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February 17, 2009

1.  Comment: NumbersUSA Helps Immigration Lawyers
2.  Focus: Deadline For Preparation of the PERM Application Is
    Tuesday, Feb 17th
3.  Articles:
    (a) Belarus Religious Persecution Cases In The Circuit Courts
    Of Appeals - Case Study by Alex Berd and Patrick Klauss
    (b) Obama's Homeland Security Selection Viewed As Focused On
    Immigration by Muzaffar Chishti and Claire Bergeron for the
    Migration Policy Institute
    (c) Bloggings on Dysfunctional Government by Angelo A.
4.  News:
    (a) DOJ Announces MultiState Arrests For Visa Fraud
5.  Classifieds:
    (a) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    (b) Expert Witness Services
    (c) Credential Evaluation
    (d) Case Management Technology
6.  Headlines:
    (a) On Angel Island, The Walls Really Talk
    (b) Napolitano: As Recession Deepens, Illegal Immigration
    From Mexico Declines
    (c) How Would Lincoln Vote Today?
    (d) Immigration Fight Simmered During Stimulus Negotiations
7.  ComingsNGoings:
    (a) New Attorney- Skokie, IL
8.  Letters From:
    (a) Honza Prchal, Esq.
    (b) David D. Murray, Esq.
    (c) Gladys C. Farris
    (d) Joan
    (e) Jim Roberts


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NumbersUSA Helps Immigration Lawyers

To qualify for the OPT STEM extension, F1s need to seek jobs only
at employers using E-Verify. Unfortunately, DHS does not provide
a searchable database for this, and often the immigrant student
reaches out for help to immigration counsel to find such
employers. Fear not, the anti-immigrant NumbersUSA comes to the
rescue! NumbersUSA has a searchable database of about two-thirds
of E-Verify employers, conveniently searchable by location and
business type for F1 students. This gem is at:
This is a unique example of an enforcement-related resource being
useful for benefits purposes.

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

Deadline For Preparation of the PERM Application Is Tuesday, Feb 17th

Tuesday, Feb 17th is the deadline for the Wednesday, Feb 18th
phone session of the telephone seminar series "PERM For
Beginners" with discussion leader Sofia Zneimer. The curriculum
for the session on " Preparation of the PERM Application" is as

++ Employer registration and attorney sub-account
++ Prevailing Wage
++ Recruitment Plan
++ Job Order
++ Mandatory Printed Ads - elements, placement, considerations
++ Additional steps for professional jobs - what is a professional
job anyway?
++ Recruitment Report - elements and considerations
++ Qualified US workers
++ Audit preparedness
++ Discussion of best practices to manage the process
++ Schedule A and Special Handling  

The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, February 17th. For more info,
including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration
information, please see:
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(a) Belarus Religious Persecution Cases In The Circuit Courts Of
Appeals - Case Study

Alex Berd and Patrick Klauss write "As discussed above, many of
these cases turn on the court's determination whether the facts
support a finding of persecution, rather than mere harassment."

(b) Obama's Homeland Security Selection Viewed As Focused On

Muzaffar Chishti and Claire Bergeron for the Migration Policy
Institute write "President-elect Barack Obama's selection of
Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as the next secretary of
homeland security signals his willingness to make immigration
policy concerns a high priority."

(c) Bloggings on Dysfunctional Government

Angelo A. Paparelli writes "The bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's
birth is a fitting moment to ponder the state of our fractious
and fractured nation of immigrants."

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4.  NEWS

(a) DOJ Announces MultiState Arrests For Visa Fraud

The Department of Justice announced the arrest of 11 individuals
as part of an investigation into suspected visa and mail fraud.

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6.  Headlines

(a) On Angel Island, The Walls Really Talk

Desperate demands in Japanese: "Get me out of here fast."
Impatient orders in German: "Close the doors. There's a draft." A
simple tally in Gurmukhi, a script used by Sikhs: "100 days. Tara
Singh." Carved birds and a shrine to good fortune, with a
butterfly and a basket.

(b) Napolitano: As Recession Deepens, Illegal Immigration From
Mexico Declines

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the department
has seen a "significant decrease" in the number of illegal
immigrants crossing over from Mexico because there are fewer
available jobs in the United States.

(c) How Would Lincoln Vote Today?

But Lincoln's dismissal of prejudice against Irish and German
Catholics naturally leads to dismissal of all arguments about
immigration based in bigotry.

(d) Immigration Fight Simmered During Stimulus Negotiations

Although preliminary indications are that the requirement did not
make it into the final version, the battle over E-Verify is far
from over.

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

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(a) New Attorney- Skokie, IL
Immigration Law Associates, P.C. is pleased to welcome Matthew I.
Bernstein as a Senior Associate Attorney. Matt joins us from
Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, where he was a professor
and practiced immigration and nationality law. He not only brings
years of knowledge regarding a full spectrum of immigration law
issues, but also his extensive deportation and removal experience
to our team. Matt is licensed to practice in Illinois and is a
member of AILA.  www.immig-chicago.com.

Readers are welcome to share their comments, email:
mailto:editor@ilw.com  (300-words or fewer preferred).
Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence,
available in our archives.

