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Editor's Comments of the Day
According to an article carried on the ABC News website there are approximately 5,000
Haitian refugees - with about 3,000 American-born children - whom the United States now
wants to remove because they used falsified papers to enter the country. This represents
a small percentage of families facing an impossible choice. Should the children stay in
the country where they were born, in familiar surroundings and with unlimited opportunities
without their parents and encounter the possibility of never to seeing their parents again?
Or should they remain with their parents and return to a country in economic distress where
a majority would face a bleak childhood with few educational and developmental opportunities?
For families in removal proceedings, the existence of a US citizen child is seldom a defense.
Congress' concern is that if they made being the parent of a US citizen child a means to gain
permanent resident status, expecting families would be drawn to the US in hopes of gaining
full immigration benefits by having a child born on American soil. Courts have not been
sympathetic to challenges to Congress plenary power in immigration matters. The current
scheme forces parents to make a decision between dragging their children to poverty or
making the supreme sacrifice of love in abandoning their children in hopes they will find
a better life. How do we explain to the US citizen children that this is the American way?
Cases of the Day
District Court has Jurisdiction to Hear Habeas Petition
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Akinwale v. Reno, No 99-10823 (11th Cir. June 30, 2000),
found that the district court had jurisdiction to hear a habeas petition regarding the
retroactive application of AEDPA sec. 440(d) from a petitioner subject to IIRIRA's
transitional rules, who was subject to a final order of deportation and where the
petition for direct review of the BIA's decision had been or would have been dismissed by
Deportation of Alien Witness Not a Violation of Constitutional Rights
v. Perez, No. 99-20500, (5th Cir. June 29, 2000),
the Court upheld a conviction for aiding and a betting
the harboring of an alien rejecting all of the defendant's
arguments including that the swift deportation of potential
witnesses was a violation of the sixth amendment right
to compulsory process and fifth amendment right to due
INS News of the Day
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immigration law from government agencies. Submissions may be published. Please
send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
INS Release of Public Charge Information in Foreign Languages
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INS releases its May 1999 Public Charge Fact Sheet in Chinese,
and also releases the Public Charge Questions and Answers sheet in
ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day
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foreign student advisors, human resources personnel, scholars and those whose lives have been effected
by the laws.Please send articles to email@example.com.
Immigration News of the Day
Humane Plans for Latin Migrants
The Financial Times looks at the recent events in Los Angeles as evidence of growing
solidarity within the Latino population, which has been known traditionally for its
fragmentation and meek acceptance of the status quo.
Black Tech Workers Oppose Bills to Increase Foreign Visas
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that black engineers, scientists and computer
specialists charge that politicians are scrambling to satisfy high-tech industry demands
for more skilled foreigners, while minority Americans are being excluded from well-paying
mid- and high-level technical and scientific jobs.
China's Other Export: Human Contraband
The Christian Science Monitor provides an update on INS Commissioner Doris Meissner's
trip to China and her attempts to try to drum up support for a joint clampdown on illegal,
would-be trans-Pacific migrants.
A Parental Dilemma
ABC News discusses the plight faced by thousands of Haitian refugees as they make
desperate pleas to prevent their deportation and the predicament their US born children
face - to leave their country or leave their parents?
ILW.COM Highlights of the Day
Directory of Attorneys
ILW.COM will soon be adding over 150 immigration attorneys to the 300 attorneys currently
listed in its database. You will be able to visit them at
ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day
Chat with Robert Hollander,
Attorney Robert Hollander, Esq. will answer questions on all aspects of immigration law
Monday, July 10, 2000, at 9:00 p.m. ET. Question will be accepted 15 minutes prior to the chat.
Letters to the Editor
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Letters may be edited for clarity, legal and space considerations, and may be published and otherwise used
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