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


March 20, 2009


http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2009,0320.shtm


Items:
1.  Comment: AILA Head Quits
2.  Focus: Inventory Closeout Sale
3.  Articles:
    (a) Unemployment For Immigrants And The US-Born: Picture
    Bleak For Less-Educated Black & Hispanic Americans by Steven
    A. Camarota for the Center for Immigration Studies
    (b) Bloggings on Nurse Immigration by Christopher T. Musillo
    of the Hammond Law Group
    (c) Immigrants Of The Day: Alberto Riveron of Cuba, Juan de
    Dios Arana of Mexico, and Maila Nurmi of Finland by Kevin R.
    Johnson
4.  News:
    (a) CIS Ombudsman Offers EB5 Recommendations
    (b) President Obama Meets With Congressional Hispanic Caucus
5.  Classifieds:
    (a) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
    (b) Website Services
    (c) Translation Services
6.  Headlines:
    (a) Quote of the Day: Obama on Immigration Reform
    (b) President Barack Obama To Visit Mexico: Drug War,
    Immigration To Be Discussed
    (c) Study Shows Immigration Enforcement Raised Wages
    (d) Obama's Civil Rights Nomination Upsets Some Latinos
7.  ComingsNGoings:
    (a) Immigration Book
8.  Letters From:
    (a) David D. Murray, Esq.


http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2009,0320.shtm


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1.  COMMENT


AILA Head Quits


Jeanne Butterfield, Executive Director of AILA since 1997,
communicated to the AILA leadership on March 18th her intention
to resign effective end-June. In a posting to the AILA membership
on AILA Infonet on March 19th, Charles Kuck, AILA President,
announced the resignation saying "She leaves us but not the
issue. She intends to continue to be part of the broader campaign
for immigration reform that is so important to AILA and its
members, although she has not yet decided in what new capacity
she will continue to serve." Ms. Butterfield is certainly
qualified for positions such as USCIS Director, USCIS Chief
Counsel, or similar DHS positions though based on our sources who
are familiar with DHS appointments in the Obama Administration,
she has not yet been extended an invitation (the immigration bar
would of course be delighted to see her in a key DHS position).


Around the time IMMACT'90 was enacted, AILA's national staff was
a small handful of people led by AILA's first Executive Director
Warren Leiden. It was Mr. Leiden who masterminded the strategy of
transforming AILA from what was then primarily a membership
association into a publishing powerhouse. This strategy was
brilliantly executed by his successor, Ms. Butterfield (and Amy
Novick). Today, AILA has overtaken all other publishers in
immigration law except for West, and approximately two-thirds of
AILA's revenues are derived from publishing sources (books and
events). During Ms. Butterfield's tenure as Executive Director of
AILA, AILA membership and staff have tripled.


In the last six months, the severe economic downturn has
exacerbated the pressures on the immigration bar already reeling
from the war on immigrants unleashed by the Executive Branch.
These pressures have naturally been felt by AILA also, resulting
inter alia, in a reduction in force of 15% in AILA staff late in
2008, and the suspension of Immigration Law Today (formerly known
as AILA Monthly Mailing). It is possible that further cost-
cutting measures will be necessary at AILA, as in most other
institutions in America today. AILA's leadership will have to
find a competent leader in trying times to fill the large shoes
that Ms. Butterfield leaves behind.


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


Inventory Closeout Sale


ILW.COM is pleased to announce our inventory closeout sale offer
on the new completely revised editions of Patel's Immigration Law
Books, 2008-2009 Edition, and now at a fantastic huge discounted
price. These are the most respected primary reference materials
featuring user- rated "best index" on the market. This  special
bundle includes the WHOLE Act, 20/22/28 CFR Plus and 8  CFR Plus
for only $99. For more details and to purchase, see
http://www.ilw.com/store/patel'simmiglawlibrary.shtm. Don't wait
to order your copy today! This is a limited time offer and will
be available only until the inventory  is sold out. If you have
any questions, please write to
mailto:webmaster@ilw.com.
_________________________________________________________________
3.  ARTICLES


(a) Unemployment For Immigrants And The US-Born: Picture Bleak
For Less-Educated Black & Hispanic Americans


