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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
Federal Register News of the Day
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
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
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
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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
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.
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FBI Fingerprint Checks
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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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