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Immigration Daily
Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Asst. Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
Gary Endelman, Esq., Columnist
Joel Stewart, Esq., Columnist
JUNE 23, 2000
Editor's Comments of the Day
Cases of the Day
Congressional News of the Day
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Immigration News of the Day
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Editor's Comments of the Day

Section 212(a)(6)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act states "Any alien who, by fraud, or willfully misrepresenting a material fact, seeks to procure (or has sought to procure or has procured) a visa, other documentation, or admission into the US or other benefit provided under this Act is inadmissible." Marrying to get a green card has been the subject of a popular movie and is usually an option which comes to mind for people who want to stay in the US but are unfamiliar with immigration law. Those who regularly deal with the INS know better. It is not unusual for INS officers to separate a couple, question them separately and compare the answers. If the INS makes a finding of fraud, it can make it impossible for the alien ever to be admitted even if there is a subsequent genuine marriage to a US citizen. Marrying to get a green card is not worth the risk.

Cases of the Day

IIRAIRA's Stop-time Provisions Not a Violation of Due Process Rights
In Gonzalez-Torres v. INS, No. 99-60395, (5th Cir. Jun 21 2000), the 5th Circuit joins the 4th and 11th Circuits in holding the application of the IIRAIRA's stop-time provision to deportation proceedings pending at the time of the statute's enactment does not violate an alien's due process rights.

CNER Sufficient for Conviction of Illegal Reentry
The 9th Circuit found in US v. Mateo-Mendez, No. 99-50394, (9th Cir., June 21, 2000), that the Certificate of Nonexistence of Record (CNER) at issue satisfied the two criteria required on the face of Federal Rule of Evidence 902(1) and the District Court properly admitted the document into evidence.

Congressional News of the Day

Grassley Added as Cosponsor
At the request of Mrs. Feinstein, the name of the Senator Grassley from Iowa was added as a cosponsor of S. 2586, a bill to reduce the backlog in the processing of immigration benefit applications and to make improvements to infrastructure necessary for the effective provision of immigration services.

Bunning Added as Cosponsor
At the request of Mr. Hatch, the name of the Senator Bunning from Kentucky was added as a cosponsor of S. 2045, a bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act with respect to H-1B nonimmigrant aliens.

INS News of the Day

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Report On The Annual AILA 2000 Conference
Cyrus D. Mehta, Esq. reports on the events and news from the AILA 2000 Annual Conference held in Chicago June 14-17, 2000.

Immigration News of the Day

Foreign Students Face Closer Scrutiny by US
The Post-Gazette reports that due to the government's fear that foreign students studying in the US might pose a terrorist threat, INS is planning to build a national database to track information about foreign students.

Border Hospitals on the Brink
According to the MoJo Newswire, the INS crackdown along the Mexico-US border is driving thousands of would-be illegal immigrants to cross in remote desert areas, where the harsh conditions send many to nearby US hospitals. The federal government does not pay for their care, saddling rural hospitals with billions of dollars in unpaid bills.

House Debates Illegal Alien Amnesty Amendments June 22, 2000
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) says it has learned that Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) will offer two illegal alien amnesty amendments during a June 22nd debate on the Justice Department funding bill, H.R. 4690. FAIR also reports that Representatives Tom Campbell (R-CA) and David Bonior (D-MI) may offer an amendment to repeal provisions of the 1996 anti-terrorism law.

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Same-Sex Relationship-Legal Rights
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