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    by , 08-04-2008 at 07:47 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)

    OK, Chris Liwski is not just representing America's immigrants in Beijing. The Canadian-born rower will be representing America's lawyers as well. As far as I know, he's the only lawyer competing as an Olympic athlete. The 2007 Boston University Law School grad is currently clerking remotely for Johnson & Johnson. Presumably, he has other distractions right now (like the pursuit of a gold medal).

    That Liwski was able to win bronze and gold medals at the 2006 and 2007 world championships is incredibly impressive in and of itself. That he could do it while he was a law student is just amazing. Before the law degree, by the way, he went abroad and earned a master's degree in environmental policy at Oxford.

    Good luck Chris from all of your fellow attorneys here in America!
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    by , 08-03-2008 at 07:32 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)

    If some of the politicians who proudly espouse their religious faith actually looked to their faith to help guide them on immigration policy, how different things might be today. A new book on immigration and the Christian faith discusses what the Old and New Testaments have to say on the issue.  The book is Christians at the Border by M. Daniel Carroll.
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    by , 08-01-2008 at 03:28 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    On September 30th, one of the major religious worker green card categories expires. Cases not adjudicated by that date will automatically be voided and applicants with pending adjustment applications could have their petitions denied and instantly be considered illegally present in the US. In past years when a sunset was approaching on this category, the old INS would expedite processing. Hopefully, they'll do so again. Here's a letter from a number of different religious communities urging they do so again:

    Religious Organizations Urge USCIS to Expedite Religious Worker petitions - Free Legal Forms
  4. UH, YEAH

    by , 08-01-2008 at 02:57 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Gee, the late night talk show host jokes can literally write themselves with this one. ICE has announced a brilliant new program to "encourage" illegally present immigrants to report for deportation.

    Here's ICE head Julie Myers description of the grand plan:Myers told the network that "Operation Scheduled Departure" will
    allow illegal immigrants without criminal records a chance to literally
    "self-deport" by turning themselves in to her agents.

    She said the idea derived from a common complaint voiced by
    immigrant detainees: If given the opportunity, they'd rather just go
    home than be holed up in immigration prisons.

    Under the new program, those still walking free will have the chance
    to walk into ICE offices, be processed and get a few weeks to arrange
    their affairs, pack their belongings and ship out of the country
    without being detained.

    The American Immigration Lawyers Association had its own take on the announcement.

    Of course, if someone wants to leave the country, there's an easier way. It's called Greyhound.

    Thanks, by the way, to reader Nitin for the post suggestion.

    by , 08-01-2008 at 02:39 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)

    La Punta, Peru native Giuseppe Lanzone immigrated as a teenager with his family after his mother secured a work visa opportunity in Virginia. Lanzone's story is not unusual. A lot of children whose parents come to the US to work are able to prosper in our very welcoming country.

    Giuseppe will make his Olympic debut in Beijing. But he's got some wind at his back, something which doesn't hurt in the sport of rowing. He and his three teammates just won a Bronze medal at the 2008 rowing World Cup in Lucerne. Giuseppe is also one of Team USA's blogging athletes. You can learn a little about him here.

    He's a recently naturalized US citizen despite his having been in the US for more than a decade. NBC has an amusing account of the rush to get sworn in:After graduating college, Lanzone returned to Peru for a couple of
    months, as he hadn't spent significant time there since he left at age
    15. When he returned to the U.S., he showed up at Princeton to train
    with the national team. While he was aiming to make the world
    championship team in 2006, Lanzone had other things to worry about as
    well, namely, the status of his citizenship. He made the worlds' team,
    but needed a U.S. passport in order to compete. Two days before the
    crew left for Eton, Great Britain, Lanzone got a call from his high
    school coach, Jim Mitchell, who told him he had to get to Washington
    D.C. that afternoon because his citizenship had gone through. "It takes
    about three-and-a-half hours to get to D.C. from Princeton," Lanzone
    said. "I got there in two hours and forty-five minutes." Changing in
    the parking lot, Lanzone had his interview and took the test, passing
    with a perfect score. "I was sworn in the next morning, they gave me my
    passport, and I drove back to Princeton for practice that afternoon."Giuseppe was a bit of a fashion model on the Today Show a few months back. You can see him modeling the Team USA's Closing Ceremonies outfit and being congratulated on his US citizenship by Ann Curry.

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