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January 31, 2007

SACVISA; Announcing the deployment of a new Global System Enhancement: “State vs. Nationwide Job Postings”

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This feature will be implemented on your job board effective February 15th unless you notify us that you wish to OPT-OUT. To do so, please reply to this email. If you have questions, please contact your customer support representative at 888.491.8833.

This enhancement will affect the following areas of your job board: Job Posting, Browse by Location, Job Search Results Display.

The original system design provides employers the ability to post a single job with multiple locations in multiple states using the “Nationwide” location option. From a recent review of job postings, it was found that the “nationwide” job posting capability is often being misused and causing what appears to be an error in the “Browse by State” and “Advanced Job Search” by state features. Currently, a search by state or browse by state results in the display of all nationwide jobs and the jobs located in the desired state search and the location display shows the city(s) applicable, causing a job search for Texas jobs to have jobs from NYC or Chicago or Boston being displayed.

There is a better way to accommodate, those few demanding employers that insist on posting a job with multi-state locations through a single job posting fee. Today, custom job posting packages can offer you a better, more accurate way to satisfy those few employers that require “nationwide” job posting capability. For example, if you have an important employer that has a job posting located in multiple cities in multiple states, customer service, with your approval, can establish a job posting package specifically for that employer to satisfy their needs.

To improve the system, and tighten up “nationwide” job posting in general, the following system enhancement has been developed:
The New System Overview:

New business rules:

1) All job postings will be limited by the state option in the dropdown.

A. State – multiple cities

B. Nationwide – no city display – limited inclusion in searching by location, only displays when “Nationwide” dropdown is selected. Nationwide jobs will display in the general jobs search results without location dropdown criteria.

C. Outside the US and Canada – no state selection capability – single country option – multiple city location option – inclusion in the “Browse by Location” application – inclusion in general job search results without location dropdown criteria.

System modifications:

Job Posting Form:

1) The addition of “Outside the US and Canada” to the state dropdown and the removal of “none”.

2) State will be a required field.

3) If “Nationwide” is selected, then “City” is grayed out, making it in unusable.

4) The “Display as” field will be removed from the system. Current jobs, using display as will continue to function. After their current job posting period ends, the “display as” field will no longer be available and any copying of the job to repost will require the “state” field to be populated.

5) Multiple city locations are available only with a single state selection or “Outside the US and Canada”, using the city field.

Browse by State:

1) Title will change to “Browse by Location”. Adding “Outside the US and Canada” and having “Nationwide” in this section, “Location” better describes the application than does “State”.

2) “Nationwide” job postings will display only when “Nationwide” is selected during the advanced search application or through the Browse feature or when location is not a search criteria. Nationwide jobs will no longer appear in individual state level browse results.

3) Job postings outside the US and Canada will now be available in the browse section.

Job Search Display Results:

1) The order of “Location” display will be reversed:

Country – state – city

For example:
US - CA – San Diego
US - VA – Richmond
CA - ON – Toronto
FRA- Paris (no state)
US - MD – ( If there is no city)
US - MD – Hunt Valley, Cockeysville, Towson
( if there are multiple cities)

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January 30, 2007

Customer Service Assistance H-1B1 or E-3

SACVisa has a 20 plus member Customer Service Assistance for employers who use our service. Our toll free number helps employers navigate the website and list job offers. Go to www.sacvisa.com to located your H-1B1 employee from Chile or Sinagore or E-3 from Australia.

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January 29, 2007

Locate your employee or job in the U.S.; Singapore & Chile & Australia

SACVisa's Jim Tully,is the Vice President of Recruiting and Corporate Services. Jim has over 15 years experience in staffing US corporations at all levels with over 15,000 career placements. Jim works with U.S. companies to locate employees to bring to the U.S. from Chile, Singapore and Australia. Use our job board to list your credentials for free to locate your job

www.sacvisa.com

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January 28, 2007

AILA is Encouraged by President Bush’s Pledge to Push for Immigration Overhaul

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE; January 24, 2007

CONTACT: GEORGE TZAMARAS 202-216-2410

WASHINGTON, DC - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is encouraged by President George W. Bush's pledge to push for an immigration overhaul in his State of the Union address to Congress last night. "The fact that comprehensive immigration reform remains one of his top domestic policy priorities for this Congress is a welcome signal," said AILA president Carlina Tapia-Ruano.

"Reforming our immigration system is not and should not be a partisan issue. It is a national issue of great importance and urgency. The push for a realistic policy solution has brought together advocates and constituencies that stretch across the ideological spectrum. We believe that bi-partisan consensus on an immigration policy that serves this country's economic interests, its commitment to family unity, its national security mandates, and its traditions of fair treatment for all people, is within our grasp," said Tapia-Ruano.

Americans have been thirsting for the federal government to take strong, decisive action on this critical issue. But Americans also want a meaningful, lasting solution and the only way to achieve that is through a comprehensive approach that addresses the many interlocking components to reform. "We applaud President Bush for signaling once again his support for a realistic, comprehensive approach to fixing our failing immigration system. He argued for creating legal channels for essential workers, for establishing a path to earned legal status for the current undocumented, and for implementing a workable enforcement regime," said Tapia-Ruano.

AILA believes that comprehensive immigration reform is indeed achievable in the 110th Congress, but it will take more than the President's words to make bipartisan reform a reality. It will take the President's leadership and active engagement with Congress to see this initiative across the finish line. The American public wants and deserves a pragmatic approach to immigration policy reform, not more empty platitudes, demagoguery, and fear-mongering. It is time for the parties to join together and seize this opportunity for historic immigration reform that will serve our nation's best interests for generations to come.

Founded in 1946, AILA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that provides its Members with continuing legal education, information, professional services and expertise through its 35 chapters and over 75 national committees. AILA also advocates before Congress and the Administration, as well as provides liaison with government agencies in support of pro-immigration initiatives. AILA is an Affiliated Organization of the American Bar Association.

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January 27, 2007

House Immigration Subcommittee Members Announced

On 1/24/07, leaders of the House Committee on the Judiciary announced the membership roster of the newly named Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law (formerly the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims). The Subcommittee has jurisdiction over the following subject matters: immigration and naturalization, border security, admission of refugees, treaties, conventions and international agreements, claims against the United States, federal charters of incorporation, private immigration and claims bills, non-border enforcement, other appropriate matters as referred by the Chairman, and relevant oversight.

Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) will chair the sixteen-member subcommittee, and Representatives Steve King (R-IA) and Elton Gallegly (R-CA) will serve as Ranking Member and Deputy Ranking Member, respectively. Immigration Subcommittee members will also include: Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA), Artur Davis (D-AL), William Delahunt (D-MA), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Randy Forbes (R-VA), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Daniel Lungren (R-CA), Marin Meehan (D-MA), Linda Sanchez (D-CA), and Maxine Waters (D-CA). Representative Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who served on the Immigration Subcommittee during the 109th Congress and has been an outspoken supporter of comprehensive reform, was not reappointed to the Judiciary Committee by the Republican leadership.

The Immigration Subcommittee is part of the larger House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction not only over matters related to immigration, but also over a range of judicial issues such as judicial proceedings, federal courts, civil liberties, interstate compacts, and patents. In addition to the members of the Immigration Subcommittee, members of the House Judiciary Committee include: Committee Chair Representative Conyers (D-MI), Ranking Member Representative Smith (R-TX), and Representatives Boucher (D-VA), Cannon (R-UT), Chabot (R-OH), Coble (R-NC), Cohen (D-TN), Feeney (R-FL), Franks (R-AZ), Issa (R-CA), Johnson (D-GA), Jordan (R-OH), Keller (R-FL), Nadler (D-NY), Pence (R-IN), Schiff (D-CA), Scott (D-VA), Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Sherman (D-CA), Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Watt (D-NC), Weiner (D-NY), and Wexler (D-FL).

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January 26, 2007

Lofgren Selected as Chair of Immigration Subcommittee

Press Release

Media Contact: Kyra Jennings, 202.225.3072, kyra.jennings@mail.house.gov

Lofgren Will Strive to Enact Bipartisan, Comprehensive Immigration Reform

January 23, 2007

Washington, D.C. – Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) today was selected as Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law for the 110th Congress.

“As Chair of the Immigration Subcommittee, I will work in a bipartisan manner to enact practical, lasting immigration reform that works for our country,” said Rep. Lofgren. “It is time to tailor the immigration system to the real needs and priorities of our country. We need to finally secure our borders and end illegal immigration once and for all.”

Before running for elected office, Rep. Lofgren practiced immigration law in San Jose, California and taught immigration law at the Santa Clara University School of Law. Rep. Lofgren has served on the Judiciary Committee since her election to the 104th Congress and the Immigration Subcommittee since the 105th Congress.

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January 25, 2007

SACVisa brochures

If you want a SACVisa brochure go to www.sacvisa.com send us an e-mail for a brochure which explains how to work in the U.S. or how to bring employees from Chile, Singapore or Australia.

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January 24, 2007

FAQ: H-1B workers this year

Inquiry;

Hi Mario,

I conversed with you a few years ago. I am looking to bring in good technology H1-B candidates into Silicon Valley. This year, I plan to bring in a few and then 30-50 in subsequent years.

I was wondering if you handle the H1-B filing process, etc and provide guidance in that area. If so, what are the fees?

Thanks, (name withheld)

Mario's answer;

The H-1B visas have become seasonal in nature since we last spoke. For example for fiscal year 2007 standard H-1B visas were distributed by May 26, 2006 & advanced degree H-1B by July 26, 2006. For a breakdown on the usage go to;

http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=138b6138f898d010VgnVCM10000048f3d6a1RCRD&vgnextchannel=71919c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1____

So, if you want to apply for an H-1B for fiscal year 2007 you have to apply on April 2nd, which is a Monday. If you apply beyond this date without an increase in the number of H-1B visas available there may not be any available. April 2nd is the first day and hopefully there will be enough visas for everyone who applies on this date.

Another solution is to apply for the H-1B1 visas which were not used up for fiscal year 2006. These visas are similar to the H-1B but are restricted to nationals from Chile or Singapore.

I have a company called SACVisa which is dedicated to these visas; www.sacvisa.com

Let me know if I can assist you to bring in candidates from Chile or Singapore.

Thanks,

Mario Ramos

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January 23, 2007

Employers can located H-1B1 and E-3 employees

Using the www.sacvisa.com website employers can located persons on Chile , Singapore or Australia to work in the U.S. Why wait to fill your job needs with the traditional H-1B visa. The H-1B1 visa are available now; contact Jim Tully to locate your employee; jim@sacvisa.com

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January 22, 2007

AgJOBS Reintroduced in Congress

From AILA;

On 1/10/07, Senators Kennedy (D-MA), Feinstein (D-CA), and Craig (R-ID) and Representatives Berman (D-CA) and Cannon (R-UT) introduced the Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits and Security (AgJOBS) Act of 2007 (S.237/H.R. 371).

Original sponsors of the bill also included Senators Boxer (D-CA), Martinez (R-FL), and Voinovich (R-OH); and Representatives Baca (D-CA), Bishop (D-GA), Boyd (D-FL), Costa (D-CA), Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Farr (D-CA), Gilchrest (R-MD), Kuhl (R-NY), LaHood (R-IL), Larsen (D-WA), McHugh (R-NY), Nunes (R-CA), Peterson (D-MN), Putnam (R-FL), Radanovich (R-CA), Reynolds (R-NY), Salazar (D-CO), Solis (D-CA), Thompson (D-CA), Walsh (R-NY).

The bipartisan AgJOBS legislation aims to achieve a stable and legal agricultural work force through a two-pronged approach that includes: (1) a two-step earned adjustment program under which undocumented agricultural workers already in the U.S. may apply for temporary resident immigration status and then earn permanent resident immigration status by completing 3-5 years of additional employment and meeting other requirements; and (2) reform of the H-2A agricultural temporary work program to create a streamlined, secure, and fair visa system that accommodates the needs of workers and employers.

The AgJOBS Act of 2007 is largely the same as the version passed last year by the Senate as part of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 (S. 2611). Changes to this year's bill include adjustments to the work requirements and a clarification of the status of spouses and minor children of farmworkers during the "blue card" status period.
A six-page summary of the bill, as well as a recent Policy Update, can be found on the Farmworker Justice website; http://www.farmworkerjustice.org/Immigration_Labor/AgJOBS.htm

Farmworker Justice also maintains a helpful AgJOBS update web page that includes information on the bill and congressional action related to foreign agricultural workers.

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January 21, 2007

Educational forum designed to illuminate the complex issues surrounding immigration

Please join interested members of the USN community and beyond on Monday, January 22, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the USN auditorium.
This forum will address:

the history of immigration in America;

the influence of immigration on on our nation's evolution and economic development immigration trends in the U.S., Tennessee, and Nashville legal issues in immigration, including proposed state and federal legislation solutions to problems and challenges posed by immigration policy and practices.

