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Editor's Comments of the Day
After several weeks of relative inactivity on immigration matters, the House
is scheduled to hold hearings on several immigration bills. Both the House and
the Senate have yet to take action to provide for additional H-1B visas. Substantive
legislation often is attached to appropriations bills in the end-of-fiscal-year rush
to pass spending bills. Now is the time to contact your representatives in the
make your voice heard.
Federal Register News of the Day
for Proposed Rule for Occupational Education Programs
The Bureau of Prisons is proposing to amend its regulations on occupational
education programs in order to exclude, with certain exceptions, inmates
currently under an order of deportation, exclusion, or removal. The Immigration
and Naturalization Service will be responsible for informing the Bureau when an
inmate/detainee's designated country of removal will not accept his return.
Comments are due by September 15, 2000.
Cases of the Day
Beating by Unknown
Assailants not Necessarily "on Account of" Political Opinion
In Kozulin v. INS, No.
99-70162 (9th Cir., July 14, 2000), the Circuit Court found
that there was substantial evidence to support the Immigration Judge's and the Board
of Immigration Appeal's denial of asylum for failure to establish that any
persecution he may have suffered was "on account of" political opinion.. The
applicant had been beaten but did not know his attackers and attributed the beating
to a letter he had written accusing his superior of theft.
Congressional News of the Day
Mark Up of
H.R. 2883, the "Adopted Orphans Citizenship Act"
On July 19, 2000, the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary will
mark up H.R. 2883
, the "Adopted Orphans Citizenship Act," which would amend the
Immigration and Nationality Act to confer US citizenship automatically and
retroactively on certain foreign-born children adopted by citizens of the
Mark Up of
H.R. 238, to Amend Sec. 274 of the Immigration and Nationality Act
The House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary will mark up
H.R. 238 on July 19, 2000 which would amend section 274 of the Immigration and Nationality Act
to impose mandatory minimum sentences, and increase certain sentences, for bringing
in and harboring certain aliens and will amend title 18, United States Code, to
provide enhanced penalties for persons committing such offenses while armed.
Hearing of H.R. 3038, the "Battered Immigrant Women Protection Act of
The House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims will hold a
legislative hearing on
H.R. 3038, the "Battered Immigrant Women Protection Act of 1999," on July 20, 2000.
The bill would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify procedures and
provide special rules for battered spouses and children.
Not Deport the Mart Family to Romania
Rep. Darlene Hooley argued in the House of Representatives that the
INS has done a great injustice to the Mart family by denying their application for
political asylum, despite credible evidence that they faced retribution from the
Romanian government if they returned home, and by denying the Marts' application
under the Diversity Visa program on a technicality.
3848 to the "Marriage Tax Penalty Relief Reconciliation Act of 2000"
Amendment SA 3848 to
H.R 4810, proposed by Sen. Kennedy and cosponsored by Sen. Rockefeller,
would amend titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to permit states to
expand coverage under the Medicaid program and provide optional coverage of legal
immigrants and SCHIP to parents of enrolled children.
INS News of the Day
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Jurisdiction Over Asylum Applications in Hawaii and Guam
Shifts From San Francisco Asylum Office to Los Angeles
The INS has announced that effective July 24, 2000, Asylum Office jurisdiction
over the State of Hawaii and the Territory of Guam will transfer from the San
Francisco Asylum Office to the Los Angeles Asylum Office and the address where
asylum applicants should mail their applications has been changed from the
Nebraska Service Center to the California Service Center.
DOS News of the Day
August Visa Bulletin
The August visa bulletin shows advances in most family and employment based
categories as well as a statistical breakdown for foreign state chargeability
of those registered for the
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Back Against Service Center's Irrational H-1B Denial
Cyrus D. Mehta, Esq. analyzes the recent decision of the Administrative Appeals
Office in Matter Of Shanmukam, and its effect on H-1B petitions for computer
Immigration News of the Day
Hard Life, Little Hope for Farmworkers
An opinion piece in the San Jose
Mercury News provides a look at the various problems and solutions facing unskilled
The Limits of Immigration
An article in Newsweek discusses the policies of Mexico's new president elect and
concludes that there are many areas where Vicente Fox and the next US president
can cooperate to their mutual advantage, but higher Mexican immigration is not
one of them.
ILW.COM Highlights of the Day
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Help! I Married
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