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Dec 15 - A House Surprise

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December 15, 2009,1215.shtm

1.* Comment: A House Surprise
2.* Focus: The Immigration Compliance Book
3.* Articles:
*** (a) Central American Gang Related Asylum Cases: Background,
*** Leverage Points And The Use Of Expert Witnesses by Thomas
*** Boerman
*** (b) Wishful Thinking On Immigration And Crime - CIS Report
*** Attempts To Erase 100 Years Of Data by Benjamin E. Johnson
*** et. al of Immigration Policy Center
*** (c) Bloggings On PERM Labor Certification by Joel Stewart
4.* News:
*** (a) DHS Announces Full Implementation of New Law Providing
*** Permanent Residence Eligibility for Surviving Spouses and
*** Children of US Citizens
*** (b) CBP Announces NEXUS Joint Enrollment Center Opens In
*** Lansdown, Ontario
*** (c) ICE Arrests 286 In Largest Enforcement Operation To Date
5.* Classifieds:
*** (a) Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
*** (b) Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
*** (c) Translation Services
*** (d) E-3 Treaty Visa
6.* Headlines:
*** (a) H-2B Or Not To Be: Immigration Reform And Recession
*** (b) List Of H-1B Visa Employers For 2009
*** (c) Congress To Tackle Immigration In New Year
*** (d) Napolitano Insists On Obama's Commitment To Pass
*** Immigration Reform In 2010
7.* ComingsNGoings:
*** (a) New Appointments - Immigration Judges
8.* Letters From:
*** (a) Honza Prchal, Esq.
*** (b) Robert Yang,1215.shtm

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A House Surprise

When CIR does come, it will be a watershed moment in the history
of the immigration field. However, CIR has failed four times this
decade in Congress, and it is not assured of passage this, fifth,
time. So, lets take a step back, and take a look at the great
quantity of verbiage emanating from DC, and try to make sense of
it all.

There appear to be three possibilities for all the CIR talk on
the Hill. Firstly, the Democratic leadership may well be in
earnest, and be determined to pass CIR soon and have the votes
locked up. Secondly, the Democratic leadership may be in earnest,
but may well have difficulty getting the votes needed, so the
outcome of CIR may be uncertain. Thirdly, all the talk may just
be a charade by the Democratic leadership, whose real plan may
just be to talk and not act, hoping that by introducing a feel-
good bill, and then losing the vote, that would be enough to keep
the immigrant vote in the Democratic column. We are not swayed by
political spin, and believe that any of the above three scenarios
may be the one that plays out over the winter and spring.

That said, there is a pattern that suggests itself, and which
offers an intelligent read into the real state of the tea leaves
at this time. Lets take a look at the three major bills that are
front-and-center in Congress right now: Climate change, Health
care, Financial reform. As to Climate change, the House passed
the bill in July, its stuck in the Senate since then. As to
Health care, the House passed its bill in November, and the bill
is now the subject of furious politicking in the Senate. As to
Financial reform, the House passed its bill in December, the
Senate may take it up in January or February. The pattern is
clear - the House acts first, the Senate then follows. The reason
is equally clear - the Democrats need only 50%+1 of the votes in
the House, but need 60 votes in the Senate to achieve cloture;
and its obviously much easier to get past 50% than past 60%. Bear
in mind that in each case, there were plenty of rumors that the
Senate would go first, which did not really happen. On Climate
change the House suffered a major struggle over the Chairmanship
of the committee responsible, whereas it was expected that Sen.
Boxer would be able to hit the ground running. On Health care,
the House had to reconcile 3 bills (compared to the Senate's 2),
whereas the late Sen. Kennedy's committee was to move quickly. On
Financial reform, Rep. Frank was not initially sure he had the
votes for his bill, whereas the troubled Sen. Dodd needed
decisive action in anticipation of a tough election coming up. In
all the three cases, the rumors were belied, and the House acted
first. So, if the Democrats are really in earnest about
immigration reform, perhaps the secret game plan is to move a
House bill, not a Senate bill. On the other hand, if the
Democratic leadership intends to mostly talk, and then lose the
vote on the floor, the Senate may be the best place to play the
drama out before the country. The final possibility is that the
Democratic leadership may well have their plate full with the
three major bills on the plate currently, and have no game plan
on major legislation for the late winter/early spring. Events
between now and the State of the Union speech coming up in
January should shed some light on what the Democratic leadership
really intends to do.

Rep. Gutierrez is poised to unfurl his CIR bill tomorrow, his
bill appears to be supported by the Asian Pacific American caucus
(23 representatives), the Hispanic caucus (24 representatives),
the Black caucus (43 representatives) and the Progressive caucus
(79 representatives). This offers the House Democratic leadership
an option to proceed in the near future, either with Mr.
Gutierrez's bill, or with another bill that has been kept
secretly on ice all along. We urge Chairman Conyers and
Chairwoman Lofgren to warm up their gavels and get ready to
deliver immigration benefits.

