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Feb 12 - 12,500+ Haitian TPS Received

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


February 12, 2010


http://www.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/digest/2010,0212.shtm


Items:
1.  Comment: 12,500+ Haitian TPS Received
2.  Focus: Maintaining a Legal Workforce
3.  Articles:
    (a) Bloggings On The H-1B Visa by Anthony F. Siliato and
    Scott R. Malyk
    (b) Bloggings on Deportation And Removal by Matthew Kolken
    (c) Bloggings On Dysfunctional Government by Angelo A.
    Paparelli
4.  News:
    (a) DOL Final Rule On H2A
5.  Classifieds:
    (a) Help Wanted - Immigration Attorney
    (b) Help Wanted - Immigration Paralegals
    (c) PERM Services
    (d) Case Management Technology
    (e) Forensic Psychology Services
6.  Tweets:
    (a) 3 Tweets today
7.  ComingsNGoings:
    (a) Immigration Event - Washington, DC
8.  Letters From:
    (a) Roger Algase, Esq.
    (b) Jim Roberts
    (c) Martha Dixon
    (d) Angie Mercer, Immigrant Documents


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1.  COMMENT


12,500+ Haitian TPS Received


The Washington Post reports "More than 12,000 Haitians have
applied for the chance to stay and work legally in the US while
their country struggles to recover from last month's earthquake."
For the full story, see here.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/12/AR2010021202560.html


We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by
writing to mailto:editor@ilw.com.
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2.  FOCUS


Maintaining a Legal Workforce


Tuesday, February 16 is the deadline for the Thursday, February
18 phone session of "Employer Compliance For Experts" with
speakers Patrick Shen, Ronald "Alan" Atkinson, Don Crocetti,
Cynthia Lange, Priscilla H. Muhlenkamp, Michael Patrick, Shannon
Slattery, Jennifer Sultan and Allen Vanscoy. The curriculum is as
follows:


The speakers during this program will discuss recent Department
of Labor enforcement, including enforcement and adjudication
trends involving the labor condition application and PERM
applications.  The program also will include a segment on audits
by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services' Office of Fraud
Detection and National Security (FDNS) on H-1B petitions. Program
highlights include:


++ Best practices on maintaining LCA and PERM files
++ Tips on how to prepare for an LCA or PERM audit
++ Better understanding of what to expect during the FDNS site
visits and how best to prepare for such visits


Tuesday, February 16 is the deadline to sign up. For more info,
including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration
information, please see: Online:
http://www.ilw.com/seminars/201002.shtm. Fax form:
http://www.ilw.com/seminars/201002.pdf. Don't delay, sign up today.
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3.  ARTICLES


(a) Bloggings On The H-1B Visa


Anthony F. Siliato and Scott R. Malyk write "USCIS issued
guidance on precisely the issue that the post raised; that is,
"whether the companies who received TARP funds, but have since
repaid them to the government, are still restricted by the H-1B
dependent rules?"
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2010,0212-siliato.shtm
http://www.corporateimmigrationlaw.com/


(b) Bloggings on Deportation And Removal


Matthew Kolken writes "After one-year in office I can tell you as
an immigration practitioner that President Obama's government has
actually gotten worse for immigrants, especially for those being
held in immigration detention."
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2010,0212-kolken.shtm
http://www.kolkenandkolken.com/


(c) Bloggings On Dysfunctional Government


Angelo A. Paparelli writes "My point is not that we emulate
Scrooge McDuck to hoard the few remaining dollars in the public
coffers, thereby giving up on enforcement of the immigration
laws."
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2010,0212-paparelli.shtm
http://www.seyfarth.com/


To submit an Article for consideration, write to
mailto:editor@ilw.com
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4.  NEWS


(a) DOL Final Rule On H2A


The Employment and Training Administration of the Department of
Labor published notice of a final rule, effective March 15, 2010,
in the Federal Register amending its regulations governing the
certification of temporary employment of nonimmigrant workers in
temporary or seasonal agricultural employment and the enforcement
of the contractual obligations applicable to employers of such
nonimmigrant workers.
http://www.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/news/2010,0212-H2A.shtm
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5.  CLASSIFIEDS


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(b) Help Wanted - Immigration Paralegals
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invites immigration paralegals with 5+ years business immigration
law experience in H, L, PERM cases to consider joining our team.
Candidates should be detail-oriented, able to work independently,
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PERM recruitment requirements quickly, cost-effectively, and
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6.  Tweets


(a) Arpaio ignores DC's effort to clip his powers: "If Washington
doesn't like it, I recommend they change the laws"
http://ow.ly/16sOW #fail


(b) Arpaio landlord ready to deport him http://ow.ly/16tTy -
racist Arpaio does not belong in USA, deport him


(c) Interested in helping out the #immigration movt? 218 & 60 are
the goal, help pass #dreamact through advocacy research at
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(d) Antis react to #Obama SOTU: Pro #immigrants should have
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7.  ComingsNGoings


Readers can share professional announcements (up to 100-words at
no charge), email: mailto:editor@ilw.com. To announce your event,
see here http://www.ilw.com/corporate/media_sponsor.shtm


(a) Immigration Event - Washington, DC
'Do Migrants Improve Their Hometowns? Remittances and Access to
Public Services' Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
4:00-6:00 p.m., February 12, 2010, Mortara Center, Georgetown
University,
https://www12.georgetown.edu/sfs/rsvp/index.cfm?Action=View&EventID=2728
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8.  LETTERS


Readers can share comments, email: mailto:editor@ilw.com  (up to
300-words). Past correspondence is available in our archives
http://www.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/archives.shtm


