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July 16 - Website Outage

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


July 16, 2009


http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2009,0716.shtm


Items:
1.  Comment: Website Outage
2.  Focus: Today Is The Deadline For Know Your Red Flags and At-
    Risk Clients. Do Your Due Diligence Like Your Career Depends
    on It
3.  Articles:
    (a) Now We Are Seven: Time For CSPA Status Check by Charles
    Wheeler
    (b) Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy by Greg Siskind
    (c) Language, Loyalty, And Liberty by Becky Akers for the
    Foundation For Economic Education
4.  News:
    (a) DOJ Provides Guidance To Employers On E-Verify
    (b) DOS Issues Notice Of Trafficking Victims Pamphlet
5.  Classifieds:
    (a) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
    (b) Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
    (c) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    (d) Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
    (e) Website Services
6.  Headlines:
    (a) Congress Urged To Revise Post-9/11 Real ID Act
    (b) US And Cuba Launch Immigration Talks
    (c) DHS, Congress Look To Strengthen E-Verify System
    (d) Change Coming To Immigration Enforcement
7.  ComingsNGoings:
    (a) Immigration Event - Washington, DC
8.  Letters From:
    (a) David H. Nachman, Esq.
    (b) Roger Algase, Esq.
    (c) David D. Murray, Esq.
    (d) Chelasveg


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1.  COMMENT


Website Outage


On July 15, 2009, Wednesday evening, starting at 6pm ET we are
moving our website to a new server. This will enable us to
significantly improve our underlying technology infrastructure.
As the website moves from the old server to the new server, users
may experience intermittent outages, such as inability to connect
to the website or significant parts and features thereof. We
expect to be settled in our new server and fully functional in a
day or so. We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers
during our server move. Those corresponding with us on business
during the server outage should rest assured that we will be
constantly monitoring our emails at mailto:webmaster@ilw.com.


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 Know Your Red Flags and At-Risk
Clients. Do Your Due Diligence Like Your Career Depends on It


The curriculum for the Thursday July 16th second session of
"Consular Processing For Experts" is as follows:


++ Avoiding Audits and Task Forces: Best Practices in an
Environment of Data-Mining and Surveillance  of Immigration and
Consular Applications
++ Background Checks of Non-Immigrants and Immigrant Visa
Applicants - Who Gets Checked, How it Gets Checked, and What to
Expect
++ Specific systems and criteria that State Dept. visa officials
and USCIS examiners use to identify problems
++ Law Firm Risk Management of high-risk clients
++ Profiling and red flags that DOS and various federal agencies
use to assess the persons and entities they investigate
++ Resources for attorneys to develop their own risk assessments,
and a practical guide to risk factors and self-audits.  Guide to
approaching cases like a consular examiner or USCIS examiner
++ Lessons learned from Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and counter-
party risk reduction programs of large international banks and
accounting firms to reduce/mitigate the risks counsel is ensnared
in government databases and potential investigations
++ Approaches for solo practitioners and small companies to
develop in-house systems to identify and mitigate risks
++ Discussion of select consular posts
++ Hot topics update



Don't wait to register, today is the deadline. For more info,
including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration
information, please see: Online:
http://www.ilw.com/seminars/200913.shtm. Fax form:
http://www.ilw.com/seminars/200913.pdf.
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3.  ARTICLES


(a) Now We Are Seven: Time For CSPA Status Check


Charles Wheeler writes "This state of flux will continue until
the USCIS issues regulations or provides meaningful guidance
through an omnibus memo."
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0716-wheeler.shtm
http://www.cliniclegal.org/


(b) Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy


Greg Siskind writes "The Hatch widows bill (which removes the
requirement that a couple must have been married for two years
before a US citizen dies) passed in the Senate and included in
that bill were provisions extending the religious worker green
card program and the Conrad 30 J-1 physician waiver program."
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0716-siskind.shtm
http://www.visalaw.com/


(c) Language, Loyalty, And Liberty


Becky Akers for the Foundation For Economic Education writes "The
equanimity with which Americans have watched their freedoms flee
puzzles many of us, but perhaps I've solved the mystery."
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0716-akers.shtm
http://fee.org/


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


(a) DOJ Provides Guidance To Employers On E-Verify


Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair
Employment Practices, of the Department of Justice published "E-
Verify: Employer Dos and Don'ts"
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2009,0716-everify.pdf


(b) DOS Issues Notice Of Trafficking Victims Pamphlet


Department of State issued a notice of publication of an
information pamphlet on legal rights and resources for aliens
applying for employment or education-based nonimmigrant visas, as
mandated by Section 202 of the William Wilberforce Trafficking
Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008.
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2009,0716-trafficking.shtm
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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) Website Services
Gain the competitive edge with your new website from INSZoom, the
world's largest immigration software company. Choose from a range
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the major search engines. Our content management tool lets you
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constant touch with current clients and strengthen your potential
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6.  Headlines


(a) Congress Urged To Revise Post-9/11 Real ID Act


Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wants Congress to
roll back some of the more stringent and "needlessly expensive"
post-9/11 driver license requirements.


