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Jul 30 - ABA Membership Shrinking

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


July 30, 2009


http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2009,0730.shtm


Items:
1.  Comment: ABA Membership Shrinking
2.  Focus: Today Is The Deadline For Withholding And Reporting
3.  Articles:
    (a) Consular Corner: July 2009 by Liam Schwartz
    (b) Migration, Markets, And Governments by Stephen Davies for
    the Foundation For Economic Education
    (c) Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy by Greg Siskind
4.  News:
    (a) Library Of Congress Comparative Report On Passport And
    Visa Requirements
5.  Classifieds:
    (a) Case Management Technology
6.  Headlines:
    (a) Immigration Agendas Hidden
    (b) Push For Immigration Reform Shouldn't Wait
    (c) Illegal Immigration: A Victimless Crime?
    (d) Utah Law Firm Indicted In Case Of Visa Fraud
7.  ComingsNGoings:
    (a) New Offices - New Orleans, LA
8.  Letters From:
    (a) David D. Murray, Esq.
    (b) Honza Prchal, Esq.
    (c) Olga
    (d) Jim Roberts


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1.  COMMENT


ABA Membership Shrinking


According to a story in law.com,
http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1202432537479&thepage=1
the ABA, which already represents less than half of the attorneys
in the US, is shrinking even further. The report says: "The
association is tracking member revenue on a daily basis and so
far expects a decline of between 2,000 and 4,000 members this
year, [the ABA President] said in an interview. That's down from
408,000 at the end of the last fiscal year on Aug. 31, 2008."
This recession is a challenging time for all, as witness to which
point: at a recent immigration non-profit workshop in NYC, we
heard reports that these non-profits were cutting salaries and
laying off staff, just like law firms. While the ABA's problems
are understandable, there is an irony for immigration-related
organizations, whether law firms or non-profits, in that Congress
is closer than it has ever been in this decade to passing a large
benefits bill, and it is difficult for many to hold the line, or,
in some cases, even to hold on. For those who can hang in there,
better days may be just a few months away.


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


Today Is The Deadline For Withholding And Reporting


Wednesday, July 29th is the deadline for the Thursday, July 30th
phone session of "US Tax Compliance", the curriculum is as
follows:


++Why special withholding rules apply to NRAs
++What special wage-withholding rules can apply
++When FICA exceptions apply
++Who can claim tax treaty benefits
++What special reporting rules apply
++What the IRS is looking for on audits


Wednesday, June 29th 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/200916.shtm. Fax form:
http://www.ilw.com/seminars/200916.pdf. Don't delay, sign up
today.
_________________________________________________________________
3.  ARTICLES


(a) Consular Corner: July 2009


Liam Schwartz shares 9 visa interview pet peeves.
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0730-schwartz.shtm
http://www.lsa-law.com/indexen.html


(b) Migration, Markets, And Governments


Stephen Davies for the Foundation For Economic Education writes
"Migration, the movement and resettlement of people, is one of
the universals of history."
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0730-davies.shtm
http://fee.org/


(c) Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy


Greg Siskind writes "While I think the US immigration system is
badly broken and we are wasting tremendous resources fighting the
wrong battles, I have a deep respect for those in the US Border
Patrol who are acting in service to their country and often
putting their safety at risk."
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0730-siskind.shtm
http://fee.org/


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


(a) Library Of Congress Comparative Report On Passport And Visa
Requirements


The Library of Congress provides a comparative analysis of
passport and visa identification requirements for Argentina,
Australia, Bahamas, France, Germany, India, Iran, Israel,
Lebanon, Mexico, Nicaragua, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom,
and Zambia.
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2009,0730-passport.pdf
_________________________________________________________________
5.  CLASSIFIEDS


(a) Case Management Technology
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6.  Headlines


(a) Immigration Agendas Hidden


I recognize and I think understand how immigrants and those close
to them react strongly against what they perceive as racial bias
and intolerable intolerance of immigrants.


(b) Push For Immigration Reform Shouldn't Wait


With the Democrats in firm control of Congress and the White
House, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is serving as point person for
immigration reform and is showing no indication of wasting time.


(c) Illegal Immigration: A Victimless Crime?


Is Illegal Immigration a victimless crime? Not hardly.


(d) Utah Law Firm Indicted In Case Of Visa Fraud


A federal indictment brought Tuesday against a local immigration
attorney and his associates came as no surprise to the community
of people who work as advocates for Utah's immigrant population.


