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Immigration Daily
Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
Gary Endelman, Esq., Columnist
Joel Stewart, Esq., Columnist
May 11, 2000
Editor's Comments of the Day
Congressional News of the Day
INS, DOL and DOS News of the Day
ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day
Immigration News of the Day
ILW.COM News of the Day
ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day
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Editor's Comments of the Day

Effective July 1, 2000, before a court in the state of Georgia can accept a guilty plea from a non-US citizen, the court must determine whether the plea is freely entered with the knowledge that it may have an impact on the person’s immigration status.Since the enactment of AEDPA and IIRAIRA aliens have pleaded guilty to what seemed like a minor offense or accepted a plea bargain agreement only to find themselves subject to removal by the INS.In some cases the aliens have had to try to reopen the case and withdraw the plea because they were unaware of the consequences when they made it. This may benefit lawyers, but it is a waste of resources of the alien and our judicial system.Requiring that an alien be aware of the immigration consequences of a guilty plea in order for the plea to be considered freely entered is a matter of fundamental fairness. Text of Legislation.

Congressional News of the Day

House Passes Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000
The bill amends the INA to create a new nonimmigrant visa category and provide for adjustment of status for victims of severe forms of trafficking as defined in the bill.

INS, DOL and DOS News of the Day

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ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

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BALCA rules prematurely on wages for Specialty Cook
Columnist Joel Stewart, Esq., comments on Balca’s en banc decision in El Rio Grande, 98-INA-133, ruling on the applicability of the Service Contract Act (SCA) to wage determinations for Foreign Specialty Cooks.

Immigration News of the Day

A Forgotten Threat: Free Trade in Population
Daniel Akst argues in The New York Times that the real culprit in globalization is not the World Bank of the International Monetary Fund, but the INS. (Requires registration with The New York Times)

Immigration Issues in the Flesh
The Orange County Register reports on the change of heart of a man who once voted to end benefits to undocumented aliens and now has founded Educate to Graduate which seeks a federal amnesty that would allow all undocumented students to qualify for work permits, Social Security numbers and driver's licenses once they graduate from high school.

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ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Alice Yardum-Hunter
Join the chat with attorney Alice Yardum-Hunter Thursday, May 11, 2000, at 9:00 p.m. EST.

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