Forum presenters include Dr. Katharine Donato, USN parent and Vanderbilt Professor of Sociology; Stephen Fotopulos, Policy Director, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition; and Tom Negri, Tennessee Hotel Association/General Manager Lowes Vanderbilt Hotel. A special feature will be stories from USN families who have immigrated to the US.

The forum is sponsored by USN's Office of Multicultural Affairs in cooperation with the Coalition for Education and Informed Conversation on Immigration. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Caroline Blackwell, Director of Multicultural Affairs, at 277-7480 or cblackwell@usn.org.

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January 20, 2007

Free Trade Market; Chile, Singapore and Australia

Expand your business into the new free trade markets of Chile, Singapore and Australia by hiring a person from these countries. Use the H-1B1 visa or the E-3 visa to bring an employee to work for your company. The best way to do business is with a person from that country. Solve your employment needs by using these visas to bring employees to the U.S. Visit www.sacvisa.com

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January 19, 2007

The Alliance for Immigration Reform 2007

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/politics/16492326.htm

Posted on Thu, Jan. 18, 2007

"Coalition launches campaign to overhaul immigration laws By Dave Montgomery McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)

WASHINGTON - A diverse coalition that includes the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Catholic bishops, Hispanics and labor unions Thursday launched an attempt to push a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration laws "over the finish line" in the Democratic-controlled Congress.

With President Bush and Democratic congressional leaders pledging bipartisan cooperation to confront one of the nation's most volatile issues, leaders of the group said the new Congress offers the best opportunity yet to pass a comprehensive immigration plan that would legalize millions of undocumented workers who are in the country illegally.

"We strongly believe this is the year to get it done," said Frank Sharry, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. After getting immigration "on the radar screen" in the previous Republican-controlled Congress, Sharry said, "this is the year we want the plane to land."

Bush, who's called for an immigration overhaul since he became president in 2001, plans to make the issue one of his top five priorities in his Jan. 23 State of the Union address. The Senate last year passed a comprehensive plan that largely embraced Bush's goal, but the measure died in the House of Representatives amid objections from conservative Republicans.

The Alliance for Immigration Reform 2007 reunites many of the advocacy groups from the previous congressional battle, including the National Council of La Raza, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Restaurant Association.

The coalition also includes two major labor unions - the Service Employees International and UNITE HERE, which represents hotel, food service employees and apparel workers - that have supported a controversial guest worker program. The issue has divided organized labor, with the 53-member AFL-CIO fighting the proposal.

Cecilia Munoz, vice president of the National Council of La Raza, the nation's largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization, said the coalition's "starting point" will likely be an updated version of legislation sponsored by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.

The McCain-Kennedy bill, first introduced in 2005, would grant legal status and eventual citizenship to most illegal immigrants after they pay fines of $2,000, pass criminal background checks and meet English and civics requirements. It also would create a guest-worker program to bring in up to 400,000 workers a year to fill low-skilled and unskilled jobs.

The Chamber of Commerce and other business groups in the coalition are eager to help address what they say is a chronic labor shortage, and they've made a guest worker program a major priority. Tamar Jacoby, a senior fellow of the Manhattan Institute, a pro-immigration policy organization, said the goal would be to craft a "bipartisan, pragmatic bill" that will appeal to Republicans as well as Democrats and include strong enforcement measures.

"We made a good start last year," Jacoby said. "But this is the year to finish the job and bring it home.""
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January 18, 2007

SACVisa free listing for H-1B1 & E-3 applicants

www.sacvisa.com allows job applicants from Chile, Singapore and Australia to list for free the resume, photo and a third piece of information; letter of recommendation. This job board is part of the vision of Mario Ramos and Jim Tully to help nationals from these countries to obtain a visa to work in the United States. The applicant pays no fee to be listed on the website. Try it out today.

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January 17, 2007

America's New Immigrant Entrepreneurs

A new study from Duke University indicates that immigrant entrepreneurs founded 25.3 percent of the U.S. engineering and technology companies established in the past decade. Furthermore, foreign nationals contributed to an estimated 24.2 percent of international patent applications in 2006.

The goal of this research was to document the economic and intellectual contributions of immigrant technologists and engineers at the national level. To understand the economic impact, the study looked at a large sample of all engineering and technology companies founded in the last ten years to determine whether a key founder was an immigrant. To understand the intellectual contribution, they analyzed the World Intellectual Property Organization Patent Cooperation Treaty database for international patent applications filed in the United States.

See the full report at: http://memp.pratt.duke.edu/downloads/americas_new_immigrant_entrepreneurs.pdf

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January 16, 2007

FAQ: H-1B1 visa usage

Recent history has confirmed that the H-1B1 category has been scarcely used by Chilean and Singaporean nationals; 6,800 H-1B1 visas (Chile 1,400 & Singapore 5,400)


Fiscal Year 2006
An estimated 700 H-1B1 visas were used from October 1, 2005 to September 20, 2006
6,100 unused visas Fiscal Year 2006


Fiscal Year 2005
76 H-1B1 visas issued for Chile and 199 for Singapore for a total of 275 used from October 1, 2004 to September 30, 2005
6, 525 unused visas Fiscal Year 2005

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January 15, 2007

Gutierrez Joins House Judiciary Committee, Flake to Depart

From AILA;

In a move applauded by supporters of comprehensive immigration reform, on 1/11/07 Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the appointment of Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) to the House Committee on the Judiciary, the committee with direct jurisdiction over immigration-related legislation. This good news for immigration advocates followed an unexpected disappointment on 1/10/07, when Republican leadership announced that Representative Jeff Flake (R-AZ) would lose his seat on the Judiciary Committee.
Representatives Gutierrez and Flake worked together during the 109th Congress to craft bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation. While Rep. Gutierrez's appointment may reflect approval among Democratic leadership for his immigration initiatives, Rep. Flake has accused Republican leadership of removing him from the committee because of his outspokenness in favor of comprehensive reform and his opposition to the party's enforcement-only efforts last fall. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) has denied these allegations, stating that reduced committee seats for the minority party caused many Republican members to lose positions they held during the 109th Congress.

On 1/11/07, Speaker Pelosi also announced the appointment of Representatives Brad Sherman (D-CA) and Anthony Weiner (D-NY) to the Judiciary Committee. Democratic freshman members Steve Cohen (D-TN), Keith Ellison (D-MN), and Hank Johnson (D-GA) will also join the committee, which is chaired by Representative John Conyers (D-MI).
Republican members of the Judiciary Committee include: Ranking Republican Member Rep. Lamar S. Smith (R-TX), Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-WI), Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC), Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA), Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Rep. Daniel E. Lungren (R-CA), Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT), Rep. Ric Keller (R-FL), Rep. Darrell E. Issa (R-CA), Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-VA), Rep. Steve King (R-IA), Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL), Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX), and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).

