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


July 17, 2009


http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2009,0717.shtm


Items:
1.* Comment: USCIS Website Improvement
2.* Focus: The Immigration Compliance Book
3.* Articles:
*** (a) Bloggings On Nurse and Allied Health Immigration by
*** Christopher T. Musillo
*** (b) Bloggings on Updates in Immigration Law by Carl
*** Shusterman
4.* News:
*** (a) Neufeld Memo On P1 Essential Support Personnel
5.* Classifieds:
*** (a) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
*** (b) Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
*** (c) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
*** (d) Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
*** (e) Case Management Technology
*** (f) Translation Services
6.* Headlines:
*** (a) U.S. Sen. Grassley: DHS Hampers State And Local Law
*** Enforcement's Ability To Apprehend Illegal Aliens
*** (b) Ex-Judge Accused of Filing False Immigration Forms,
*** Bilking Clients
*** (c) Visa Doubts: But Schumer Promising Reform Bill By Labor
*** Day
*** (d) Few Options For Veterans Who Await Deportation
7.* ComingsNGoings:
*** (a) Immigration Event - Washington, DC
8.* Letters From:
*** (a) Edward R. Litwin, Esq.
*** (b) Susanna Bogue, Esq.
*** (c) Dave
*** (d) Robert Yang
*** (e) Gladys C. Farris
*** (f) Jyoti Baidslonolyant


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1.* COMMENT


USCIS Website Improvement


USCIS is conducting a "online site improvement survey"
http://officeofcommunications.optimalsort.com/ocomm/
which will take "approximately 20-30 minutes to complete".
Puzzlingly, the survey page claims that "Your information will
help us to analyze the results of this survey" - obviously a
drafting error. Lawyers apparently have to claim to be AILA
"representatives" to respond. We have not been thru the rest of
the survey, but with such a start page, other gems are likely,
perhaps our readers will send some of these in thru letters to us
in the coming days. In the past, we have congratulated USCIS
publicly for a well-designed website, our kudos are in the
Immigration Daily archives. We hope that this survey represents
an aberration, and that USCIS will indeed make its website
increasingly well organized and user-friendly. The immigration
bar relies on the web just as much as everyone else online, and
USCIS would be doing a service to the bar by taking the bar's
input in redesigning its website.


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


The Immigration Compliance Book


The Immigration Compliance Book, Editors Angelo A. Paparelli, L.
Batya Schwartz Ehrens, and Dan Siciliano features the following:


++Sections: Understanding I-9 Concepts, I-9 Advanced Topics,
Employer E-Verify Considerations, E-Verify Advanced Topics, DHS
Enforcement Through ICE Raids and Audits, Specialty Topics
++Sample Proposed I-9 Policy and Procedures, Sample Form I-9
Verification Procedures - Guideline for Employers, Sample
Checklist for I-9 Audit and Correction Guidelines
++Critical Resource Materials: Selected Statutory Provisions,
USCIS Memos, Executive Orders, USCIS Publications on I-9s and E-
Verify, USCIS Press Releases/Q&As/FAQs, etc
++Resource Materials on CD-ROM: 100+ Relevant Cases from OCAHO,
BIA, Federal District and Circuit Courts, Important Statutes,
Regulations, Forms, Weblinks, etc.
++750+ pages, 850+ footnotes
++33 authors: Adam Ketcher, Angelo A. Paparelli, Bonnie K.
Gibson, Cynthia Lange, Cyrus D. Mehta, Dan Siciliano, Douglas D.
Hauer, Francis E. Chin, Greg Wald, Jason Burritt, Jay Jorgensen,
John Fay, Johanna Marmon, Julie Pearl, Justin A. Rymer, Kevin
Lashus, Kristin Major, L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens, Laura Danielson,
Loan Huynh, Lynn O. Tarran, Maggie Murphy, Matthew Warren,
Michael Patrick, Michael J. Wildes, Olivia M. Sanson, Philip C.
Curtis, Richard Gump, Robert F. Loughran, Steve Trow, Susanne C.
Heubel, Susan Kelly, Vinh C. Trieu


For more info on this book, see here (
http://www.ilw.com/store/TheImmigrationComplianceBook.shtm
fax version, see here).
http://www.ilw.com/store/TheImmigrationComplianceBook.pdf
_________________________________________________________________
3.* ARTICLES


