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February 26, 2009


1.  Comment: Fake Lawyer
2.  Focus: Business Immigration Law
3.  Articles:
    (a) Consular Corner: February 2009 by Liam Schwartz
    (b) The State's Quest For Total Information Awareness by
    David M. Brown for the Foundation For Economic Education
    (c) Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy by Greg Siskind
4.  News:
    (a) USCIS Expands Premium Processing For Designated I-140s
5.  Classifieds:
    (a) Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
    (b) Position Sought
    (c) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    (d) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    (e) Case Management Technology
    (f) Immigration Law Certificate
6.  Headlines:
    (a) New Picks For DHS Raise Hopes For Immigration Reform
    (b) Lawmakers Try New Approach To Immigration Changes
    (c) Indiana Senate Passes Immigration Reform Bill
    (d) US Charges Salvadoran Ex-Defense Minister With
    Immigration Fraud
7.  ComingsNGoings:
    (a) Immigration Event - New York, NY
8.  Letters From:
    (a) Roger Algase, Esq.
    (b) Godfrey Y. Muwonge
    (c) Sergi Sheplov


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Fake Lawyer

The New York Law Journal
reports on the arrest of a man falsely posing as an immigration
attorney, and the measures taken by the bar to provide assistance
to his wronged clients. "Hundreds of immigrants were left angry
and confused when the man they thought was their legal counsel,
Victor M. Espinal, was arrested for allegedly posing as an
immigration attorney. Nearly 125 of Mr. Espinal's clients poured
into the lobby of the New York City Bar Association on Monday
evening to attend a free clinic where 54 attorneys volunteered to
help them sort through their legal and immigration options. "

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(a) Consular Corner: February 2009

Liam Schwartz writes "The guiding hand behind 99 State 21138 was
the late Stephen K. Fischel, who throughout three decades of
service at the Department did more than anyone to promote the
relationship between consul and counsel."

(b) The State's Quest For Total Information Awareness

David M. Brown for the Foundation For Economic Education writes
"If Total Information Awareness is to be stopped, it will most
likely be stopped not by the principles or natural inclinations
of politicians, but by the principles and protests of

(c) Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy

Greg Siskind writes "More interesting to me is the appointment by
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano of Esther Olavarria as the Deputy
Assistant Secretary for Policy. The pro-immigration community
should be cheering loudly over Esther's appointment."

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4.  NEWS

(a) USCIS Expands Premium Processing For Designated I-140s

USCIS announced that it will expand Premium Processing Service
for designated Forms I-140 to include alien beneficiaries who
have reached, or are reaching, their limitation of stay in H-1B
nonimmigrant status. For the announcement, see here
and for the fact sheet, see here.

(a) Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Roseland, NJ - Fox Rothschild LLP
has an opening for an immigration paralegal. The ideal candidate
will have 5+ years of employment based immigration paralegal
experience. Experience must include preparing and filing full
range of employment-based applications, independently conducting
research, analyzing legal resources, maintaining document files
and case docketing. Must be team player, detail oriented and
possess excellent communication, writing, organizational and
computer skills. Will consider Bachelor's degree, Associate's
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(b) Position Sought
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to draft and consult on complex RFE responses, MTR's, EB-1 (all
subcategories), EB-5, E-1, E-2, H-1B, L-1, O-1, NIW, PERM and TN
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inadmissibility waivers, paralegal training programs, and legal
research.  Competitive hourly or flat fees.  References available
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for additional details.

(c) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
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Immigration Attorney. We are a diverse and global company that
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hiring managers and recruiters hire and on board the best and
brightest. If you are ready to make a difference and learn and
grow in the US Immigration arena, we offer an opportunity like no
other. This position requires excellent academic credentials, 4-6
years experience in all NIV business visas, labor certifications,
and other business-related immigration matters. Strong case
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(d) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Beverly Hills, CA - Busy immigration law firm has immediate
opening for experienced, hard-working and creative self-starter.
Candidate must be able to thrive in challenging, trial-oriented
environment where deadlines are critical, must be active bar
member (any jurisdiction), and have experience in handling
nonimmigrant business and/or NIV visas and consular practice,
PERM, family, removal proceedings, as well as BIA and Circuit
Court Appeals, and federal litigation. Must have following:
demonstrate quick analytical ability and facility to articulate
critical issues in case; have superior oral and writing skills,
strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgment;
possess excellent courtroom skills and exhibit ability to work in
professional manner with others, demonstrate computer literacy
skills. Expected to do own legal research and writing and to be
substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day
correspondence/pleadings. Occasional travel required; bilingual a
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6.  Headlines

(a) New Picks For DHS Raise Hopes For Immigration Reform

Esther Olavarria, a Senior Fellow and Director of Immigration
Policy at the Center for American Progress, is his pick for
deputy assistant secretary of homeland security for policy.

