cppp.org
    (c) Immigrants Of The Week: Tariq Farid, Anna Friel, and Dani
    Rodrick
    Greg Siskind honors immigrants of the week.
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1231-siskind.shtm
    http://blogs.ilw.com/gregsiskind/
    To submit an Article for consideration, write to
    mailto:editor@ilw.com.
    _________________________________________________________________
    4.  NEWS
    (a) DHS Announces Malta Joins Visa Waiver Program
    DHS published notice in the Federal Register that Malta has been
    added to the list of countries authorized to participate in the
    Visa Waiver Program, effective December 30, 2008.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1231-malta.shtm
    _________________________________________________________________
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    (a) Time To Build Trust On Immigration
    If Janet Napolitano had her way, the nominee to head Homeland
    Security would take a two-track approach to solving America's
    illegal immigration problem.
    (b) Tactics Will Change, But Goals Of Immigration Reform
    Advocates Remain The Same
    Rep. Lance Kinzer, the Olathe Republican who sponsored a
    comprehensive immigration reform bill that failed to make it
    through the 2008 Legislature, said lessons learned during that
    campaign will guide his latest effort to crack down on illegal
    immigration.
    (c) Conservatives Look To Flake To Rescue The Republican Party
    Jeff Flake is positioning himself as Arizona's Republican
    maverick for the future.
    (d) President Bush Offers Advice To The GOP On Immigration
    During a speech to the American Enterprise Institute, President
    Bush gave advice to the Republican Party: "Tone down the "anti"
    rhetoric in the immigration debate, which soured many Hispanics
    toward the GOP".
    For links to the above stories see here:
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2008,1231.shtm#Headlines
    _________________________________________________________________
    7.  ComingsNGoings
    Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or
    fewer at no charge), email: mailto:editor@ilw.com. Readers
    interested in learning about featuring your event or conference
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    (a) New Attorney
    Reina & Bates Immigration Law Group is pleased to announce that
    Robert D. Kershaw has joined the firm. Mr. Kershaw continues his
    H-2B/H-2A visa practice. www.reinalaw.com.
    _________________________________________________________________
    8.  LETTERS
    Readers are welcome to share their comments, email:
    mailto:editor@ilw.com  (300-words or fewer preferred).
    Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence,
    available in our archives.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/archives.shtm
    (a) Dear Editor:
    In response to Jim Robert's letter (12/29/08 ID), I agree that
    focusing on the empathetic approach to illegal immigration serves
    no real purpose.  As a nation of laws, all present with our
    borders must respect the law, including illegal immigrants.  That
    they have flaunted the law for the more than twenty years since
    the Amnesty of 1986, continually asking, "When will the next
    Amnesty be?," should not be rewarded with a blanket Amnesty as in
    1986 and the answer should be, "Never, and don't flaunt our
    laws."  That being said, our laws, in the venacular of youth,
    "Suck." It is time to change them to adapt to the needs of US
    employers who need both temporary and permanent labor "to do the
    jobs American will not do".  As to California, mentioned in Mr.
    Roberts's letter, whose Gross Domestic Product is within the top
    six in the world, with no army to support, I, as a California
    resident for 38 years, can only say to the California
    legislature, shame, shame.  Shame for letting the budget get away
    from you for decades; but, as Mr. Robert's letter infers, don't
    blame illegal immigrants, blame wreckless and irresponsible
    spending, administration after administration, Republican and
    Democrat, with legislators ******* of the teat of the government
    to such excess as to be unfathomable.  It is time to stop
    wasteful porkbarrel governmental spending, pandering to lobbiests
    and their perks.  The financial crisis in which the world today
    finds itself is a monument to greed and incompetence. What can we
    expect now that goverments have been found impotent and corporate
    leaders found corrupt?  Is doomsday around the corner?  If so,
    the debate over immigration seems moot.  Happy New Year.