(a) Bloggings On Nurse and Allied Health Immigration


Christopher T. Musillo writes "Predicting the progression of Visa
Bulletin dates is a somewhat impossible exercise."
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0717-musillo.shtm
http://www.muimmigration.com/


(b) Bloggings on Updates in Immigration Law


Carl Shusterman writes "History tends to repeat itself, and this
is no exception.* Back in 1994, a bunch of zealots put anti-
immigrant Proposition 187 on the ballot."
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0717-shusterman.shtm
http://shusterman.com/firm-bio.html


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


(a) Neufeld Memo On P1 Essential Support Personnel


USCIS Acting Associate Director, Domestic Operations Neufeld
issued a memo on procedures for applying the period of authorized
stay for P-1s nonimmigrant individual athletes' essential support
personnel.
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2009,0717-neufeld.pdf
_________________________________________________________________
5.* CLASSIFIEDS


(a) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Midtown Manhattan - Boutique law firm seeks two attorneys:* 1)
Senior attorney with 3-7 years experience to manage own caseload
of employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visa petitions
for a wide range of professionals, including research scientists,
artists/designers, athletes, IT professionals, etc, family-based
petitions, motions & EOIR matters. May also handle some
litigation matters. 2) Junior attorney with 1-3 years experience
to assist Senior attorney with business & family immigration
matters and handle personal injury/no fault and matrimonial
litigation.* This position requires admission to NY Bar;
admission to NJ Bar is a +. Both positions require great
initiative and follow-through, as well as excellent writing and
interpersonal skills.* Ideal candidates will have graduated in
the top 1/3 of their class and have Journal experience.* Salary
DOE. Please email cover letter and CV to
mailto:mcohen@cohenlawfirm.com.


(b) Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Downtown Washington, DC (K Street area) - Fast-paced boutique
immigration law firm
http://www.immigrationgroup.com/
seeks legal assistants. 1-2 yrs exp req.d in business/family
immigration law.* Interesting work and clientele; no timesheets;
latest technology; competitive salary and benefits (401K, health
insurance, paid vacation, etc). Successful applicants will be
detail-oriented, able to handle volume, highly organized and
strong communicators.* Email resume, cover letter and salary reqs
to mailto:jobs@immigrationgroup.com. No calls please. EOE.


(c) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Lincoln, Nebraska - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks
an experienced attorney for the position of Service Center
Counsel at the Nebraska Service Center (NSC). Responsibilities
include, but are not limited to, serving as an attorney providing
legal advice to the NSC personnel on issues involving immigration
related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds,
and national security; writing visa appeal briefs and providing
litigation support to the U.S. Attorney's office on cases arising
from Service Center adjudications. J.D. degree, active bar
membership by the entry on duty date. For full details enter COU-
CIS-2009-0005 here.
http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/
Applicants must submit (1) resume , (2) writing sample (10 pps.
max), (3) references to mailto:William.Craig@dhs.gov. All
submissions must be received by close of business on July 17,
2009. GS-13/15, position open until filled. No relocation
allowance offered.


(d) Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Las Vegas, NV - The Law Offices of Garcia-Mendoza & Snavely
http://www.gms4law.com
seeks an experienced paralegal to perform all types of business
and family visa packages under supervision of attorney. Minimum
3-5 years experience required. Salary to be negotiated. Firm
provides benefits including paid vacation and sick leave plus
profit sharing plan. Located in a free standing building on
ground level in downtown. Parking is free. Submit resume + cover
letter to mailto:evagm@gms4law.com. All replies remain in
confidence.


(e) Case Management Technology
Offering enterprise-level software and unparalleled US-based
support, TrackerCorp
http://www.trackercorp.com
is the most flexible and dependable immigration management
solution on the market today. Designed by immigration attorneys
and paralegals, ImmigrationTracker is often praised for its ease
of use, intuitive features, and built-in immigration knowledge.
As one of our customers noted, "If we had two years and unlimited
funds to design our ideal immigration management system, Tracker
would be it."* Phil Curtis, Chin & Curtis.* Find out for yourself
why Tracker is the choice of: 83% of practicing Past Presidents
of the AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association, through
June 2007); 86% of the 25 largest immigration law firms (IndUS
Business Journal 2006); 75% of the AmLaw 200 (largest US law
firms, American Lawyer Media, 2006); 3x as many globally ranked
immigration attorneys as compared with other software vendors
(Chambers Global and the International Who's Who of Business
Immigration Lawyers, 2007). Schedule your private demo: Call
1-888-466-8757 ext. 278 or email
mailto:sales@immigrationtracker.com.


