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  1. Feb 17 - Attacks In Mexico

    -----------------IMMIGRATION DAILY FROM ILW.COM------------------

    February 17, 2011

    http://www.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/digest/2011,0217.shtm

    ITEMS

    1. Comment: Attacks In Mexico - A video styled "US Agent Killed

    in Mexico" by STRATFOR

    http://www.stratfor.com/analysis/20110216-dispatch-us-agent-killed-mexico

    points out the similarities between the attack on two ICE agents,

    and an attack on some missionaries two weeks ago, in that it was

    carried out opportunistically by low-level gangsters in Mexico,

    and with the intent of acquiring a vehicle. The report

    distinguishes this incident from the premeditated, deliberate and

    targeted kidnapping and murder of a DEA agent, Kiki Camarena,

    back in 1985, which murder became the cause of a wide-ranging and

    intense punitive effort by US government agencies to bring the

    heads of the cartel responsible to justice.

    2. Article: Deferred Departure For Deportable Aliens

    by Leon Wildes

    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0217-wildes.shtm

    3. Article: First Texas Republican Is Appointed To Lead The

    Judiciary Committee. What Does This Mean For I-9 Enforcement? by

    Dawn Lurie And Kevin Lashus

    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0217-lurie.shtm

    4. Article: The Business Of Law by Ed Poll

    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0217-poll.shtm

    5. Bloggings: The Friends Visa by Greg Siskind

    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0217-siskind.shtm

    6. Bloggings: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Targets a

    United States Citizen Journalist by Matthew Kolken

    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0217-kolken.shtm

    7. Bloggings: Federal Government Provides Grants to Help Refugee

    Children by Jason Dzubow

    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0217-dzubow.shtm

    8. News: USCIS Publishes Memo On Revocation of VAWA-Based Self-

    Petitions

    http://www.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/news/2011,0217-vawarevocation.pdf

    9. News: USCIS Publishes Presentation On AAO Precedent Decisions

    http://www.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/news/2011,0217-aao.pdf

    10. News: DHS Publishes Notice On E-Verify Self Check System of

    Records

    http://www.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/news/2011,0217-everify.shtm

    11. Focus: The Physician Immigration Book

    ILW.COM is pleased to announce The Physician Immigration Book

    edited by Robert Aronson. Contributors are: Mary Amundson, Robert

    Aronson, Lisa Atkins, Therese Bart, Janice Bianco, Ingrid Brey,

    Brian Bruner, Elise Bruner, Jacqueline Bucar, Lisa Claypool,

    Kristi Crawford, Karen Dean, Alex Dgebuadze, Robert Divine,

    Goldie Domingue, Maria Fritzinger Elias, Eleanor Fitzpatrick,

    Roberta Freedman, Kristen Harris, Wendy Hess, Dayna Kelly,

    Khorzad Mehta, Jennifer Minear, Bruce Morrison, George Newman,

    Elizabeth Neuwirth, Jennell Prentice, Karen Pollins, Michelle

    Scimecca, Suzanne Seltzer, Carl Shusterman, Greg Siskind, Rita

    Sostrin, Tim Skinner, Sarah Strensrud, Elizabeth Quinn, Hamel

    Vyas, Tracy Wallowicz, David Ware, Nathan Waxman, Andrew Wizner

    and Robert Whitehill

    The book outline is as follows:

    INTRODUCTION

    ++Healthigration: Immigration Meets Healthcare Reform by Robert

    Aronson

    THE PHYSICIAN WORKFORCE AND HEALTHCARE REALITIES

    ++Physician Workforce Modeling: State of the Workforce by Kristen

    Harris

    ++Immigration Attorneys & Physician Recruiters: The Essential

    Connection by Tim Skinner & Jennell Prentice

    ++Rural Healthcare & Conrad Waivers by Mary Amundson & Therese

    Bart

    J-1 EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM AND INTERNATIONAL PHYSICIANS