    David D. Murray, Esq. Newport Beach, CA
    (b) Dear Editor:
    Regarding David D. Murray, Esq.'s (12/15/08) response to my
    (12/11/08 ID) letter concerning what is a "natural born Citizen,"
    I was shocked that a member of a bar would comment on another
    attorney's opinion in such a self-righteous manner. I have simply
    expressed my personal opinion and raised questions but his letter
    seems to have the definitive answers on such a complex subject
    which has never been addressed by our U.S. Supreme Court. For
    example, why did the Framers write in Article II: "No person
    except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States,
    at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution shall be
    eligible to the Office of President ..." Why are there two types
    of citizens in this clause: "natural born Citizens" and "Citizens
    . . . at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution." Who are
    the Founders placed in this latter group and why they deemed it
    necessary to distinguish between the two types. Further, I would
    like an explanation why so many of the same Founding Fathers in
    the  Naturalization Act of 1790 (1 Stat.103,104) said: "And the
    children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond
    the sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be
    considered as natural born citizens." But then in 1795 amended
    that Act by removing the words "natural born" from the term
    "natural born citizen" and just leaving it "citizens." I realize
    this is not the proper forum for such complex legal arguments. I
    also note that Mr. Murray's letter avoids the other main issue:
    has Obama provided the American people with credible and
    sufficient proof that he was born on U.S. soil?
    Mario Apuzzo, Esq.  Jamesburg, NJ
    (c) Dear Editor:
    ID is correct in saying that there is a large amount of hostility
    towards H1-B (12/29/08 ID comment). This program is the largest
    immigration fraud in American history, and the voters have
    figured out that the purpose of the H1-B visa program is to
    prvent their children from living in the middle class by
    importing cheap foreign workers to take all of the good jobs. Any
    politician who accepts money from the Indian government's front
    groups in exchange for supporting H1-B is guilty of treason. Yes,
    there's a lot of hostility out here.
    Dave Chapman
    (d) Dear Editor:
    Now we shall see how the Democrats in both Houses will work to
    make Immigration accessible to those that needs it (12/29/08 ID
    comment). The Dream Act is absolutely a good bill however, those
    immigrant without status should get some benefit if they have
    integrated in the mainline paying their taxes in all respect and
    complying with what each of us want to be free.  In the next 100
    days something should happen if it will.
    Gladys C. Farris
    (e) Dear Editor:
    In response to the fact that Restrictionists have recently
    decided to play the "unemployment card," in a last ditch effort
    to postpone the inevitable, (CIR), I would like to point out
    fundamental facts that the Restrictionists would have us
    overlook. Every business that I know has downsized to their bare
    minimum to ride out this storm. They have kept only their most
    experienced, cost effective, and productive workforce. Most of
    the jobs in our country are created by small to medium sized
    businesses, and in a down economy, most jobs are lost in these
    sectors as well. It is not coincidental that most undocumented
    immigrants work in these sectors. Unemployment is higher among
    the undocumented then the documented, but still, several million
    undocumented are still employed in these sectors. Restrictionists
    now advocate that we fire and/or deport all of these people, and
    give these jobs to unemployed legal workers, and I can understand
    the underlying yet overly simplistic logic inherent in that
    emotional decision. Unfortunately, they are suggesting that we
    force our most important business sectors to lose millions of
    their experienced and productive workers, arguably the "last
    ditch" lifeblood of their struggling businesses, and instead hire
    millions of trainees. It usually takes at least 6 months of
    training to bring an employee up to speed, (and that assumes that
    the new employee works out - a huge assumption). The
    Restrictionists are advocating that we do this at the worst
    possible time, just as these companies are fighting for their
    lives, and are barely keeping their heads at the waterline, much
    less above it. Simple solutions sound good because they're easy
    to understand. Unfortunately, in this economy, we need advanced
    solutions, not simple ones. We need far reaching solutions, not
    archaic ones. We need informed solutions, not misguided or
    misinformed ones.