For links to the above stories see here:
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2009,0730.shtm#Headlines
_________________________________________________________________
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) New Offices - New Orleans, LA
As of August 1st, 2009, The Law Offices of Brenda J. DeArmas
Ricci's new address will be: Poydras Street, Suite 2375, Poydras
Tower, New Orleans, LA 70130.
_________________________________________________________________
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:
Robert N. Gottfried's letter (07/29/2009 ID) reveals he has never
seen a US worker employed based on a labor certification ad. Only
once in 30 years did I have an employer who hired an ad
respondent, and in addition, they hired the alien. There now is
such a shortage of qualified personnel, the same employer wants
to know if we can run the same labor certification ad in various
cities throughout the US, not tied to labor certification. While
amidst this current recession, there may be severe unemployment
in some geographic areas, and in some occupations, there are
shortages in others, particularly in fields that require
experience. Unemployed high school graduates do not normally
compete for labor certification jobs. I don't understand what Mr.
Gottfried's letter means that the DOL should "determine if there
is a labor shortage for a particular position in a given
geographic area". Is that not what they have always done and
continue to do now? Experienced immigration lawyers know the
labor certification process is a sham, designed by the government
to placate unions and make the general public feel DOL is taking
a strong stance to insure American jobs. This is not the case.
Instead, the labor certification process is a mish-mash of
nonsensical burdensome rules and procedures that in the end
correctly certifies the vast majority of jobs, costing US
employers an arm and a leg and much frustration and delay. The
entire concept of labor certification has proven useless and
should be abolished. If Americans were truly seeking jobs that
needed protection, there would be no jobs for illegals.
Employment based visa quotas should be raised substantially and
the free market system to which Robert Yang's letter so often
refers should be allowed to work in America. Forget CIR, focus on
legal immigration
David D. Murray, Esq.   Newport Beach, CA


(b) Dear Editor:
Mr. Latour's 7/23/09 ID letter's point acknowledging benefits and
costs in each side's arguments is excellent, but the fault not
one-sided. I have spoken at meetings of Minutemen where most of
the audience agrees that we need to make it easier to come in
legally than illegally once I am done speaking. For that matter,
most bureaucratic "antis" are less likely to be bigots than
people responding to perverse institutional incentives in my
experience. The sort of people most likely to get air-time on the
anti-immigration side are generally going to be a tad more
stringent. In my experience their opposite numbers exist among
law and journalism school denizens who want to explain every
phenomenon in terms of race or, more rarely but worse, class
struggle. TI admit to the John Hendersons of the world that
illegal aliens create a general atmosphere of lawlessness that
breed camera-grabbing responses like Sheriff Arpaio's, but let us
be honest in acknowledging the benefits of even the illegals. As
Mr. Latour's letter put it, one cannot weigh policy without
taking both costs and benefits into account. For every illegal
claiming government benefits, there is a slew performing useful
services at market prices and paying some sort of lucre (sales
tax, property tax, license fees, even income tax) into the
government fisc. Yes, as Mr. Murray's letter stated (07/28/09 ID)
the law is the law, but American immigration law makes our income
tax law or health-care regulations seem clear and
fair.Unfortunately, I am starting to fear that the odds of
systematic reform of the clunky system in the next three years
are as high as those of the latest recall petition filed against
Sheriff Joe, who is at any given time sure to be holding several
of my clients in custody.
Honza Prchal, Esq.    Birmingham, AL


(c) Dear Editor:
Finally, ID showed their true colors - by using DailyKos, of all
sources, for an entry in the ID headline news "NRA Goes To Bat
For Illegal Alien Coke Dealers." (Jul 29, 2009). It is telling
that ID did not even bother to read the actual NRA letter instead
completely relying on the DailyKos "analysis" of it. I believe ID
would have better served its readership by posting the actual
letter but that is probably too much to ask from the news
organization that completely abandoned any resemblance of
unbiased information provider quite a while ago. My hope springs
eternal.
Olga                Reston, VA


(d) Dear Editor:
Rather than an attempt at: "Striking a Balance Between
Immigration Enforcement and Civil Liberties" (7/29/09 ID
comment), the Police Foundation Report is yet another blatant
propaganda piece, poorly disguised as the result of a neutral
forum by selected, biased and PC correct persons to arrive at an
pre-determined conclusion - to reduce or eliminate effective
illegal entry enforcement by police at the local level. Most
front line police support the inquiry of legal status upon
probable cause and the 287(g) program and a good number of them
as well as citizens would be alive today if fully implemented.
With regards to the R. Algase letter (7/29/09 ID), why is Rev.
McDonald a "decent American" with "courage" and Sheriff Arpaio of
AZ a "racist psychopathic bully" for enforcing the laws, just
because RA falsely labels them so?  Most unbiased persons would
reverse these descriptions and use less extreme language which is
why Sheriff Joe is continually re-elected and such futile recall
efforts as Rev. RM always fail. The RA letter also errs and
misleads in concluding that my racial neutral comment ( 7/28/09
ID) regarding "gated communities" referred to a "whites only" one
and the "entire US" as well. Does the RA letter claim that
opening "the gates" to "brown people" and others will have no
"environmental, economic or cultural effect"?  Why do such
advocates believe that the "white" population should be
drastically diluted by unwise mass entry policies?  Will the
latter then advocate for the "white" minority? As I last stated,
such extreme views and obvious exaggerations, if not
prevarications, do nothing for the immigration cause and only
creates confusion, conflict and chaos which seems to be the
purpose of some advocates.
Jim Roberts
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