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Immigration Daily
Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
Gary Endelman, Esq., Columnist
Joel Stewart, Esq., Columnist
July 6, 2000
Editor's Comments of the Day
Federal Register News of the Day
INS 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

In his heart-felt plea for help the author of a letter to the editor tells the story of his US citizen daughter’s denial of her fundamental right to marriage. The 23-year-old daughter fell in love with and married a young man who clearly has the respect of his father-in-law.The problem is the young man was brought to this country illegally by his parents at the age of eight. Due to the harsh provisions of IIRIRA, apparently compounded by poor legal advice, the daughter must now live in Mexico to be with her husband. According to her doctors her health has suffered due to the stress.Her father’s plaintive cry is, “she is an American Citizen! Why is she being punished by our government for being a faithful and loving wife?”. Another powerful reminder that ultimately immigration law is about people’s lives. For organizations interested in bringing about change in the immigration laws visit the Advocacy page.

Federal Register News of the Day

Comment Request for form N-400, Application for Naturalization
The INS is in the process of revising the current N-400 form, Application for Naturalization, and is encouraging additional comments. Comments will be accepted until September 5, 2000.

INS 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

President Clinton and the First Lady Welcome New Citizens to America
On July 4th the President witnessed a naturalization ceremony swearing in twenty new US citizens from 14 different countries. The administration announced an award of $25.5 million to states for English language and civics instruction. The President directed the INS to develop a plan to redesign and standardize the current citizenship testing process and also urged Congress to pass the proposed Registry Date legislation and the Central American and Haitian Party Act of 1999.

ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

ILW.COM invites the submission of articles about immigration law from attorneys, paralegals, foreign student advisors, human resources personnel, scholars and those whose lives have been effected by the laws.Please send articles to

What Really Counts: America's Stake in the Great H-1B Debate
ILW.COM's columnist Gary Endelman, Esq., calls for a one year H-1B without any extensions or numerical limits in exchange for a quadrupling of Employment-based visa numbers and a policy that allows such H-1B holders to apply for green cards without any further intermediate steps as a way for the US to continue to occupy the economic high ground in the digital age.

Immigration News of the Day

Fewer Immigrants are Becoming Citizens
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that even though America has more immigrants, fewer are becoming citizens.

Refugee Children Could Get Advocates Under Pilot Program
CNN reports that a pilot project is set to begin this summer to make things easier for unaccompanied child refugees in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Under the program trained volunteers will be assigned to unaccompanied minors held in a detention facility outside Phoenix. The volunteers will help the children with immigration questions, make them feel welcome and represent their interests in various ways.

U.S. Seeks China's Help in Slowing the Flood of Illegal Immigrants
The New York Times (registration required) reports that Doris Meissner, head of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service, held talks in Beijing with Chinese officials hoping to get a commitment for more help in stemming the huge flow of illegal Chinese immigrants into the United States.

ILW.COM Highlights of the Day

Immigration Info
Did you know that you can find comprehensive immigration information on the Immigration Info page at

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Angelica Grado-Wright, Esq.
Chat with Angelica Grado-Wright, Esq., from the Law office of Ann Pinchak, P.C. on July 6, 2000, at 9:00 p.m. E.T.

Letters to the Editor

What a tragedy!
Dear Editor,

…I have pastored for almost thirty years and I now pastor a church that is multicultural and has ten languages spoken in it. If people in my church can live as one people, why can't America join us in this same harmony? Quit treating Mexicans like criminals while we give millions in aid to Bosnians, Croatians, Kurds, Russians, Ethiopians, Kosovars, Vietnamese, and Cambodians. I love them all, but why do we treat our own neighbors to the South like enemies. God forgive our nation that was founded on equal opportunity…

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