    Robert Gittelson
    (f) Dear Editor:
    Mr. Guzzardi's Article (12/30/08 ID) may predict there will be no
    "amnesty" in 2009, but ones may also say there will and should be
    immigration amnesty again in 2009 because it's a common sense
    thing to do. Legalize the illegals so they can pay taxes and
    contribute to they system and make them as full member of our
    society. I am really sad and regret that there are still many
    fellow Americans feel the sense of entitlements just because
    they're holding US passports in the competitive and globalized
    world economy not because they deserve and earn them by merits
    and working harder and smarter. Be it in the past or present,
    restrictionists and nativists are the same loser folks who reject
    the reality of life that they must compete with others and win it
    by merits. When we celebrate Christmas and Thanksgiving, we must
    thank God that the natives at that time didn't have selfish and
    racist "immigration laws" as we have today otherwise they would
    handcuffed Joseph, Mary, baby Jesus or Israelis' patriarch Jacob
    and deported them as "illegal immigrants", or the Native American
    Indians would deport the Pilgrims and all white European
    colonialists as invaders and unwelcomed illegal immigrants as
    well.
    Robert Yang
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  3. Dec 30 - AV Rating

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    3.  Articles:
        (a) Consular Corner: December 2008 by Liam Schwartz
        (b) Joe Predicts: Zero Percent Chance Of Amnesty In 2009 by
        Joe Guzzardi
        (c) Bloggings On PERM Labor Certification by Joel Stewart
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        (b) Immigration Officials Curtail Sedation Of Deportees After
        Criticism, Lawsuits
        (c) The Year Of The Latino Vote, The Giant That Finally Awoke
        (d) El Norte - Criterion Collection Review
    7.  ComingsNGoings:
        (a) Immigration Event - Washington, DC
    8.  Letters From:
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    3.  ARTICLES
    (a) Consular Corner: December 2008
    Liam Schwartz presents the latest news from Consuls the world over.
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1230-schwartz.shtm
    http://www.lsa-law.com/
    (b) Joe Predicts: Zero Percent Chance Of Amnesty In 2009
    Joe Guzzardi writes "If Bush couldn't get it past either a
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    (c) Bloggings On PERM Labor Certification
    Joel Stewart shares the latest entries as of December 29, 2008 on
    his PERM Labor Certification blog.
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1230-stewart.shtm
    http://blogs.ilw.com/joelstewart
    To submit an Article for consideration, write to
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    _________________________________________________________________
    4.  NEWS
    (a) USCIS Revises Direct Mail Program For N400
    USCIS announced that effective Jan. 22, 2009, applicants must
    submit Form N-400 and related supplements to one of two new USCIS
    Lockbox facilities for initial processing.
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    6.  Headlines
    (a) Immigrant Assimilation Critical, Report Finds
    As the United States becomes more diverse, a greater effort must
    be made to integrate immigrants into American society, according
    to a new report by a federal task force.
    (b) Immigration Officials Curtail Sedation Of Deportees After
    Criticism, Lawsuits
    Federal immigration officials, over the past year, have
    dramatically curtailed the controversial practice of sedating
    deportees with powerful anti-psychotic medication.
    (c) The Year Of The Latino Vote, The Giant That Finally Awoke
    While polls and pundits denied that immigration was a priority
    for Latino voters, it seems clear that the issue did play a role,
    if not in the embracing of Barack Obama, at least in the
    rejection of the Republican party.
    (d) El Norte - Criterion Collection Review
    Intoxicatingly poetic and disturbingly realistic, the film
    dissects illegal immigration without glorifying or condemning
    those who choose to gamble their lives with it. Courtesy of the
    Criterion Collection.
    For links to the above stories see here:
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2008,1230.shtm#Headlines
    _________________________________________________________________
    7.  ComingsNGoings
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    (a) Immigration Event - Washington, DC
    The Migration Policy Institute is pleased to announce the
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    the Current Economic Crisis", 9:00-10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January
    14, 2009. 1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC.
