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


May 6, 2009


http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2009,0506.shtm


Items:
1.  Comment: Top Links April 2009
2.  Focus: Today Is Deadline For PERM For Experts - Predictions
    For The Future
3.  Articles:
    (a) When The Mexican Drug Trade Hits The Border by Fred
    Burton and Ben West
    (b) Canada To Maintain Immigration Levels For 2009, Though
    Requirements May Change by David Cohen
    (c) Immigrants Of The Week: Richard Webby, Ahmed Zewail, and
    Barbara Schaal  by Greg Siskind
4.  News:
    (a) ETA Releases TEGL 18-08 On FY 2009 Foreign Labor
    Certification Planning Guidance
5.  Classifieds:
    (a) Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
    (b) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    (c) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    (d) J-1 Visa Program
    (e) Expert Witness Services
6.  Headlines:
    (a) Iowa Town Provides Case Study Of Our Immigration System's
    Ills
    (b) College Board Takes A Stance On Undocumented Students
    (c) American Brain Drain: Why We Need H1B Visa Immigration
    Reform
    (d) Army Extends Immigrant Recruiting
7.  ComingsNGoings:
    (a) Immigration Event - Arlington, VA
8.  Letters From:
    (a) Roger Algase, Esq.
    (b) David D. Murray, Esq.
    (c) Robert Yang
    (d) Sergi Sheplov
    (e) Mila Milapluk


http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2009,0506.shtm


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1.  COMMENT


Top Links April 2009


We feature the most accessed links by our readers in April 2009
below:


Top five April Immigration Daily Articles


++  Flexibility Is The Key In Immigration Reform by Paul Herzog
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0422-herzog.shtm
++ California Supreme Court Unanimously Supports The Broadest View
Of State And Local Government Authority To Enforce Immigration
Law by Michael Hethmon
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0407-hethmon.shtm
++Signs Of Change In Immigration Enforcement Policies Emerging
From DHS by Muzaffar Chishti and Claire Bergeron for the
Migration Policy Institute
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0407-chishti.shtm
++ New Canadian Citizenship Rules To Come Into Effect In April by David
Cohen
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0413-cohen.shtm
++A Plan To Influence And Convince: Strategic Advice For The
Legislative Passage Of CIR In 2009 by Robert Gittelson
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0408-gittelson.shtm


Top five April Immigration Daily Items


++USCIS Publishes QAs On Cap Gap
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2009,0403-capgap.shtm
++USCIS Continues to Accept FY 2010 H-1B Petitions
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2009,0409-h1b.shtm
++USCIS Updates Count of FY 2010 H-1B Petition Filings
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2009,0410-h1b.shtm
++DHS Stops Sending All Asylum Applications To DOS
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2009,0407-asylum.shtm
++USCIS Issues Latest FY 2010 H1B Update
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2009,0422-h1b.pdf


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


Today Is Deadline For PERM For Experts - Predictions For The
Future


Today is the deadline for the May 6th phone session of "PERM For
Experts", the curriculum is as     follows:


++ Using the new form
++ Advanced form changes and implementation
++ Incorporating "magic" language
++ Auditing compliance files
++ Close of businesses
++ Filing PERM in a bad economy
++ Potential for more supervised recruitment
++ Second audits requesting resumes
++ Potential delays in DOL processing times
++ Change/s in circumstances
++ Company merger/s
++ Position/s open at time of filing but closed at time of audit
/ decision
++ Unanticipated work location/s v. client-site/s
++ Change of work location/s
++ When to expect things to begin moving again


Don't wait to register, Tuesday, May 5th is the deadline. For
more info,     including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and
registration information, please see:
http://www.ilw.com/seminars/200907.shtm
_________________________________________________________________
3.  ARTICLES


(a) When The Mexican Drug Trade Hits The Border


Fred Burton and Ben West write "We turn our attention now to the
border to see the dynamics at work there and how U.S. gangs are
involved in the action."
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0506-burton.shtm
http://www.stratfor.com/frontpage/


(b) Canada To Maintain Immigration Levels For 2009, Though
Requirements May Change


David Cohen writes "Though Canada has not been immune to rising
unemployment numbers in the current economic downturn,
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has decided that
immigration numbers will not be reduced for 2009, maintaining a
target of approximately 250,000 new Permanent Residents."
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0506-cohen.shtm
http://www.cicnews.com/


(c) Immigrants Of The Week: Richard Webby, Ahmed Zewail, and
Barbara Schaal


Greg Siskind celebrates the achievements of these select
immigrants.
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0506-siskind.shtm
http://www.visalaw.com/


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


(a) ETA Releases TEGL 18-08 On FY 2009 Foreign Labor
Certification Planning Guidance


The purpose of this Training and Employment Guidance Letter is to
provide State Workforce Agencies with final planning figures for
funding that will be allocated to support FLC activities, and the
necessary actions to request the funds.
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2009,0506-TEGL.pdf
_________________________________________________________________
5.  CLASSIFIEDS


