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  1. The Dangers of EB-5 Consulate Interviews in Ju√°rez

    by Stephen Parnell
    We are receiving reports that violence in JuŠrez (site of the US Consulate) is a growing concern for our Mexican clients as more wealthy Mexican nationals utilize the EB-5 immigrant investor program to escape the violence in their home country.
    A recent headline from JuŠrez stated:
    "........ three men were killed in the Wall Bar, located next to the U.S. Consulate in this city (JuŠrez)"
    Once an approved I-526 Immigrant Investor petition is issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service to our Mexican clients, their immigration attorney will apply to the U.S. State Department for an appointment at the U.S. Consulate in Mexico.  Our client must then present themselves, with their entire family, to be interviewed at the U.S. Consulate in JuŠrez before being issued a visa to enter the United States under the EB-5 visa program.  Herein lies the problem.
    A trip to the U.S. Consulate in JuŠrez could immediately identify the applicant as a wealthy individual, making them a prime target for kidnapping or assassination.
    I am making an urgent plea to the U.S. State department and would encourage all EB-5 stakeholders, attorneys, and other interested parties to urge them to examine alternative locations, suitable for "Consular Processing" of EB-5 visa cases.
    The current State Department policy endangers ALL EB-5 candidates applying for the EB-5 program in Mexico.  Their current policy increases the possibility that an EB-5 applicant, and/or their family, will be needlessly killed or kidnapped at the final stage of their EB-5 journey, a journey that they embarked upon to escape the violence in Mexico.
    It is now time that we do everything in our power to remove this needless threat to our clients and their families.
    Las peligrosas entrevistas consulares para EB-5 en JuŠrez
  2. Mar 9 - Out Of The Box

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

    March 9, 2011

    http://www.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/digest/2011,0309.shtm

    ITEMS

    1. Comment: Out Of The Box - Mexican President Calderon visited
    Washington DC last week, immigration was among the issues
    discussed. Mr. Calderon complained about Arizona's immigration
    bills, a result of that state's hyperactive legislature, and over
    which the Federal government has little control. Apparently, a
    problem was the Arizona bill preventing undocumented children
    from attending school. That bill would violate the Plyer vs. Doe
    doctrine, which the Arizona state legislature may seek to test.
    The immigration issue is clearly at an impasse. There is no trace
    of forward movement on this issue in Washington, DC, or indeed in
    Mexico City. We need creative ideas to start making some headway.
    In the spirit of brainstorming, we offer the following ideas
    which are controversial, provocative and out-of-the-box.
    ++Craft CIR legislation that excludes Mexican nationals, i.e. the
    single largest number of potential beneficiaries.
    ++An idea we have floated before
    http://www.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/digest/2007,0413.shtm
    is to link some of the immigration benefits for Mexico to the
    privatization of PEMEX the largest economic unit in Mexico.
    Making PEMEX modestly more efficient will make more sons and
    daughters of Mexico happier to stay in their homeland, an outcome
    which would have the rare distinction of being something which
    both anti-immigrationists and pro-immigrationists can agree on.
    ++To the extent to which Mexico seeks favored treatment from the
    US, the US can well expect favored treatment from Mexico: Mexican
    troops should serve alongside our troops whenever they are in
    harm's way across the globe.
    ++The biggest bone of contention between the US and Mexico is not
    the immigration issue but the drug issue. Legalizing Marijuana,
    which some say is less damaging than tobacco or alcohol, would be
    a way of diffusing tensions between the neighbors - the US
    Congress can do this unilaterally, without needing any Mexican
    help.
    The purpose of raising these provocative ideas is not to push for
    any of them specifically, but to spur creation of more such out-
    of-box ideas to get immigration legislation moving again. We
    encourage our readers to sound off on our blog about this.
    http://blogs.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/2011/03/09_out_of_the_box.html#comments

    2. Article: Form I-9 Document Alert: USCIS Issuing New Version of
    EAD (Form I-766) Card by John Fay
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0309-fay.shtm

    3. Article: New Practice Tips To Ensure Success by Ed Poll
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0309-poll.shtm

    4. Bloggings: FSBPT To Have Fixed Testing For All Applicants by
    Chris Musillo
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0309-musillo.shtm

    5. Bloggings: March 10, 2011 - Coming Out - Undocumented,
    Unafraid, Unapologetic by Matthew Kolken
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0309-kolken.shtm

    6. Bloggings: Twenty-Year-Old Mexican Police Chief-a/k/a the
    Bravest Woman in Mexico-Files for Asylum by Jason Dzubow
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0309-dzubow.shtm

    7. News: DHS Publishes Final Rule On Deadline For State
    Compliance On REAL ID Act
    http://www.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/news/2011,0309-dhs.shtm

    8. News: USCIS Updates H-2B Cap Count
    http://www.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/news/2011,0309-h2bcap.shtm

