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Firm Takes Heat for YouTube Debut

Posted Jun 25, 2007 8:01 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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An immigration law seminar doesn’t have the appeal of a dog riding a skateboard. But a YouTube video on the former topic is attracting a lot of viewers and creating controversy for a Pittsburgh law firm.

A lawyer at the Cohen & Grigsby seminar explains how employers can search for American job applicants in a way that finds only unqualified candidates, the Legal Intelligencer reports. Federal immigration law requires companies to search for U.S. workers before they can obtain a green card for a foreign worker.

The goal is not to find a qualified applicant, Lawrence Lebowitz, an immigration lawyer and the Pittsburgh firm’s vice president of marketing, says on the video.

As of this morning, the video had more than 121,000 page views and 927 comments.

CNN's Lou Dobbs was among those have taken aim at Cohen & Grigsby for the video. "These are Americans trying to screw American workers," said Dobbs.

The firm issued a statement saying it stands by the substance of the seminar but it regrets the choice of words used in a small segment of the program.

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