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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 16, 2000
Contents:
Editor's Comments of the Day
Federal Register News of the Day
Cases 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 Highlights of the Day
ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day
Letters to the Editor
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Editor's Comments of the Day

The J visa category allows a “bona fide student, scholar, trainee, teacher, professor, research assistant, specialist or leader in a field of specialized knowledge or skill” to come to the United States temporarily to teach, instruct, lecture, observe, conduct research, consult, demonstrate special skills or receive training under a designated program. INA 101(a)(15)(J). J-1 programs such as the Justice and Journalism program announced in the Federal Register by the ECA contribute to the growth of a global culture by allowing people to come here temporarily and gain knowledge which they will then take back and share with others in their home country. Specifically, the goal of the program is to train the media members who will influence the decision makers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Zimbabwe in American ideals of professionalism in the media--i.e. “gaining an appreciation of and skill for objective reporting; developing subject specialization (e.g. justice/legal issues); giving fair coverage to positive as well as negative news; separating comment from news coverage; avoiding inflammatory presentations; maintaining independence from special interests; etc.” While these goals sound laudable, and are ones we support, we must keep in mind that simply because people operate with a different set of values and expectations, they are not automatically wrong. The J-1 allows someone to come here to gain or impart knowledge. It should be used for an exchange of knowledge, not a means of cultural export.


Federal Register News of the Day

J-1 Authority Delegated to Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs
The authority for the designation of exchange visitor programs and related functions is delegated to the Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Comment Request for VWPP Carrier Agreement
Notice of comment request on form I-775 Visa Waiver Pilot Program Carrier Agreement.

Comment Request for N-600
Notice of comment request on form N-600 Application for Transmission of Citizenship Through a Grandparent.

Comment Request for I-866
Notice of comment request on form I-866 Application-Checkpoint Pre-enrolled Access Lane.

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Announces an Open Competition to Promote a J-1 Justice and Journalism Program
The Near East/South Asia/Africa Division of the Office of Citizen Exchanges, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) requests proposals to develop a J-1 exchange and training program for media and legal professionals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Zimbabwe.


Cases of the Day

In re S. V. Int. Dec. 3430 (BIA May 9, 2000) [you need Acrobat Reader to read this pdf file]
The Board of Immigration Appeals holds that for purposes of Article 3 protection the applicant must establish that the torture feared would be inflicted by or with the acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. The protection does not extend to those who fear entities the government is unable to control.


Congressional News of the Day

Continued Markup of "Technology Worker Temporary Relief Act"
The full Committee on the Judiciary is scheduled to continue its markup of Rep. Smith's H-1B bill on Wednesday, May 17, 2000.


INS, DOL and DOS News of the Day

ILW.COM invites the submissions of correspondence about matters of immigration law from government agencies. Submissions may be published. Please send to editor@ilw.com.


ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

ILW.COM invites the submission of articles about immigration law. Please send articles to editor@ilw.com.

The Prevailing Wage-A Disservice to US Workers
As part of his "As I See It" column Gary Endelman, Esq., argues that defining "prevailing wage" solely with reference to wages paid in the US instead of global wages is a disservice to US workers.


Immigration News of the Day

Alan Dershowitz on Elian Gonzalez
In an interview with the National Review Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz criticizes the INS raid and explains why Congress should hold hearings on the matter, but will not.

Some Asylum Seekers Encounter a Catch-22
The San Francisco Chronicle focuses on the plight of asylum seekers who obtain false passports in order to flee the government they fear being charged with using fraudulent documents.


ILW.COM Highlights of the Day

Would you be interested in providing us with testimonials?
ILW.com is compiling a section of testimonials. We are looking for individuals who found our Web site valuable and would like it to be publicly known. You may be a prospective immigrant, law practitioner, immigration worker, lawmaker, law student. Please respond to webmaster@ilw.com.


ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

FBI Fingerprint Checks
When the FBI fingerprint check is done for a green card, what happens if you have been questioned by the police, but not arrested or charged? See the thread on our Discussion Board.


Letters to the Editor

An Indian Reader's view of Elian and Microsoft
Sameer Kumar writing from Bombay argues that the government's handling of the Elian Gonzalez matter and the Microsoft anti-trust case send the wrong message about the United States to potential immigrants.

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