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  • Jan 29 - Morality In Queues

    Comment: Morality In Queues
    It has been an amazing 10 days major political figure after major political figure, to say nothing of many minor political figures - has come out in favor of a comprehensive re-write of the nation's immigration laws. We have not had such cause for optimism since almost 8 years ago, with the McCain-Kennedy effort - and perhaps even longer than that, since McCain-Kennedy had plenty of detractors in the Republican House at the time, unlike the situation today where major House figures are clearly backing the comprehensive strategy. Naturally, such a major effort is not without its problems - surely a technical correction bill will be necessary, perhaps even as early as later in the 113th Congress. The biggest sticking point today appears to be about a "path to citizenship". A significant minority is concerned with putting the undocumented on a path to permanent residence ahead of those who have "followed the rules". The operating assumption is that those who wait overseas for years, nay, decades, for their place in the line are morally superior as compared to those who are undocumented in the USA today. Somehow, following the impersonal dictates of American law is morally more important than following the duties of family and the bonds of family love. The clearest example is the Family-based 2A category (FB2A) which separates spouses and minor children from their parents. Apparently, those who scream that the undocumented must "go to the back of the queue" for permanent residence as compared to those waiting in queue - the FB2A queue as an example - believe that the undocumented are morally inferior to those waiting in this queue for several years. Perhaps the truth is exactly the opposite - those spouses who accept separation and wait in queue are morally inferior to those who cross the Rio Grande to be with their loved one; those parents who keep their minor children with them, albeit in an undocumented state, are morally superior to those who reduce their parental duties to sending money overseas. We do not in any way seek to mock those suffering, unspeakably, in the FB2A queue - their predicament is not of their making, and the cruel choice forced upon them lies solely at the feet of Congress as to blame - we unreservedly believe that the FB2A quota should be eliminated, and that the families of permanent residents should never, ever, be separated by law. We offer the above only as an example to show the fallacy in those who argue for sending the undocumented to "the back of the queue". Those who want today's undocumented to "go to the back of the queue" may have arguments in their favor, but morality is not one of them. Share your thoughts by writing to editor@ilw.com.

    Article: First Comprehensive Immigration Reform Proposal Set Forth By Senate Bipartisan Group by Alan Lee, Esq.

    Bloggings: Rhode Island Seeks to Restore and Expand E-Verify By Bruce Buchanan, Siskind Susser

    Bloggings: How Many Poison Pills Does it Take To Kill Immigration Reform? By Roger Algase

    Bloggings: Traveling for DACA Recipients By Danielle L. C. Beach-Oswald

    News: The White House Issues Fact Sheet On CIR Principles

    News: USCIS Issues Reminder Immigrant Fee Starting February 1st

    News: ICE Publishes New Detainer Form I-247

    News: ICE Releases Memo On Civil Immigration Enforcement

    Focus: The EB-5 Book Shipping Now
    We are pleased to announce that the new comprehensive book on EB5 matters is shipping now.
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    The book outline is as follows:

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    • Advising Investors: Pre- Post-I-526 approval by Laura Danielson
    • Tax Counseling for EB-5 Investor Clients Before and After Immigrating to the U.S. by David Hirson
    • Practice Pointers: I-526 Petitions by Paul Ruby
    • Practical Approaches to Lawful Source of Funds Issues by Robert Gaffney
    • Country-Specific Issues: How to Successfully Represent Chinese Investors in EB-5 Investments by Elizabeth Peng
    • I-829 Practice Pointer: Removing Your Investor's Conditions by Jennifer Hermansky
    • The Future of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program from the Perspective of an Immigration Lawyer, or Past Performance is Not Indicative of Future Results by Daniel B. Lundy
    II. The EB-5 Program For Regional Centers, Project Developers and Investors by Phil Cohen

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    • Section 3: Groundwork Before Getting Started
    • Section 4: Your EB-5 Team
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    • Section 6: Positioning and Marketing to Foreign Investors
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    • Section 8: Financial Overview
    • Section 9: The Direct/ Individual Investor EB-5 Option
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    Headline: Obama's vs. Senators' immigration reform plan: 6 points on what overlaps, what differs Click Here
    Headline: Obama presses immigration agenda as senators draft new overhaul Click Here
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    Headline: Senators agree on immigration overhaul plan Click Here
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    Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
    Toronto, Canada - Ernst and Young Global Immigration is seeking a Global Immigration Coordination Manager/Senior. The role of Manager Global Immigration involves day-to-day management and oversight in all aspects of global immigration client accounts. The activities will include supervising Global Coordination Staff and Seniors and can range from ensuring client accounts are being looked after to providing high level reporting on the status programs. An ideal candidate must have 3+ years of Global Immigration or related experience; a law degree would be an asset. Strong organization and project management skills and ability to deliver accurately to tight deadlines in a high-pressured and time-sensitive environment are also a plus. For more information, please visit Ernst and Young's career website at www.ey.com/CA/jobsearch keyword search: Global Immigration or contact Lisa Chow at Lisa.Chow@ca.ey.com

    Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    Toronto, Canada - The US Business Immigration Specialists at Egan LLP is seeking an Associate Attorney to manage multiple and challenging US business immigration engagements and to contribute to the delivery of solutions and ideas for their diverse institutional clients. Egan LLP has offices throughout Canada in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal. The ideal candidate should have a JD along with admission to any US State Bar, a 3+ years of business immigration experience, with an emphasis on high-volume H-1, L-1, NIV, and PERM filings, and strong client management skills, excellent managerial, organizational, and verbal/written communication skills. For more information, please visit Ernst and Young's career website at www.ey.com/CA/jobsearch keyword search: EGAN or contact Lisa Chow at Lisa.Chow@ca.ey.com

    Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
    Toronto, Canada - The US Business Immigration Specialists at Egan LLP is seeking a Law Clerk (Paralegal) to manage multiple and challenging US business immigration engagements and to contribute to the delivery of solutions and ideas for our diverse institutional clients. EGAN LLP has offices throughout Canada in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal. The ideal candidate should have an undergraduate university degree or equivalent related work experience, 2+ years of business immigration experience and must be highly organized, with strong attention to detail and have strong verbal/written communication skills. For more information, please visit Ernst and Young's career website at www.ey.com/CA/jobsearch keyword search: EGAN or contact Lisa Chow at Lisa.Chow@ca.ey.com

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