(f) Translation Services
Eurasia Translations, Inc. has been proud to serve immigration
attorneys and individuals since 1993 with the translation of
personal documents, academic credentials, criminal clearance
letters, etc. Our customers can rest assured that all of our
translations are prepared in accordance with USCIS requirements
and are accompanied by a notarized certificate of accuracy. For
more information, please call 888-887-1884 or visit our website.
http://eurasia-usa.com
For a free quote, please complete
http://www.eurasia-usa.com/quoteRequestForm.html
or fax your document at 818-907-9763.
_________________________________________________________________
6.* Headlines


(a) U.S. Sen. Grassley: DHS Hampers State And Local Law
Enforcement's Ability To Apprehend Illegal Aliens


Senator Chuck Grassley today said that the Department of Homeland
Security is making it more difficult for local law enforcement
personnel to investigate, apprehend and detain illegal aliens.


(b) Ex-Judge Accused of Filing False Immigration Forms, Bilking
Clients


Former Manhattan Civil Court Judge Salvador Collazo was arrested
early Tuesday morning by federal authorities for a conspiracy to
commit visa fraud and overcharge clients.


(c) Visa Doubts: But Schumer Promising Reform Bill By Labor Day


For the second time in as many weeks, confusion has spanned the
Atlantic over the precise chances of a bilateral visa deal being
reached between the U.S. and Irish governments.


(d) Few Options For Veterans Who Await Deportation


Thirty-two years after his honorable discharge, Cervantes is
wearing the bright-orange shirt of a detainee at the El Centro
Service Processing Center, where he has been held since the end
of a three-year prison term last year for possession of
methamphetamine for sale.


For links to the above stories see here:
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2009,0717.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) Immigration Event - Washington, DC
The Migration Policy Institute is pleased to invite you to attend
'E-Verify: An assessment of its strengths and weaknesses'* 11:00
a.m.-12:30 p.m., Monday, July 20, 2009, RSVP:
http://contact.migrationpolicy.org/site/Calendar/456687983.
Contact Lisa Dixon at: events@migrationpolicy.org or at (202)
266-1929.
_________________________________________________________________
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's analysis of what DOL is doing is harsh, but its conclusions
cannot be faulted (see 07/09/09 ID comment). In fact, ID readers
should listen to a tape of the Department of Labor Open Forum
held at the Las Vegas annual* conference.* At that Friday morning
forum, Dr. Bill Carlson chided* immigration attorneys for their
repeated complaints about the lengthy* processing time.* He
pointed out that any targeted times were listed* in the preamble
and not the regulations, therefore, there was no* regulatory
requirement of any "timeliness" in the adjudication of a* PERM
application.* I will not attempt to more specifically quote Dr.
Carlson, but listening to the recording will be quite revealing
(if I* have mischaracterized his remarks, please let me know).
Conversations between immigration attorneys reflect on how long
it* will take before we are back to the "good old days" where
labor* certifications were taking two to two and a half years to
be adjudicated.* There is a sneaking suspicion among some
attorneys that the move to* have the Atlanta adjudicate all PERM
applications was by design not* happenstance: (1) Between Atlanta
and Chicago, Atlanta was languishing in their* adjudications
times, so this process was given to the slower of the* two
processing centers (2) Now there is no second office to make
comparisons* with.* Therefore, Atlanta can only be compared to
itself and it has a* poor record as far as efficiency and speed.
I, too, like all other immigration attorneys with integrity, want
to* see fraud brought out and dealt with.* That should be able to
be done* in individual cases or with individual attorneys without
jeopardizing* the program for the rest of us attorneys, let alone
the employers who* have a need where shortages can be evidenced.
Edward R. Litwin, Esq.* South San Francisco, CA