(b) US And Cuba Launch Immigration Talks


During the one-day meeting the countries reaffirmed their
commitment to promote "safe, orderly and legal migration"


(c) DHS, Congress Look To Strengthen E-Verify System


Critics say the federal system is still prone to mistakes due to
bad data.


(d) Change Coming To Immigration Enforcement


ICE will prioritize inmates according to crime.


For links to the above stories see here:
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2009,0716.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) Immigration Event - Washington, DC
July 17 - Institute for the Study of International Migration
invites you to 'The Challenge of Circular Migration: A Triple Win
Solution?'   at Georgetown University Law Center. For more info
and to rsvp see:
http://www12.georgetown.edu/sfs/rsvp/index.cfm?Action=View&EventID=2391
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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/immigdaily/archives.shtm


(a) Dear Editor:
Our staff returned from the AILA Conference and briefed the firm
about what the government officials had to say about the PERM
process.     After listening intently to a presentation about the
PERM, I turned to our staff of lawyers and paralegals and
pronounced: "PERM is dead".      It was refreshing that ID
comment today (07/15/09 ID) confirmed my thoughts at that time.
You insights are (unfortunately) "spot on".
David H. Nachman, Esq.                  Ridgewood, NJ


(b) Dear Editor:
I support Comprehensive Immigration Reform as much as Robert
Gittelson's letter (07/15/09 ID) does, but I am not as optimistic
about CIR's chances. If that is cynicism, so be it. The legal
immigration system is in crisis, not because we don't have CIR,
but largely because of administrative policies which President
Obama could change with a few pen strokes or even phone calls.
For example, despite the chronic shortage of H-1B visas, FY 2010
visas are still available. Then why did the US Department of
Labor cancel its policy of certifying H-1B Labor Condition
Applications on the same day and replace it with a new system
that now takes a week? And why is the Labor Department being
allowed to get away with the audits and many other abuses that
are wrecking the PERM system? Why has USCIS been permitted
virtually to gut the L-1 visa system? Why is it so hard for
smaller companies to get H-1B approvals? Why do we see so many
USCIS announcements about I-9 enforcement and flawed programs
like e-verify, and so few about improving the quality and speed
of adjudications? A century ago, the mayor of Vienna (Austria,
not Virginia) was elected on an anti-Semitic platform even though
he was said to have great personal regard for Jews. A Jewish
friend once told the mayor that he would have respected him more
if the mayor had genuinely hated Jews instead of just pretending
to in order to get elected. Some of the Republicans who were
responsible for the Bush-era, post-June 2007 "enforcement only"
policies that are still being pursued by the Obama administration
at least openly hated immigrants. They have been replaced by
Democratic cowards, panderers and hypocrites.
Roger Algase, Esq.                 New York, NY


(c) Dear Editor:
I am simply flagerghasted at the remarks of Linda Dysart's letter
(07/15/09 ID) which claims that the USCIS filing fee (which the
letter incorrectly states as $800, while in fact it is $675) is
the reason the letter writer is not becoming a US citizen,
calling the fee outrageous, claiming that the letter writer's
"priorities" do not include paying "$800 just to vote." While the
law allows permanent residents to live in and enjoy the benefits
of the US without requiring them to become citizens, it it
interesting that the letter argues that voting in the US is not
worth $800. I believe this point of view loses sight of the very
core of the United States of America, one nation, under God, with
liberty and justice for all.  "One man, one vote," as the old
saying goes (and before women's sufferage it meant exactly that).
Without the vote we would not have the freedom we in the US
enjoy. Without the vote we would have no democracy. Perhaps in
the letter's indignation that the US would require payment of a
filing fee overshadows the love of the country and the ideals
upon which it was founded. I quoted John F. Kennedy from his
inagural speech and I will quote it once more here, "Ask not what
your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your
country." I believe $675 is a small price to pay for a piece of
the pie that so many seek.
David D. Murray, Esq.                 Newport Beach, CA


(d) Dear Editor:
Just a thought.  Everyone in this country is an immigrant.  The
continual renewal of our society by people who are not
preoccupied with video games 24 hours  a day is a good thing.
Slam the doors and the stagnation of the culture that made this
country so great will begin immediately.  "Give me your tired,
your poor... send these, the homeless, tempest tossed, to me, I
lift my lamp beside the golden door."  It seems like a lot of
people would like to replace the door with a brass model.
Chelasveg
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