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December 15, 2008


Items:
1.  Comment: Improve Readability
2.  Focus: US Tax Compliance For Immigrants And Employers: The
    Lawyer's Complete Guide
3.  Articles:
    (a) Bloggings on Dysfunctional Government by Angelo Paparelli
    (b) Immigrants Of The Day: Heath Ledger of Australia, Monica
    Seles of Yugoslavia, and Bill Graham of Germany by Kevin R.
    Johnson
4.  News:
    (a) Active EB-5 Regional Centers List
    (b) USCIS Finalizes Streamlining Procedures For H-2A Program
    (c) DHS Says Expedited Removals Accounted For 33 Percent Of
    All 2007 Removals
    (d) USCIS Announces EAD Extension For Eligible El Salvador
    Nationals
5.  Classifieds:
    (a) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
    (b) EB-5 Investor Program
    (c) Website Services
6.  Headlines:
    (a) Judge Halts Immigration Cases
    (b) Gordon Urges More Funds For Border Security
    (c) Detainee Relocation Leaves Unanswered Questions
    (d) Judge Dismisses Immigration Suit
7.  ComingsNGoings:
    (a) Appointment - Board Of Immigration Appeals Vice Chairman
8.  Letters From:
    (a) Allen Ladd, Esq.
    (b) David D. Murray, Esq.


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1.  COMMENT


Improve Readability


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


US Tax Compliance For Immigrants And Employers: The Lawyer's
Complete Guide


ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new book on tax compliance for
immigrants and employers authored by noted authority Paula
Singer. The outline is as follows:   


++International Aspects of Individual U.S. Tax Returns
++A Guide for Filing IRS Forms 1042 and 1042-S
++L-1 Intracompany Transferees on U.S. Assignment
++J-1 Nonstudent Exchange Visitors Performing U.S. Services
++U.S. Taxation of H-1B Specialty Workers
++U.S. Taxation of B-1 Business Visitors
++U.S. Taxation of Foreign Students
++Tax Treaty Benefits for Foreign Nationals Performing U.S.
Services
++What You Need to Know About Exchange Visitors  


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3.  ARTICLES


(a) Bloggings on Dysfunctional Government


Angelo Paparelli shares the latest entries as of December 11,
2008 on his Dysfunctional Government blog.
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1215-paparelli.shtm
http://blogs.ilw.com/angelopaparelli/


(b) Immigrants Of The Day: Heath Ledger of Australia, Monica
Seles of Yugoslavia, and Bill Graham of Germany


Kevin R. Johnson celebrates the achievements of these immigrants.
http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1215-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) Active EB-5 Regional Centers List


We provide a list of currently "active" regional centers,
effective as of December 2008 (courtesy of the USCIS Service
Center Operations, EB-5 program).
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1215-centers.pdf


(b) USCIS Finalizes Streamlining Procedures For H-2A Program


USCIS announced changes to the H-2A regulations that will
streamline the hiring process of temporary and seasonal
agricultural workers. For the H-2A fact sheet, see here.
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1215-h2a.pdf
For the Q&A, see here.
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1215-qa.pdf
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1215-H2A.shtm


(c) DHS Says Expedited Removals Accounted For 33 Percent Of All
2007 Removals


The DHS Office of Immigration Statistics released its Annual
Report presenting information on the apprehension, detention,
return, and removal of foreign nationals during 2007.
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1215-enforcement.pdf


(d) USCIS Announces EAD Extension For Eligible El Salvador
Nationals


USCIS announced an automatic extension of the validity of
Employment Authorization Documents for eligible Salvadoran TPS
beneficiaries for six months through Sept. 9, 2009.
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1215-tps.pdf
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5.  CLASSIFIEDS


(a) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Washington, DC- USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks
experienced attorneys with 3+ years demonstrated experience in
immigration law for the Adjudications Law Division (ALD). The
attorneys will serve as advisors to the Chief of the ALD, the
Chief Counsel, and to USCIS and other Departmental components on
issues relating to U.S. immigration laws.   Applicants must
possess a JD degree,  be an active member of the bar (any
jurisdiction), and have 3+ years of post-J.D. experience in
immigration law. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number:
COU-CIS-2008-0013 at http://www.usajobs.com
Submit a resume, cover letter + (2) writing samples to: Claudia
Salem, Acting Chief, Adjudications Law Division at
mailto:ALD.ALD@dhs.gov. Please make sure to note in email subject
header that you are applying for the Experienced Attorney
Position, ALD, at USCIS. Must be received by 5pm, ET, Friday,
December 19, 2008. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. This
job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not
in the competitive civil service. No relocation reimbursement
available.