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January 14, 2007

Stallone attacks Mexican border fence

January, 5, 2007

Article source: http://www.dominicantoday.com/app/article.aspx?id=21249

Mexico City.– Sylvester Stallone defended boxing, praised the hard work of Mexicans and dished out some jabs against U.S. plans to build a wall on its southern border, as the 60-year-old actor visited Mexico City to promote his sixth "Rocky" film.

Stallone said Thursday that "Rocky Balboa," the latest installment in the underdog saga of the Italian Stallion, shows an ordinary man fighting back against life's difficulties represented by his stronger ring opponents.

"It's like bullfighting or certain sports where you understand the brutality," he told reporters. "The thing is you have two men who are prepared; two men who have trained for this and know exactly what they're doing. It's not like two strong men attacking strangers."

In "Rocky Balboa," an MGM Pictures release, the aging scrapper is running a restaurant when a computer-simulated bout inspires him to put the gloves back on. In one scene, his character defends his restaurant's immigrant cooks and waiters against slanderous comments.

"I support Mexicans who work in my country," he said, adding that the United States depends on the hard work of Latinos to keep running.

In comments to Mexican media later, Stallone criticized plans to build 700 miles of fence along the border as an immigration-control measure.

Such a fence was "crazy" and "ridiculous," he said, arguing that nations should be able to interact without being divided by walls.

The Mexican government has railed against the fence with former President Vicente Fox comparing it to the Berlin Wall.


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January 13, 2007

SACVisa H-1B1

Find your dream job in the USA. We place non-immigrant engineering, IT, science, and executive professionals in top US corporations. Services include resume preparation, interview training and arrangement, travel arrangement and relocation, documents translation, and US consular assistance. This website is dedicated to Singapore, Chile (H-1B1) and Australia E-3 visa applicants who seek to work in the U.S.

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January 12, 2007

Statement Of Sen. Patrick Leahy On The Introduction Of A Bill To Provide For Comprehensive Immigration Reform

U.S. SENATOR PATRICK LEAHY
CONTACT: Office of Senator Leahy, 202-224-4242 VERMONT
________________________________________
Senator Patrick Leahy,[D-Vt., the incoming Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called on the Senate Thursday to enact comprehensive immigration reform. Below is Senator Leahy’s statement, as prepared, and the text of the immigration legislation introduced as part of the Democratic Leadership package.

Senate Floor, 110th Congress, January 4, 2007

As the new Congress begins, we have a tremendous opportunity before us to enact fair, comprehensive immigration reform. It is time for bipartisan action. Accordingly, I join with Senators from both sides of the aisle to call for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and will work to enact it. We need to put aside the mean-spiritedness and short-sighted policies driven by fear and recognize the dignity of those whose work contributes to reinvigorating America. Consistent with our heritage as a nation of immigrants we need to bring people out of the shadows.

Through comprehensive immigration reform, we can increase the opportunities for American businesses to obtain the workers they need while ensuring that priority is given to willing domestic workers -- from dairy farms in Vermont to multi-national corporations. We have been told of the plight of American farmers from New York to California and have seen the photographs of piles of rotting fruit that have gone unharvested. We hear American technology companies lamenting the lost opportunities and the loss of skilled innovators to other countries. In Vermont, dairy farmers are yearning for more available legal workers, while others have watched families in their employ be torn apart through piecemeal, inconsistent and sometimes heavy-handed enforcement efforts. No American farmer or other business should be put in the position of having to choose between obeying the law or losing their livelihood.

Where American workers can fill available jobs, they should be given priority. Where these jobs are available and unclaimed by American citizens, it makes no sense to deny willing foreign workers the opportunity to work. Through our collective efforts we can strike the balance to protect our domestic workforce while meeting the needs of a productive economy.

We must streamline and reform our visa system for low-skilled workers so we can help reduce the crippling backlogs that affect American businesses. And we must increase the number of low-skilled work visas issued each year to keep up with the needs of our economy. We should enact stronger, consistent employer verification procedures. We should impose penalties for those employers who flout the law and exploit those who have no voice. We can do this by working together and enacting comprehensive reform.

Through comprehensive and smart reforms, we can also increase our security. Let us work to focus enforcement efforts on protecting us from those who seek to do us harm. Let us put an end to the conditions that end in too many needless deaths in the deserts of the Southwest.

We must take a smarter approach to dealing with the millions of people already here—one that does not divide families and make instant criminals out of millions of people, but rather honors our nation’s best traditions. When we enact reforms to bring the millions of undocumented people in this country out of the shadows, greater accountability will follow. When we provide incentives for undocumented people to enter a path to citizenship, we will encourage them to live up to our traditions of citizenship and civic responsibility. When we endow those who seek to better their lives—and the lives of their families—with the tools to do so legally, we help instill in them a sense of belonging, of patriotism, and of opportunity. Those who decry this aspect of immigration reform must carefully consider the alternative path. By driving more people underground, we foster a culture of lawlessness and mistrust.
We cannot wall ourselves off from the world. A 700-mile fence on a 2000-mile border is not the answer. Last fall, the Republican Congress rushed through a bill to build 700 miles of fencing and did so against the advice of the Department of Homeland Security. That fence bill was neither fair nor comprehensive. I share the disappointment of tens of millions of Americans who had hoped President Bush would have exercised his constitutional authority to veto that costly, cobbled-together and mean-spirited law. Instead, the President seemed to have abandoned his principles in signing the Secure Fence Act that will cost between $2 billion and $9 billion and fail to perform as advertised to seal our southern border. Scarring our southwestern landscape with a symbol of fear, pandering and intolerance offends the great heritage of our nation while sending the wrong message to our neighbors and to the world about American values. It was a pricey ‘bumper sticker’ law passed to curry favor in certain quarters before the elections. Instead, by focusing on technology, innovation, and personnel rather than partisan politics and divisive walls, we can do a better job of securing our border.

The President has said many times that in order for the United States to achieve real security, we must have comprehensive immigration reform, which must include a realistic solution to bring out of the shadows the millions of undocumented immigrants in the country and to meet the pressing needs of employers for willing workers along with border security. In numerous statements, including a speech in Mission, Texas, in August 2006, he recognized that without all components of comprehensive reform working together, immigration reform will not work.