(b) Dear Editor:
David Murray's letter (07/16/09 ID) states with the regard to the
fee for filing for U.S. citizenship (naturalization), "I believe
$675 is a small price to pay for a piece of the pie that so many
seek".* I have a different perspective, I agree with Linda's
letter, I think it is an outrageous price to pay for something
that only cost $195 a few years ago when my husband (also
Canadian) applied (he was sworn in just before George W. began
his first term, so we are not talking about ancient history
here).* I think there may have been some inflation during the
Clinton/Bush years, but not that much. Chelasveg's letter states
(incorrectly) "Everyone in this country is an immigrant."* Ever
heard of the Native Americans?* The forgotten people who welcomed
the rest of us here and who didn't charge us $675 to do so.* In
fact, didn't we rob them?
Susanna Bogue, Esq.* San Francisco, CA


(c) Dear Editor:
Despite being the country where most people in the world want
live, our immigration fees are already very low and the
processing times are very short.* In Sweden, for example, it
takes 12 years to immigrate.* Norway only allows in 30 to 40
people per year.* If we are the most desirable country in which
to live, why would we want to eliminate immigration fees?* We
should be doing just the opposite.* Our fees should be at least
ten times higher than they are.* Our standards for immigration
should be much higher.* We should only permit people into this
country who can add value to it, not live off it's fruits and
contribute nothing.* If you were selling the most desirable car
in your city, would you give it away, or would you get the best
price for it?
Dave


(d) Dear Editor:
When US can print money at will and spend it like a Santa Claus
and continue living at large and well beyond its means at the
expenses of the rest of global population, but not for other
countries to do the same "tricks and magic", we should never call
it as "equal footing". When a person with better skills,
experience, work ethics, education must be happy to get paid less
than his counterparts because of his less "fortunate" citizenship
and his opportunity is restricted to certain geographical and
national boundaries, I must call him as the victim of global
"affirmative action policy" and apartheid trade and immigration
laws. Talking about our role as "global police", do we really
care to fight and sacrifice for freedom on other lands for other
people that have no oil and gold that give us none for profitable
return? Why nobody seems really concerned about the over 1
trillion cost of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that can be useful
to fully fund our Universal Health Care program, building our own
infrastructures and schools to help us staying competitive in the
globalized economy and helping states with their budget problems
without creating more debt and paper money but got very vocal and
angry of the associated costs by illegal immigrants? Why none
balks on their fellow Americans, who are able bodied, healthy,
sane and in productive age but still milking welfare without
shame?* Talking about faiths, people of faiths should read their
Holy Books and act accordingly on the words of God regarding
solidarity, charity, tolerance and equality for all.We have too
much hypocrisy and inconsistencies on many social issues in this
country from immigration, same gender marriage, gun rights etc,
and I can't stand it.
Robert Yang


(e) Dear Editor:
I thought I had lost my most important e-mail correspondence
(07/16/09 ID comment). You do not have an idea how important ID
is to a person that lives in a very small town with very little
information available of immigration and what is happening.* This
State is a beautiful scenary state but lacks knowledge when it
comes to that of immigration and what to do in case of a new
program or help an individual to direct him/her on legalization
per se.** Thank* you for sending Immigration Daily.
Gladys C. Farris


(f) Dear Editor:
If automatic citizenship is denied to children born in U.S. to
illegal parents the influx of illegal immigrants would
automatically come to an end. I would request you to target one
more cause related to immmigration: Children of legal immigrants
who turn 21yrs due to the delay or backlog(8-10yrs) in processing
of their parents green card.Suddenly from legal status they are
termed illegal and face deportation.Those who are lucky and are
able to come back on students visa have to stand in queue all
over again. I often hear them saying that they wish their parents
had come illegally because children of illegal immigrants are
more fortunate than them. This fractured system needs to be
fixed.Not allowing children age 21yrs and above as dependents to
enter U.S. is perfectly appropriate. Deporting them after being
in the country legally for several years due to delay in
processing is criminal. This sends a very wrong signal to the
prospective immigrants who want to abide by law but are forced to
think otherwise. Address this you will get tremendous support
from legal immigrants.
Jyoti Baidslonolyant
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