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July 15, 2009


1.  Comment: The Orwellian State
2.  Focus: The Deadline Is Tues, July 14th For The J Visa and
    Exchange Program
3.  Articles:
    (a) Two Years And Four Thousand Arrests Later: Del Monte And
    The ICE Raids, An Update by Stephen Manning, Sarah Loose, and
    Alice Perry
    (b) Spotlight On Legal Immigration To The United States by
    Jeanne Batalova for Migration Information Source
    (c) Immigrants Of The Week: Omid Kordestani, John
    Catsimatidis, and Ray Young by Greg Siskind
4.  News:
    (a) DOJ Immigration Litgation Bulletin: December 2007
5.  Classifieds:
    (a) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
    (b) Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
    (c) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    (d) Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
    (e) J-1 Visa Program
6.  Headlines:
    (a) Miami-Dade Man's Life In Limbo As He Faces Deportation To
    (b) New Immigration Report, Same Old Call for Amnesty
    (c) Chris Christie Leans To The Left Of Even Some Democrats
    (d) Yang Gets Jail Time For Harboring Illegals
7.  ComingsNGoings:
    (a) Immigration Event - Washington DC
8.  Letters From:
    (a) Roger Algase, Esq.
    (b) Robert Gittelson
    (c) Linda Dysart
    (d) Pedro Nunez
    (e) Gajani Mahmad


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The Orwellian State

Laws made in the name of security and imposed by a heartless
bureaucracy on hapless immigrants who cannot vote are bad. Not
just because of their impact on immigrants, deplorable as it is.
But because such laws inevitably end up victimizing American
citizens too. A story earlier in the year
in the Marietta Register bears this out. From the story: "Bill
Smith, 61, moved from Ohio to West Virginia. He tried to get a
new license and ended up getting six years worth of legal battles
and thousands of dollars worth of bills." There are many on the
political right who oppose immigration, and who support laws
which ended up making Mr. Smith's life miserable for 6 years. All
this despite the fact that, per the story: "I served in the Air
Force for four years in Vietnam," Smith said.  "My discharge and
DD-214 said I was a citizen, but I guess that's not good enough."
The executive branch in an equal opportunity enforcer, and will
continue to create much misery for unlucky US citizens such as
Mr. Smith's family once the executive is empowered with post-9/11
immigration laws. We urge those on the political right to reflect
on what they are wishing for since they might get it. In other
words, the supporters of a mass-deportation policy aka attrition
thru enforcement may end up being the ones attrited and deported
by a blind bureaucracy. History shows that it is better by far
not to empower the executive over much. If we don't heed the
lessons of history, we will end up with a fascist state. And
those on both the right and the left ought to be able to agree
that avoiding such an end is the American thing to do.

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

The Deadline Is Tues, July 14th For The J Visa and Exchange

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(a) Two Years And Four Thousand Arrests Later: Del Monte And The
ICE Raids, An Update

Stephen Manning, Sarah Loose, and Alice Perry write "The most
ferocious immigration raid in Oregon and, at that time, in the
United States was underway."

(b) Spotlight On Legal Immigration To The United States

Jeanne Batalova for Migration Information Source writes "This
updated Spotlight takes a close look at the 2008 statistics on
foreign nationals admitted for and adjusted to lawful permanent
residence (LPR)."

(c) Immigrants Of The Week: Omid Kordestani, John Catsimatidis,
and Ray Young

Greg Siskind celebrates the achievements of these select

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4.  NEWS

(a) DOJ Immigration Litgation Bulletin: December 2007

We carry The Department of Justice Office of Litigation's
December 2007 issue of its publication, Immigration Litigation

(a) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Midtown Manhattan - Boutique law firm seeks two attorneys:  1)
Senior attorney with 3-7 years experience to manage own caseload
of employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visa petitions
for a wide range of professionals, including research scientists,
artists/designers, athletes, IT professionals, etc, family-based
petitions, motions & EOIR matters. May also handle some
litigation matters. 2) Junior attorney with 1-3 years experience
to assist Senior attorney with business & family immigration
matters and handle personal injury/no fault and matrimonial
litigation.  This position requires admission to NY Bar;
admission to NJ Bar is a +. Both positions require great
initiative and follow-through, as well as excellent writing and
interpersonal skills.  Ideal candidates will have graduated in
the top 1/3 of their class and have Journal experience.  Salary
DOE. Please email cover letter and CV to

