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2. Article: Plaintiff Lawyers in Demand for Corporate Commercial
Cases by Larry Bodine
3. Blogging: DHS Plans Crackdown Against Smugglers In Central
American by Jason Dzubow
4. News: USCIS Reaches FY 2011 H-1B Cap
5. News: CBP Issues Final Rule On Airports Of Entry Or Departure
For Flights To And From Cuba
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FIRST Phone Session on February 2: Pre-Recruitment Issues
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++Prevailing Wages and the economy (As process driver and
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the job description with the wage, job zone, and employment
category in mind; Timing of PW [wrt to start of recruitment or
filing for PERM]; Ability to pay; Private wage survey Towers
Watson [f/k/a WW], Radford, collective bargaining agreement,
etc.; Validity of PW [Matter of Apollo Consulting]; Appeal of PW
- is it worth it;
++Layoffs in company, industry, geographic region
++Business Necessity (Readiness to defend necessity;
Documentation required; Tips to avoid audit; Business necessity
for "cook" position - excessive experience, Matter of Robertos
Mexican Food; Business necessity for BA + 3 for a "Senior
Software Engineer" position, Matter of Wissen, Inc.
++Drafting the 9089 Form to avoid denials (Employee skill section
and job requirements - must they mirror each other?; Everything
must be included in the form, Matter of Moreta and Associates,
Int.; Drafting form so that all required skills can be shown on
job experience section; Ensuring that all employment verification
letters, licenses, etc. are in the file prior to filing; No
appeal for failure to follow direct instructions - the form
requires all prior jobs that support the application; Alternative
requirements - what is substantially equivalent [Global Net,
Amendment of H-1B if "Dissimilar"])
SECOND Phone Session on February 10: Recruitment Issues
++Professional or not (what to do in borderline cases; is
Schedule A determinative?)
++Advertising media - Internal consistency - NOF, PERM, PW,
Recruitment (Letter to publisher asking for ad to be placed and
proof suggesting payment for ad, insufficient, Matter of Natural
Nature, Inc.; BALCA Affirms Denial Finding Requirement in Ad Less
Favorable Than ETA 9089; Ads listing requirement of background
check not in notice or PERM form, less favorable, Matter of Noll
Pallet & Lumber Co.; All additional advertisements must comply
with 20 CFR 656.17(f) content requirements, Matter of Credit
++Documenting recruitment (Job Order; Matter of Mandy Donuts;
Screenshot of the SWA job posting, Matter of American Airlines;
Internal Recruitment Program, Matter of Sanmina-Sci; Website
posting (dated copies); Matter of Hawthorne Suites; Matter of
EZChip; Signed recruitment report insufficient as proof that
employer placed ads on its website or job search websites.
Screenshots are required, Matter of Transatlantic Systems, Inc.;
Professional journals; The ten options)
++Notice of Filing ("Offered wage" Matter of O'Brien & Van
Stiphout; Matter of Alum-A-Lift; Timing - Ten business days,
document that company is open during holidays/weekends. "Business
days" for purposes of the notice requirement under 20 CFR
656.10(d)(1)(ii), Matter of Il Cortile Restaurant; Name of
business - fatal to application in Matter of Robert Venuti
++Job applicants (Documentation; Contacting; Interviews;
Results of Recruitment)
++Recruitment Report (Content and backup documents)
THIRD Phone Session on March 10: Post-Recruitment Issues
++Audits (Increase in audits; what to do if the beneficiary was
laid off; Response to audit when the beneficiary was laid off;
Deadlines; DOL indication about debarment)
++Supervised Recruitment (Will be stepping up; Matter of Ola
Miami - opportunity to provide evidence of previous work
++ Request for Review/Reconsideration or Appeal (Matter of CVS RX
Services; New evidence on reconsideration evidence that existed
at the time the application was filed, but was not submitted in
response to the CO's audit is barred from a reconsideration
request by 20 CFR 656.24(g)(2)(i), Matter of Techdemocracy)
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7. Headline: Illegal_hiring could cost businesses $25K a day
8. Headline: Immigration ReformBills find critics, supporters
9. Headline: NewHaven Bakery Owner Pleads Guilty To Employing
10. Headline: Trumpeted ICE Program for Catching Illegal
Immigrants May Not Include Some Worrisome Suspects
11. Headline: A call to action on immigration: Local
religiousLeaders hopeful for reform, despite political climate
12. Headline: 33 Arrested on Illegal Immigrant Charges
13. Headline: Lawmaker Dials Down Rhetoric in Immigration Talks
14. Headline: Immigration Voice: President's Vision on
Immigration "in the Right Direction"
15. Headline: Ariz. bill takes on birthright citizenship
16. Headline: Arizona Drops the Anchor on 'AnchorBabies'