Steven A. Camarota for the Center for Immigration Studies writes
"Although workers in the high-tech sector (using H-1B visas) get
a good deal of attention, a very large share of temporary workers
and green card holders have relatively little education."
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0320-camarota.shtm
http://cis.org/


(b) Bloggings on Nurse Immigration


Christopher T. Musillo of the Hammond Law Group writes "Smartly,
the position statement recognizes that the dire nursing shortage
is really a question of healthcare accessibility."
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0320-hammond.shtm
http://www.hammondlawfirm.com/


(c) Immigrants Of The Day: Alberto Riveron of Cuba, Juan de Dios
Arana of Mexico, and Maila Nurmi of Finland


Kevin R. Johnson writes "Juan de Dios Arana (Mexico) is another
immigrant vet who gave his life for the United States. In this
time, we could list one every day."
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2009,0320-johnson.shtm
http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/


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


(a) CIS Ombudsman Offers EB5 Recommendations


CIS Ombudsman provides recommendations to stabilize the EB-5
program.
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2009,0320-ombudsman.pdf


(b) President Obama Meets With Congressional Hispanic Caucus


The White House blog reported that the President will travel to
Mexico next month to meet with [Mexican] President Calderon to
discuss the deep and comprehensive US-Mexico relationship,
including how the US and Mexico can work together to support
Mexico's fight against drug-related violence and work toward
effective, comprehensive immigration reform.
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2009,0320-caucus.shtm
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5.  CLASSIFIEDS


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_________________________________________________________________
6.  Headlines


(a) Quote of the Day: Obama on Immigration Reform


President Obama was in Costa Mesa, California, yesterday to hold
a "town hall" meeting and he finally brought up the hot-button
topic of immigration, and more specifically, immigration reform.


(b) President Barack Obama To Visit Mexico: Drug War, Immigration
To Be Discussed


President Barack Obama will discuss the mounting drug violence
south of the border and immigration during his first visit to
Mexico next month to meet with Mexican President Felipe Calderon,
the White House said Wednesday.


(c) Study Shows Immigration Enforcement Raised Wages


While much of the immigration debate has long concerned how to
fill "jobs that Americans won't do",a report examining one
instance of immigration enforcement takes issue with that
premise.


(d) Obama's Civil Rights Nomination Upsets Some Latinos


Thomas Perez's selection for a Justice Department post concerns
some civil rights advocates, who believe Villaraigosa aide Thomas
Saenz was passed over to avoid sparking an immigration battle.
For links to the above stories see here:
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2009,0320.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 Book
Migrations and Mobilities: Citizenship, Borders, and Gender By
Seyla Benhabib and Judith Resnik NYU Press, 576 pp.  Hardcover,
ISBN: 0814775993, $75.00,
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0814775993/.
_________________________________________________________________
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:
Hector Tobar's editorial referred to in ID's 03/23/09 comment
proves two things: (1) Those who come illegally to the US seeking
better employment will leave if the employment is not there; and
(2) Those who come illegally to the US come here because of
economics, not love of our country. If E-Verify ever gets
rolling, it may go a long way in reducing the number of
mainstream jobs illegals can get, but it will not resolve all the
back-alley jobs: gardeners, house cleaners, dish washers and
smaller company manufacturing jobs that pay their workers "under
the table." Strong employer sanctions will be required to achieve
near full compliance. But just eliminating illegals should not be
the focus of the immigration debate. Rather, replacing their
illegal status with Temporary Worker status is the key to
upgrading their respective roles in US employment society, while
at the same time fulfilling the needs of US employers, making it
easier to hire seasonal and temporary workers to "do the jobs
Americans will not do" must be the focus. In other words, focus
on the needs of US employers, while at the same time protecting
bona fide US labor concerns, rather than the present ridiculous
PERM and make-work H-2B Labor Certification fiascos. Of course,
designing a workable "guestworker" program that will achieve this
result will prove to be too daunting a task, with too many
complicating "safeguards" built in, with make - work regulations
that have little basis in reality, merely serving to perpetuate
the ever fattening bureaucracy. Left to the politicians and the
bureaucrats, any "guestworker" program is doomed for failure,
even before it is written. Did I hear somebody say, "bracero"?
Hola. And kudos to Carolyn S. Lee (03/23/09 ID Feature Article on
what's wrong with E-B5) for hitting the nail right on the head.
David D. Murray, Esq.   Newport Beach, CA
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