    9. Focus: The Consular Posts Book
    The Table of Contents for "The Consular Posts Book" is as
    follows:
    PART I. MAJOR CONSULAR POSTS
    A chapter each on - Argentina - Buenos Aires; Armenia - Yerevan;
    Australia - Sydney; Brazil - Sao Paulo; Canada -Toronto; China -
    Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai; Colombia - Bogota; France -
    Paris; Germany - Frankfurt, and Munich; Haiti - Port au Prince;
    India - Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, and New Delhi; Jamaica -
    Kingston; Nigeria - Lagos; Philippines - Manila; Taiwan -
    Taipei; Trinidad and Tobago - Port of Spain; United Kingdom -
    London; Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City.
    PART II. THEORY AND PRACTICE
    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Chapter 2: New Attorney Vulnerabilities in International Practice
    Chapter 3: Trade and Immigration Tightening? NAFTA, WTO, GATS
    Soup to Nuts
    Chapter 4: Tips for Avoiding B-1/B-2 Visa Denials and Correcting
    other Refusal Issues with the Consul
    Chapter 5: The Visa Waiver Program (VWP): Not As Simple and Easy
    As It Looks
    Chapter 6:  Non-Immigrant Classes and Their U.S. Tax Obligations
    Chapter 7:  E-1/E-2 Treaty Traders and Treaty Investors
    Chapter 8: The Consular Role in L-1 Blanket Petitions
    Chapter 9: H-1B "Dependent Employees":  From Labeling to
    Lawbreaking
    Chapter 10: Temporary Assignment of H-1B Employees to Client Work
    Sites
    Chapter 11: State Department Name-Checks and Security Advisory
    Opinions (SAOs)
    Chapter 12: ICE Data-Mining and Federal Benefits Fraud Task
    Forces - Send In the Marines: Best Practices to Survive Audits
    and Task Forces
    Chapter 13: What to do if Your Client's Visa is Denied: Visa
    Office Advisory Opinions
    Chapter 14: A Template for Attorney Risk-Assessment
    PART III. THE CONSULAR POSTS RESOURCES ON CD-ROM
    For contributor bios, more info, and to order, please see:
    http://www.ilw.com/books/ConsularPosts.shtm.
    Or for fax, please see:
    http://www.ilw.com/books/ConsularPosts.pdf

    10. Headline: Utah Legislature passes immigration reform package
    http://ow.ly/4aRGW
    Headline: RT @mkolken Utah State Senate OKs Utahns sponsoring
    immigrants http://bit.ly/dSk1Fi
    Headline: RT @d17r Students to perform SB1070 play at ASU West,
    Capitol. http://ow.ly/4aPCQ
    Headline: RT @RaysFH Mass Immigration and the Dilemma of American
    Unions http://bit.ly/e0IfvV
    Headline: RT @LongIslandWins: What does the Arizona State Senate
    know about US government? http://bit.ly/flRKpT
    Headline: RT @buzzmontgomery Alabama House Committee Approves
    Immigration Bill http://goo.gl/fb/HAxJy
    Headline: RT @cmnnews Students protest immigration bill
    http://ow.ly/4aQWp
    Headline: Immigrants Press for Passage of Maryland DREAM Act
    http://ow.ly/4aQpB
    Headline: DREAMers Come Out: 'I'm Undocumented, Unafraid, and
    Unapologetic' http://ow.ly/4aQls
    Headline: Hammon's immigration bill passes committee
    http://ow.ly/4aQ69
    Headline: Pearce puts Arizona illegal immigration bills on hold
    http://ow.ly/4aQ3s
    Headline: Senate committee reshapes driver's license bill
    http://ow.ly/4aPOp
    Headline: Couple gets caught up in national immigration scheme
    http://ow.ly/4aPM2
    Headline: Chipotle workers quit ahead of immigration audits
    http://ow.ly/4aPJc
    Headline: Johnson County added to fingerprint database
    http://ow.ly/4aPCU
    Headline: Nurse Immigration Book: your guide 4 preparing a case,
    understanding the nursing crisis & recruiting nurses. Get ur copy
    http://ow.ly/45Iop
    Headline: THE PHYSICIAN IMMIGRATION BOOK, reserve your copy
    today! http://ow.ly/45ImR
    Headline: Remarkable immigrant women: Jewish & Italian immigrants
    from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire http://ow.ly/4abh7
    Headline: Remarkable Immigrant Woman: Barbara Schaal, member of
    Presidential Council of Advisors on Science http://ow.ly/4ab7c
    Headline: Remarkable immigrant woman: Eugenia Brin, NASA
    scientist & Google founder Sergey Brin's mom http://ow.ly/4aaU0

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    CLASSIFIEDS

    1. Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
    Cleveland, OH - Margaret Wong and Associates, LLP
    http://www.imwong.com
    seeks paralegal for immediate hire. Applicant must possess work
    experience in the area of family and removal immigration as well
    as strong writing and communication skills. Send resume + cover
    letter to: mailto:wong@imwong.com. All resumes will be treated in
    confidence.