I will continue working to enact legislation that will secure America’s borders, strengthen our economy and bring about a realistic solution to the millions of people who want to work and live legally in our country. I will continue to support fair and comprehensive immigration reform and to respect the dignity of those who seek to join mainstream American society and to better their lives in the United States. Today, we join together in the hope that common sense and bipartisanship will prevail. I ask unanimous consent that a copy of the bill be inserted into the Record.

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(Text of the Legislation)
S.9
To recognize the heritage of the United States as a nation of immigrants and amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for more effective border and employment enforcement, to prevent illegal immigration, to reform and rationalize avenues for legal immigration, and for other purposes.

110th CONGRESS, 1st Session, January 4, 2007

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
MR. REID (for himself and MR. Leahy and _____ ) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

A BILL
To recognize the heritage of the United States as a nation of immigrants and amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for more effective border and employment enforcement, to prevent illegal immigration, to reform and rationalize avenues for legal immigration, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SHORT TITLE- This Act may be cited as the `Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007'.
SECTION 2. SENSE OF CONGRESS.
SENSE OF THE CONGRESS- It is the Sense of Congress that the Senate and the House of Representatives should pass, and the President should sign, legislation to recognize the heritage of the United States as a nation of immigrants and to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for more effective border and employment enforcement, to prevent illegal immigration, and to reform and rationalize avenues for legal immigration.
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January 11, 2007

New Reps. Ellison and Johnson to Join Judiciary Committee

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on January 10, 2007 that the House Democratic Steering Committee approved the appointment of freshmen members Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Hank Johnson (D-GA) to the House Judiciary Committee. Representatives Ellison and Johnson will join freshman member Steve Cohen (D-TN) as the newest Democratic members of the committee headed by Chairman John Conyers (D-MI). The full committee membership has not yet been finalized.

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AILA Welcomes Bi-Cameral Introduction of AgJOBS: A Significant Opening Salvo in the Immigration Reform Campaign

For Immediate Release: January 10, 2007

Contact: George Tzamaras; gtzamaras@aila.org

Washington, DC - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) today praised the bi-cameral introduction of the Agricultural Jobs, Opportunity, Benefits, and Security Act of 2007. The bill, which has garnered broad bi-partisan support in past Congresses, was reintroduced today by Senators Feinstein (D-CA), Kennedy (D-MA), Boxer (D-CA), Craig (R-ID), and Martinez (R-FL), as well as Representatives Berman (D-CA), Thompson (D-CA), Peterson (D-MN), Costa (D-CA), Boyd (D-FL), Solis (D-CA), Baca (D-CA), Bishop (D-GA), Salazar (CO), Larsen (D-WA), Cannon (R-UT), Radanovich (R-CA), Putnam (R-FL), LaHood (R-IL), Walsh (R-NY), Kuhl (R-NY), Nunes (R-CA), L. Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Gilchrest (R-MD), and McHugh (R-NY).

"The joint House/Senate reintroduction of AgJOBS in the opening days of this new Congress is a powerful statement that the 110th Congress means to get an early and earnest start at fixing this country's broken immigration system," said AILA Executive Director Jeanne Butterfield. "We believe the time for action on this bipartisan initiative has ripened and we expect AgJOBS will finally be enacted this year - either in conjunction with a comprehensive immigration reform package or as a stand-alone bill."

Last year the Senate passed AgJOBS as part of S. 2611, explained Butterfield, but it failed when Congress hit an impasse over broader reform legislation. "The new Congress has a unique opportunity to work together toward accomplishing a bipartisan reform that will address this country's most serious immigration woes," said Butterfield. "The President wants comprehensive reform, the public supports it, and the country needs it to thrive economically and socially. The time for immigration reform is now, and we are optimistic that Congress will answer this call to set forth fair, reasonable solutions."

AgJOBS is a significant opening salvo in the immigration reform campaign. It seeks to improve the current H2-A visa program to accelerate the petition approval process for noncitizen workers to fill agricultural jobs that Americans will not take. "This is a win-win piece of legislation because it benefits workers and employers equally," Butterfield said. "AgJOBS creates a stable labor supply with a program through which future agricultural workers can legally enter the United States and it recognizes the failures of our current system by enabling undocumented agricultural workers to get right with the law and earn the privilege of legal status."

"AILA commends this bi-partisan congressional coalition for taking immediate action toward immigration reform by reintroducing this vital legislation," Butterfield concluded. "This Congress clearly understands the urgency in accomplishing comprehensive immigration reform and we will continue to support their efforts to fix our broken system."

The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

For more information contact George Tzamaras at 202-216-2410 or Brooke Hewson at 202-216-2435.

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January 10, 2007

Letter seeking comprehensive immigration reform

This is a letter that you may use to communicate with your Senators and Congressman. I sent my letter yesterday morning using AILA website at www.aila.org;

"I am heartened to learn that Senate leaders have designated immigration reform as one of their top ten legislative priorities for 2007. Our nation desperately needs a long-term solution for our broken immigration system, and I urge you to work with your colleagues to craft bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform that addresses the needs of our communities and our economy, while preserving both our national security and the core American values of civil rights and due process.

A humane, workable, and comprehensive immigration reform proposal must:

1. Create realistic legal avenues for immigrant workers to enter the U.S. to fill jobs throughout our economy, through visa programs that ensure full labor rights, job portability, and a path to permanent residence over time for those who would not displace U.S. workers;

2. Establish a workable process to provide undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. an opportunity to come out of the shadows and earn the privilege of permanent legal status by: registering with the government, paying a hefty fine, undergoing thorough security checks, and meeting additional requirements;

3. Reform our visa preference systems and eliminate the family-based and employment-based visa backlogs that senselessly keep U.S. families separated for years and prevent American businesses from attracting the brightest talent from around the world;

4. Establish smart enforcement strategies that restore the rule of law in our workplaces and along the border, while protecting due process rights and facilitating the cross-border flow of goods and people that is essential to a vibrant economy.

I strongly agree with the Majority Leader's decision to prioritize immigration reform, and I was also pleased to hear the Minority Leader state that "We should be daring about immigration reform - and act on it soon." The American people demand a comprehensive and humane solution to our nation's immigration problems. I urge you to act quickly to address this pressing issue and to restore our nation's historic commitment to immigrants, fairness, and the just rule of law.

Sincerely,

Mario Ramos

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January 09, 2007

WASHINGTON, Reuters;

"Democratic and Republican leaders predicted Sunday the U.S. Congress would pass an immigration law this session after scuttling President George W. Bush's plan last year. Democratic leaders also said they were looking at ways to provide middle class tax relief, with one hinting of possibly ending some tax breaks for the wealthy.

