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Editor's Comments of the Day
Congress is in session for a short time before adjourning
to hit the campaign trail. Now is the time to contact
your representatives and let them know you opinion on
immigration matters. You do not have to be a citizen to
contact the government and your voice matters. Those who
are permanent residents may choose to become citizens
one day and exercise your right to vote. Nonimmigrants
and even illegal aliens pay taxes and are entitled to
voice your opinion. Contact your Representative
Also use your telephone and make your voice heard:
Congressional Switchboard 202 224-3121
White House Switchboard 202 456-1414
Bush Campaign 615 340-2000
Gore Campaign 512 637-2000
Federal Register News of the Day
Department of Labor Comment Request on ETA-232
The Employment and Training Administration is requesting comments on the proposed Domestic Agricultural In-Season Wage
Report, ETA-232 and Wage Survey Interview Record, ETA-232A. The ETA-232 report contains the prevailing wage based on
survey data collected from employers and reported by the State on the ETA-232A.Written comments must be submitted by
November 13, 2000.
Cases of the Day
1st Circuit Retains Habeas Jurisdiction
The 1st circuit in Mahadeo v. Reno, No. 99-1687 (1st Cir. Sept. 11, 2000),
found that IIRIRA's permanent rules do not divest the federal courts of their traditional jurisdiction to grant writs of habeas corpus. The case was
remanded to the district court which had dismissed it for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
Remand Where Interpreter Incompetent
The circuit court in Amadou
v. INS, No. 99-3824 (6th Cir. Sept. 12, 2000),
found that Petitioner's right to a full and fair hearing
was violated where the interpreter's questionable translation
led to an adverse credibility finding.
No Downward Departure in Sentencing for Illegal Aliens
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In US v. Solis-Chavez, No. 99-3234 (8th Cir. Sept. 12, 2000), the circuit court found that the district court did not abuse
its discretion by refusing to grant a downward departure on the basis that Appellant would be subject to disparate treatment
in prison as an illegal alien, that he was culturally assimilated and the seriousness of his past conduct was overstated.
Court Refuses to Review Final Order of Removal When Alien
Has Committed Criminal Offenses
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In Borrero v. INS, No. 00-1532, (8th Cir. Sept.11, 2000),
the court refused to hear a petition for review of a final order of the Board of Immigration Appeals dismissing Borrero's appeal of an Immigration Judge's determination that he was ineligible
for relief under the Convention Against Torture. Since the Petitioner conceded that he was removable by virtue of his prior
state felony convictions the court concluded that it lacked the jurisdiction to review a final order of removal against an
alien who is removable by reason of having committed a criminal offense that made him ineligible for admission or was an
aggravated felony or involved a controlled substance.
Congressional News of the Day
Mark Up of H.R. 4548, Agricultural Opportunities Act
On September 13, 2000, the House Committee on the Judiciary
will mark up H.R.
4548, the "Agricultural Opportunities Act." This
bill will establish a pilot program creating a system
of registries to provide a sufficient supply temporary
agricultural workers, and amend the Immigration and
Nationality Act to streamline procedures for the temporary
admission and extension of stay of nonimmigrant agricultural
workers under the pilot program.
INS News of the Day
INS Juvenile Detention and Shelter Care Program
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A fact sheet released by the INS outlines agency policy regarding the detention of unaccompanied juveniles and INS standards for facilities equipped to house juveniles in INS detention. The fact sheet also states that the INS plans to open a new Family Shelter Care Program to help keep immediate family members together while in INS custody.
INS Reminds Public to Use New Adjustment of Status Form I-485
The INS issues a press release reminding eligible aliens who are seeking to become legal permanent residents and have not yet filed an adjustment of status application that they should use the new Form I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status when submitting their application to the INS. The INS will no longer accept old versions of the form after September 30, 2000.
Immigration News of the Day
High - Tech Cheap Labor
An article by Norman Matloff in the Washington Post reports that computer industry CEOs, claiming a desperate labor shortage, are pressuring Congress to raise the quota for the H-1B work visa. However, while the industry denies its motivation is the hiring of cheap foreign labor, the facts say otherwise.
INS Pledge to Improve Put to the Nanny Test
An article in the Chicago Tribune describes the experience of the writer with the Chicago INS office when he attempts to find out the reason his nanny was denied employment authorization.
The House Committee on Immigration and Claims heard complaints about the INS office in Chicago last September and at the
hearing the INS promised that favorable changes were underway. In a
subsequent article the author describes his seven-hour visit to the INS and comments on the changes that have taken place a year later and changes that still need to take place in the future.
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Charla en espanol!
Chat in Spanish with Attorney Barry Lieber on Wednesday, September 13, 2000, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time.
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Letters to the Editor
Please stop using the "A" word, unless you put it in
quotation marks and it is a direct quote from the law
or what someone else said. Many news media representatives
and publications throughout the United States have already
adopted formal or informal policies along this line.
Just because it is still in the law and just because
the government uses it is no excuse to continue to berate
people who are not yet citizens by calling them a word
that now means a monster from outer space. Unfortunately
the US Government is certainly not on the forefront
of how to treat people sensitively or as we wish to
be treated. The Golden Rule should apply here. Would
you like to be called a word that means an ugly monster
from outer space? More….
We received two responses to the reader's question
about the meaning of "VIOPP."
It means "visa in other passport." Apparently, he travels with two passports with his visa contained in his old one,
likely attached to a recently-issued passport.
This message is been written to you to respond the question
EAU had regarding the admission stamp receives at port
of entry every time he enters the US. It supposed to
read -VWPP- not VOIPP-Visa Waiver Pilot Program, a waiver
of visa to the US to certain nationals to be exact nationals
of 29 countries. I have no doubt that you have a list
that you can provide EAU if (s)he interested in obtaining