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  • Feb 26: CIR Status Report

    Comment: CIR Status Report
    President Obama is meeting with Senator McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Graham (R-SC) today to discuss immigration. Reports indicate that an actual bill, probably several hundred pages long, incorporating the bi-partisan principles of the "Gang of Eight" led by Senator Rubio (R-FL) will be introduced in March, with markup possibly beginning in March itself. On the House side, reports indicate that a hitherto secret bi-partisan group including Rep. Ryan (R-WI) and Rep. Gutierrez (D-IL), has made progress and may have a bill ready for introduction. How far that bill may go with the House Judiciary committee is an open question. The central problem in that committee is as follows: if a CIR bill does not have a path to citizenship it will likely lose sufficient votes from the Democrats on the committee to kill it (since at least a few Republicans on that committee will oppose all flavors of CIR); on the other hand, if a CIR bill does have a path to citizenship, it will likely lose so many Republicans that not enough Democratic votes will be available to prevent the bill from dying (since at least a few Democrats on that committee want legalization without any guest worker provisions). Between the extremists on the Right and the extremists on the Left, there are not sufficient votes in the middle in that committee, unless Chairman Goodlatte (R-VA) has aces up his sleeve that no one knows about. The situation is different on the House floor, however. There, provided that the Senate passes a bill, even one with guest worker provisions, the majority will probably vote for such a bill - such a majority will have more Democrats than Republicans. In other words, the only feasible way currently available is to have the Senate bill lurch rightward, to ensure House consideration and House passage (since bringing the bill up for a vote on the House floor will be at Speaker Boehner's (R-OH) discretion). In that sense, the Senate's Gang of Eight has it right - a path to citizenship, but an impractical one, backed by a robust guest worker program - this appears the most politically passable option. However, despite all the ifs ands and buts above, we remain quite optimistic - since the principal obstacle to CIR has now disappeared. For the better part of a decade, CIR has been stopped in its tracks mostly since the proportion of pro-immigration Republicans to anti-immigration Republicans was so low. However, elections have consequences, and last November's election has changed that immigration ratio within the Republican party decisively. It is just a question of threading the needle, something that both tailors and politicians do every day. The most hopeful sign is the 3-way competition between the leaders of the House, the Senate and the President for progress on immigration - all of them understand the way the wind is blowing on immigration and want to be out ahead of the others; hence our optimism. The bills are being written now, and we urge all our readers to ask Congress to get CIR done now. Share your thoughts by writing to editor@ilw.com.

    Article: Skilled Immigrants Filling U.S. Health Care Needs by Paul McDaniel

    Blogging: FTD Receives late Valentine Day gift, not by Bruce Buchanan

    Blogging: Political Stunt Related to Looming Sequester Results in Release of Immigrant Detainees by Matthew Kolken

    News: CRS Report on Mexico's New Administration: Priorities and Key Issues in U.S.-Mexican Relations

    Focus: The EB-5 Book Shipping Now
    We are pleased to announce that the new comprehensive book on EB5 matters is shipping now.
    Editors: Paul Ruby and Phil Cohen. Articles by Laura Danielson, Robert Gaffney, Michael Gibson, Jennifer Hermansky, David Hirson, Jose E. LaTour, Daniel B. Lundy, Brandon Meyer, Elizabeth Peng, John Roth and Joseph Whalen
    The book outline is as follows:

    I. For Immigration Attorneys

    • Structuring and Market Planning for EB-5 Regional Centers and Their Projects by Jose Latour
    • Building Your I-924 Submission Package by Brandon Meyer
    • How to Lawfully Advise Your Clients About Regional Center Choices by John Roth
    • 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

    • Section 1: EB-5 Program Overview
    • Section 2: Key Logistical & Legal Issues
    • Section 3: Groundwork Before Getting Started
    • Section 4: Your EB-5 Team
    • Section 5: Getting to Work on Building Your I-924 Submission Package
    • Section 6: Positioning and Marketing to Foreign Investors
    • Section 7: Admitting Investors
    • Section 8: Financial Overview
    • Section 9: The Direct/ Individual Investor EB-5 Option
    • Section 10: Keeping Up to Date
    • Glossary
    • EB-5 Resources
    • Appendix A: Compendium of Instructions and USCIS Requirements
    • for I-924
    • Appendix B: Precedent Decisions
    • Appendix C: Sample Letter to Economists

    III. Resource Materials

    Part IV: CD-ROM Resource Materials

    Order your copy today: Online or by Fax.

