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December 19, 2008

1.  Comment: Enforcement Milestones
2.  Focus: Deadline Is Friday, Dec 19th For Latest In Adjustment
    Of Status
3.  Articles:
    (a) Bloggings on Nurse Immigration by Christopher T. Musillo
    of the Hammond Law Group
    (b) Immigrants Of The Day: Samuel Gompers of England, Joe
    Cook of Cambodia, and Safaa Wadi of Iraq by Kevin R. Johnson
4.  News:
    (a)USCIS, CBP Final Rule On Changes To Requirements Affecting
    H2A Nonimmigrants
    (b) CBP Publishes Notice On H2A Visa Exit Program Pilot
    (c)USCIS, CBP, ICE Notice On H2A Petitioner's Employment-
    Related Or Fee-Related Notification
    (d) DHS Notice On Countries Eligible For H2A Program
    (e) DOL Publishes Final Rule On Modernizing the Labor
    Certification Process And Enforcement For H2A Aliens
    (f) EOIR Publishes Final Rule On Professional Conduct For
    (g) EOIR Publishes Final Rule On Voluntary Departure
5.  Classifieds:
    (a) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
    (b) Case Management Technology
6.  Headlines:
    (a) Immigration And The Economy: A Changing Debate
    (b) Maryland ACLU Is Probing Anti-Immigrant Policies
    (c) Obama Tasks Napolitano With Homeland Security Overhaul
    (d) Immigration Report Finds Citizenship Oaths Delayed
7.  ComingsNGoings:
    (a) Appointment - Arlington, VA
8.  Letters From: None today.


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Enforcement Milestones

The Austin American-Statesman
reports that the Department of Homeland Security released a fact
sheet touting its end of the year accomplisments. The
accomplishments listed include  doubling the size of the Border
Patrol from about 9,000 in 2001 to more than 18,000,
constructing about 93 miles of border fence this year, removing
more than 323,000 undocumented immigrants from the US, and
dramatically increasing penalties against employers whose hiring
processes violate the law.

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

Deadline Is Friday, Dec 19th For Latest In Adjustment Of Status

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part telephone seminar
series "Latest In Adjustment Of Status" with discussion leader
Christina LaBrie and featuring distinguished practitioners as
speakers - Nadeen Aljijakli, Daniel Horne, Barbara Wong, and
Other Speakers To Be Announced. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on December 22: I-485 RFEs and Adjudication
- Hot Topics 

++Medical exams
++Maintenance of status - why theG-325A is so important
++Bona fide marriage for employment-based applicants
++AC21 portability ++Proving lawful entry
++NSEERS issues
++Renewing I-485s in immigration court 

SECOND Phone Session on January 15: Adjustment of Status
Interviews - Be Prepared! 

++Documents to bring
++How to prepare your clients
++How to prepare for employment-based AOS interviews
++How to deal with a difficult officer
++Protecting your clients' rights
++Dealing with criminal issues
++Special cases - VAWA, SIJ, HIV waivers 

THIRD Phone Session on February 5: Lawful Permanent Residence
- Rules and Responsibilities 

++Responsibilities and possible penalties
++Reentry permits ++Abandonment of LPR status
++Tax issues
++Responsibilities of I-864 sponsors
++Special cases - Asylee/Refugee LPRs
++Looking forward to naturalization 

The deadline to sign up is Friday, December 19th. For more info,
including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration
information, please see:
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(a) Bloggings on Nurse Immigration

Christopher T. Musillo of the Hammond Law Group shares the latest
entries as of December 16, 2008 on his nurse immigration blog.

(b) Immigrants Of The Day: Samuel Gompers of England, Joe Cook of
Cambodia, and Safaa Wadi of Iraq

Kevin R. Johnson celebrates the achievements of these immigrants.

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4.  NEWS

(a) USCIS, CBP Final Rule On Changes To Requirements Affecting
H2A Nonimmigrants

USCIS, CBP published a final rule amending DHS regulations
regarding temporary and seasonal agricultural workers, and
their US employers, within the H-2A nonimmigrant classification.