House of Representatives Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland said on "Fox News Sunday" that immigration was one of the topics discussed when congressional leaders were invited to the White House last week to meet with Bush.

"He (Bush) smiled and he said, 'You know, I think I'm going to have a lot easier time dealing with you on immigration than I had dealing with the House Republican leadership on immigration,"' said Hoyer.
"I think that's the case," said Hoyer, who did not detail the plan.
Bush proposed a major overhaul of the immigration system that included a limited guest worker program and an easier path to citizenship for many already in the country. He coupled that with money for increased border security. In the end, House Republicans killed the immigration overhaul and Congress limited its action to approving money for 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky agreed that an immigration bill was possible.

Democrats last week took control of both houses of Congress for the first time in 12 years and have been outlining their legislative agenda since then".

at; www.reuters.org

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January 08, 2007

AILA Heartened by Congressional Commitment to Immigration Reform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JANUARY 4, 2007

Contact: George Tzamaras; gtzamaras@aila.org

Washington, DC - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the largest national association of immigration lawyers, established to promote justice and advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, applauds the Senate leadership's bipartisan commitment to make comprehensive immigration reform a reality this year. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that comprehensive reform is on the Democrats' top-ten list of legislative priorities for the 110th Congress, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), in his opening remarks to the newly constituted Senate, boldly declared that: "Immigration is one of the most pressing issues of our day. We should be daring about immigration reform - and act on it soon. The voters demand it. We have a duty to deliver."

"We commend the many senators and representatives who have highlighted the urgency of resolving the crisis afflicting our immigration system," said AILA President Carlina Tapia-Ruano. "With today's formal, bipartisan commitment of Senate leaders to reform our immigration laws, we have an opportunity to once again make legality, fairness, and workability the norm, rather than the exception, in our immigration system. We urge the new Congress to act swiftly and seize this historic opportunity."

To provide a meaningful, lasting solution that embraces our complementary heritage as a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws, Congress must enact a program that: (1) creates realistic legal avenues for people to enter the U.S. to fill jobs throughout our economy; (2) establishes a workable process for undocumented workers already here to pay a penalty and then earn the privilege of legal status; (3) eliminates the visa backlogs that senselessly keep U.S. families separated for years and sometimes decades on end; (4) restores procedures that ensure fair treatment of noncitizens in this country; and (5) implements a smart, effective border security and enforcement regime.

"Everyone agrees that America's immigration system is fundamentally broken and out of sync with the needs and demands of 21st century America," Tapia-Ruano continued. "Now we hope that Congress can overcome a history of political gridlock on this issue and can restore legitimacy and integrity to the process of welcoming newcomers to this country."

The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

For more information call George Tzamaras at 202-216-2410 or Brooke Hewson at 202-216-2435.

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January 07, 2007

US Allies Eager to Shore up Skilled Worker Shortage and Management's Spanish Language Gap

Press Release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nashville,TN Meet Singapore, Australia, Chile

SAC Visa, LLC American Industry growth has a new labor solution. Facing gaps in skilled labor, bi-lingual Spanish managers, and the Baby Boomer retirement effect, American businesses have turned to any solution that can propel continued growth. The latest innovation is legal, overseas immigration from Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia.

In recent history, businesses have been forced to move much of their technical research and IT development to overseas locations because of the restrictive numbers placed on skilled labor from India and other Southwest Asian countries that have become more highly scrutinized in post-9.11 America.

The hardship and costs of these overseas operations may have been resolved by two entrepreneurs and one of the nation's most renowned immigration lawyers.

Enter SAC Visa LLC, a business that has uncovered thousands of available US work visas for skilled labor and bi-lingual Spanish managers. The brainchild of immigration attorney Mario Ramos of Mr Visa.com. Mr. Ramos has joined forces with former Orion International founder, Jim Tully and Palo Alto entrepreneur Andreas Ramos to build a business immigration machine.

SAC Visa LLC allows both clients and candidates to utilize a web-friendly job bank to find one another as well as full service recruiting services for those companies who want a turnkey executive recruiting solution. Candidates from various overseas countries who have at least a one year work visa availability can apply on line at no charge for positions posted by American businesses needing immediate professional or technical help. Candidates can apply at no charge at www.SACVisa.com or they can contact MRVvisa.com to start the hiring process. American industry hiring managers have a choice of utilizing a subscription job bank of candidates, a full service recruiting staff, a combination of both, or an employee leasing program that allows clients to staff projects with SAC Visa employees for whatever period of time the extra labor or management is needed. Job Placement fees are employer paid.

Mario has been a leading immigration attorney for over two decades and his new partner, Jim Tully, is the co-founder of one of the largest non-franchise staffing firms in America. Combining their knowledge of these two platforms with Andreas Ramos and Stephanie Cota, top Silicon Valley IT development leaders and co-founders of a Silicon Valley startup, has investors ,industry, and colleagues clamoring for a chance to get more involved.

"When Mario first approached me about helping him build this business model," says Tully, "it only took a few minutes before I realized how valuable this hiring resource would be to American industry." Mario had already asked his brother Andreas about building an effective internet deployment program, and Andreas and Tully both knew the idea that Mario was wanting to build needed both web based and traditional avenues to be fully effective. The company officially opens it doors November 1,2006, but the job orders for a number of bi-lingual Spanish managers and IT professionals has already started SAC steadily interviewing and placing new talent.

at www.sacvisa.com

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January 06, 2007

SACVisa Jobboard

SACVisa is now open for business; the job board allows applicants to put their resume, photo and letter of recommendation free on the site. This site is dedicated to foreign job applicants who hold a 4 year degree or similar work experience or specialty workers. My vision for this site is to help US employers located needed workers from Chile, Singapore or Australia.

www.sacvisa.com

Mario Ramos

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January 05, 2007

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Update and Forecast

12.26.06 by Gerry Chapman, Immigration Lawyer;

"The following comments are intended as a short history of guest worker immigration to the US, the mistakes made by Congress over the last 65 years in addressing illegal immigration by workers who are essential to our economy, and what we can do now to energize Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) in 2007.

The Bracero Program: Why it workerd

For nearly 10 years advocates have worked on ways to get Congress to pass legislation that would restore a temporary guest worker visa to our immigration system. That visa category existed from 1942 to 1964 under what was called the Bracero Program. That program institutionalized an informal system of circular migration that had existed for decades and probably longer. Workers from Mexico and Latin America traveled to the US to work in the fields and in non-agricultural jobs, and then returned to their homes after several months, and in some cases for longer periods of time. By and large, however, this informal system just reflected the need for seasonal agricultural workers. That informal system also reflected the elementary economic law of supply and demand, as most of our employment based visas do.