    Headline: Tech leaders plan virtual push on immigration Click here
    Headline: Immigration and Customs Enforcement Frees Detainees As Sequester Looms Click here
    Headline: Dear Vivek: Think Big On Immigration Click here
    Headline: President to meet with John McCain, Lindsey Graham on immigration Click here
    Headline: How the sequester would affect our dysfunctional immigration system Click here
    Headline: Monday Q and A: Getting word out in valley on immigration overhaul Click here
    Headline: Immigration Reform: Essential Links & Videos UPDATE Feb 25 Click here
    Headline: PolitiFact: Fact-checking Marco Rubio's immigration claims Click here
    Headline: Nancy Pelosi, Joaquín Castro predict passage of immigration reform, gun legislation Click here
    Headline: Leahy: Immigration, gun bills can pass Congress this year Click here
    Headline: On Immigration Reform, Will Evangelicals Follow Their Leaders? Click here
    Headline: Why Obama Should Be Quiet on Immigration Click here
    Headline: In Immigration Reform Debate, Is Agribusiness Crying Wolf? Click here
    Headline: Will the new Labor-Business Accord Produce an Immigration Death Panel? Click here

    Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
    New York, NY - Downtown New York City firm is seeking a full-time, experienced, Spanish-speaking immigration paralegal. The ideal candidate will have 1+ years of immigration experience in preparing and assembling immigration packages to be submitted to USCIS for IV processes, with I-30 Alien Relative Petitions, I-485 Application for Adjustment of Status, I-360 VAWA petitions, I-765, Employment Authorization, and I-140 Employment-Based petitions. Fluency in Spanish is essential; College degree preferred. Other qualifications include excellent writing and communication skills, proofing and reviewing applications and legal forms, ability to work independently or with supervision, ability to work well with Supervising Attorney. Punctuality and reliability are a must; references and background checks are needed. To apply, please email sxc@ppid.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 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 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, 5+ 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

    CLE Immigration Event
    Memphis, TN - (May 17-18, 2013) The Federal Bar Association in conjunction with the Memphis Mid-South Chapter of the FBA; American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA); and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, invite you to join us for one of the most exciting national immigration conferences available this year. The confirmed speaker line-up is a who's who of well-renowned AILA attorneys and government officials including Judges from The US Circuit Court of Appeals, EOIR and other former and current Immigration Judges from across the country, and counsel from The Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL). This conference also offers the opportunity to hear from a panel of ICE and USCIS supervisors as they discuss various immigration issues that affect both the Mid-South and the nation as a whole. Program includes special tracks for pro bono attorneys as well as criminal lawyers. Earn up to 14.5 CLE hours (with a possibility of 3 ethics hours offered) and have fun, too. Early bird deadline is March 31, 2013. This Conference is limited to 400 Participants. Feel free to check out the preliminary brochure. Also, check out the housing and other information see here.

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    Letters of the Week: Mary S. Rainwater, Joan Murray Jerez Zacatecas

    ComingsNGoings: Immigration Event
    Washington, DC - March 19 - 2:30pm (EST) - USCIS Asylum Division will host its quarterly stakeholder meeting in the White Oak Conference Room at 20 Massachusetts Ave. The purpose of this engagement is for individuals to ask questions and raise issues regarding USCIS asylum operations. If you would like to submit agenda items and questions, please email public.engagement@uscis.dhs.gov and attach a word document or pdf with suggested items. Please reference "Asylum Quarterly Agenda Item" in the subject line. All submissions should be received by March 1, 2013. To participate in the session, please email public.engagement@uscis.dhs.gov no later than March 18, 2013. Please include your full name and the organization you represent, if any, in the body and reference "Asylum Quarterly" in the subject line.


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