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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 26, 2000
Editor's Comments of the Day
Federal Register News of the Day
Congressional News of the Day
INS News of the Day
Immigration News of the Day
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Editor's Comments of the Day

Among the most frequent topics raised in the chat sessions and posted on the discussion board is how does a US citizen get a visa for a spouse. In theory it is simple. Immigration law purports to favor families. There is no limit on the number of visas available for spouses of US citizens. There is an exception for spouses of US citizens to the general rule that an alien must be in status to apply for adjustment of status in the United States. The plight of the former Peace Corps volunteer who has been waiting more than five years to bring his wife to the US from Zimbabwe recounted in the Washington Post and of the "berrieblond" from the discussion board who married in February and is still waiting are just two examples of the difficulties faced by US citizens. What in theory is simple becomes a source of frustration and consternation in the hands of the INS.

Federal Register News of the Day

Jurisdictional Change for the Los Angeles and San Francisco Asylum Offices
Effective July 24,2000 the INS will transfer asylum office jurisdiction over the State of Hawaii and the Territory of Guam from the San Francisco Asylum Office to the Los Angeles Asylum Office.

Congressional News of the Day

House Committee on the Judiciary to Hold Hearing on "Immigration Reorganization and Improvement Act of 1999"
The full House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary is scheduled to hold a hearing on H. R. 3918, the "Immigration Reorganization and Improvement Act of 1999," on Tuesday, June 27, 2000.

Whitfield Amendment to Appropriations Bill
Rep. Whitfield (R-KY) proposes an amendment to H.R. 4690, the appropriations bill for the Department of Justice, which provides no funds made available to the Legal Services Corporation may be used for grants for programs providing legal assistance to H2-A workers in their civil actions against their (current or former) employers unless the action is brought in the State in which the employer resides or has its principal place of business.

Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims to Hold Hearing to Evaluate the "Religious Worker Visa Program"
The House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims, will hold an oversight hearing on "Evaluating the Religious Worker Visa Programs" on June 28, 2000.

INS News of the Day

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"Immigration and Naturalization Service Data Management Improvement Act of 2000" Signed into Law
On June 15, 2000, President Clinton signed into law H.R. 4489, the "Immigration and Naturalization Service Data Management Improvement Act of 2000," which amends IIRAIRA respecting the automated entry-exit control system to replace the current requirement that information be collected on every entering and exiting alien with the requirement that such system be an integrated entry and exit data system using available data.

ILW Featured Article of the Day

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Immigration News of the Day

Asylum Seeker Tells of Illegal Immigrants' Likely Route to Dover
The South Morning China Post carries an interview from Agence France Presse of a man who fears his cousin is among the 58 Chinese found dead in a truck that arrived in Britain on Monday. He describes the route most likely taken by the victims.

Border River is also a Sewage Drain
MSNBC reports that the New River, which flows north from Mexico into California's Imperial Valley, has become a way for illegal immigrants to enter the US. The route is commonly used because Border Patrol agents rarely approach this river due to its dangerous bacteria, viruses, communicable diseases and more than 20 million gallons of raw sewage.

Trouble Getting Out of Africa
The Washington Post recounts the ordeal an American citizen has endured trying to obtain a visa for his African wife whom he met more than five years ago. [corrected. Thanks to Constuent Services Director, Office of Rep. Tom Davis (VA-11)].

Torture Survivors Gather for UN Commemoration Day Vigil and Week of Meetings with US Officials
According to the US Newswire, the United Nations has designated June 26, 2000, as a day of commemoration of torture victims and survivors. Torture survivors will hold a vigil in front of the White House on June 26th, testify before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus on June 30th and throughout the week meet with several federal agency members and members of Congress.

ILW Highlights of the Day

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ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

American Citizen Married to UK Citizen Waiting, Waiting, Waiting….
A US citizen asks how long she will have to wait before she can be re-united with her spouse whom she married in the UK in February. Share your experiences on the Discussion Board.

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