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May 14 - Postville Postmortem

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


May 14, 2009


http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2009,0514.shtm


Items:
1.  Comment: Postville Postmortem
2.  Focus: Today Is The Deadline For Business Immigration Law
3.  Articles:
    (a) Consular Update: India by Sheela Murthy et al., attorneys
    from the Murthy Law Firm
    (b) The Tide In The Affairs Of Men by Milton Friedman and
    Rose D. Friedman for the Foundation For Economic Education
    (c) Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy by Greg Siskind
4.  News:
    (a) USCIS Updates H-1B Cap Count
5.  Classifieds:
    (a) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    (b) Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
    (c) Credential Evaluation
    (d) Immigration Law Certificate
    (e) Case Management Technology
6.  Headlines:
    (a) Jon Stewart Tackles Immigration Process With The
    Naturalized
    (b) Foreclosures, Immigration Linked
    (c) Vigils For Anniversary Of Iowa Immigration Raid
    (d) RI Lawmakers To Vote On Immigration Proposal
7.  ComingsNGoings:
    (a) Immigration Event - Washington, DC
8.  Letters From:
    (a) Honza Prchal, Esq.


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1.  COMMENT


Postville Postmortem


One year later, The Los Angeles Times
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-postville-iowa12-2009may12,0,6761812.story
reports on the devastating toll the immigration raid has taken on
the small town of Postville, Iowa.  "Since the landmark raid, an
economic squeeze has destroyed several businesses. Postville's
population has shrunk by nearly half, to about 1,800 residents,
and townsfolk say the resulting anxiety -- felt from the deli to
the schoolyard -- has been relentless.  "It's like you're in an
oven and there's no place to go and there's no timer to get you
out," said former Mayor Robert Penrod, who, overwhelmed, resigned
earlier this year."


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


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FIRST Phone Session on May 14: Solutions for Short-term Needs


++Permissible B-1 activities and compensation
++B-1 Activities under NAFTA vs. Regular B-1 vs B-1 in Lieu of
H-1B
++B-1 Extension/Change of Status Issues
++When should you use B-1 in lieu of H-3 as opposed to a simple
B-1?
++B-1 in lieu of H-3 vs. H-3 vs. J-1 intern/trainee: are they
interchangeable? Pros & cons of each.
++Other J-1 options: research scholar, specialist, short-term
scholar.


SECOND Phone Session on June 4: The Intersection of Immigration
and Export Control


++ Deemed Export Elements:  Release, Technology, Foreign
National,
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++ Deemed Export Compliance Programs:  What warnings and
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implement?
++ Why eliciting export control information from applicants
during the pre-hire process is critical.
++ Pre-hire questions to elicit necessary information for
immigration and export control while balancing discrimination
concerns.
++ Visas Mantis and the Technology Alert List and how it can
result in lengthy background checks (Security Advisory Opinions)
for visa applicants.
++ What triggers an SAO and are there strategies for avoiding
them?
++ What are current SAO processing times?


THIRD Phone Session on July 9: Challenging Adjudication
Standards for L Intracompany Transfers


++ Recent restrictive interpretation of L-1B specialized
knowledge: strategies for presenting the case
++ Recent evidentiary standards for L-1A
++ Subtle differences in adjudication standards for L-1A and EB1
Multinational Managers
++ Adjudication standards for extensions
++ Adjudication standards for blanket Ls
++ Issues arising from corporate reorganizations


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3.  ARTICLES


(a) Consular Update: India


Sheela Murthy et al., attorneys from the Murthy Law Firm  write
"It is unfortunate that consulting companies are all being
painted with the same brush of fraud, but those in the IT
consulting business need to be extremely careful with regard to
any case presented at any consulate, and need to make sure it is
beyond question.
"
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0514-murthy.shtm
http://murthy.com/attorney.html


(b) The Tide In The Affairs Of Men


Milton Friedman and Rose D. Friedman for the Foundation For
Economic Education write "The tides are capable of ignoring
geography, political labels, and other hindrances to their
continuance. Yet it is also worth recalling that their very
success tends to create conditions that may ultimately reverse
them.
"
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0514-friedman.shtm
http://fee.org/


(c) Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy


Greg Siskind writes "In a hearing before the Senate Judiciary
Committee today, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano discussed the
DREAM Act when answering a question from Illinois Senator Richard
Durbin: "I supported the Dream Act when I was governor. I support
it now." "
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0514-siskind.shtm
http://www.visalaw.com/


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


(a) USCIS Updates H-1B Cap Count


USCIS announced that as of May 11, 2009, approximately 45,000
H-1B cap-subject petitions and approximately 20,000 petitions
qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption had been filed.
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2009,0514-h1b.shtm
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6.  Headlines


(a) Jon Stewart Tackles Immigration Process With The Naturalized


Comedy Central's Jon Stewart is working on a two-hour special
about the U.S. naturalization process for the History Channel
called The Naturalized.


(b) Foreclosures, Immigration Linked


Counties with high foreclosure rates also tend to have large
immigrant populations, according to a Pew Hispanic Center report
released Tuesday.


(c) Vigils For Anniversary Of Iowa Immigration Raid


Hundreds gathered in the small northeast Iowa town of Postville
on Tuesday to mark the one-year anniversary of a huge immigration
raid and reflect on the community's difficulty in recovering from
the arrests.


(d) RI Lawmakers To Vote On Immigration Proposal


Rhode Island lawmakers are deciding whether to require private
companies to use the federal E-Verify database to check the
immigration status of new hires.


For links to the above stories see here:
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2009,0514.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
May 15 - Migration Policy Institute is pleased to present a
"Symposium on Citizenship" Speakers: T. Alexander Aleinikoff,
Andrew Griffith, Randall Hansen, Marc Morje Howard,  Michael
Jones-Correa,    Donald Kerwin,  C. Joy McDowall,  Hiroshi
Motomura,   Laura Patching,  Demetrios G. Papademetriou,  Noah
Pickus,   Frank Schmiedel,  Robert C. Smith and  Margaret Stock.
For more info see here
http://contact.migrationpolicy.org/site/Calendar/869827938?view=Detail&id=4161
_________________________________________________________________
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:
Today the earth stood still. I read the letters to the editor of
Messrs. Algase, Yang and Murray (05/13/09 ID) and found no
objectionable assertions of fact. I may not have liked not all
the assertions about motives, but even there I found myself
nodding along to Mr. Yang's letter's reading of the field of
play. I would, however point out that an overstay is indeed a
criminal if he intended to overstay when he came into the country
on a legitimate visa - that would be visa fraud. In some
situations almost all of us can come up with, that is indeed a
safe assumption. That said, the government has to prove it if it
wants to charge anyone with a crime. I wonder how long it will be
before Democrats start getting blamed for inaction on the big
picture of immigration reform despite lots of administrative
reforms around the edges?
Honza Prchal, Esq.                 Birmingham, AL
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