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by
writing to

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(a) Central American Gang Related Asylum Cases: Background,
Leverage Points And The Use Of Expert Witnesses

Thomas Boerman writes "Given current case law there is a
widespread belief that Central American gang related cases are
essentially unwinnable.",1215-boerman.shtm,1215-boerman.shtm#bio

(b) Wishful Thinking On Immigration And Crime - CIS Report
Attempts To Erase 100 Years Of Data

Benjamin E. Johnson et. al of Immigration Policy Center write "A
new report from the restrictionist group, Center for Immigration
Studies, Immigration and Crime: Assessing a Conflicted Issue,
attempts to overturn a century's worth of research which has
demonstrated repeatedly that immigrants are less likely than the
native-born to commit violent crimes or end up behind bars.",1215-johnson.shtm

Bloggings On PERM Labor Certification

Joel Stewart writes "If the job requirements do exceed these
levels, the employer must show a business necessity by demonstrating
the job duties and requirements bear a reasonable relationship to
the occupation in the context of the employer's business and are
essential to perform the job in a reasonable manner.",1215-stewart.shtm

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4.* NEWS

(a) DHS Announces Full Implementation of New Law Providing
Permanent Residence Eligibility for Surviving Spouses and
Children of US Citizens

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and USCIS Director Alejandro
Mayorkas today announced that DHS has fully implemented recent
legislation allowing USCIS to approve immigrant petitions for
permanent resident status in the US filed by or on behalf of
widows and widowers of US citizens and their unmarried children
under 21 years old.,1215-napolitano.shtm

(b) CBP Announces NEXUS Joint Enrollment Center Opens In
Lansdown, Ontario

CBP announced that the new Lansdown, Ontario center will
compliment the existing center in Champlain, N.Y. to service the
northern areas of New York State.,1215-NEXUS.shtm

(c) ICE Arrests 286 In Largest Enforcement Operation To Date

ICE announced that nearly 300 foreign nationals with criminal
records have been removed from the US or are facing deportation
following a three-day enforcement surge in California, making it
the biggest operation targeting at large criminal aliens ever
carried out by ICE.,1215-286.shtm

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6.* Headlines

(a) H-2B Or Not To Be: Immigration Reform And Recession

There is always a great deal of clamor from opponents of
immigration reform, but never as much as in times of economic

(b) List Of H-1B Visa Employers For 2009

This database shows all employers who received approval from the
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for new H-1B visas in
federal fiscal year 2009.

(c) Congress To Tackle Immigration In New Year

The House of Representatives has already passed bills on climate
change and health care and is ready for its next big challenge:
immigration reform.

(d) Napolitano Insists On Obama's Commitment To Pass Immigration
Reform In 2010

Homeland Security Sec. Janet Napolitano last week renewed the
Obama administration's promise that it will deal with immigration
reform early next year, political calculations in an election
year nothwithstanding.

For links to the above stories see here:,1215.shtm#Headlines
7.* ComingsNGoings

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(a) New Appointments - Immigration Judges
The Executive Office for Immigration Review announced that six
immigration judges were sworn in during an investiture ceremony
in San Diego on Dec. 11, 2009. Charlotte Immigration Court: Barry
J. Pettinato; Lancaster Immigration Court: David H. Burke;* Los
Angeles Immigration Court: Joyce A. Bakke Varzandeh, Monica M.
Little, Tara Naselow-Nahas, Kevin W. Riley.

Readers can share comments, email:* (up to
300-words). Past correspondence is available in our archives

(a) Dear Editor:
Jay McTier's letter (12/10/09 ID) makes the point that our laws
and institutions, including our immigration laws, generally
reflect and ought to reflect the needs of our society. I like
"the born-here, citizen-here princip[le]" but recognize it is not
sacred. Immigration is not a Constitutional right and our
immigration needs are not just confined to economic growth. There
is a cultural element, which is one reason almost no one objects
to Poles, Irishmen or Japanese immigrating here - they tend to be
well educated and assimilated into first world ways first of all,
and their peoples now very rapidly assimilate into commonly
American behaviors. We can certainly adjust the incentives of our
immigration system to attract more top performers and rapid
assimilators without injuring those championed by the rights of
Sergei Sheplov, Americans with ties to potential and actual
immigrants. Pace Mr. Yang, he likely would not have moved here if
the culture of the varied native Americans, with its
frighteningly common slaving empires and ritualized torture had
prevailed over the culture of our English immigrants in the
Colonial period, and ancient cultures were rarely as open to
foreigners as this nation is except in bazaars. Anglo cultures
generally are very attractive to people as varied as the late Sun
Yat Sen, Benjamin Netanyahu and Nelson Mandela, America's version
of same even more so.* Just because all creeds, cultures and
colors can participate in it does not mean all do so equally
well, and gaming the immigration system to make our country
capable of accepting higher numbers of immigrants by tweaking
characteristics we select for (and that can legitimately include
country of origin, or limiting any one country of origin from
getting a share sufficient to be able to establish slow-
assimilating ghettos) is not an inherently evil or
unconstitutional idea even if one thinks it unpalatable or unwise.
Honza Prchal, Esq.* Birmingham, AL

(b) Dear Editor:
I suggest anyone to stop using Biblical or other religious
references in this debate. Nothing more ridiculous that at the
end many can prove that those religious references are in fact
can be self contradictory. Jesus says forgive and love your
enemies, shares your belongings to the poor, no to violence and
he himself was a refugee in Egypt so were his ancestors and
ordered his disciples to spread out the Gospel to entire mankind
for The Kingdom of God. Politically, Jesus was indeed a
socialist, pacifist, liberal and globalist in one not a gun
toting, selfish, greedy, racist, holier than thou hypocritical,
ignorant, xenophobe and close minded Republican. The Bible
suggests persecution and death penalty for gays, unruly kids,
prostitutes and adulterers and many others, shall we follow this
order today at 21st century. What about those prayers to heal any
sickness ? So, why we bother to have scientific medical
researches then ? Religious nuts only bring our humanity to
sectarian wars, hatred, ignorant and dark ages again. It's time
for us here to contribute common sense, fair and human solution
for our immigration chaos without blaming the poor folks from the
other sides of this planet trying to fix their life and selling
the fruits of their labor for better wages. We can't stay silent
also when our elected officials are wasting our money on non
sense wars, unstainable, inflationary economy and financial
policies and reckless spending and bailouts to the bankers and
their well connected Wall St. buddies while we're drowning in
debts and blood ******* usurious practices.
Robert Yang
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