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Editor's Comments of the Day
On June 23 the 11th Circuit reaffirmed its decision that it is within the authority of the INS to make a determination that the appropriate person to speak for Elian Gonzalez is his father and not his more distant relatives. In Gonzalez v. Reno, No. 00-11424, (11th Cir. June 23, 2000), was emphatic in stating that it would not hear any more appeals of its decision, no stays will be granted and the injunction preventing Elian from leaving the United States will dissolve June 28, 2000 at 4:00 p.m. Atlanta time. The only remaining venue for appeal is the Supreme Court. Unless the Supreme Court acts the Gonzalez family will soon be free to return to Cuba and Elian can resume life as a little boy instead being the subject of international attention.
Cases of the Day
Petition for Rehearing Denied in Elian Gonzalez Case
In Gonzalez v. Reno, No. 00-11424, (11th Cir. June 23, 2000), the 11th Circuit denied the request for a hearing and affirmed its earlier decision. In its strongly worded opinion the Court warned the Plaintiffs to expect no motions to stay the issuance of the mandate granting Juan Gonzalez the right to speak for his son to be granted, and that all injunctions in the case will dissolve on Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at 4:00 in the afternoon Atlanta time.
Congressional News of the Day
Report on H-1B Bill Submitted to House
H.R. 4227 to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act with respect to the number of aliens granted nonimmigrant status described in section 101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act was reported to the full House of Representatives.
Proposed Amendment to Appropriations Bill
Floor debate on a proposed amendment to the appropriations bill for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, to provide for 154 inspectors at new airport terminals.
House Committee on the Judiciary to Meet
The House Committee on the Judiciary will meet Tuesday, June 27, 2000, for a mark up of H.R. 3918, Immigration Reorganization and Improvement Act of 1999.
House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims to Hold Oversight Hearing
The House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims is scheduled to hold an oversight hearing on evaluating the Religious Worker Visa Programs, Thursday June 29, 2000.
Senate Subcommittee on Immigration to Hold Hearing on Arizona Border Crisis
The Senate Subcommittee on Immigration is scheduled to hold hearings to examine the border crisis in Arizona, and the impact on the state and local communities, on June 27, 2000.
INS News of the Day
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Asylees Eligible for Assistance from Date of Grant of Asylum
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) announces that, effective immediately, asylees will be eligible for refugee assistance and services beginning on the date that they are granted asylum.
DOS News of the Day
Diversity Lottery 2001 Winners Notified
The Department of State announces that it has registered and notified the 90,000 winners out of the 11 million qualified applicants for the DV 2001 lottery. Applicants are urged to pursue their cases diligently as only 50,000 visas are available for the 90,000 winners notified.
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Immigration News of the Day
The Roots of Dover's Immigrant Tragedy
The Christian Science Monitor discusses the impetus that drives young Chinese men in the Fujian province to borrow huge sums of money and then brave the danger and uncertainty of a smuggling trip from China across the globe.
After Epic 'Snakehead' Odyssey, Chinese Migrants Fear Return Trip Most
Inside China Today reports that many Chinese migrants who have survived the treacherous journey to Britain are "scared to death of being sent back to China" and feel that they were cheated by the snakeheads who said they would arrange for an airplane to take asylum seekers to Britain.
Immigrants Fill Gap in Open Job Market
USA Today looks at the impact of immigrants on the present American economy as well as what may occur if the economy slows down in the future.
'Tradition' No Excuse for Child Abuse
An opinion piece in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comments on the sentencing of a Korean immigrant who beat her stepdaughter.
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Letters to the Editor
The gentleman who was trying to bring his wife from Africa had NOT been married to her for 5 years as your headline in the email purports. They were married in 1999. I cannot imagine what obstacles they faced because a waiver is all that is necessary for HIV spouses to enter the US. These are granted, especially out of Africa, regularly.
Your headline is sensational at best.
Constituent Services Director
Office of Rep. Tom Davis (VA-11)
Ed. Note: We have corrected the item to read "whom he met more than five years ago." Thanks to an astute and observant reader for pointing out the error.
The processing of I-140 petitions at Nebraska Service Center (NSC) seems to be becoming ever more unpredictable. While the official processing time is at 300 to 315 days, cases that were submitted as recent as May 2000, are processed (often times being approved), while some of us who submitted our petitions (EB1-OR) a while back (almost 300 days), are still waiting to hear a word from NSC.
Could you kindly demystify the confusion surrounding the official time line for processing I-140s and the actual flurry of approval activity that we are seeing of late.
Under these conditions, should I just assume that my application is still being examined or is it just accumulating dust in Lincoln, Nebraska, or perhaps even be afraid that it may have been lost.
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