(b) Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Downtown Washington, DC (K Street area) - Fast-paced boutique
immigration law firm
seeks legal assistants. 1-2 yrs exp req.d in business/family
immigration law.  Interesting work and clientele; no timesheets;
latest technology; competitive salary and benefits (401K, health
insurance, paid vacation, etc). Successful applicants will be
detail-oriented, able to handle volume, highly organized and
strong communicators.  Email resume, cover letter and salary reqs
to mailto:jobs@immigrationgroup.com. No calls please. EOE.

(c) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Lincoln, Nebraska - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks
an experienced attorney for the position of Service Center
Counsel at the Nebraska Service Center (NSC). Responsibilities
include, but are not limited to, serving as an attorney providing
legal advice to the NSC personnel on issues involving immigration
related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds,
and national security; writing visa appeal briefs and providing
litigation support to the U.S. Attorney's office on cases arising
from Service Center adjudications. J.D. degree, active bar
membership by the entry on duty date. For full details enter
COU-CIS-2009-0005 here.
Applicants must submit (1) resume , (2) writing sample (10 pps.
max), (3) references to mailto:William.Craig@dhs.gov. All
submissions must be received by close of business on July 17,
2009. GS-13/15, position open until filled. No relocation
allowance offered.

(d) Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Las Vegas, NV - The Law Offices of Garcia-Mendoza & Snavely
seeks an experienced paralegal to perform all types of business
and family visa packages under supervision of attorney. Minimum
3-5 years experience required. Salary to be negotiated. Firm
provides benefits including paid vacation and sick leave plus
profit sharing plan. Located in a free standing building on
ground level in downtown. Parking is free. Submit resume + cover
letter to mailto:evagm@gms4law.com. All replies remain in

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6.  Headlines

(a) Miami-Dade Man's Life In Limbo As He Faces Deportation To

A North Miami Beach imam facing deportation to Iran is seeking
support from Rep. Kendrick Meek.

(b) New Immigration Report, Same Old Call for Amnesty

And while its 'bi-partisan' nature is certainly attractive, it
doesn't make legalization anymore than a costly amnesty.

(c) Chris Christie Leans To The Left Of Even Some Democrats

Two summers ago, he had a very public falling-out with Christie
over the question of illegal immigration.

(d) Yang Gets Jail Time For Harboring Illegals

A Duluth, Ga., man who ran an employment agency in Chamblee was
sentenced on Monday to five years in prison for harboring illegal

For links to the above stories see here:
7.  ComingsNGoings

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(a) Immigration Event - Washington DC
Institute for the Study of International Migration invites you to
attend 'The Challenge of Circular Migration: A Triple Win
Solution?', 8:30-10:00 a.m., Friday, July 17, 2009, Georgetown
University Law Center, McDonough Hall, Room 200, 600 New Jersey
Ave., N.W., Washington, DC, 20001.

Readers can share comments, email: mailto:editor@ilw.com  (up to
300-words). Past correspondence is available in our archives

(a) Dear Editor:
Carmen Benavides' letter recommends going back to the pre-1965
immigration system. As my letters have explained many times
before, this was based on a restrictive immigration law enacted
in 1924, at a time of widespread prejudice against, Italian,
Jewish, Eastern European, Middle Eastern and East Asian
immigrants, who were considered to be unassimilable because they
were allegedly biologically inferior to whites from Western
Europe. As a result, Congress enacted a "national origins" quota
system, which was not based on the most recent census (from
1920), but on the 1890 one, from 30 years earlier, before much of
the great wave of immigration from the above areas. The clear
purpose was to give preference to white immigrants from Northern
and Western Europe. This is the system of prejudice that Ms.
Benavides, whose letter evidently believes that Latinos are also
unassimilable and would like a total moratorium on immigration,
would like to see reinstated. The fact that the writer of that
letter happens to have an Hispanic name, does not, of course,
deprive the letter of the right to whatever views on immigration
the writer wishes to express. Nor does it make the letter any
less racist. As long as letters like this are being written, we
should not be surprised that immigration reform is likely to
remain a distant dream and that even the seriously flawed legal
immigration system that we now have is on life support.
Roger Algase, Esq.  New York, NY