    ++Evolution of J-1 Exchange Visitor Program for Physicians by

    Ingrid Brey

    ++ECFMG Role in Administering the J-1 Physician Program by

    Eleanor Fitzpatrick & Tracy Wallowicz

    ++Legal Issues in Administering an Institution's J-1 Exchange

    Visitor Program by Lisa Claypool

    ++The View from the Inside: institutional Considerations in the

    J-1 Program by Janice Bianco

    STARTING THE IMMIGRATION PROCESS

    ++Intake Analysis and Considerations for the IMG Client by Robert

    Whitehill

    J-1 WAIVERS

    ++Overview of the Conrad J-1 waiver Program by Suzanne Seltzer

    ++System of Federal Designations of Medical Underservice by

    Robert Aronson

    ++Other Federal IGA Waiver Programs by Goldie Domingue

    ++J-1 Waivers through the Department of Veterans Affairs by

    Michelle Scimecca

    ++Waivers for Biomedical Researchers through the Department of

    Health and Human Services by Elizabeth Quinn

    H-1B TEMPORARY WORKER CONSIDERATIONS AND STRATEGY

    ++H-1B overview for International Physicians by George Newman

    ++H-1B Options for Medical Trainees by Rita Sostrin & Alex

    Dgebuadze

    ++H-1B Fulfillment Obligations following INA 214(l) Waivers by

    Khorzad Mehta

    ++Eligibility for H-1B Extensions beyond Six-Years by Robert

    Divine

    ++Corporate Practice of Medicine and Who is the Employer by

    Jacqueline Bucar & Elizabeth Neuwirth

    OTHER NONIMMIGRANT VISA OPTIONS

    ++Alternative Nonimmigrant Visa Options for IMGs by Roberta

    Freedman & Lisa Atkins

    ++Nonimmigrant Visa Options for Canadian Physicians by Carl

    Shusterman

    PERMANENT RESIDENT OPTIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL PHYSICIANS

    ++Overview: Choosing the Right Option by Jennifer Minear

    ++Comparative Advantages: Labor Certification vs. National

    Interest Waiver by Brian Bruner

    ++Labor Certification Theory and Practice for Physicians by Wendy

    Hess, Karen M. Pollins and Maria P. Fritzinger Elias

    ++Business Necessity for International Physicians by Dayna Kelly

    ++Special Handling Practice and Strategy for Academic Physicians

    by David Ware

    ++National Interest Waiver Overview for Physicians by Kristi

    Crawford

    ++NIW Attestation Letters from the State Departments of Health by

    Elise Bruner

    ++NYSDOT Adjudications: Trends and Blips by Nathan Waxman & Karen

    Dean

    COMPLIANCE CONSIDERATIONS

    ++The Legacy of Kutty: Compliance Issues for Employers by Sarah

    Stensrud

    DESIGNING A BETTER MOUSETRAP: SOME THOUGHTS ON LEGISLATIVE REFORM

    ++Legislative Initiatives Impacting Physician Immigration by Greg

    Siskind

    ++Immigration Architecture for the 21st Century by Bruce Morrison



    For more info on The Physician Immigration Book and to order:

    Online: http://www.ilw.com/books/ThePhysicianImmigrationBook.shtm

    By Fax: http://www.ilw.com/books/ThePhysicianImmigrationBook.pdf

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    15. Headline: RT @DreamAct: Justice prevails in Virginia, defeat

    of anti-immigrant laws! http://bit.ly/hPa5QJ

    16. Headline: RT @CouldBeMe7 Arizona Sheriff Plans 19th

    Immigration Sweep: http://soc.li/a7VfiMW

    17. Headline: Immigrant advocates to protest NJ detention center

    http://ow.ly/3Yiua

    18. Headline: Immigration enforcement bill brings lawsuit threat

    http://ow.ly/3Yi5C

    19. Headline: Slaying of U.S.agent a 'game changer'

    http://ow.ly/3Yi1G

    20. Headline: State funds in play under 'sanctuary city' bill

    http://ow.ly/3YhZE

    21. Headline: Senate panel kills House-approved bills targeting

    illegal immigration http://ow.ly/3YhUU

    22. Headline: Records show ICE backtracking on immigration

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    ReadersWrite

    1. ReadersWrite: Yesterday's Discussion

    http://blogs.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/2011/02/16_ten_years_of_archives.html#comments

    2. ReadersWrite: Today's Discussion

    http://blogs.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/2011/02/17_attacks_in_mexico.html#comments

    To submit an Article for consideration, write to

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    ComingsNGoings

    ComingsNGoings: ObituaryOn Saturday, February 5, 2011, Fred W.

