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  1. H2B Visas - Unemployment rate not helping hotels fill positions

    Hotel News Now, a leading Global Hospitality publication, ran a two-part series about staffing challenges facing the U.S. hotel industry. I was honored to be interviewed by the publication and share my insights on the problems facing hospitality employer in these challenging times.
    With the level of unemployment about 8.5 percent, why do hotels still need foreign workers? There are various reasons, from location to the attitudes of American workers. And changes in schedules and lifestyle have affected one of the former staples of summer work--students.
    The situation is bad for staffing professionals in the industry, said Jacob Sapochnick, a San Diego, California-based lawyer whose practice is devoted to immigration law.
    "Even though they can hire local people, they can never rely on them for the full term," he said. "If you have a large hotel, need 50 housekeepers and hire locally, the turnover is very high. They find a better job or one that pays more. When you have H-2B workers, they know they have them for 10 months. Their visa depends on them working at that hotel."
    The more turnover, the less likely the hotel will function properly, Sapochnick said.

    The second article in the series titled, Changes make H-2B visa program more challenging for hotels, click to read both articles
  2. 163 Immigrants arrested in Virginia in 3-day immigration sweep

    by , 03-23-2011 at 10:17 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The Washington Post has reported that 163 immigrants were arrested in Northern Virginia over a three-day enforcement surge involving federal, state and local police.  Of the 163 individuals arrested, 130 had criminal records: 85  with felonies and 45 with misdemeanors.
    The following video is courtesy of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

  3. Somali Asylee Sues His Torturer in U.S. Court

    A Somali human rights activist who received asylum in Great Britain has sued his alleged torturer, Abdi Aden Magan, in a U.S. District Court in Ohio.  According to the Associated Press:
    Abukar Hassan Ahmed filed suit against his alleged torturer.
    The lawsuit claims Abdi Aden Magan of Columbus[, Ohio] authorized the torture of Abukar Hassan Ahmed when Magan served as investigations chief of the National Security Service of Somalia, a force dubbed the "Gestapo of Somalia."  The suit... seeks unspecified damages from Magan, who served under Somali dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.
    The allegations are a chance for Ahmed to tell the world what happened to him, said Andrea Evans, legal director of the Center for Justice & Accountability, a San Francisco-based center that has brought a number of similar lawsuits.  "We see it as a much broader call for justice than just financial gain," Evans said. "It really is kind of telling history accurately."
    Last week, the State Department weighed in with a letter indicating that Mr. Magan does not enjoy immunity from suit:
    [T]aking into account the relevant principles of customary international law, and considering the overall impact of this matter on the foreign policy of the United States, the Department of State has determined that Defendant Magan does not enjoy immunity from the jurisdiction of U.S. courts.
    I wonder about the immigration status of the alleged torturer, Mr. Magan.  If the civil suit demonstrates that he is, in fact, a torturer, it seems to me that DHS should move to deport Mr. Magan, or perhaps DOJ would choose to prosecute him criminally (for the torture and-most likely-for committing immigration fraud by lying to cover up the torture).  Our nation should not be in the business of harboring human rights abusers, and once such an abuser is identified, we should move swiftly to see that justice is done.
    Originally posted on the Asylumist:
  4. EB-5 Visa ‚Äď Does it work? YES ‚Äď Should you believe all you read? NO

    The EB-5 visa has been available in its current format for several years and as a result there is a fair amount of evidence to draw on regarding its success, as well as some failures.
    Those brave pioneers who first charted the EB-5 route some six years ago may now be in a position to request their investment back and obtain US citizenship if they so choose. 
    The EB-5 investor visa program has many benefits but an ongoing problem remains for some seeking information direct from the regional centers. The regional centers want, and indeed need, to sell places and sometimes they may be economical with the facts in order to win over the client and tempt them away from a competing regional center project.
    For example, if you have a client in a hurry to obtain an EB-5 visa you may be drawn to a particular regional center project that makes a number of claims including that it has a faster processing time.
    Here is an example of a quote from a regional center:
    "Credibility of the State of XXXXXXX with governmental responsibility and oversight means that investors' petitions are given priority by CIS, resulting in a faster path to approval"
    Enquiries to the USCIS into the accuracy of this statement by independent EB-5 investigators resulted in the following official response:
    "XXXXXXX Regional Center petitions are not given priority over other Regional Center petitions".
    Thus the official response from the Government Agency directly contradicts the claim in the sales material from the Regional Center Program.
    Are any other statements made by this regional center inaccurate?
    Footnote: This subject was first covered on August 4th, 2010 at Which EB5 Blog. It is reproduced here due to the statement by the regional center featured above still being used by that same regional center on their website eighteen months later.
  5. Mar 22 - I Want My Immigration Daily

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    2. Article: Adjustment Of Status Following An Admission Does Not

    "Re-Start" the Five-Year Clock For Purposes Of The Moral

    Turpitude Deportation Ground by Kathy Brady,0322-brady.shtm

    3. Article: What Part of Your Oath of Office Don't You Understand?

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    4. Article: Law Firm Marketing: E-Mail Gives You a Big Edge with