(a) Dear Editor:
Roger Algase's (02/12/09 ID) letter alleges that we would never
treat immigrants "from North of here" as harshly as those from
"south of here" in the context of the immigrant being the clearly
American family's primary breadwinner. Nonsense. We deported
British and Canadian spouses who had homes here in the USA after
9-11. We even deported blonde Germans and people who spoke with a
brogue. I do not like the policy, and some of those voting for
that sort of thing surely are motivated by the racism Mr.
Algase's letter describes everywhere, but the cheap shot is
factually untrue. As for the rest of the letter to the Editor, I
agree with it, except that place of origin is actually a pretty
good predictor of success here, though that success rate changes
over time. For example, British doctors, even if ethnically
Mongol, Somali or Pakistani, probably assimilate better here than
Mongol, Somali or Pakistani doctors coming straight from the
mother country. Cantonese, Armenians and Basques seem to do
particularly well in the USA (pace Mr. Yang) so I'm not asserting
some sort of racial stalking horse, just arguing that nation of
origin and culture are worth taking a look at in future
immigration reforms, especially if the recent performance of
immigrants from various locations is factored into future quotas
from particular countries or categories (say, Iranian Jews and
Bahais, unquestionably above par performers as a group).
Honza Prchal, Esq.  Birmingham, AL

(b) Dear Editor:
Robert Yang's letter (02/13/09 ID) once again drones on about the
global economy, world wide competition, labor monopolies and
consumers' rights to shop for better deals, criticizing Americans
for not understanding. Alright, already, move on. While Mr.
Yang's letters may make some points, they were made long ago.
Rehashing those a hundred different times offers no suggestion as
to how to reform our immigration system. How can US immigration
laws be written to achieve the type of globalization his letters
advocate? I agree with Mr. Yang's letters that legitimate
business travelers and tourists should more easily be allowed
entry into the US, and that visas are often arbitrarily denied to
Chinese. This policy should change in a global economy. Mr.
Yang's letter claims that, "Brazilians fingerprint and photograph
only American visitors and require Americans to obtain visas and
pay $100 fee to get one, so do Chinese." Not true. Americans pay
$130 for a Brazilian visa; the same as Brazilians pay for a US
visa, under the legal doctrine of reciprocity. Likewise do
Chinese. The Brazilian Consulate's web page makes no mention of
fingerprinting. Since a visa application can be filed other than
in person, for a $20 extra fee, this does not seem likely. I was
not fingerprinted when I applied for my Chinese visa. If
interpretation of law is incorrect, or if facts are wrongly
stated, it is impossible to maintain credibility. In past weeks,
there have been far too many misinterpretations of law and too
many incorrect facts bandied about in Letters to the Editor.
Let's get the facts and the interpretation of law right, or
remain silent. I hear my nanny calling, telling me to get to work
solving my clients' immigration problems, listening carefully to
the facts and correctly applying the law.
David D. Murray, Esq.  Newport Beach, CA

(c) Dear Editor:
Why remit any correspondence to a Congressman or Senator when as
I see it there seem no impact to this telephones calls,
correspondence or e-mail what the public needs to do is those who
can vote start deleting the congress of whoever has been there
more than two terms and the Senate at least one term and put
another face in the podium.  If this is done a few times I bet
the congress people and senate people will listen.
Gladys C. Farris

(d) Dear Editor:
A 2002 issue of Immigration Daily included a list of countries
that were recognized for extended validity on their passports
(the 6-month rule). I was on ILW.COM trying to find an updated
version but couldn't.
Joan  Stony Brook, NY

Editor's note: Try using our advanced search engine to find any
document on our website.

(e) Dear Editor:
H. Prchal's (02/12/09 ID) letter deserves a response. My letters
do not believe it is "acrimony to no purpose" to question the
"allegiance" of those who , sincere or not, advocate such
policies as open borders, birthright citizenship for illegals,
visa waivers or CIR. It is the opinion of restrictionists that
these views which result in excessive entry, weakened security
and cheapened citizenship are harmful to US, whether made
oblivious to the harm or in full awareness, the damage is still
done. We are not only entitled to such views, but believe that
they are the correct ones. The Constitution, similarly, is a
document that attempts to limit government to increase liberty
and to benefit society.  We observe that deviating from this
limited standard (such as the 1986 amnesty), tolerating visa
fraud, lax border security or even excessive legal entry results
in a diluted, chaotic society as does straying from the
Constitution, bail-outs, wars, fiat money, etc. We observe that
citizens with strong ethnic backgrounds often show little or
divided allegiance to US which is why entry has to be limited and
enforced. R. Yang and others claim to be Americans, but have
globalist views which precludes nationhood. It is not necessary
to sacrifice America to compete or to abandon or minimize entry
enforcement as the letters of M. Freedman and R. Algase would
have us do because there are sad stories here and elsewhere. If
one is suffering and even dying of cancer or sees the ship
sinking, it is not "acrimony to no purpose" to attempt to address
the causes to correct the situation, it is moral concern with a
purpose.  This is not "confusing its own politics with
fundamental American values", rather it is supporting and
honoring them.  "Oh, I see", said the blind man.
Jim Roberts
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