(a) Dear Editor:
Two of my recent letters have criticized USCIS Acting Associate
Director Donald Neufeld's memos for unfairness to immigrants who
try to follow the law and play by the rules. Mr. Neufeld's May 6,
2009 memo says that a green card applicant whose adjustment of
status application (I-485) was properly filed, and who was in
legal status at the time of filing, can still be considered as
illegal and can be deported during what might be a very long wait
for the green card to be approved, if she does not keep her
temporary "non-immigrant" status current. The fact that this may
be impossible to do as a matter of law, since "non-immigrant"
status is often legally inconsistent with "immigrant (i.e. green
card) intent", does not seem to bother Mr. Neufeld. The second
Neufeld memo, dated November 5, 2009 (as modified on December 8,
2009), actually instructs USCIS adjudicators to deny H-1B
petitions that were correctly and timely filed, even when it was
entirely the government's fault that the supporting Labor
Condition Applications (LCA's) were denied because of a defective
US Department of Labor database. A third Neufeld memo, dated
January 8, 2010, concludes that employment agencies (dismissively
called "job shops" in the memo) cannot quality as H-1B employers.
However, the memo appears to be irrelevant, because USCIS
regulations still allow employment agencies to file H-1B
petitions as "agents", even if they are not considered to be
"employers". This may sound harsh, but whatever these Neufeld
memos lack in thought is more than made up for in apparent anti-
immigrant bias. The memos should be promptly rescinded. So should
Mr. Neufeld's authority to issue them. Only Congress has the
power to do a hatchet job on legal immigration, not just one
official acting on his own, with no statute or regulation to back
him up.
Roger Algase, Esq.   New York, NY


(b) Dear Editor:
It would appear that my rare agreement with a R. Algase letter
over the dim chances of CIR passage was short lived indeed.  What
is "curious and  disturbing" is RA's letter of 2/11/10 ID on Tom
Tancredo's well received  speech at a recent Tea Party convention
which is seen as an "illustration" of "anti-immigrant bigotry",
"racism", an "outrage", a "rant", and "an attack on Hispanics".
Tancredo made no mention of Hispanics and what, pray tell, is
wrong with requiring a literacy test to vote?  One takes a
driving test to determine a minimum ability. It is  this kind of
inflammatory language, myopic views and politically "correct"
nonsense that gives liberals the negative reputations they
deserve.  If the facts are that Hispanics do constitute the
majority in this category, how is that Tancredo's fault and why
should his free speech be hindered in referring to the problem.
This is as phony as the  feeble racial profiling complaint
regarding illegals where the majority of violators are Hispanic.
The real outrage is the migration invasion that such tactics try
to minimize.  Search:  "Here in Aztlan, it's the people that make
the Difference" by Lionel Waxman; "I'm Just Looking for  a Better
Life" by H. Millard; "Conquest of Atzlan" by Yeh Ling Ling;
"Multiculturalism, Immigration and Aztlan" by Maria Chang.  This
clear comment and objective analysis will provide a more balanced
view of the migration problem.
Jim Roberts


(c) Dear Editor:
See ID below for some serious mistakes:  On Headlines section,
all of the links take your computer to a gamesite.  I am sure ID
did not mean for this, but ID should take quick action to correct
it. Usually, your publication is an informative source of good
information.
Martha Dixon


Editor's note: Thank you for taking the time to
write us. We checked the links and they correspond to the correct
news stories. Please note that when copying a link into a
browser, the link is case sensitive and the use of a lower-case
letter in the link results in an altogether different link and
different news story.


(d) Dear Editor:
I received this notice today.  Please note that the "taxpayer"
does not provide someone else's SSN - the undocumented makes up a
number, which is not ID theft.  I don't know if ID readers know,
but all IRS taxpayer accounts are identified with the nine
numbers of an SSN or ITIN and the first four letters of the
Family Name (known as last name in this country).  That's because
the IRS and SSA reached a point where there were more people than
available numbers.  Here is the notice, entitled IRS May Disallow
Withholding for Undocumented Workers which states "The IRS has
issued a Chief Counsel Advice that addresses a social security
number (SSN) and ITIN mismatch with specific facts. The taxpayer
is an undocumented worker, not eligible for an SSN; however, the
taxpayer provides someone else's SSN in order to obtain
employment. The taxpayer receives wages from his employer, and
the employer withholds federal income tax under that SSN. The
taxpayer wishes to fulfill his tax return filing and payment
responsibilities, so he obtains an ITIN and files a tax return
using the ITIN. The W-2, however, attached to the return,
contains the SSN the taxpayer provided to his employer. The IRS
processes the return under the ITIN, even though it is
accompanied by a W-2 containing an SSN. During an audit of the
return, the mismatch between the SSN and ITIN causes the IRS to
disallow the federal income tax withholding the taxpayer claimed
on his return until the IRS can determine if the taxpayer truly
earned the wages for which the withholding credit is being
claimed.  The IRS advises that in situations containing this fact
pattern, refunds, if any, will be delayed until the IRS can
verify the withholding as reported and paid to the U.S. Treasury
(CCA 201005001)."
Angie Mercer, Immigrant Documents           Joliet, IL
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  1. Green Card Visa's Avatar
    Do you have any insight as to what, if any, changes the United States has made in regard to Haitians residing in this country? Are they being allowed to come and go with less restriction in order to help their families and their country? Sadly, I suspect no changes have been made, but I am always hopeful that the country will pleasantly surprise me.
  2. Green card visa's Avatar
    According to immigration laws employment-based status is granted to workers with extraordinary ability, people with advanced degrees, people whose labor is needed in the United States, religious workers, foreign employees of the government, and entrepreneurs who create employment opportunities for Americans. Refugees and people granted asylum may also apply for permanent residence after one year. For more information go to: http://www.answers.com/topic/green-card
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