(a) Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Reston, VA - Goel & Anderson, LLC
http://www.goellaw.com
has an immediate opening for an experienced business immigration
paralegal.  Ideal candidates will have 5+ years experience as an
immigration paralegal handling employment-based NIV and IV cases.
Prior experience should include demonstrated ability to manage
large caseload, while effectively/accurately preparing wide range
of employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions, with
strong emphasis on H-1B and L-1B matters. Experience with PERM,
I-140, adjustment of status, and complex RFE responses essential.
Successful applicants will possess thorough knowledge of
immigration law and procedure, excellent writing, communication,
organizational, and computer skills, and ability to conduct legal
research, analyze issues, and effectively interact with corporate
petitioners, beneficiaries, and law firm staff.  Five years of
prior experience, a four-year college degree, and solid
references required. Goel & Anderson is a nationally recognized
business immigration firm that offers an outstanding compensation
and benefits package. Apply with resume, cover letter, + salary
req. to mailto:careers@goellaw.com.  Principals only.  No phone
calls.


(b) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Long time NYC practitioner seeks young lawyer as associate (or
not so young) with or without own practice to work with a view
towards parnership and sucession. I wish to work less now and
much less later but not retire completely. Harry DeMell (212)
732-2767.


(c) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Small Northern Virginia immigration law firm
http://ms.law.pro/
seeks associate with 2+ years experience in Immigration Court/BIA
litigation. Good writing skills. Spanish speaking preferred.
Salary commensurate with experience. Good benefits. Send resume
to mailto:mlfernandez@mslaw.pro.


(d) J-1 Visa Program
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marketing and fashion. For more information on eligibility
requirements and a complete list of occupational categories,
visit http://www.globalcurrentexchanges.org
or email Melany Hamner at
mailto:melanyh@globalcurrentexchanges.org.


(e) Expert Witness Services
Muslim World Expert
http://www.muslimworldexpert.com
Dr. Shaul M. Gabbay is pleased to offer expert testimony on
immigrants from Muslim countries/societies, including the former
Soviet Union (USSR). I have testified in 150+ Immigration Court
cases nationwide (asylum, cancellation of removal) and to USCIS
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from lawyers who have worked with me in the past, see:
http://www.muslimworldexpert.com
Please contact me with any additional questions: Dr. Shaul M.
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International Studies, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado,
mailto:sgabbay@du.edu, (303) 871-2560. For countries outside of
my expertise, I may be able to recommend an expert in that area.
_________________________________________________________________
6.  Headlines


(a) Iowa Town Provides Case Study Of Our Immigration System's
Ills


At last, Washington seems to be getting serious about immigration
reform.


(b) College Board Takes A Stance On Undocumented Students


The College Board of trustees has voted unanimously to support
legislation known as the federal Development, Relief and
Education for Alien Minors Act (the Dream Act).


(c) American Brain Drain: Why We Need H1B Visa Immigration Reform


While most focus on illegal immigration or changing ethnicities
of legal immigration, what concerns me is that we are losing our
historic ability to attract and retain the word's brightest and
most entrepreneurial workers.


(d) Army Extends Immigrant Recruiting


But starting today, 10 Los Angeles-area Army recruiting offices
will begin taking applications from some foreigners who are here
on temporary visas or who have been granted asylum.


For links to the above stories see here:
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2009,0506.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 - Arlington, VA
2009 ACIP Annual Symposium: June 15-18, 2009, Arlington, VA - For
thirty-five years, the American Council on International
Personnel's Symposium has been the most highly respected annual
meeting devoted exclusively to employment-based immigration. We
bring in-house immigration professionals from universities and
research institutions, non-profits, and multinational
corporations together with U.S. government representatives and
legal experts. This year's Symposium "Changing Times, Changing
Strategies" will help you: strategize and network in an uncertain
economy, meet new leaders of Federal Agencies & Congress, develop
airtight compliance measures, and refine your global mobility
management models. http://www.acip.com/symposium. ILW.COM is
pleased to be an event media sponsor.
_________________________________________________________________
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:
I would like to join in David D. Murray's letter's tribute to ID
(05/05/09 ID comment) on its 10th anniversary. ID is unique not
only as a provider of timely and important information, but as a
vehicle for expression of opinion across the full spectrum,
including not only from immigration advocates, but from those who
are fundamentally opposed to immigration. It could even be said
that one of the greatest things about America's diversity is that
some of the people who want to slam the doors shut hardest
against our newest immigrants come from immigrant backgrounds
themselves. It is remarkable how easy it is for some successful
immigrants, or their descendants, to lose any sense of compassion
for those who are less fortunate. Ms. Sung's letter strikes a
particularly discordant and offensive note in the light of the
tragic case reported in the New York Times on May 4 ("Mentally
Ill and in Immigration Limbo") of a woman from Mainland China who
came to the US to escape that country's forced abortion policy
only to be caught in the ever widening I.C.E. immigration net and
locked up. This woman, Xiu Ping Jang, has now become mentally ill
and suicidal, has lost her child to foster care and can no longer
communicate with either her family or her attorney. Yet, as she
languishes in jail, she is treated like a common criminal in
court by unsympathetic, if not openly sadistic, immigration
judges. I suggest that anyone tempted to make jokes at the
expense of immigrants trying to escape persecution or poverty in
their own countries should read this article first.
Roger Algase, Esq.  New York, NY


