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Editor's Comments of the Day
Congress is back in session this week and living up to the stereotype of being long-winded politicians.
Today's issue of Immigration Daily has five items of Congressional news. Why do we include items such
as new co-sponsors added to a bill or an announcement that correspondence has been transmitted?
We try to be complete in our coverage of immigration and the past issues of Immigration Daily are building a
searchable archive of immigration material. More importantly, it is an education for all of us.
By showing how Congress makes decisions-the paths bills have to follow, the adding and dropping of co-sponsors, how members take advantage of debate on unrelated bills to include their views on immigration-we can understand better why the immigration laws are the way they are, and how to get better laws passed.
Federal Register News of the Day
National Interest Waivers for Second Preference Employment Based Visas
This interim rule establishes the procedure for a physician who is willing to practice full-time in an area designated as having a shortage of health care professionals or in a facility operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs to obtain a waiver of the job offer requirement and labor certification. The effective date is October 6, 2000; comments must be submitted on or before November 6, 2000.
Cases of the Day
Evidence in Documents Establish Petitioner's Asylum Claim
In Zahedi v. INS, No. 98-71179, (9th Cir. Sept. 6, 2000), the court reversed the ruling of the Immigration Judge and the Board of Immigration Appeals and concluded that the Petitioner was eligible for asylum and withholding of deportation. The court found that even though the Petitioner's testimony was confusing, the documents he presented established a well-founded fear of persecution since they demonstrated that he had been actively sought for punishment (arrest, interrogation, possible detention) by the Iranian authorities for his political activities (distribution of Salman Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses").
Congressional News of the Day
Hearing on "An Investigation of the Immigration and Naturalization Service's Citizenship USA Initiative"
The House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims has announced it will hold an oversight hearing on Justice Department Inspector General's Report, "An Investigation of the Immigration and Naturalization Service's Citizenship USA Initiative" on September 7, 2000, at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Robert L. Ashbaugh, Deputy Inspector General, Department of Justice, is scheduled to give testimony.
Sen. Moynihan's Comments on Chinese Immigration
In an address to the Senate, Senator Moynihan gives a brief synopsis of the history of Chinese immigration to the US.
Sen. Kennedy's Recommendations for Senate Agenda for September
Senator Kennedy calls for Senate action on key issues in the short time remaining this year. He urges expanding the visa quota for skilled workers and adopting new laws to ensure equal treatment under US immigration laws for Latino and other immigrants.
Immigration Communications to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Communications laid before the Senate include communications from the Immigration and Naturalization Service pertaining to the ``Delegation of the adjustment of certain temporary agricultural worker (H-2A) petitions, appellate and revocation authority for those petitions to the Secretary of Labor'' and the ``Professional Conduct for Practitioners--Rules and Procedures'' as well as communications from the Department of State regarding nonimmigrant visa fees and the new procedure for payment of certain immigrant visa fees.
Sen. Kerry Added as Cosponsor
At the request of Mr. Kennedy, Sen. Kerry of Massachusetts, was added as a cosponsor of S. 2912, a bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to remove certain limitations on the eligibility of aliens residing in the United States to obtain lawful permanent residency status.
DOS News of the Day
Second Annual Report on International Religious Freedom
The State Department has delivered to Congress its Second Annual Report on International Religious Freedom. The report details many incidents and patterns of religious persecution that continue in many parts of the globe.
ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day
New Immigration Issues For Corporate Counsel
Canadian immigration attorney Catherine Kerr cautions employers about their possible liability if they encourage their employees to give false information in order to be admitted to the US and outlines some of the grounds inadmissibility.
Immigration News of the Day
Q&A on Goals of Organized Labor: Teamsters Put New Focus on Immigrants
The San Jose Mercury interviews James P. Hoffa, the Teamsters' president on immigration and labor.
INS Sued Over US Woman Whom Agents Shackled, Called Liar and Deported
According to the Los Angeles Times Sharon McKnight and her family are suing federal officials for $8 million after immigration agents at John F. Kennedy International Airport accused the US citizen of using a fake passport, shackled her hand and foot, detained her overnight and deported her to Jamaica the next day. Her attorney says the 1996 law that allowed her deportation ended up splitting a family and humiliating a US citizen who only wanted to return home.
Highlights of the Day
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