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Editor's Comments of the Day
A common misunderstanding is that anyone who has a legitimate fear of persecution is eligible for asylum. Asylum can only be
granted if there is a well-founded fear of persecution based on one of five enumerated grounds-race, religion, nationality,
membership in a social group or political opinion. The definition of social group has been stretched to cover many situations,
but not victims of domestic violence in societies where such violence is socially acceptable. In a
recent decision an
Immigration Judge granted withholding of removal under the Convention Against Torture (CAT) to a victim of domestic violence
who had previously been denied asylum. Under CAT no one can be removed to a country where the person will face torture.
Granting withholding to victims who face torture and possible death is consistent with American ideals of justice. Being
the victim of domestic violence may not make someone eligible for asylum, but the law still has a way to prevent people
from being returned to countries where they will suffer torture or death.
Federal Register News of the Day
Foreign Trusts That Have US Beneficiaries
The Internal Revenue Service has proposed a change in the regulations governing pre-immigration trusts and transfers
of property by US persons to foreign trusts having one or more US beneficiaries.
Cases of the Day
IIRIRA Does Not Retroactively Repeal Discretionary Relief
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In Arias-Argamonte v. Commissioner of INS, No. 00 Civ. 2412 (RWS) (S.D.N.Y. July 31, 2000) the court found the Board of Immigration
Appeals had based its reversal of the Immigration Judge's grant of relief to Arias-Argamonte on an incorrect determination
that Congress intended IIRIRA to eliminate discretionary relief for any alien whose removal proceedings commenced after
April 1, 1997. The court ruled that the BIA erred in its statutory interpretation, restored the decision of the Immigration
Judge and granted the Petitioner's writ of habeas corpus
ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day
Summary Of A Recent Decision Granting CAT Relief To A Victim Of Domestic Violence
Denise Visconti and Lori Nessel, of the Immigration Law Clinic, Seton Hall University School of Law, Center for Social Justice
summarize the case of Diebo Kuna who was granted withholding of removal under the Convention Against Torture after being held
for 28 months in an INS detention center and being denied asylum by both an Immigration Judge and the Board of Immigration
Immigration News of the Day
The Outsiders: How Do You Teach English to Asylum Seekers and Refugees?
An article in the Guardian Unlimited discusses problems and challenges of teaching English given the diverse spectrum of
backgrounds and needs found among immigrants and to immigrants who may be uneducated or are used to different styles of
learning. For immigrants, learning English is necessary for success in their new lives.
Citizens of the World New Americans are Increasingly Keeping Dual Allegiances
Newsday reports that while the US does not keep tabs on the number of dual citizens or of the countries that allow it, the list
of foreign governments that are acknowledging dual citizenship has grown over the years.
Row Over Deportation of Indian Boy From Berlin
The Times of India reports that human rights' activists in Germany are angry over the deportation of a 14-year-old Indian
boy under what they call are "questionable circumstances."
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