    Vacca of Silver Spring, MD died peacefully at his residence. Mr.

    Vacca was retired as a member of the Board of Immigration

    Appeals. He is survived by his beloved wife of more than 41

    years, Patricia Cliggett Vacca; brothers, Richard and his wife,

    Jo Anne of Vero Beach, FL and Anthony and his wife, Christine of

    Mastic, NY; niece, Courtney Vacca Vierstra and her husband, Gary;

    and grandnephews, Simon, Max and Joseph Vierstra of Kent, Ohio.

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  2. THE FRIENDS VISA

    by , 02-17-2011 at 06:50 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    My friend John Lamb in Nashville has had this idea for a while. It sounds a little nuts at first, but as John notes -
    Giving American citizens the power of granting legal status to their foreign-born friends is an idea I've had for a while but not trumpeted very much.  The idea is, if deputization of immigration enforcement responsibilities is such a great idea, why not deputize the admission and naturalization piece, as well?.
    Well now a Utah Republican Senator is proposing a bill that would do just this. According to the Salt Lake Tribune:

    Rep. John Dougall, R-Highland, gave the first glimpse of his proposed bill, titled the "Alien Friends Amendments," that would allow any U.S. citizen who is a resident of Utah to sponsor an undocumented immigrant not already in the state to live and work here.
    Dougall said the premise is centered on his belief that "immigration is not a power delegated to Congress as delineated within the U.S. Constitution and, as such, is left to the states and the people."
    *****
    His measure would allow each citizen who is a resident of Utah to sponsor an immigrant, provided they pass a health and background screening to be eligible for the program. The sponsor would also assume financial liability for the immigrant.
    It also has some restrictions on immigrants' ability to travel. Under the proposal, the so-called resident immigrant would be eligible to reside, work and study only in Utah and couldn't travel to another state without permission from that state.
  3. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Targets a United States Citizen Journalist

    by , 02-17-2011 at 06:22 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    I bet you thought that if you are a United States citizen that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has no jurisdiction over you. You would think that ICE's express authority only relates to the enforcement of our immigration laws, and if you are a United States citizen you would be free from unwarranted searches and seizures.
    Think again.
    The following video covers a story about United States citizen independent journalist Brandon Jourdan who has been put on a "list" by the Obama administration, which has resulted in his detainment and interrogation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at JFK airport after arriving from Haiti. Immigration agents confiscated his computer, notes, and camera during a five hour ordeal.
    If you think that maybe this was nothing more than just a simple misunderstanding you would also be wrong. Mr. Jourdan has been harassed like this seven times in the past five years.
    Obama = Bush III
  4. OKLAHOMA SEEKING TO COPY ARIZONA BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP MEASURE

    by , 02-17-2011 at 05:38 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Oh Oklahoma, you can't be the cool kid when your lack of originality is so transparent. Arizona may be crazy, but no one disputes that it's the true trendsetter amongst whacko legislatures. But your legislature's  just copying Arizona bills verbatim only makes you look lame.
  5. FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST REVEALS ICE MISLED COMMUNITIES ON OPTING OUT OF SECURE COMMUNITIES

    by , 02-17-2011 at 05:30 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    [UPDATE: You can see the FOIA'd documents here.]
    The AP's Suzanne Gamboa has a great article describing how a program billed as voluntary for communties turned out to be impossible to get out of once a city has enrolled. Gamboa has reviewed internal documents sought in a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in New York, the National Day Labor Organizing Network and the Center for Constitutional Rights. ICE has opposed the release of the documents, but a New York judge ordered the information be released.
    Here are highlights from the AP piece:

    A voluntary program to run all criminal suspects' fingerprints through an immigration database was only voluntary until cities refused to participate, recently released documents show. The Obama administration then tightened the rules so that cities had no choice but to have the fingerprints checked.
    *****
    A voluntary program to run all criminal suspects' fingerprints through an immigration database was only voluntary until cities refused to participate, recently released documents show. The Obama administration then tightened the rules so that cities had no choice but to have the fingerprints checked.
    *****
    By fall of last year, ICE decided local officials could not stop immigration officials from culling the fingerprints. The locals could only refuse to receive the information from the federal government on the immigration status of people they were holding in their jails. Local officials, however, still had to hold non-citizens for ICE if asked.
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