(b) Dear Editor:
I was rather surprised at the amount of cynicism emanating from
the letters of 7/14/09, and I felt the need to chime in with a
few choice responses. First of all, Roger Algase's letter
attempt's to speak for all of us, but it certainly does not speak
for me and many of my fellow CIR advocates. Not only am I
"almost" sure in my heart, and pretty sure in my mind, that CIR
will pass this session, but I insist that earned legalization is
but one of many parts to CIR, and that, while instrumental to the
legislation, is but one vital ingredient to a comprehensive
solution. Carmen Benavides's letter proves that the anti-
immigrant propaganda machine is quite alive and well in
California. First of all, the figure of 4,000,000 new
undocumented immigrants per year is ludicrous, (right now it is
about zero), and the figure of $10.5 billion per year in cost
only tells a small fraction of the story. It neglects to mention
that ledger has two sides, and you can't talk about the debits
without talking about the credits. Finally, I vehemently disagree
with the very notion, as put forth by Robert Yang's letter.
Religious values not withstanding, most people are good at heart,
though flawed. The letter should not paint all people with the
juice of the few bad apples. Furthermore, as to his letter's
constant barrage of free trade arguments, his letter neglects to
consider that these other countries that his letter would have
the U.S. compete against on an equal footing, benefit from the
very expensive liberty and freedom that we provide to the world.
Our first concern, as a nation, must be our own financial health,
as that is in the best long term interest of the rest of the world.
Robert Gittelson

(c) Dear Editor:
Just a comment on the recent editorial on immigration fees
(07/10/09 ID), I am Canadian and a permanent resident of the US
for many years (also an ESL teacher) and recently decided to have
dual citizenship ... until I found out the cost. I am retired and
have financial priorities that do not include paying $800. just
to vote. The fees are outrageous and its a wonder anyone gets
Linda Dysart

(d) Dear Editor:
I read with interest and hope your article on abolishing
immigration fees. That is an excellent proposal. Also, what can
we do to start a grass roots  campaign on this issue. I believe
that you will receive support from the public. Anyone who has
been before an ALJ knows of the delays, abuse and ridicule that
they have to suffer. This after having to pay outrageous fees
(continuously) to have their petitions filed and then processed.
The arguments raised on both sides are compelling but I feel that
the time may be appropriate to raise the matter and seek
congressional support. The very fact that this agency takes years
to process these applications speaks volumes of its inefficiency.
The fact remains that this office currently exists as an agency
were the principles involved (ALJ's) simply use this as a forum
to abuse the petitioners and ridicule them as soon as they appear
before the court. It is a shameful waste of time and energy as
families place their entire life before an administrative agency
that does nothing. How many families have paid their fees only to
be subsequently removed or deported simply because their case has
not been adjudicated. The real question why should this agency
move to change the process?  They have no oversight. They do not
have to answer to anyone and it is job security for all those
people employed. I wonder if anyone has ever questioned the total
amount received in application fees and related charges. I hope
you continue calling attention to this matter and solicit support
from the public. I am prepared to do whatever I can to help. I
reside in Southern California (San Diego) and I know I can secure
additional support for this project.
Pedro Nunez

(e) Dear Editor:
I agree with ID's 07/09/09 comments about the PERM system. Is
there any way to get this system work better than the present
condition? People like us are really screwing up their lives in
the process of getting a green card. I personally feel about
this. We cannot go back to India or can stay here. I have filed
my LC in March 2008 and still waiting on decision (received
random audit). There should be specific time period to people
know their status, so that they can take serious decision about
next steps. Is there anything we can fight for the change?
Gajani Mahmad
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