(b) CBP Publishes Notice On H2A Visa Exit Program Pilot

CBP published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it
is establishing a new land-border exit system for certain
temporary agricultural workers, starting on a pilot basis, at
designated ports of entry.

(c) USCIS, CBP, ICE Notice On H2A Petitioner's Employment-Related
Or Fee-Related Notification

USCIS, CBP, ICE published a notice in the Fedederal Register
announcing the manner in which petitioners must notify U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services regarding their employment
of agricultural workers in H-2A nonimmigrant status or job
placement fee information.

(d) DHS Notice On Countries Eligible For H2A Program

DHS published a notice in the Federal Register identifying the
foreign countries whose nationals are eligible to participate
in the H-2A visa program.

(e) DOL Publishes Final Rule On Modernizing the Labor
Certification Process And Enforcement For H2A Aliens

The Department of Labor published a final rule amending its
regulations regarding the certification for the temporary
employment of nonimmigrant workers in agricultural
occupations on a temporary or seasonal basis, and the
enforcement of the contractual obligations applicable to
employers of such nonimmigrant workers.

(f) EOIR Publishes Final Rule On Professional Conduct For

The EOIR published a final rule that adopts, in part, the
proposed changes to the rules and procedures concerning the
standards of representation and professional conduct for
practitioners who appear before the EOIR, which includes the
immigration judges and the BIA.

(g) EOIR Publishes Final Rule On Voluntary Departure

The Department of Justice is publishing this final rule to
amend the regulations regarding voluntary departure. This rule
adopts, without substantial change, the proposed rule under which
a grant of voluntary departure is automatically withdrawn upon
the filing of a motion to reopen or reconsider with the
immigration judge or the Board of Immigration Appeals (Board) or
a petition for review in a federal court of appeals.

(a) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Washington, DC- USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks
experienced attorneys with 3+ years demonstrated experience in
immigration law for the Adjudications Law Division (ALD). The
attorneys will serve as advisors to the Chief of the ALD, the
Chief Counsel, and to USCIS and other Departmental components on
issues relating to U.S. immigration laws.   Applicants must
possess a JD degree,  be an active member of the bar (any
jurisdiction), and have 3+ years of post-J.D. experience in
immigration law. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number:
COU-CIS-2008-0013 at USAJobs.com.
Submit a resume, cover letter + (2) writing samples to: Claudia
Salem, Acting Chief, Adjudications Law Division at
mailto:ALD.ALD@dhs.gov. Please make sure to note in email subject
header that you are applying for the Experienced Attorney
Position, ALD, at USCIS. Must be received by 5pm, ET, Friday,
December 19, 2008. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. This
job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not
in the competitive civil service. No relocation reimbursement

(b) Case Management Technology
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6.  Headlines

(a) Immigration And The Economy: A Changing Debate

There's a consensus among economists and policy analysts that
immigrant labor benefits the economy on whole -- and dramatically

(b) Maryland ACLU Is Probing Anti-Immigrant Policies

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland has launched a
review of local efforts to crack down on undocumented immigrants,
saying a patchwork of increasingly harsh policies might be
violating some residents' rights.

(c) Obama Tasks Napolitano With Homeland Security Overhaul

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, a border-state governor with a
background in law enforcement, will inherit what her new boss on
Monday called a "sprawling" department in need of reform if she
is confirmed as the nation's third Homeland Security secretary.

(d) Immigration Report Finds Citizenship Oaths Delayed

A court prevented nearly 2,000 people from taking the oath of
U.S. citizenship in time to register to vote in the November
elections, a new report released Wednesday said.

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7.  ComingsNGoings

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(a) Appointment - Arlington, VA
Bean, Kinney & Korman is pleased to announce that firm
shareholder Philip M. Keating has been selected as Chair-Elect of
the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and Bean Kinney received the
Chamber's annual "Chair's Award" for Outstanding Contributions of
Resources to the Chamber and the Arlington Business Community.

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(a) None today.
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