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-----------------IMMIGRATION DAILY FROM ILW.COM------------------January 27, 2011http://www.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/digest/2011,0127.shtmITEMS1. Comment: Letters This Week - This week we received lettersfrom Don Miller and Julie Cole. You can read them and comment onthem here.http://blogs.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/2011/01/24_sotu.html#commentsAlternatively you can email your letters to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. Article: H1B and H-4 Visa Applications in India Plagued by221(g) Refusals: Part 1 by Sheela Murthy et al.http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0127-murthy.shtm3. Article: "A Toxic Anti-Hispanic Environment": Rep. LamarSmith's Immigration Record by Chris Harrishttp://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0127-harris.shtm4. Article: Don't Procrastinate, Prioritize - And Get Help by EdPollhttp://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0127-poll.shtm5. Bloggings: Nominate Someone For The Freedom From Fear Award byGreg Siskindhttp://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0127-siskind.shtm6. Bloggings: 55,000 Green Cards for Employment-Based Immigrantsby Carl Shustermanhttp://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0127-shusterman.shtm7. News: USCIS Announces Office Closings Due To Inclement Weatherhttp://www.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/news/2011,0127-uscis.shtm8. News: ICE Updates SEVP Approved Schools Listhttp://www.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/news/2011,0127-sevp.pdf9. News: EOIR Announces the 10th Anniversary of theBIA Pro Bono Project http://www.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/news/2011,0127-eoir.pdf10. News: USCIS Memo On Eligibility of National Guard Members ToNaturalize Under Section 329 of INAhttp://www.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/news/2011,0127-memo.pdf11. News: CRS Report On Immigration Policies And Issues OnHealth-Related Grounds For Exclusion http://www.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/news/2011,0127-crs.pdf12. 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Headline: A University of Arkansas deportation dilemma.detained while visiting his mother. http://ow.ly/3Li5k17. Headline: A Teacher Reflects on the State of the UnionAddress. obama's perfect future can't be reached withouteducation dreamact http://ow.ly/3Li1u18. Headline: DREAMAct Supporters Look into Plan Bhttp://ow.ly/3Li0u19. Headline: Russian immigration lawyer charged with fraud.http://ow.ly/3LhZ020. Headline: Immigration Bill = unconstitutionalhttp://ow.ly/3LhX221. Headline: Obama's Empty Words on Immigrationhttp://ow.ly/3LhVn22. Headline: Church Group Opposed to New Immigration ProposalAffecting Babies http://ow.ly/3LhUg23. Headline: US cracksdown on undocumented immigrant workershttp://ow.ly/3LhR924. Headline: Officials fear being sued under status lawhttp://ow.ly/3LhPQ25. Headline: 9-year-old Brisenia Flores begged the bordervigilantes who had just broken into her house, "Please don'tshoot me." http://ow.ly/3KUbF26. Headline: Want to be seen? Get on our homepage. 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Rand Paul (R-KY) and David Vitter (R-LA) have introduced a bill to amend the US Constitution to restrict citizenship to those born to US citizens or permanent residents. If you claim bigotry, you'll be shouted down as hysterical, but why do the most virulent anti-immigration moves in Congress tend to come from white Southerners? Have immigrants raplaced blacks as the targets because blatant racism is so politically incorrect today while immigrant bashing is still okay? For those who think I'm imagining things, look at the votes on the recent comprehensive immigration reform measures and you'll see that the anti-immigrant votes come overwhelmingly from southerners. Sure there are antis outside the South. But when you get down to counting votes, there is no part of the country that is so overwhelmingly anti-immigrant (at least when it comes to white members of Congress).
by Chris Musillo
Last night the USCIS reported the H-1B cap has been reached for this fiscal year. Accordingly, the USCIS will not accept H-1B cap-subject Petitions. The next H-1B cap season begins on April 1, 2011, with start dates of October 1, 2011.Please keep in mind that international workers who are working in the U.S. on an H-1B visa with another H-1B employer ordinarily are not subject to H-1B cap. These cases are commonly referred to as "transfer" cases and may be filed at any time throughout the year.In preparation of the next H-1B cap season, MU will be holding a free teleconference for our clients. The agenda for this teleconference includes:1. H-1 Cap 2011 - analysis2. H-1 Cap 2012 - a look ahead and projections3. Discussion of the new Form I-1294. Update on USCIS Site visits and DOL Audits5. Strategy session: H-1B Dependent employers6. MU's 5 Big Things to Stay Compliant!7. BONUS - MU's 3 Even Bigger Things to Stay Compliant!!If you are an MU client and interested in participating on this call, please email Jeana to register.