    2. Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    Cleveland, OH - Margaret Wong and Associates, LLP
    http://www.imwong.com
    seeks to hire experienced family and removal immigration attorney
    immediately. Candidate must be an excellent researcher,
    communicater, and writer. Excellent advancement opportunities
    offered, including partnership track. Send resume + cover letter
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    Denver, Colorado - Ogletree Deakins
    http://www.ogletreedeakins.com/
    is seeking an experienced business immigration paralegal for its
    Denver office. Candidates should have experience in business
    immigration law including preparation of H-1B, L-1, TN, O-1, P-1
    and E-1/E-2 petitions, PERM applications, EB-1 and PERM based
    I-140s, and adjustments.  Qualified candidates must have
    excellent organizational/communication skills and experience with
    one of the major immigration case management systems.  Very
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    4. Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    Washington, DC - Boutique immigration law firm
    http://www.paulhaarlaw.com
    in downtown Washington, DC seeks experienced associate attorney.
    Ideal candidate will have excellent research, writing skills and
    client relation skills.  Must have demonstrated experience in all
    business and family immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions and
    significant Immigration Court experience.   Bilingual
    Spanish/English a plus.  Collegial atmosphere.  No billable
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    5. Immigration Law Certificate
    Classes offered both online and in-person.  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. For more information on
    class schedules, tuition and fees, course applications and to
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    6. J1 Visa Program
    Fast, easy application process; 48-hour processing; $995
    processing fee. Welcome to HTP's world of international
    exchanges. We are a Department of State designated sponsor of the
    intern and trainee programs. We are the go-to sponsor for
    numerous immigration attorneys. Email mailto:mario@htp-usa.com,
    call 404.843.0688 or find us on the web at www.htp-usa.com.
    http://www.htp-usa.com

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    ReadersWrite

    1. ReadersWrite: Yesterday's Discussion
    http://blogs.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/2011/03/08_ten_years_of_archives.html#comments

    2. ReadersWrite: Today's Discussion
    http://blogs.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/2011/03/09_out_of_the_box.html#comments

    To submit an Article for consideration, write to
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    ComingsNGoings

    ComingsNGoings: Immigration Event New York, NY, March 17 - AF3IRM
    is proud to present: "Arrivals/ Departures: Women's Experience of
    Migration under Globalization". Five new and emerging artists
    will join seasoned art practitioners at the upcoming
    ARRIVALS/DEPARTURES exhibit. Their art pays witness to the human
    experience of migration, while serving as a testament to how the
    creativity of women manifests itself in all parts of the world.
    For more info, see
    http://www.af3irm.org/2011/3/arrivalsdepartures-highlights-new-and-emerging-women-artists.

    Readers can share professional announcements (up to 100-words at
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  3. April 2011 Visa Bulletin

    by , 03-09-2011 at 10:24 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    The Department of State has just released the April 2011 Visa Bulletin. This Visa Bulletin had very small progress in several classifications.






    March 2011 Visa Bulletin


     
    All Other Countries
    China
    India
    Mexico


    EB-2
    Current
    22JUL06
    08MAY06
    Current


    EB-3
    22JUL05
    01MAR04
    08APR02
    08MAY04



     
    Read the full Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com or www.ilw.com.
  4. March 10, 2011 - Coming Out - Undocumented, Unafraid, Unapologetic

    by , 03-09-2011 at 05:32 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
  5. Twenty-Year-Old Mexican Police Chief‚Äďa/k/a the Bravest Woman in Mexico‚ÄďFiles for Asylum

    In October 2010, Marisol Valles became the police chief of Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero, a small town near Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.  Her predecessor had been beheaded by a drug gang, and the whole area has been plagued by horrific drug violence.  No one else wanted the job, so Ms. Valles, a criminal justice major at a local college, stepped in.  Mexican newspapers dubbed her "the bravest woman in Mexico," but now, sources in Mexico and the U.S. confirm that she has crossed the border to ask for asylum in the United States.
     
    The bravest woman in Mexico is also smart enough to know when to run away.
    Ms. Valles asked for an eight-day leave for a personal matter involving her child and said she would return on Monday.  The town fired her after she failed to return and they could not reach her.  Apparently, she received multiple death threats, and feared for herself and her family.
    MSNBC reports that she is in the U.S. and will seek asylum before an Immigration Judge.
    According to the Wall Street Journal, in northern Mexico, "hundreds of police officers have been slain by drug traffickers who have targeted officers' families, homes, and places of work."  Nevertheless, the odds are not in Ms. Valles favor.  According to statistics from the Executive Office for Immigration Review, of the 3,231 Mexicans who applied for asylum in Immigration Court in FY 2010, only 49 cases, or about 1.5%, were granted. 
    The reason for the low success rate is that people fleeing Mexican drug violence do not generally meet the definition of a "refugee," a person with a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion or particular social group.  While such people have a "well-founded fear," they generally cannot demonstrate that the fear is on account of a protected ground. 
    Another possible reason for the low success rate of Mexican asylum seekers is the U.S. government's fear of opening the floodgate to many thousands of people who fear the rampant violence in Mexico. 
    Given Ms. Valles's high profile, her odds of gaining asylum might be better than the average Mexican's (or even the average Mexican police officer's).  Whether or not she succeeds in obtaining asylum, her case is another sad reminder of the difficulties faced by our Southern neighbor.
    Originally posted on the Asylumist: www.Asylumist.com.
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