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Editor's Comments of the Day
According to a press release from the INS the "Visa Waiver Pilot Program (VWPP) interim parole measures have
been temporarily extended through February 2, 2001, to provide Congress the opportunity to consider legislation
regarding the future of the program. In the meantime, VWPP-like procedures, specifically designed to cause
minimal disruption to travelers, are in use at U.S. ports of entry." Visa Waiver is just one bill on which
Congress was slow to take action. Still awaiting action are the questions of advancing the registry date,
extending NACARA to cover people from Central America, the H-2 agricultural workers bill, and a host of other
immigration related matters. Fiscal year 2000 ended September 30. Congress is limping from week to week with
continuing resolutions to avoid the complete shut down of the government. Just as businesses need the certainty
of knowing the visa procedures so they can plan necessary travel for the employees, people need to know certainty
in the immigration laws so they can plan their lives. Contact your
Senators and urge them to act.
Federal Register News of the Day
Suspension of Entry of Certain Persons from Sierra Leone
The President has determined that it is in the interests of the US to
restrict the entry into the US of foreign nationals who plan, engage
in, or benefit from activities that support the Revolutionary United
Front in Sierra Leone.
Notice to Alter a System of Records
Effective November 13, 2000, the Department of the Army proposes to alter a s
ystem of records disclosed outside the Department of Defense
to give access to the INS to comply with status relating to alien registration.
Cases of the Day
Court and Government Not in Conspiracy
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In an unpublished decision in Cedillo
v. US, No. 99-4269 (8th Cir. Oct. 13, 2000), the
circuit court found the district court was correct when
it refused to order the INS to cease all deportation of
immediate family members of US citizens, and dismissed
as frivolous the argument that there was a conspiracy
between the court and government.
Substantial Evidence Supports Denial of Asylum
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The 8th Circuit in its unpublished opinion in Mendez-Fuentes v. INS, No. 99-3813 (8th Cir. Oct. 13, 2000),
found there was substantial evidence to support the denial of the asylum claim where letters failed to
corroborate Petitioner's testimony and he had voluntarily returned to his home country.
BIA's Adverse Credibility Finding Violation Of Right
to Due Process
In Abovian v. INS, No. 98-70934 (9th Cir. Oct.12, 2000), the Court held that the Board of Immigration
Appeal's adverse credibility finding absent a determination by the Immigration Judge (IJ) and without
affording the Petitioner the opportunity to establish his credibility was a violation of the right
to due process. The court has amended a footnote in the July 19, 2000, decision.
Congressional News of the Day
Senate Passes H.R. 2883, Child Citizenship Act of 2000
Senate passed H.R. 2883, the "Child Citizenship Act of 2000," to confer US citizenship automatically
and retroactively on certain foreign-born children adopted by citizens of the United States.
Sen. Reed addressed Senate on the plight of Liberians temporarily residing in the United States.
INS News of the Day
VWPP Extension to End on February 2, 2001
Visa Waiver Pilot Program (VWPP) interim parole measures have been temporarily extended through February 2, 2001,
to provide Congress the opportunity to consider legislation regarding the future of the program. In the
meantime, VWPP-like procedures, specifically designed to cause minimal disruption to travelers, are in use at U.S.
ports of entry.
Immigration News of the Day
Immigrant Wives of Silicon Alley Seek Protection From Battering
The Village Voice reports on foreign wives held prisoner by immigration policies
that give their husbands complete control over their lives.
Older IT Professionals Struggle With Age Bias
Information Age reports on age bias in the high-tech field. While many jobs go unfilled,
experienced workers struggle to find full-time employment.
ILW.COM Highlights of the Day
Case Tracking Improves Communication with Your Attorney
Stay in touch with the latest development on your case by using ILW.COM's case tracking system.
ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day
Chat with Serge Bauer
Serge Bauer, Esq., will answer questions on all aspects of immigration
law on Monday, October 16, 2000, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted
starting 15 minutes before the start of the chat.