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I just read on Prerna Lal's blog that another DREAMer is falling victim to President Obama's 400,000 per year deportation machine.
Jonathan Chavez came to the United States legally when he was a child as a derivative to his parents' working visas. He grew up in Arkansas and graduated from high school with a 4.0 average, singing solos in his church choir. He now attends the University of Arkansas Honors College.
Jonathan was recently picked up by immigration officers on a trip home from school to visit his parents, both who have lawful status in the United States. Unfortunately, Jonathan doesn't. Now he is behind bars in ICE custody, and faces deportation to a country that he doesn't know, and that is not his home.
Just so we are perfectly clear, Jonathan ISN'T an "anchor baby". Just the opposite. His parents have lawful status in this country. They have NOTHING to gain from an immigration perspective should he be granted lawful status in the United States, so take that right out of the equation.
President Obama spoke just this week in the State of the Union about how our immigration laws need to be changed so kids just like Jonathan do not fall victim to our draconian immigration laws, and yet three days after the President spoke these words another young and hopeful child's life is being destroyed by this man's deportation policies. The end result is that two parents will have their child taken from them.
Many people say that the President must enforce our immigration laws. This is true. That being said the President and his administration have it in their authority to exercise prosecutorial discretion as to who they chose to deport. Make no mistake about it, this President's administration has chosen to deport Jonathan.
The deportation process goes like this. An individual is encountered by immigration officials who may question the individual's status in the United States. Should they have reason to believe that someone doesn't maintain lawful status they may elect to institute immigration court proceedings through the creation of a document called a Notice to Appear (NTA). The NTA contains the reasons why an individual is suspected as being deportable, and the section of law that authorizes the deportation.
Once the NTA is created it is typically given to government lawyers (Assistant Chief Counsel) to review prior to the NTA being filed with an immigration court. These lawyers determine if the immigration officers have properly issued the Notice to Appear, and if the institution of immigration court proceedings is warranted. Once the "ok" is given by the lawyers, the Notice to Appear is filed with an Immigration Court, who then has the sole authority to determine whether the individual should be deported.
Point being, there are multiple steps that must occur prior to deportation proceedings being instituted, and at any point the Government may elect not to move forward with deportation. In all fairness the deportation officers who encounter people like Jonathan are just doing their job. They are not the enemies here, and should not be treated as such. Moreover, the immigration lawyers who prosecute the deportation cases are also just doing their job. They have superiors to answer to and policy guidelines that dictate how cases should be handled.
So who should we blame? Who do you think?
President Obama's administration has issued policy guidelines that have established record breaking deportation quotas that have resulted in more people being deported since Obama took office than at any other time in the history of the United States. This is where the Obama administration is failing people like Jonathan.
If you want to place blame, the only place you need to look is the top of the food chain. President Obama has it in his power to issue policy guidelines that strongly encourages lawyers under his charge to favorably exercise prosecutorial discretion by not instituting deportation proceedings against DREAM Act eligible children who are attending school, have no criminal records, and but for the fact that they were not born in this country are as American as apple pie.
Our President chooses not to.
This is the problem with this President. He reads all the right things from the teleprompter when a microphone is in front of him. He says that he is a friend to immigrants, and his rhetoric is very convincing. President Obama's actions, however, are in stark contrast to his empty yet syrupy words.
So you ask, is there anything we can do about it. The answer is yes. In my experience the only way to make this President's action match up to his words is to embarrass him. We must remain as vocal as humanly possible about what this administration is doing to children like Jonathan Chavez. We must sign petitions, and write blogs, attend protest rallies, and scream at the top of our lungs that deporting promising and hard working children is simply not acceptable.
Most of all, we must tell this President that he has two VERY short years to turn things around, because if he doesn't he will be back in the private sector doing what he does best... community organizing alongside us.
PLEASE sign this petition and help embarrass this President into doing the right thing by stopping the deportation of Johnathan Chavez. Forward the link to all of your friends and implore them to do the same... and most of all don't give up hope because if we scream loud enough they will hear our voices, and the "Change" we were promised may actually become a reality.