    Contact: events@migrationpolicy.org or (202) 266-1929. RSVP:
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    _________________________________________________________________
    8.  LETTERS
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  4. Dec 22 - Become A Consular Processing Author

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        (b) Immigrants Of The Day: Mary Paik Lee of Korea, Mona Rico
        of Mexico, and Meryle Secrest of United Kingdom by Kevin R.
        Johnson
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    an inside guide about ways counsel can improve due diligence to
    proactively avoid such problems. Contributors will receive a
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    correspond directly with mailto:rami@employmentimmigration.com.
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    updated outline). For information about the book, including a
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    We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by
    writing to mailto:editor@ilw.com.
    _________________________________________________________________
    2.  FOCUS
    The H-1B Book Shipping Now
    THE H-1B BOOK 2008-2009 Edition, Editor Karen Weinstock, is
    shipping now. The Table of Contents is as follows:
    ++Chapter One:   Interview The Client
    ++Qualifying the Position as a Specialty Occupation
    ++Qualifying The Employee
    ++Meeting Wage Requirements
    ++Lawyer's H-1B Consultation Questionnaire Form
    ++Lawyer's H-1B Task Checklist
    ++Chapter Two: Send The Client Intake Forms And Related
    Information
    ++Intakes Summary
    ++H-1B Employer Intake/Questionnaire Form
    ++H-1B Worker Intake/Questionnaire Form
    ++The Complete H-1B Process: Company Flowchart
    ++The H-1B Process: Company's Step-By-Step Explanation
    ++Explanation and instructions for spouses and children
    ++Chapter Three: Credentials: Verify That The Worker Has A US
    Bachelor's Degree Or Equivalent
    ++Credentials Summary
    ++If the worker has a U.S. degree - no evaluation is necessary
    ++If the worker has a foreign degree - order credentials
    evaluation
    ++If the H-1B petition is based on work experience or combination
    - order a work experience evaluation
    ++List of credentials evaluation firms, web sites and phone
    numbers
    ++Chapter Four: Determine The Prevailing Wage ++Understanding the
    Prevailing Wage
    ++Determining the Prevailing Wage
    +++O*NET, SOC, Wage Levels, Job Zone and SVP
    +++SESA or SWA Wage Determination
    +++FLC Data Center Wage Determination
    +++Wage Determination Through Other Wage Surveys
    ++Practice Examples in Determination of the Prevailing Wage
    ++Chapter Five: Prepare And File The Labor Condition Application
    (LCA)
    ++Introduction to the Labor Condition Application (LCA)
    ++Preparing and filing the Labor Condition Application (LCA)
    +++Online LCA filing
    +++Complete Online LCA and Receive LCA Approval Online
    +++Completing the LCA: Step by Step
    +++H-1B Dependent Employers Worksheet for the LCA
    ++ Detailed Description of Form ETA-9035E and its Obligations
    ++Sample of completed LCA (form ETA-9035E)
    ++Copy of form ETA9035CP (LCA cover pages)
    ++Chapter Six: Prepare The I-129, Related Forms And
    Petition Letter
    ++Form I-129
    ++H supplement to Form I-129
    ++Form I-129 H-1B Data Collection Supplement
    ++Form G-28
    ++Form I-907 if premium processing is applicable
    If the H-1B worker has a spouse and/or children:
    ++Form I-539
    ++Form I-539 Supplement 1 (if necessary for other family members)
    ++Chapter Seven: Send All The Forms And Petition Letter To The
    Clien
    t For Review & Signature
    ++Sample letter to client
    ++LCA posting notice
    ++Sample Letter to Employer Regarding Public Access File
    ++Memorandum to employers on Labor Condition Application
    ++Public Access File sample
    Chapter Eight: Assemble The H-1B Petition And Send To The USCIS
    Service Center
    ++General Filing Instructions (including list of service centers
    and filing addresses)
    ++Sample Cover Letter
    ++H-1B Petition document checklist
    ++Sample list of exhibits
    ++Chapter Nine: Troubleshooting
    ++Introduction
    ++Request for Additional Evidence
    ++Dealing with the dreaded request for evidence
    +++Sample Response to Request for Additional Evidence
    +++Second Example of Response to Request for Additional Evidence
    ++I-9 Compliance, Social Security Numbers and Driver's Licenses
    ++Changes in H-1B Employment and Amendments
    ++How Mergers, Acquisitions and other corporate Transactions
    Affect
    the H-1B
    ++Chapter Ten: Post-Approval Case Management
    ++Summary of Post-Approval Issues
    ++ Sample H-1B Approval Letter to Employees that are in the U.S.
