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Editor's Comments of the Day
According to the LA Times, Ecuador suddenly has joined
Cuba, Haiti and China on the list of countries sending
smuggling flotillas to the United States. Migrants crossing
from Mexico are willing to swim through waters that Border
Agents will not even touch with unprotected skin. This
at the same time that the INS is devoting ever-increasing
resources to border enforcement and publicizing those
efforts. The fact is incontrovertible that the efforts
to make the United States a less attractive target for
potential immigrants have not deterred many thousands
of people from risking their lives in leaky boats, braving
the heat and cold of an arid desert or exposing themselves
to the perils of a dangerously polluted river. It is time
to focus resources on finding more effective means of
keeping people from risking their lives instead of devoting
resources to building fortress America.
Federal Register News of the Day
Rule with Request for Comments for the Implementation
of Hernandez v. Reno Settlement Agreement
This rule implements the portion of the settlement agreement in Hernandez v. Reno
requiring the implementation of a single application form to be used in connection
with the adjudication of requests for benefits under the Family Unity Program,
including voluntary departure and an employment authorization document. The
interim rule also clarifies the regulations to provide that certain aliens will not
lose their eligibility for the Family Unity Program because their sponsoring family
member becomes a United States citizen and adds a class of aliens who are ineligible
for Family Unity benefits.
INS News of the Day
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Immigration News of the Day
How Should Congress Deal with the H-1B Visa?
In two related articles in RollCall, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Chairman of the
Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims, argues that "The Real Debate Is Not
About H-1B," while Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) takes the position that
"Visas Will Help Best and Brightest Come to US".
New US Border Patrol Cameras Will Watch the Niagara River
The Toronto Star reports that the US Border Patrol is installing cameras along
the Niagara River to help stop illegal immigrants from entering the United States
by boat or raft. Three cameras, with infrared capabilities for detection at night
and which can zoom in for close-ups and scan large areas in color, will be installed
initially and the zones will be monitored 24 hours a day.
As Crises Converge on Ecuador, an Exodus
The Los Angeles Times reports that converging crises in Ecuador have unleashed
an unprecedented wave of emigrants during the last two years. Approximately three
million of the country's citizens live overseas and Ecuador has joined Cuba, Haiti
and China on the list of countries sending smuggling flotillas to the United States.
Catch-22 Keeps Family Apart
According to the Toronto Star, a Toronto woman cannot sponsor her Pakistani
husband's immigration to Canada unless she pays approximately $25,000 in welfare
benefits her estranged brother has received over the last four years.
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