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  • Nov. 29 - STEM Politics

    Comment: STEM Politics
    The White House released a Statement of Administrative Policy on the House STEM bill. Naturally, the White House opposes this bill, as it will any limited immigration benefits measure. It is to the Democratic Party’s advantage to prevent any immigration benefits from being enacted in this or the next Congress since the failure of CIR would continue to keep the immigration millstone around the GOP’s neck. The ideal situation, from the Democratic Party's point of view, is to push for very large immigration benefits, larger than can carry the vote on the floors of Congress, and then when such large bills inevitably fail, blame it all on the Republican Party.

    On the other hand, it is obvious that any President, Democratic or Republican, would sign any immigration bill passed by both Chambers when it reaches his desk. Thus, whether President Obama opposes or supports any particular bill is irrelevant. The issue is not even what any party does – Democratic or Republican – on any immigration bill, depending on which way the wind is blowing on a particular day. The issue is where the votes stand, in each Chamber in the next Congress. The pattern of votes for this election (as currently counted, and which continue to be analyzed) ensures that most immigration bills that hew to the center will clear not only the Senate, but more importantly will clear cloture too. The problem remains, as it has for much of the time since 1994, the House of Representatives. The lesson of the failure of McCain Kennedy is that those pushing CIR have NO PLAN WHATSOEVER for dealing with a Republican House. Even though only a simple majority of those present is all that is required for House passage, there is a problem (this is so despite the fact that the 60 votes for clearing cloture is "hard" in the Senate whereas the 50% + 1 vote required in the House is "soft", in that the %age is determined based only on the number present). The problem is that when an immigration bill moves to the right in the House, it will bleed votes on the left, and vice versa. This is the direct, though unintended, result of gerrymandering – there is almost no middle ground left in the House. It is no surprise that solutions to contentious issues in the political realm are not readily fashioned - the middle ground of compromise has been almost wiped out thru repeated gerrymandering. That means that only modest immigration benefit proposals are likely to clear the House. Unless someone arguing for CIR now can show a clear path for House passage, we are afraid that immigrants are deliberately being used as pawns by the House Democratic leadership for making political points, and not to deliver any immigration benefits at all.

    To the extent that the White House is involved in immigration, it would function best in (i) a bully pulpit role and (ii) by expanding executive actions – such as extending DACA to Deferred Action for all the undocumented. Any other move by the White House cannot logically be viewed as anything other than political posturing. Share your thoughts with us at editor@ilw.com.

    Bloggings: Extremist Anti-Immigrant Goodlatte Will Chair House Judiciary Committee by Greg Siskind

    News: USCIS Issues Press Release On "Entrepreneur Pathways" Website

    News: USCIS Announces “Entrepreneur Pathways” Resource Website For Immigrant Entrepreneurs

    News: DHS OIG Issues Report On Visa Waiver Program

    News: H.R. 6429 – STEM Jobs Act of 2012

    Focus: The EB-5 Summit For Attorneys and Developers - Discount Registration
    The EB-5 Summit For Attorneys and Developers will be held on Friday, December 14th in New York, NY. Speakers will include Parisa K. Karaahmet, Kate Kalmykov, Dan Lundy, Sam Udani and Others To Be Announced. The curriculum is as follows:

    Morning Session For Investor's Counsel

    • Lawfully Advising on Project Choices
    • 526 Petitions and Source of Funds Issues
    • 829 Petitions and Documenting Job Creation
    • Ethical Considerations in EB-5 Practice (1.0 EPR Credit)

    Lunch Presentation

    Afternoon Session For Regional Centers and Regional Center Counsel Economist Panel

    • Economist Issues: TEAs, Job Creation Models, Tenant Occupancy Issues
    • Developing the 924 Petition
    • Legally and Effectively Marketing Projects Domestically and Abroad

    For details on curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, please see: here.
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    Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
    Chicago, IL - Baker & McKenzie LLP is seeking Immigration Paralegal to assist the Immigration Practice group with daily tasks associated with the practice. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: assisting the attorneys in all aspects of the processing of nonimmigrant and immigrant cases, preparing nonimmigrant and employment-based immigrant cases (H-1B; L-1A & L-1B; E-1 & E-2; TN-1; Labor Certification Applications, Permanent Residency Applications etc.) for large corporations, performing legal research, maintaining and updating docket system to ensure timely filing extensions, petitions and applications, assisting with case file management, assisting with the collection of data and documentation necessary to prepare and file of applications, and handling the daily tasks. The ideal candidate must have Bachelor’s degree, 1-3 years of employment based immigration experience including ability to examine foreign national candidate's qualifications for non-immigrant (temporary) visas and/or permanent residency applications (I-140 or PERM applications) . Must have strong organizational skills, attention to details, excellent verbal and written skills, be able to work well in a document intensive and fast-paced environment. To apply, please see Baker & McKenzie Online Application Page

    Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
    Reston, VA - Goel & Anderson is seeking experienced Business Immigration Paralegals to work on challenging assignments with an emphasis on high-volume NIV and IV casework. Candidates must have 3+ years of business immigration experience involving H-1B, L-1A/B, TN, PERM, I-140, and I-485 cases. All positions involve daily client contact and applicants should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, outstanding organizational and time management skills, and be able to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. A four-year undergraduate degree is required. Goel & Anderson offers highly competitive salaries, outstanding benefits (including fully paid PPO Health/Dental/Vision, generous 401(k) match, paid vacation & sick leave, and continuing education/training allowance), and opportunities for sustained career growth. Salaries of Immigration Paralegals at Goel & Anderson range from $51,500 to $110,000 per year, depending on experience and other job-related factors. Qualified candidates are invited to apply with resume and cover letter to careers@goellaw.com . All submissions will be kept strictly confidential. No phone calls please.

    Immigration Law Certificate
    Classes offered both online and in-person. Master the complex and ever changing maze of immigration policies and regulations with the Immigration Law Studies Certificate Program offered by CUNY's School of Professional Studies. This graduate-level certificate program, consisting of (3) three-credit classes, offers students who complete it a comprehensive understanding of the laws, regulations, and processes surrounding the status of immigrants in the US, including family and employment-based immigration and deportation defense. It is designed for individuals working in law firms, companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations where they interact with immigrants and immigrant legal concerns on a regular basis and would therefore benefit from greater knowledge of the laws and regulations surrounding immigration. For more information on class schedules, tuition and fees, course applications and to register, see here

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