    ++ Sample H-1B Approval Letter to Company - Employee(s) Abroad
    ++ Sample H-1B Approval Letter to Employees Abroad
    ++ Non- Immigrant Visa Consular Processing Information Sheet
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    _________________________________________________________________
    3.  ARTICLES
    (a) Bloggings on Dysfunctional Government
    Angelo Paparelli shares the latest entries as of December 19,
    2008 on his Dysfunctional Government blog.
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1222-paparelli.shtm
    http://blogs.ilw.com/angelopaparelli/
    (b) Immigrants Of The Day: Mary Paik Lee of Korea, Mona Rico of
    Mexico, and Meryle Secrest of United Kingdom
    Kevin R. Johnson celebrates the achievements of these notable
    immigrants.
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1222-johnson.shtm
    http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/
    To submit an Article for consideration, write to
    mailto:editor@ilw.com.
    _________________________________________________________________
    4.  NEWS
    (a) EOIR Announces BIA To Begin Providing Decision
    The Executive Office for Immigration Review announced that as
    part of an ongoing effort to enhance its service to the
    immigration community, the Board of Immigration Appeals announced
    that by March 1, 2009, it will begin to provide a copy of its
    final decision to all aliens in proceedings, regardless of
    whether the alien is represented by counsel.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1222-BIA.pdf
    (b) DHS Publishes H2B Final Rule
    DHS published notice in the Federal Register effective January
    18, 2009, on changes to requirements affecting H-2B nonimmigrants
    and their employers.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1222-H2B.shtm
    (c) DHS Publishes US VISIT Final Rule
    DHS published notice in the Federal Register effective January
    18, 2009, finalizing an interim final rule that expanded the US-
    VISIT program to include aliens seeking admission under the Visa
    Waiver Program and travelers arriving at
    designated land border ports of entry.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1222-USVISIT.shtm
    (d) CBP Says Temporary Visa Pilot Program Will Expand To Include
    H2Bs
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection published a general notice,
    effective August 9, 2009, on the expansion of temporary worker
    visa exit program pilot to include H-2b temporary workers.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1222-CBP.shtm
    _________________________________________________________________
    5.  CLASSIFIEDS
    (a) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
    Washington, DC- USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks
    experienced attorneys with 3+ years demonstrated experience in
    immigration law for the Adjudications Law Division (ALD). The
    attorneys will serve as advisors to the Chief of the ALD, the
    Chief Counsel, and to USCIS and other Departmental components on
    issues relating to U.S. immigration laws.   Applicants must
    possess a JD degree,  be an active member of the bar (any
    jurisdiction), and have 3+ years of post-J.D. experience in
    immigration law. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number:
    COU-CIS-2008-0013 at USAJobs.com.
    http://www.usajobs.com
    Submit a resume, cover letter + (2) writing samples to: Claudia
    Salem, Acting Chief, Adjudications Law Division at
    mailto:ALD.ALD@dhs.gov. Please make sure to note in email subject
    header that you are applying for the Experienced Attorney
    Position, ALD, at USCIS. Must be received by 5pm, ET, Friday,
    December 19, 2008. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. This
    job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not
    in the competitive civil service. No relocation reimbursement
    available.