    Prospects - But Only if You Respond Quickly by Trey Ryder,0322-ryder.shtm

    5. Bloggings: Mexican Asylum Seekers Form Coalition by Jason


    6. Bloggings: BALCA: Elevating Form Over Substance by Joel


    7. Bloggings: Chinese Immigration Executives Hold Roundtable

    Meeting with American EB-5 Attorneys and Economists in Guangzhou

    by Brian Su,0322-eb5.shtm

    8. Bloggings: Hospitality Immigration - What is the H3 Visa? by

    Jacob J. Sapochnick,0322-immigrationblogs.shtm

    9. News: Secretary Napolitano Announces Launch Of E-Verify Self


    10. News: USCIS Publishes E-Verify Self Check Fact Sheet,0322-selfcheckfactsheet.shtm

    11. News: USCIS Publishes Transcript Of E-Verify Self Check Press


    12. News: CRS Report On Unauthorized Alien Students,

    Higher Education, and In-State Tuition Rates: A Legal


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    16. Headline: RT @Prison_Health Protecting the Rights of Persons

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    20. Headline: RT @calvinhyj: RT @Multi_American: Is revealing

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    21. Headline: Arizona Is Immigration Debate's Ground Zero With

    Hispanic Majority In View

    22. Headline: Undocumented youth declare themselves

    23. Headline: Students Ask for Recognition in Film

    24. Headline: Could anti-immigration laws hurt Florida tourism?

    25. Headline: Immigration curbs proposed in Michigan

    26. Headline: Immigration Amendment Bill submitted to parliament

    27. Headline: Immigration helping in recovery

    28. Headline: Immigration measure clears Colo. House

    29. Headline: Federal lawyer took bribes

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    1. Help Wanted: Immigration ParalegalNew York, NY - Midtown

    Manhattan immigration law firm

    seeks paralegal on a part-time basis (3 days a week), with future

    potential for full-time, to prepare full-range of business

    immigration applications. Must have BA degree with 1-2 years of

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    2. Help Wanted: Immigration ParalegalMatawan, NJ - Fragomen Del

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    seeks an immigration paralegal. Fragomen is recognized as the

    world's leading global immigration services provider, with more

    than 1,000 immigration professionals throughout over 30

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    comprehensive immigration services for short and long-term

    international assignments, permanent transfers and the local hire

    of foreign workers. Working in a collegial team-oriented

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    legal work. The ideal candidate will have 3+ years of business

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    Fragomen offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits

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    3. Help Wanted: Immigration ParalegalNew York, NY - Klasko,

    Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP,

    a nationally-known immigration law firm, has an opening for an

    immigration paralegal with 1-2 years of experience to handle a

    variety of

    employment based immigration matters for hospitals and research

    organizations from its New York City office. You will work with

    attorneys, have contact with scientists, managers, and other

    professionals to determine their skills and background, draft

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    4. Help Wanted: Immigration AttorneyStudio City, CA - The Law

    Offices of Jessica Dominguez has an immediate opportunity for an

    immigration attorney with 2+ years experience to work on a wide

    range of cases in a diverse, full-service immigration law

    practice. Attorney Must be bilingual in English and Spanish. Must

    have experience in handling NIV visas and consular practice,

    PERM, Family-based IV, and Naturalization. Attorney will

    represent clients in Removal Proceedings, as well as BIA and

    Circuit Court Appeals, and Federal Litigation. Excellent

    research/writing and outstanding communication skills needed.

    Attorney will be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-

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    challenging and fast-paced environment, where deadlines are

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    clients. Please e-mail cover letter, resume, and writing sample

    to Jessica Dominguez at All replies

    will be treated in the strictest confidence and references will

    not be contacted without prior approval.

    5. Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys

    Dallas, TX - Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP (BAL),

    a global corporate immigration law firm with various offices in

    the United States, seeks experienced attorneys with a minimum of

    three to eight years practicing business immigration law, for our

    Dallas office. Our attorneys work in a fast-paced, high volume

    practice and utilize carefully developed procedures, advanced

    practice tools, and a state-of-the-art case management system.

    Experience in a range of business immigration matters, the

    ability to provide exceptional client service, experience

    managing teams of legal assistants, and superb analytical,

    organizational and case management skills required. The ideal

    candidate must have demonstrated success as a principal manager

    of a large client, have supervised other attorneys and taken full

    responsibility/accountability for team performance and results,

    have demonstrated experience in training and developing attorneys

    and paralegals as well as have excellent communication and

    leadership skills. We strive for excellence in legal practice in

    a collegial environment, promoting cooperation and learning from

    each other. We offer competitive salary and benefits. Please

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    as an "honest attorney." is a website which

    provides all kinds of immigration information mostly to the

    Korean community. Koreans

    looking for honest attorneys to answer their questions regarding

    immigration law will be able to find you on the list of

    "Honest Attorneys" of this site. In order to protect a registered

    attorney's profit advantage, there will be a limit to the number

    of attorneys allowed to register from each state. On average, each

    state will be represented, according to their population, by 4

    immigration attorneys who will be accepted on a first-come

    basis. Among the 4 registered attorneys, 2 will be Korean and 2

    will be American. Once the set number of attorneys is reached,

    any other attorneys attempting to register will be put on a waitlist.

    In addition, all registered attorneys will have to sign an agreement

    that they will not charge excessive rates to their clients. Honest

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