The post-Bracero Years: Congress at its worst

The formal Bracero Program ended after the political support for it dissolved and the national economy apparently had enough low-skilled workers to cover most of the jobs in that part of the economy. During the ensuing years, however, it became clear that the US economy was expanding, and by the mid-1980's, we had a large undocumented population, estimated at some 3 million people. In what may ultimately become one of the greatest ironies of all time, the Republican administration took dramatic action, but the amnesty program it championed, and that Congress passed, ignored the basic law of supply and demand. For an administration that championed market economic theory, this was a supreme irony. The 1986 laws that provided amnesty did not revive the Bracero Program or put in its place anything similar; instead, the program handed out green cards to people who could prove certain days worked in the US. This response to our broken system predictably had no effect on stemming illegal immigration.

The Clinton administration did more or less the same thing. Section 245i (a part of the immigration laws that expired on April 30, 2001) was a means of granting amnesty to people who were in the US on or before a specific date. Like the 1986 laws, it had little relationship to the law of supply and demand, and it did nothing to address the needs of employers who needed low skilled workers to fill jobs that Americans would not or could not fill.

Capping off this series of legislative blunders were the 1996 laws that provide: if you are in the US without permission for more than one year, and then leave the US, you are barred from returning legally for 10 years. Congress somehow thought that this law would create an incentive for poor and many times desperate people to stop coming to the US, despite the overpowering pull of the US economy. In fact, it did the reverse: it created an incentive to stay. We see the direct result of this policy blunder today: millions of US citizen children with undocumented parents.

The 2006 Elections: Voters Finally Get Fed Up with a Do Nothing Congress

In 2007, some 65 years after Congress established the Bracero Program, we have come full circle. The 2006 voters sent 35 members of the House home with a clear message: quit talking about the problem of illegal immigration and come up with a solution. The Senate passed several versions of a comprehensive solution in both 2005 and 2006. The House, where the political blood bath took place, passed an enforcement only provision in December of 2005, followed by a spring and summer of ill-advised "field hearings" on illegal immigration that were little more than cheerleading sessions designed to avoid dealing with the problem. The voters knew it; the media (liberal and conservative) recognized it; the only ones who pretended not to know it were the House members who went down in flames.

2007: The year for CIR

By all accounts, the time to act is now. This applies to members of Congress and to each person interested in comprehensive immigration reform (CIR).

Most commentators see three or four major issues with which Congress will deal in the first months of the new year: Iraq, the minimum wage, and CIR. Another time consuming issue (or series of issues) could take the form of hearings on the alleged graft and corruption that has been ignored or fostered by the Bush Administration (e.g., in the Katrina recovery). The easiest of these is the minimum wage. It is a popular issue for most members of both parties, and it should pass in some form fairly easily. The other three issues are much more difficult.

This update is not meant to deal with the situation in Iraq, but only to recognize that it will consume a large amount of time and energy from all members of Congress. Depending on what comes out of any hearings on waste and corruption, that also could consume substantial amounts of Congressional time.

Despite the need to address the Iraq crisis and the likely hearings on Katrina and other such areas of alleged mismanagement, the pressure to enact CIR in 2007 will be intense. The following year is an election year for all House members, for many Senate members, and for the presidency. The chance for worthwhile CIR in 2008 is very low, just as it was in 2006. The chance for a decent CIR bill in 2007 is much, much higher.

Who is responsible for enacting CIR? You and I are
Whether we see true reform in 2007 depends more on you than it does on members of Congress. No matter how logical or obvious it seems that CIR is necessary, most members of Congress simply do not possess the political courage to speak out in favor of it. There are several reasons for this, but the primary reason is that the constituents, the voters, who support CIC have remained largely silent.

The time for silence is over. The coming year is our best chance for Congress to pass, and the President to sign, a good CIR bill. But this will not happen without repeated contacts from the business community, the faith community, and the general public. It is time to make your voice heard, so that Congress will have the will and the courage to do the right thing. The Christmas season is one where we are reminded that "what you do to the least of these, you do to me". The "least of these" includes millions of people living in fear in a shadow economy, supporting us and our truly wealthy lifestyles.

Amidst all of the new Christmas presents and the genuine feelings of gratitude for all our blessings, it is not too much to ask that we take a few minutes and ask our representatives to do what is necessary to ensure that our immigration system regains its balance. It is time to say to those who complain about illegal immigration: if you want everyone to respect our immigration laws, then make the necessary changes so that our immigration laws respect the law of supply and demand. It is time to say that by failing to replace the Bracero Program with some other kind of temporary work visa for the unskilled but essential workers, we as a nation made a mistake, just as we did when Congress passed the 1996 laws creating the 10 year bar. And when we make mistakes of that magnitude, we need to take responsibility for finding a workable solution, no matter how hard or unpleasant it may be.

So now, as we reflect on our blessings, our future and the future of our community and country, take a few moments every week or two to send your members of Congress a note, and tell them that we need CIR and we need it NOW.

The simplest way to send emails to your members of Congress is to go to the website of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (www.aila.org) and click on to the link called "Contact Congress". That link will give you a quick connection to your members, and will give you a stock letter to send. I suggest that you use AILA's Contact Congress link, but use your own words when you send your message.

And keep sending that message until we get CIR and get it THIS YEAR. We need it so badly, and your message may just be the one that will make the difference.

I thank you, and so do millions of hard working, law-abiding, loyal, trustworthy and grateful workers who are indeed essential to our economy.

Best regards,

Gerry Chapman

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January 04, 2007

Sometimes Imperfect Reform is Better Than Perfect Deportation

As host of a daily radio talk show in Phoenix, former Arizona State Senator Alfredo Gutierrez is uniquely positioned along the frontlines of the immigration battle, and has gained invaluable insight into the issues driving the debate as a result. Last month, the IPC: Immigration Policy Center published an opinion piece by Mr. Gutierrez, affording him the opportunity to share his wisdom with immigration advocates nationwide. In the piece, Mr. Gutierrez reviews the tumultuous events of the last legislative session, topped off by the onerous and shameful enforcement-heavy immigration reform bill, H.R. 4437, spearheaded by Rep. Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and eventually passed by the House. Mr. Gutierrez also spotlights the many high points of the last year, including the massive, widespread pro-immigration demonstrations that swept the country and helped to keep H.R. 4437 from moving beyond the House; the election night defeats of some hardline anti-immigration politicians; and most importantly of all, the victories of those with the potential to be more immigration friendly, creating the unprecedented window of opportunity that now exists for passage in Congress of a positive, progressive, permanent and truly comprehensive immigration reform solution. Failure to achieve such a solution, Mr. Gutierrez concludes, could have devastating consequences for those elected officials who allow such a scenario to play out, and could resonate negatively and hamper immigration reform for years down the road.

