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Federal Register News of the Day
Refugee Resettlement Program: Availability of Formula Allocation
Funding for FY 2000 Targeted Assistance Grants for Services to Refugees in Local Areas of High Need
The Office of Refugee Resettlement announces the availability of funds for grants for targeted assistance for services to refugees
in counties where, because of factors such as unusually large refugee populations, high refugee concentrations, and high use
of public assistance, there exists and can be demonstrated a specific need for supplementation of resources for services to
this population. The closing date for submission of applications for the grants is September 5, 2000.
Refugee Resettlement Program: Notice of Allocations to States of FY 2000 Funds for Refugee Social Services
This notice establishes the allocations to States of FY 2000 funds for social services under the Refugee Resettlement Program
which includes $15.5 million set-aside to: (1) Provide outreach and referral services to ensure that eligible refugees access
the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and other programs for low income working populations; and (2) Provide
specialized interpreter training and the hiring of interpreters to enable refugees to have equal access to medical and legal
Cases of the Day
9th Circuit Overturns BIA Decision and Grants Asylum
In Chand v. INS, No. 98-70541 (9th Cir. August 2, 2000) the 9th Circuit ruled that
the petitioner was eligible for asylum and
withholding of deportation. The Court determined that contrary to the Board of Immigration Appeals's decision, any reasonable
fact finder would have to conclude that Petitioner had suffered persecution on account of his race and religion.
7th Circuit Upholds BIA Denial of Asylum
The 7th Circuit in Mousa v. INS, No. 99-1888 (7th Cir. August 1, 2000), upheld
the Board of Immigration Appeals
summary affirmation of the Immigration Judge's denial of asylum. The Court found the evidence could support a conclusion
either to grant or deny the petition and while not agreeing with the decision could not find that it was an abuse of discretion.
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Stealing a Car is a Theft Offense
The Board of Immigration Appeals in In re V-Z-S, Int. Dec. 3434 (August 1, 2000), held that the taking of property
constitutes a "theft offense" within the definition of aggravated felony under the Immigration and Nationality Act
whenever there is a criminal intent to deprive the owner of the rights and benefits of ownership, even if such
deprivation is less than total or permanent.
INS News of the Day
Response to Citizenship USA Report
In response to the Inspector General's report of the Citizenship USA program, the INS points out that, "while INS has made
significant strides in improving the naturalization system, there is some unfinished business that the agency needs to
complete. Efforts are ongoing to build on the progress that INS has made and to continue to advance quality and customer
service throughout the agency."
Immigration News of the Day
Border Patrol Agents to be Moved from Nevada, California to Washington State
The Las Vegas Sun reports that subject to approval by Congress, the Border Patrol plans to shift 25 agents from California and
Nevada to Washington State. According to an internal Border Patrol document, the proposed realignment reflects a strategy of
focusing resources along borders rather than in the interior, where the Border Patrol's work consists mainly of deporting
illegal immigrants with criminal records.
Immigration Reform, Yes. More Immigrants, No.
An opinion piece in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune argues that, "merely importing more workers, low-or high-skilled, muffles
the labor market signals that otherwise would call for the increased wages and improved work conditions that normally attract more
people into an occupation."
ILW.COM Highlights of the Day
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ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day
F-1 to H-1B While Waiting for Green Card
A poster on the Discussion Board asks about the consequences of changing status from H-1B to F-1, to allow him to attend school
full-time, while his labor certification case is pending. Have you faced a similar situation? Can you help?