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Editor's Comments of the Day
The H-1B battle is on in the Senate. Last week there was a cloture motion to close debate on S. 2045 the
"American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000, " or the H-1B bill. The Democrats want
to add amendments related to NACARA and advancement of the registry date to the bill. The Republicans prefer
a "clean" H-1B bill and are opposed to these amendments, but have proposed amendments directly related to H-1Bs.
The pols have been trying to find a solution that would allow for the clean H-1B bill and fold the NACARA and
registry provisions into an appropriations bill, but so far have not been able to reach an agreement. S.2045
at the time of this writing is on the Senate calendar for Tuesday, September 26, 2000. Before the bill can be voted on the question of the amendments will have to be decided. Whatever happens ILW.COM will bring you the full story.
Federal Register News of the Day
Designation of a Foreign Terrorist Organization
Pursuant to Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Secretary of State has designated "The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan" as a foreign terrorist organization effective September 25, 2000.
Cases of the Day
Court Denies Petition for Review
In Sousa v. INS, No. 99-2049 (1st Cir. Sept. 22, 2000), the court denied the petition for review as it challenged the removal order on the ground that Petitioner was not an aggravated felon, and insofar as it challenged the INS's and Board of Immigration Appeals's refusal to consider Petitioner's request for relief from removal it was dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.
Court Allows Collateral Challenge
The court in US v. Arrieta, No. 99-50368 (9th Cir. Sept. 25, 2000), reversed the Defendant's conviction of being found in the US after having previously been deported based on a collateral attack on the previous deportation order. The court found the Defendant's due process rights had been violated when the Immigration Judge had failed to advise him of his apparent eligibility for a waiver and there was a possibility the waiver would have been granted.
Congressional News of the Day
Cloture Filed on Amendments to the H-1B Visa Bill
Cloture was filed to close further debate on amendments to the the H-1B visa bill. The vote on the cloture motion is scheduled for Tuesday, September 26, 2000, one hour after the Senate convenes.
S. 3095 Placed on the Senate Calendar
S. 3095, a bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to remove certain limitations on the eligibility of aliens residing in the US to obtain lawful permanent resident status, was read for the second time and placed on the Senate calendar.
Immigration News of the Day
Engineer Shortage Called Danger to Military Readiness
According to EETimes.com the military and its contractors are saying that they may be facing a potentially dangerous shortage of software engineers which could affect the military readiness of the United States.
Mandate Challenges Immigration Lawyers
The Boston Globe reports that mandatory deportation guidelines, which require the deportation of any immigrant who has committed an "aggravated felony'' regardless of the circumstances, have changed the way immigration attorneys do business.
ILW.COM Highlights of the Day
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Letters to the Editor
The author of the following letter refers to the beating of two undocumented workers as described in this article from the New York Times (registration required).
I have a comment on a piece I saw in the TV news this week. It is about the 2 immigrant day workers that were deliberately attacked this week. It states the residents of this long island neighborhood are sick and tired of these people hanging around their neighborhoods and not paying any taxes.…..More
I do not know what to do. I have three children and a wife. The youngest child is an American citizen, but we all others are illegal immigrants. We have been here since January 1999 - from east Europe. We (I) hoped for amnesty for all illegals, or at least for parents of American citizens. But nothing happen and I sink to think that amnesty for us will come in next months or even years….More
Sorry that I worry to sign all my name. Sincerely,