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Register News of the Day
Final Rule for Aliens Coming Temporarily to U.S. to Perform
Agricultural Labor or Services; H-2A Classification Petitions
The Immigration and Naturalization Service has published
a final rule delegating to the Department of Labor the
authority to adjudicate petitions for H-2A workers effective
November 13, 2000.
Rule for Procedures For Processing Temporary Agricultural
Worker (H-2A) Petitions by the Secretary of Labor
This proposed rule issued by the Immigration and Naturalization
Service will require alien workers to sign a petition
request for change of status or extension of stay; provide
that all petition requests including extension of stay
and change of status petitions must be filed with the
Department of Labor; and provide that the current Service
petition fee will be collected by the DOL as a part
of a combined fee. Comments must be submitted on or
before August 14, 2000.
Rule and Comment Request for New Form ETA 9079, Application
for Temporary Agricultural Labor Certification and H-2A
This proposed rule by the Employment and Training Administration
of the Department of Labor would require employers to
submit the fees for labor certification and the associated
H-2A petition with a consolidated application form at
the time of filing and would modify the fee structure
for H-2A labor certification applications. The new form
ETA 9079 consolidates two current forms, ETA 750 (Application
for Alien Employment Certification) and INS I-129 (Petition
for Nonimmigrant Workers). Comments on the proposed
rule and new form must be submitted on or before August
Final Rule for the Labor Certification and Petition
Process for Temporary Employment of Nonimmigrant Aliens
in Agriculture in the US and Delegation of Authority
to Adjudicate Petitions
This final rule, effective November 13, 2000, amends
the Employment and Training Administration regulations
to implement the delegation of authority to adjudicate
petitions for temporary nonimmigrant agricultural workers
(H-2A's) from the Department of Justice/Immigration
and Naturalization Service to the Department of Labor.
to Alter Systems of Records
The Defense Logistics Agency proposes to alter the system
of records so as to expand the categories of records
being maintained and to allow disclosure of information
to the Department of Justice for the purpose of immigration
and naturalization record verification purposes. This
action will be effective without further notice on August
14, 2000, unless comments are received that would result
in a contrary determination.
Competition for Grants Under the Near East and North
Africa Democracy Initiative
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the
United States Department of State announces an open
competition for grants for J-1 exchange visitor programs
under the Near East and North Africa Democracy Initiative.
The deadline for program proposals is October 6, 2000.
Request for Proposals for Competition, A Writer's Perspective
on Contemporary Social Issues in the United States
The Office of Citizen Exchanges, Bureau of Educational
and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State, announces
a competition for a project titled "A Writer's Perspective
on Contemporary Social Issues in the United States."
The proposed J-1 program would bring a delegation of
thirteen Vietnamese to the United States for a three-week
study tour. The deadline for proposals is September
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Rules Claim by Extraditee Fearing Torture Ripens after
Secretary of State Determines to Surrender the Fugitive
Barreto v. Siefert No. 98-56827 (9th Cir., July 11,2000),
the 9th Circuit affirmed the district court's denial
of the petition for habeas corpus since the Secretary
of State had not yet determined whether or not to extradite
the petitioner, but the Court directed that the ruling
should be without prejudice to the filing of a new petition
if the Secretary of State does decide to surrender Cornejo-Barretto
to the Mexican government.
News of the Day
to Provide Waiver of Oath for Persons with Disabilities
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, introduced bill,
H.R. 4838, to the Committee on the Judiciary. The bill
would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide
a waiver of the oath of renunciation and allegiance
for naturalization of aliens having certain disabilities.
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News of the Day
Sued in Deportation Amityville Woman Seeks $8M for Mistreatment
Newsday reports that Sharon McKnight, the mentally disabled
Amityville woman who was bound overnight and mistakenly
deported to Jamaica from Kennedy Airport last month, filed
an $8-million lawsuit yesterday against Immigration and
Naturalization Service officials.
Vice President Gore's Speech to the NAACP
In a transcript of Vice President Gore's address to
the NAACP's national convention posted on the Washington
Post's website, the Vice President stated that he supported
immigration, however, "it ought to be an alarm bell
when we have the employers with the best jobs in this
country coming every single year, year after year, saying,
"We have to go halfway around the world to find people
with a college education who can come in and take these
good jobs." We need to educate our own people with the
skills needed to seize the jobs of the future and build
the future of this country."
Waivers Make Citizens Immigrants
According to the Tampa Bay Tribune, a lawsuit by three
legal services groups against the INS last year resulted
in new guidelines for applying for the medical waivers.
Elderly immigrants can now take the oath of citizenship,
thanks to a medical waiver that exempts them from the
Lawmakers Urge Increase of Border Agents, Resources
The Seattle Times reports that Sens. Slade Gorton and
Patty Murray and Rep. Jack Metcalf wrote a letter urging
Immigration and Naturalization Service Commissioner
Doris Meissner to increase Border Patrol agents and
resources and urged the return of two planes that were
transferred from the Canadian border to the U.S.-Mexican
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