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January 03, 2007

The 110th Congress Convenes on Thursday

The 110th Congress will convene this Thursday, January 4, 2007, when the House and Senate hold swearing-in ceremonies for newly elected Members of Congress. On Thursday, the House will also hold a vote to formally elect Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as Speaker of the House, and the remainder of the week will focus on tying up organization matters, such as finalizing committee and subcommittee membership.

Legislative activity will begin in earnest either Friday or early next week, when Democratic members of the House are expected to plunge into their "first 100 hours" legislative agenda. Although immigration reform will not be a part of this early legislative push in the House, we expect the Senate to begin consideration of a comprehensive immigration reform bill sometime in January or February. To stay abreast of legislative activity on comprehensive reform and other immigration-related proposals, check in at our Congressional News and Updates page or sign up to receive Recent Postings Alerts on topics related to comprehensive immigration reform; at www.aila.org

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January 02, 2007

Featured Activists

The Pulse: Your Resource for Immigration Advocacy


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December 26, 2006

Special Year-End Edition:
It Doesn't Take Super Powers to Make a Difference

Being an Advocate
You're the Best - Immigration Attorneys as Activists
AILA Advocacy Made Simple: A Guide for New Activists
How to Meet With Members of Congress
How to Use the Congressional Action & Information Center
Advocacy Contacts Form
AILA's Town Hall Toolkit
AILA's Guide to Media Advocacy
Featured Activists
Mario Ramos, Mid-South Chapter
Ginger Jacobs and Diana Vellos Coker, San Diego Chapter
The Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter
You Don't Need Super Powers to Make a Difference
AILA Lobby Day 2007
Keeping Up with the Action
The Pulse
Being an Advocate
You're the Best - Immigration Attorneys as Activists
AILA members are uniquely positioned to promote positive messages about immigrants and immigration because of your expert knowledge of immigration laws, your power of persuasion, and, most of all, your passion.

You’re an expert. You know more about the real life impact of immigration law than most legislators and their staffs.

You’re persuasive. Your career is based on your ability to be a persuasive advocate for your clients. Your ability to make a clear and persuasive argument is a true asset to this social movement.

You CARE. Your compassion and sincerity are your greatest strengths as an advocate. You have the intensity of a social activist and the professionalism of a businessman- a great combination for promoting fair and workable immigration laws and policies.

Not convinced? Check out this short presentation about attorney advocacy on AILA member Carl Shusterman's website.

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AILA Advocacy Made Simple: A Guide for New Activists
Use these 4 easy-to-follow instruction guides to promote CIR, make your voice heard on local radio, engage the business community in your advocacy work, and build coalitions locally!

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How to Meet With Members of Congress
These tips will walk you through the process of setting up a meeting with your legislator, preparing for the meeting, discussing your concerns and asking for your legislator’s support, and following up afterward.

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How to Use the Congressional Action & Information Center
A simple Q&A on the Congressional Action & Information Center, AILA’s tool to help you contact your legislators, as well as local and national media, and find information about immigration-related legislation pending in Congress.

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Advocacy Contacts Form
Does the local newspaper editor live next door to you? Let us know! Our collective advocacy contacts are invaluable as we educate policy makers and our communities about fair and reasonable immigration laws. Fill out this confidential form, and we’ll help you communicate most effectively with your influential contacts on our advocacy priorities.

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AILA's Town Hall Toolkit
This Tool Kit will provide you with an overview of Town Hall meetings, tips for developing strategic questions to ask your Member of Congress, and the steps for maximizing the effectiveness of your advocacy at the event. You will also find AILA’s step-by-step instructions for attending and making the most of your Town Hall participation.

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AILA's Guide to Media Advocacy
Media advocacy is essential to the creation of pro-immigration policies and laws that directly impact your clients and your practice, since the terms of the immigration debate often are played out, if not determined, through press coverage. Most of us form opinions or take actions based upon how the media presents an issue. Politicians pay particular attention to the media and public opinion in planning their campaign and policy priorities and contemplating their votes. That's why it's so important for us to work pro-actively with the media, to drive the story rather than just respond to it. As demonstrated by the advertisements and articles our opposition has placed, our adversaries recognize the importance of media advocacy and act on it. We need to do the same!

For more information and to download AILA's Tips for Media Advocates, visit the Media Guides page on InfoNet.

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Featured Activists
I was selected as a featured activist by the American Immigration Lawyers Association in the year end edition of the Pulse. Here is the entry;

"Mario Ramos, Mid-South Chapter
AILA Advocacy can be just as easy and routine as getting your coffee fix. AILA Mid-South Chapter member Mario Ramos met one key staff person from the Nashville Chamber of Commerce for coffee one time and introduced him to the issue of immigration. Two more meetings and two more months later, executive members of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce came to Washington, D.C., to lobby for comprehensive immigration reform. Read about Mario's outstanding advocacy on pages 6 & 7 of the July/August 2006 issue of AILA's Dispatch".

I will put the Dispatch article on my website with a link.

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January 01, 2007

SACVisa.com

Gracias por su correo electrónico acerca de una visa para trabajar en los Estados Unidos. Ya se puede aplicar por una visa H-1B1, primero tendrá que conseguir una oferta de trabajo. La compañía firmará los papeles de la visa H-1B1 por parte del trabajador. Para ayudar a buscar ofertas de trabajo, usted puede hacerlo en la siguiente página de Internet: http://www.sacvisa.com. Ahí a partir de Noviembre 1, 2006 usted puede poner gratis su resume, foto y carta de recomendación. www.sacvisa.com esta dedicado solo a las visas H-1B1.

hola...mi nombre es XXX, y tengo mis padres que estan en mi pais Chile, mi mama es profesora de Kinder y lleba trabajando 30 anos ,me gustaria saber como ella se puede conseguir una visa de trabajo como profesora para venir a Texas a trabajar, no se si usted me puede a yudar o darme una orientacion con ese tema. Mi hermano tambien tiene su carrera en chile y le gustaria poder venir a trabajar....le sirve el titulo que le tiene como para poder optar a alguna visa?? le agradezco la ayuda y el tiempo...gracias.

XXX

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