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Editor's Comments of the Day
According to the South China Morning Post a princess from Bahrain is seeking asylum in the
US because she married a US soldier without her family's approval. In the world of today
even princesses have to deal with the INS. The princess who fled the country in disguise
and married her American beau in Las Vegas said her family was "very angry" when they
found out she had been seeing him. Honor killings of women deemed to have disgraced the
family are not unknown in Muslim countries. The princess may find that fearing the wrath
of her family is not enough for asylum. Having a well-founded fear of persecution, that
is one which is both subjective and objectively reasonable, is only part of what she will
need to show to be successful in her claim. She also must establish that the fear is on
account of her race, religion, membership in a particular social group or political
opinion. Many people have legitimate fears of returning to their home countries due to
family vendettas, deplorable economic condition, or civil unrest. Unless the fear can be
shown to be on the basis of one of the enumerated grounds, there is no basis for asylum.
The definition of membership in a particular social group has been stretched in the
interest of justice to cover a broad range of classifications including sexual
orientation, victims of female genital mutilation or forced sterilization, and clan
affiliation. Maybe to be added to the list are "princesses who marry beneath their
Cases of the Day
Ninth Circuit Rules that an Unconditional Guilty Plea Cures Any Pre-Plea Treaty Defects
In USA v. Reyes Platero, No. 99-50234 (9th Cir., July 11,2000), the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held that an unconditional guilty plea cures any pre-plea treaty defects just as it cures any pre-plea constitutional defects. The court also refused to consider Reyes Platero's ineffective assistance of counsel argument because the facts of his case were insufficiently developed and his counsel was not obviously inadequate.
Distict Court Lacks Jurisdiction to Review Decision or Action by Attorney General
In Cardoso et al. v. Reno, No.99-10316 (5th Cir., July 11,2000), the 5ht Circuit upheld the District Court's dismissal on the grounds that the Court lacked jurisdiction because the claim arose out of a "decision or action by the Attorney General to commence proceedings, adjudicate cases or execute removal orders," or because the administrative remedies had not been exhausted.
Congressional News of the Day
House Passes Adjustment of Status of Certain Syrian Nationals
The House of Representatives passed H.R. 4681 which would provide for the adjustment of status of certain Syrian nationals. The bill would require the Attorney General to adjust the status of the Syrian Jews who emigrated to the United States, pursuant to Assad's 1992 Order, to that of permanent resident.
H.R. 2961, International Patient Act of 1999, Reported to the House
Rep. Smith, Chairman of the House Immigration Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee,
reported to the House of Representatives H.R. 2961, a bill to amend
the Immigration and Nationality Act to authorize a 3-year pilot program under which the Attorney General
may extend the period for voluntary departure in the case of certain nonimmigrant aliens who require
medical treatment in the United States and were admitted under the Visa Waiver Pilot Program.
Senate Debate on H-1B Bill
The Senate discusses the scheduling of debate on the H-1B bill and the meaning of the term "relevant"
as it relates to adding amendments to the bill.
Additional Cosponsor for S. 2406, Mother Teresa Religious Workers Act
Senator Helms of North Carolina was added as a cosponsor of S.2406, a bill to
amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide permanent authority for entry into the United States of certain religious workers.
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Immigration News of the Day
An editorial in the Washington Times looks at pending legislation involving the INS and concludes that with a clear bipartisan effort to support reform, and a presidential platform to discuss it, there may be hope for immigrants and refugees.
Princess Seeks US Asylum to be with Marine
The South China Morning Post reports that a princess from Bahrain who fell in love with a US Marine and fled the Gulf using fake US military documents is seeking political asylum in America saying she would face persecution if she were to return to her home country.
Woman Could be Deported by INS to a Third Country
According to an Associated Press report in Tampa Bay Online, an Iranian dissident, spared deportation to her homeland by a US immigration court, still could be ordered deported to a third country since she was found to have been a member of a group designated by the State Department as a sponsor of terrorism.
Changing Immigration Debate
The San Jose Mercury News reports that in less than four years Silicon Valley has shifted the national debate from how to seal the borders to how to attract the best and brightest immigrants. Silicon Valley has been influential in changing the direction of the debate because of the area's economic success which has eased the pressure to crack down on immigrants who might be taking away US jobs and due to the immense political clout of the technology industry.
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