(b) Dear Editor:
Perhaps Chia-Li Sung's letter (05/05/09 ID) is attempting to be
sarcastically witty, but in fact falls flat on its face,
exhibiting a lack of compassion and lack of understanding of the
entire legal system, including immigration. What "lawyers out
there" know, and what many elitist, privileged, whiners do not
understand, is that under the law illegal aliens are not
criminals and have no relation to "inmates in all the prisons".
Yes, illegals have broken the law, akin to speeding or littering.
In fact, I wonder if being illegal is more serious than cheating
on one's income tax, not reporting cash income from the likes of
giving music lessons in one's home? There are penalties for
breaking immigration laws, and in some instances there are
exceptions on humanitarian grounds: political assylum, hardship
waiver, trafficing victims, abused spouses and the proposed
"Dream Act," that seeks to remedy the harsh enforcement of law on
children who have unwittingly become victims of their own
circumstance. Yes, immigration lawyers know it is against the law
to enter this country illegally. We are also painfully aware of
the hardship wrought upon innocents, such as children who enter
the US with their parents, are raised here as Americans, become
educated and go on to college, only to discover later that they
are not legal and cannot obtain the benefits of a legal resident,
including adjustment of status through a US citizen spouse with
whom they fall in love. Silly analogies of freeing all the
inmates in the criminal justice system serves no purpose in the
immigration debate, but only shows ignorance and arrogance, a
combination regretful in a democracy based on the pursuit of
freedom, liberty and justice, especially in a nation that puports
to be based Christian principles.
David D. Murray, Esq. Newport Beach, CA


(c) Dear Editor:
Comparing heinous hardcore criminal inmates to illegal immigrants
is completely unfair, absurd and misguided. In this and many
other countries there are laws that are unjust, bad and
ridiculous, that put certain groups of persons less equal than
others just because of their races, skin colors, genders, creeds,
sexual orientation etc, and breaking these unfair and inhuman
laws can't and should never be compared to heinous crimes such as
murder, kidnapping etc. When a black African American defied the
segregation laws by sitting on the white only section on a public
bus, when a Chinese immigrant questioned and challenged the
reasoning and justice behind Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, when
a non Muslim protests his religious freedom and equal rights in
his apartheid Islamic theocracy country, and when a foreigner and
a human being questions why he must have "an authorization aka
legal status"outside his native country to work to a willing
employer just because restrictive laws of the land that favor and
protect its whining "native" citizens from open competition, then
we must view it as a struggle against human rights violation and
universal justice. Apartheid laws should have no place in the
21st. century. Freedom of movement and freedom to trade of all
human beings should be protected and guaranteed as parts of
universal human rights.
Robert Yang


(d) Dear Editor:
Re: Krishnamurthy's comments (05/05/09 ID) to my previous letter.
To clarify, my letter was written in the context of "immigration
reform proposals being shopped around." The last several attempts
at legalization bills have completely left out the
deported/deportable spouses of USC. Immigration law is
extraordinarily complicated and many of these kids who were
brought here as babies don't even know their own status. In the
course of normal social interaction that they meet and fall in
love with US Citizens who shouldn't have to pay for some
Legislators bizzare idea of "justice" effective exile for the
citizen to continue the relationship. Illegal presence is a civil
violation similar to a traffic ticket, so to turn the life of a
US Citizen married to a person in these circumstances into a
total living hell for 3, 10 years or even permanently seems
draconian at best. Perhaps I do have a dim view of the ease of
VISA's for cyber-relationships, and what appears to me to have
become the common practice of "importing a bride/groom". As for
couples who meet overseas for whatever reason its a bit different
in my opinon than surfing for a mate, particularly in those
countries where the foreign potential love interest needs an
interpreter to negotiate the relationship. I don't think a
courtship made possible by immigration violation is superior
morally to posting yourself on line for a wedding proposal. I do
think the former is more consequential to the circumstances of
living and working in the US than the determined effort to seek
only a US spouse. On my comments on "purely illegal" folks I
refer to the past several Immigration bills which attempted to
give benefits to folks who had no US Citizen connection but did
not contain a waiver for those spouses of USC.
Sergi Sheplov


(e) Dear Editor:
We all know, especially illegal aliens, that in order to work in
the USA we need fake documents because we cannot get the
appropriate legal documentation (see 05/05/09 ID comment). We
know that  Social Security Cards are stolen or fake. And if we do
it we do it knowingly. Bad judge and awful judgement. He needs to
get another job. This ruling makes us all commit wrong doings and
crime more willingly. And the thieves whose business is to
provide stolen identity get lots of money in this sort of black-
theft market. Outrageous.
Mila Milapluk
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