(b) Lawmakers Try New Approach To Immigration Changes

Latino lawmakers and advocates are taking a new approach to the
push for changes in U.S. immigration policy, making a
humanitarian appeal to Americans to support fellow citizens who
have relatives living in fear of detention and deportation.

(c) Indiana Senate Passes Immigration Reform Bill

Indiana businesses that repeatedly knowingly hire illegal
immigrants would face one of the toughest penalties in the nation
under legislation the Indiana Senate passed Tuesday night.

(d) US Charges Salvadoran Ex-Defense Minister With Immigration

US authorities have charged a former defense minister for El
Salvador with two counts of immigration fraud.

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

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(a) Immigration Event - New York, NY
On Thursday, March 12 at 5 p.m., Wagner College's Hugh L. Carey
Center for Government Reform welcomes Joseph J. Salvo for a
lecture entitled, "New Immigrants to New York: How and When Will
They Gain Power in Government?" For more info see:

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300-words). Past correspondence is available in our archives

(a) Dear Editor:
Paul Good's letter (02/25/09 ID) has corrected some
misunderstandings about details in my letter (02/24/09 ID)
concerning Thai students. But what is clear is that, according to
Mr. Good's letter, all the students wishing to immigrate to the
US did so legally. Therefore, we are looking at the case of a
relatively prosperous Asian country, once indeed known as an
"Asian Tiger"', whose exchange visitors, according to Mr. Good's
letter, scrupulously followed the US immigration laws. Yet this
important Asian country and long-standing US ally is not on the
visa waiver list. On the other hand, there is a long list of
economically depressed Eastern European countries (as well as at
least one Western European country, Iceland) which are on the
list. The excuse for this blatant discrimination is given as
"overstay statistics". But anybody can prove anything with
statistics. Look at the infamous book "The Bell Curve" which, a
number of years ago, supposedly "proved" through statistics that
African-Americans are allegedly not as smart as whites. Now
purported overstay figures are being used, in effect, to claim
that visitors from white countries can be more trusted to obey
the law than visitors from non-white countries. Who needs such
Roger Algase, Esq.                  New York, NY

(b) Dear Editor:
Regarding the article "The Path Less Taken" (02/25/09 ID):
Although I don't pretend having come up with the idea, I do
propose ADI " Accounting and Dynamic Integration " in my new
book, Immigration Reform: We Can Do It, If We Apply Our Founders'
True Ideals (Hamilton, 2009). It is part of chapter 12 -
Dynamically Integrating our Immigration System. In it, I propose
taking focus away from legalization or Path to X, and focusing on
the workplace. There, as I propose, employers can both provide
legal employment, if we permit them, and accounting for 9-11
security and related purposes. The CBOs and legal community would
have to work with employers, along with law-enforcement,
something already familiar to them in "community policing"
schemes. The legal community would do what it does in labor
certification cases, incidentally a platform that can be adapted
to this purpose.     What this permits is throttling back, in
aircraft talk. It will take "amnesty" away from its naysayers who
use it as a bludgeon to kill any progressive immigration reform
Godfrey Y. Muwonge

(c) Dear Editor:
The man who had extreme elbow pain fortunately got a second
opinion and after a careful and thoughtful examination by a
compassionate and caring doctor was diagnosed with a dislocated
shoulder. The doctors analogy in Roberts' letter (02/25/09 ID) is
a sad commentary on the restrictionist viewpoint clearly lacking
in compassion and the ability to grasp the complexities of the
discussion at hand. Immigration Law is "broken" and the
prescription for fixing it is a reasoned diagnosis of what is the
cause of problem, and careful consideration of the complexities
of the issue. The suggestion of a recision of the Visa waiver
program throws the baby out with the bath water, the baby being
our multi-billion dollar annual toursit industry, A moratorium on
Immigration? Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.
We are a nation of Immigrants, our collective DNA is what makes
"US" the great USA. Shutting the door on future immigrants is not
the answer it could be the beginning of a whole new set of
problems. Much of our current problem with illegal entry and
failure to depart is a direct result of draconian provisions in
the existing Immigration Law. Recognizing the flaws in the
current system that promote illegal entry, and adopting
strategies to minimize the problem going forward is what most
advocates of reform  are in favor of.  There is no way to exempt
undocumented workers from consequences but many reform advocates
attempt to remind us that almost all migrant works have paid a
price already in exploitation. The most popular solutions that I
am aware of simply state the penalties that are imposed should
simply be in line with the extent of the offense in keeping with
our long standing principle of proportionality.
Sergi Sheplov
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