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


December 31, 2009


http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2009,1231.shtm


Items:
1.* Comment: New Year, New Search
2.* Focus: US Tax Compliance For Immigrants And Employers: The
*** Lawyer's Complete Guide
3.* Articles:
*** (a) Consular Corner: December 2009 by Liam Schwartz
*** (b) Freedom Of The Press by Gary McGath for the Foundation
*** For Economic Education
*** (c) Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy by Greg Siskind
4.* News:
*** (a) DHS Stays REAL ID Compliance Date
*** (b) CRS Report On Health-Related Grounds For Exclusion
5.* Classifieds:
*** (a) Immigration Law Certificate
*** (b) Forensic Psychology Services
*** (c) BIA Delivery Service
6.* Headlines:
*** (a) White House Prepares For Immigration Fight
*** (b) The Amnesty To End All Amnesties
*** (c) Families Separated By Miles, Years And Immigration Laws
*** (d) Immigration Reform Next For Congress
7.* ComingsNGoings:
*** (a) Share Your Professional News
8.* Letters From:
*** (a) Roger Algase, Esq.
*** (b) David D. Murray, Esq.
*** (c) Honza Prchal, Esq.


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1.* COMMENT


New Year, New Search


In time for the New Year, ILW.COM is delighted to launch a new
and improved site search using the Google search engine. The
familiar power of Google search is now at your fingertips when
you search ILW.COM. The advanced search
http://www.ilw.com/search/advanced.asp
enables you to selectively search the main website, the blogs and
the discussion board. Let us know what you think of our new
search by writing to us at mailto:webmaster@ilw.com.


2009 has been a rough year for many in this economy and
especially for many in the immigration field. With visions of
holiday feasts, New Years champagne and CIR, here's to a
prosperous and joyous 2010 for us all.


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


US Tax Compliance For Immigrants And Employers: The Lawyer's
Complete Guide


Our new book on tax compliance for immigrants and employers
authored by noted authority Paula Singer is shipping now. The
outline is as
follows:
++International Aspects of Individual U.S. Tax Returns
++A Guide for Filing IRS Forms 1042 and 1042-S
++U.S. Taxation of H-1B Specialty Workers
++U.S. Taxation of B-1 Business Visitors
++U.S. Taxation of Foreign Students
++L-1 Intracompany Transferees on U.S. Assignment
++What You Need to Know About Exchange Visitors
++J-1 Nonstudent Exchange Visitors Performing U.S. Services
++Tax Treaty Benefits for Foreign Nationals Performing U.S.
Services
++Appendix includes Treaties/Agreements and Sample Letters
++CD-ROM includes 50+ IRS Forms, 16 IRS Publications, useful web
links


For more info and to order, please see:
http://www.ilw.com/store/tax.shtm
For info/ordering by fax, please see:
http://www.ilw.com/store/tax.pdf.
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3.* ARTICLES


(a) Consular Corner: December 2009


Liam Schwartz writes "Congratulations to Assistant Secretary
Jacobs, whose efforts to create "a positive visa experience" for
foreign students are at the root of the recent increases in
foreign student attendance at US colleges and universities."
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,1231-schwartz.shtm
http://www.lsa-law.com


(b) Freedom Of The Press


Gary McGath for the Foundation For Economic Education writes
"Freedom of the press and freedom of the market are inseparable.
One cannot exist without the other any more than a person's head
and body can be separated and that person still live."
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,1231-mcgath.shtm
http://fee.org/


(c) Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy


Greg Siskind writes "Like most of you, I have been following the
case of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year old Nigerian man
who attempted to ignite a bomb on a flight from Amsterdam to
Detroit. As facts begin to emerge, we can now start to discuss
the immigration issues that arise in the case."
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,1231-siskind.shtm
http://www.visalaw.com/


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


(a) DHS Stays REAL ID Compliance Date


DHS published a final rule that stays the January 1, 2010 date
that states must be in material compliance with the REAL ID ACT
of 2005.
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2009,1231-realid.shtm


(b) CRS Report On Health-Related Grounds For Exclusion


The Congressional Research Service released its report on
immigration policies and issues of health-related grounds for
exclusion.
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2009,1231-crs.pdf
_________________________________________________________________
5.* CLASSIFIEDS


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(b) Forensic Psychology Services
Forensic Psychology Group - nationwide service - 800-852-2160.
The Forensic Psychology Group provides nationwide expert witness
services in all areas of immigration law. It is led by Stephen
Reich, PhD, JD, and Grace P. Lee, PhD, JD, who are both clinical
psychologists and attorneys, and also AILA members. The Group's
experts - all licensed psychologists or psychiatrists - have
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(c) BIA Delivery Service
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_________________________________________________________________
6.* Headlines


(a) White House Prepares For Immigration Fight


The Obama administration has told immigration reform backers the
president is committed to giving illegal immigrants a path to
U.S. citizenship, officials said.


(b) The Amnesty To End All Amnesties


But the current bill, introduced in the House of Representatives
last week, aiming to repair our broken immigration system lays a
solid foundation for restoring our proud tradition as a nation of
immigrants.