    (b) Case Management Technology
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    sciences, library science, counseling and social services,
    management, business, commerce and finance, the sciences,
    engineering, architecture, mathematics and industrial
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    in learning more about AIESEC United States and the J-1 Trainee
    visa, please email Melany Hamner: mailto:melanyh@aiesecus.org.
    (d) Credential Evaluation And Translation
    As the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and
    translations, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc.
    (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry - $50
    educational evaluations, as well as $200 '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:
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    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, please contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit
    http://www.aetsinternational.com, or email:
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    _________________________________________________________________
    6.  Headlines
    (a) Immigration-Overhaul Supporters Hope Their Hour Has Come
    With Obama in office, a sympathetic Cabinet and more Democrats in
    Congress, supporters hope to revive a reform package next year.
    But the economic downturn sparks worry about protecting U.S.
    workers.
    (b) Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid Renews Hopes For
    Immigration Reform
    In a little noticed interview last week, Senate Majority Leader
    Harry Reid (D-NV) renewed pro-immigrant advocates' hopes for
    comprehensive refrom of the nations' immigration laws under the
    next administration.
    (c) Hispanic Retired ICE agent Is Candidate For Assistant
    Secretary, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    Miguel Angel Contreras is proud to announce that he is a
    candidate for the position of Assistant Secretary, U.S.
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
    (d) US Immigration Anchors $20M Development
    The United States Citizen and Immigration Services has become the
    first major tenant to take space in Yourland, a mixed-use
    redevelopment near Sky Harbor International Airport.

    For links to the above stories see here:
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2008,1222.shtm#Headlines
    _________________________________________________________________
    7.  ComingsNGoings
    Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or
    fewer at no charge), email: mailto:editor@ilw.com. Readers
    interested in learning about featuring your event or conference
    in Immigration Daily, see here
    http://www.ilw.com/corporate/media_sponsor.shtm. To feature your
    newsletter in Immigration Daily, see here
    http://www.ilw.com/corporate/cross_promotions.shtm.
    (a) New Appointment - Immigration Judge
    Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) Director Kevin A.
    Ohlson announced that announced that an immigration judge was
    sworn in today during an investiture ceremony at EOIR
    Headquarters in Falls Church, Va. Chief Immigration Judge David
    L. Neal administered the oath of office to Jack L. Anderson, who
    is serving at the Omaha Immigration Court.
    _________________________________________________________________
    8.  LETTERS
    Readers are welcome to share their comments, email:
    mailto:editor@ilw.com  (300-words or fewer preferred).
    Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence,
    available in our archives.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/archives.shtm
    (a) Dear Editor:
    Tis the season for all of us to be grateful for what has been
    bestowed upon us. I would like to share some of my reasons for
    what has been a joyous 2008. I am grateful for increased border
    security, increased deportations, increased raids on employers
    who hire illegal aliens and most of all I am grateful for no
    grants of amnesty. I can only wish for more of the same for an
    even more joyous and prosperous 2009.
    KO
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    -----------------IMMIGRATION DAILY FROM ILW.COM------------------
    December 19, 2008
    Items:
    1.  Comment: Enforcement Milestones
    2.  Focus: Deadline Is Friday, Dec 19th For Latest In Adjustment
        Of Status
    3.  Articles:
        (a) Bloggings on Nurse Immigration by Christopher T. Musillo
        of the Hammond Law Group
        (b) Immigrants Of The Day: Samuel Gompers of England, Joe
        Cook of Cambodia, and Safaa Wadi of Iraq by Kevin R. Johnson
    4.  News:
        (a)USCIS, CBP Final Rule On Changes To Requirements Affecting
        H2A Nonimmigrants
        (b) CBP Publishes Notice On H2A Visa Exit Program Pilot
        (c)USCIS, CBP, ICE Notice On H2A Petitioner's Employment-
        Related Or Fee-Related Notification
        (d) DHS Notice On Countries Eligible For H2A Program
        Participation
        (e) DOL Publishes Final Rule On Modernizing the Labor
        Certification Process And Enforcement For H2A Aliens
        (f) EOIR Publishes Final Rule On Professional Conduct For
        Practitioners
        (g) EOIR Publishes Final Rule On Voluntary Departure
    5.  Classifieds:
        (a) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
        (b) Case Management Technology
    6.  Headlines:
        (a) Immigration And The Economy: A Changing Debate
        (b) Maryland ACLU Is Probing Anti-Immigrant Policies
        (c) Obama Tasks Napolitano With Homeland Security Overhaul
        (d) Immigration Report Finds Citizenship Oaths Delayed
    7.  ComingsNGoings:
        (a) Appointment - Arlington, VA
    8.  Letters From: None today.
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    1.  COMMENT
    Enforcement Milestones
    The Austin American-Statesman
    http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/immigration/entries/2008/12/18/homeland_security_touts_record.html
    reports that the Department of Homeland Security released a fact
    sheet touting its end of the year accomplisments. The
    accomplishments listed include  doubling the size of the Border
    Patrol from about 9,000 in 2001 to more than 18,000,
    constructing about 93 miles of border fence this year, removing
    more than 323,000 undocumented immigrants from the US, and
    dramatically increasing penalties against employers whose hiring
    processes violate the law.
    We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by
    writing to mailto:editor@ilw.com.
    _________________________________________________________________
    2.  FOCUS
    Deadline Is Friday, Dec 19th For Latest In Adjustment Of Status
    ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part telephone seminar
    series "Latest In Adjustment Of Status" with discussion leader
    Christina LaBrie and featuring distinguished practitioners as
    speakers - Nadeen Aljijakli, Daniel Horne, Barbara Wong, and
    Other Speakers To Be Announced. The curriculum is as follows:
    FIRST Phone Session on December 22: I-485 RFEs and Adjudication
    - Hot Topics 
    ++Medical exams
    ++Maintenance of status - why theG-325A is so important
    ++Bona fide marriage for employment-based applicants
    ++AC21 portability ++Proving lawful entry
    ++NSEERS issues
    ++Renewing I-485s in immigration court 
    SECOND Phone Session on January 15: Adjustment of Status
    Interviews - Be Prepared! 
    ++Documents to bring
    ++How to prepare your clients
    ++How to prepare for employment-based AOS interviews
    ++How to deal with a difficult officer
    ++Protecting your clients' rights
    ++Dealing with criminal issues
    ++Special cases - VAWA, SIJ, HIV waivers 
    THIRD Phone Session on February 5: Lawful Permanent Residence
    - Rules and Responsibilities 
    ++Responsibilities and possible penalties
    ++Reentry permits ++Abandonment of LPR status
    ++Tax issues
    ++Responsibilities of I-864 sponsors
    ++Special cases - Asylee/Refugee LPRs
    ++Looking forward to naturalization 
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    information, please see:
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    _________________________________________________________________
    3.  ARTICLES
    (a) Bloggings on Nurse Immigration
    Christopher T. Musillo of the Hammond Law Group shares the latest
    entries as of December 16, 2008 on his nurse immigration blog.
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1219-hammond.shtm
    http://www.hammondlawfirm.com/
    (b) Immigrants Of The Day: Samuel Gompers of England, Joe Cook of
    Cambodia, and Safaa Wadi of Iraq
    Kevin R. Johnson celebrates the achievements of these immigrants.
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1219-johnson.shtm
    http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/
    To submit an Article for consideration, write to
    mailto:editor@ilw.com.