(b) EB-5 Investor Program
There is no need to wait for the Regional Center program to be
extended before it sunsets on September 30, 2008. This is a 300
acre project in Southern California near San Juan Capistrano. The
Project will create at least 300 new full-time jobs through the
development of a resort hotel/spa & corporate retreat, an upscale
equestrian centre with 1000 stalls, arena, training and boarding
facilities and, along with a vineyard, an olive orchard, and 30
estate view lots. The developers and general partners have
extensive experience in high profile developments.   The Project
qualifies under the EB-5 Investor Visa program for an immigrant
investor in need of a permanent residence in the US "Green Card".
The project is a Targeted Employment Area (TEA) requiring
investments at the reduced $500,000 level.    Visit
http://www.usagdc.com/landing.html for more information or
contact a USA Global Development representative by e-mailing
mailto:info@usagdc.com or calling (949) 296-3078 or complete
contact us section of our website. Not an offer to purchase or
sell securities. Only qualified investors can offer to subscribe
after reviewing the full program and submitting a signed
subscription agreement for consideration.


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6.  Headlines


(a) Judge Halts Immigration Cases


A Weld District Court judge is questioning the legality of search
warrants issued in the cases against 1,300 suspected illegal
immigrants using fake identification.


(b) Gordon Urges More Funds For Border Security


Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon told senior members of President-elect
Barack Obama's transition team Thursday that the U.S. government
should boost the number of federal agents on the border but also
dedicate more money to law-enforcement operations targeting
violent crime in urban cities.


(c) Detainee Relocation Leaves Unanswered Questions


All immigrant detainees are being moved out of a Rhode Island
detention facility where a Chinese man in custody for overstaying
his visa died in August, the latest in a series of relocations of
illegal immigrants.


(d) Judge Dismisses Immigration Suit


A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit aimed at compelling some
Lexington [Kentucky] government agencies to curtail public
benefits offered to residents who are undocumented immigrants.


For links to the above stories see here:
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2008,1215.shtm#Headlines
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7.  ComingsNGoings


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(a) Appointment - Board Of Immigration Appeals Vice Chairman
Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey has announced the appointment
of David L. Neal as Vice Chairman of the Board of Immigration
Appeals (BIA), effective January 5, 2009. Neal was appointed as
Chief Immigration Judge in March 2007 after serving as acting
Chief Immigration Judge. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in
1981 from Wabash College, a master's degree in 1984 from Harvard
Divinity School and a juris doctorate in 1989 from Columbia Law
School. Prior to his serving in various capacities within the
Executive Office for Immigration Review, Neal practiced
immigration law in Los Angeles and also served as the director of
policy analysis for the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
In addition, Neal is a member of the New York and District of
Columbia bars.
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8.  LETTERS


Readers are welcome to share their comments, email:
mailto:editor@ilw.com  (300-words or fewer preferred).
Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence,
available in our archives.
http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/archives.shtm


(a) Dear Editor:
For readers' ease, would ID consider hyperlinking the "items" at
the top, to the corresponding articles in the body, below?  I
find that, scrolling down, I often over - or undershoot the
article, since I have no way to gauge the length of the preceding
articles.  It's just a bit of extra effort in a busy day.  Thanks
for your consideration. I continue to be impressed by the
quality, as well as the variety, of the content of Immigration
Daily.  Keep up the good work.
Allen Ladd, Esq.  Greenville, SC


Editor's note: Thanks for your comments. To accomplish the above,
we would have to convert the email version of Immigration Daily
into html format (it is currently in text format). We are aware
that some readers prefer the html format, however, for many
technological reasons, there are no plans at this time to offer
an html version of Immigration Daily.


(b) Dear Editor:
With regard to the letters of Victor Johnston and Roger Algase
(12/12/08 ID), responding to Mario Apuzzo's, Esq. letter
(12/11/08 ID) which attempts to slice and dice finer than a puree
the semantics of "natural born citizen," and what the framers of
the Constitution meant by that phrase. With just a smattering of
legal research, coupled with a small dose of common sense, I
believe it is clear to anyone with half a brain that a "natural
born citizen" is one who gained citizenship by means other than
naturalization; i.e., they aquired citizenship as a birth right,
either through birth on US soil (or soil deemed American at the
time), or through a US parent if foreign born. There simply is no
Constitutional issue here and proof of the pudding is that both
John McCain and Barack Obama were allowed to run for president,
without Constitutional challenge by either party's legal beagles,
who would have jumped on that issue like a cowboy on a bronc, had
the issue been at all viable. Now Arnold Swartzenegger, that's
another story, and an example of a politician who is not a
natural born citizen. As Mr. Johnston's letter says, "Put it to
rest," and as Mr. Algase's letter states, "Get over it."  I hope
this will be the last beating of the dead horse topic of what is,
and is not, a "natural born citizen".  Now the nation can get
back to business as usual, mucking up the immigration system with
CIR (code word for Amnesty).
David D. Murray, Esq.  Newport Beach, CA
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