(c) Families Separated By Miles, Years And Immigration Laws


When Peter Aldeza first arrived in Illinois from the Philippines,
he filed U.S. immigration paperwork to allow his older brother
and sister to join him. That was 26 years ago.


(d) Immigration Reform Next For Congress


Millions of immigrants, documented and undocumented, have waited
on the sidelines while Congress and The White House battled over
healthcare reform this entire year. On Tuesday, December 15,
however, their wait seemed to get a little shorter.


For links to the above stories see here:
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2009,1231.shtm#Headlines
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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) Share Your Professional News
Send your professional announcement to: mailto:editor@ilw.com.
Examples include: New Position, Honors And Awards, Mergers &
Acquisitions, New Office Address, New Appointment, New Associate,
New Attorney, New Partner. This is a free service.
_________________________________________________________________
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/immigdaily/archives.shtm


(a) Dear Editor:
ID repeats without comment a "news" blurb from a publication
"serving" Virginia's notoriously anti-immigrant Prince William
County, falsely entitled "Anti-ICE Legislation introduced on
Capitol Hill" (12/30/09 ID). The article turns out to be about a
bill introduced in Congress that would try to place some controls
over abusive immigration detention practices and other
"enforcement only" excesses. This is not "anti-ICE"; it is merely
an attempt to save lives endangered by medical neglect and other
horrible detention conditions. The article also states that only
"Democrat" Representatives are willing to sponsor the bill. Ever
since the McCarthy era in the 1950's, "Democrat", used as an
adjective in place of "Democratic" has been a slur used by right
wing extremists to imply that the Democratic party is the party
of treason. I commend ID for its willingness to give a voice to
all sorts of differing opinions about immigration. In this
regard, ID is performing a valuable public service. But perhaps
some procedure could be put in place to distinguish between a
genuine news item, which the above article is not, and an
expression of blatant far right opinion and propaganda, which it
most definitely is. The more Honza Prchal's letters flounder
around for excuses to justify their bias against Mexican
immigrants as "difficult to assimilate" (the same thing that was
said about Jews when my Jewish grandparents came to America in
the late 19th century - the only difference being that, according
to at least one study I have seen, Mexicans learn English faster
on the average than did earlier immigrants), the more they
resemble someone digging a hole deeper to try to get out of it.
Bravo to Lisa for her wonderful letter (12/30/09 ID).
Roger Algase, Esq. New York, NY


(b) Dear Editor:
I agree with Honza Prchal's letter (12/30/2009 ID) that Bi-
culturalism is bad and I agree that with a preponderance of
Mexicans among Spanish speakers, it is harder for Mexicans to
assimilate. A perfect example is Southern California . A personal
example is my own neighborhood, where one need not speak a word
of English to survive just fine, from the supermarket to the gas
station, to the donut shop, to the barber, to the fast food
restaurants, the pharmacies, or to the street corners, where the
illegal aliens hang out, eagerly awaiting day-laboring jobs. I
have lived in this neighborhood for 25 years. It was
predominately Mexican when I moved in and it is even more so now.
No, bi-culturalism is not good, because it separates us through
language and culture, an example being the supermarket four
blocks from my house, where the signs at the cash register are
all in Spanish though a sign on the outside is in English under
the Spanish. Although the sales clerks are friendly and are all
bi-lingual, I do not feel welcome in that store and I get strange
stares from the Mexican shoppers - a kind of "what are you doing
here" look. As to Mr. Prchal's letter's suggestion that, "We need
to vary the mix to both speed assimilation," I agree, and that is
exactly what the Diversity Program was intended to do. As Mr.
Prchal's letter points out, the numbers are still too heavily
weighted in favor of those who can simply jump the fence. Until
we have effective enforcement of the nation's immigration laws,
and due respect given to those laws by aliens and US citizen
employers alike, we will continue to have the chaos we are
currently experiencing. No Amnesty, in any form, will ever change
that.
David D. Murray, Esq. Newport Beach, CA


(c) Dear Editor:
Last ID issue (12/30/09 ID) contains an excellent article from
The Migration Policy Institute on our dysfunctional immigration
policies, wherein illegal entry is relatively cost free (at least
on the front end) and flexible to entrants, whereas legal entry
is burdensome and inflexible, thereby de facto privileging
illegal, relatively low value immigration as opposed to high
value legal immigration. Further, present policy decreases the
disparity in value between high value and low value immigration
by making high value immigration slow and inflexible in terms of
entrants accepted - thereby making high value immigrant flows
significantly sub-optimal. It would seem a rational policy would
put more emphasis on making legal entry easier in order to reduce
the comparative advantage law value immigrants enjoy over high
value immigrants. Further it seems that reducing barriers to
legal entry is cheaper per unit of benefit to the United States
than it is to increase enforcement efforts on the present model.
Sadly, unless Newt Gingrich or one of the smarter Kennedies
becomes speaker of the House and Steve Forbes or John McCain
becomes president of the United States, I do not see that
particular policy mix being adopted any time soon.
Honza Prchal, Esq. Birmingham, AL
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