    _________________________________________________________________
    4.  NEWS
    (a) USCIS, CBP Final Rule On Changes To Requirements Affecting
    H2A Nonimmigrants
    USCIS, CBP published a final rule amending DHS regulations
    regarding temporary and seasonal agricultural workers, and
    their US employers, within the H-2A nonimmigrant classification.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1219-h2achanges.shtm
    (b) CBP Publishes Notice On H2A Visa Exit Program Pilot
    CBP published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it
    is establishing a new land-border exit system for certain
    temporary agricultural workers, starting on a pilot basis, at
    certain
    designated ports of entry.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1219-exit.shtm
    (c) USCIS, CBP, ICE Notice On H2A Petitioner's Employment-Related
    Or Fee-Related Notification
    USCIS, CBP, ICE published a notice in the Fedederal Register
    announcing the manner in which petitioners must notify U.S.
    Citizenship and Immigration Services regarding their employment
    of agricultural workers in H-2A nonimmigrant status or job
    placement fee information.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1219-notification.shtm
    (d) DHS Notice On Countries Eligible For H2A Program
    Participation
    DHS published a notice in the Federal Register identifying the
    foreign countries whose nationals are eligible to participate
    in the H-2A visa program.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1219-h2acountries.shtm
    (e) DOL Publishes Final Rule On Modernizing the Labor
    Certification Process And Enforcement For H2A Aliens
    The Department of Labor published a final rule amending its
    regulations regarding the certification for the temporary
    employment of nonimmigrant workers in agricultural
    occupations on a temporary or seasonal basis, and the
    enforcement of the contractual obligations applicable to
    employers of such nonimmigrant workers.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1219-dol.shtm
    (f) EOIR Publishes Final Rule On Professional Conduct For
    Practitioners
    The EOIR published a final rule that adopts, in part, the
    proposed changes to the rules and procedures concerning the
    standards of representation and professional conduct for
    practitioners who appear before the EOIR, which includes the
    immigration judges and the BIA.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1219-conduct.shtm
    (g) EOIR Publishes Final Rule On Voluntary Departure
    The Department of Justice is publishing this final rule to
    amend the regulations regarding voluntary departure. This rule
    adopts, without substantial change, the proposed rule under which
    a grant of voluntary departure is automatically withdrawn upon
    the filing of a motion to reopen or reconsider with the
    immigration judge or the Board of Immigration Appeals (Board) or
    a petition for review in a federal court of appeals.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1219-departure.shtm
    _________________________________________________________________
    5.  CLASSIFIEDS
    (a) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
    Washington, DC- USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks
    experienced attorneys with 3+ years demonstrated experience in
    immigration law for the Adjudications Law Division (ALD). The
    attorneys will serve as advisors to the Chief of the ALD, the
    Chief Counsel, and to USCIS and other Departmental components on
    issues relating to U.S. immigration laws.   Applicants must
    possess a JD degree,  be an active member of the bar (any
    jurisdiction), and have 3+ years of post-J.D. experience in
    immigration law. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number:
    COU-CIS-2008-0013 at USAJobs.com.
    http://www.usajobs.com
    Submit a resume, cover letter + (2) writing samples to: Claudia
    Salem, Acting Chief, Adjudications Law Division at
    mailto:ALD.ALD@dhs.gov. Please make sure to note in email subject
    header that you are applying for the Experienced Attorney
    Position, ALD, at USCIS. Must be received by 5pm, ET, Friday,
    December 19, 2008. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. This
    job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not
    in the competitive civil service. No relocation reimbursement
    available.
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    support, ImmigrationTracker
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    6.  Headlines
    (a) Immigration And The Economy: A Changing Debate
    There's a consensus among economists and policy analysts that
    immigrant labor benefits the economy on whole -- and dramatically
    so.
    (b) Maryland ACLU Is Probing Anti-Immigrant Policies
    The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland has launched a
    review of local efforts to crack down on undocumented immigrants,
    saying a patchwork of increasingly harsh policies might be
    violating some residents' rights.
    (c) Obama Tasks Napolitano With Homeland Security Overhaul
    Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, a border-state governor with a
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    (d) Immigration Report Finds Citizenship Oaths Delayed
    A court prevented nearly 2,000 people from taking the oath of
    U.S. citizenship in time to register to vote in the November
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