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Editor's Comments of the Day
Today's featured article is "Business Visitors from Abroad - Tips and Traps for the HR Department," by Angelo A. Paparelli
and Susan K. Wehrer. The authors provide guidance on the sometimes tricky issue of determining when a B-1 visa
or admission under the visa waiver program is appropriate and which activities cross the line requiring another
type of visa. There is only one thing clear about this issue, the deeper you delve into it the murkier the waters
become. They caution people to seek the advice of an immigration lawyer because most businessmen and HR managers trying
to tackle the issue on their own will be completely out of their depth.
Federal Register News of the Day
Duplication and Electronic Generation of Forms
The INS has issued a rule that eliminates the requirement that duplicated and electronically generated forms
be produced on the same color paper and in the same page alignment used for the official INS forms.
The rule also removes the requirement that duplicated and electronically generated copies of forms made
by public and private entities be submitted for Service review and approval.
Cases of the Day
No Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claim Absent Showing of Actual Prejudice
The circuit court in a summary order in Stewart v. INS, No. 99-2738 (2nd Cir. Oct. 6, 2000), upheld the denial
of a writ of habeas corpus on the basis of ineffective assistance of counsel because regardless of the failure
of his attorney to timely file an application, it was unlikely that the petition could have made a strong showing
in support of the application and so he was not prejudiced.
Court Finds BIA Inadequately Considered Torture Claim
In Mansour v. INS, No. 99-3940 (7th Cir. Oct. 16, 2000), the court affirmed the Board of Immigration Appeals's
(BIA) denial of Petitioner's claims for asylum and withholding of removal, but vacated the BIA's
decision concerning Petitioner's Convention Against Torture (CAT) claim. The court was convinced
that the BIA had not adequately considered Petitioner's torture claim based on his ethnic/religious
Congressional News of the Day
Tribute To La Resurreccion United Methodist Church
Rep. Serrano paid tribute to La Resurreccion United Methodist Church and its staff and wished
them good luck in their new building in the Melrose Community of the Bronx. La Resurreccion
has created an Immigration Clinic with the assistance of lawyers who provide their services
free of charge to assist undocumented immigrants with legal advice.
INS News of the Day
President Urges Congress to Restore Benefits to Immigrants
President Clinton urges Congress to enact his budget proposal to help the needy in the US and to ensure that
legal immigrants have access to critical nutrition and health assistance.
ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day
Business Visitors from Abroad - Tips and Traps for the HR Department
A. Paparelli and Susan K. Wehrer examine the uses
of the B-1 and Visa Waiver Program for business travelers
coming to the US.
Immigration News of the Day
Amnesties Beget More Illegal Immigration, Will Somebody Tell Congress?
In an article in the National Review Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for
Immigration Studies, analyses the effects of amnesty and states that the estimates released
by the INS indicate that amnesties do not solve the problem of illegal immigration.
Coded Radio Broadcasts Used to Tip Off Illegal Immigrants
The Houston Chronicle reports that a Spanish-language radio station is providing undocumented
immigrants with daily alerts on the location of Border Patrol agents working the streets.
ILW.COM Highlights of the Day
ILW.COM Wins GlobalBizShows Silver Design Award
"Your ease of navigation and corporate colors use along with the variety that your site offers
has prompted the winning of our Award," says Glenda Roberts of GlobalBizShows.
ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day
Special Chat with INS Officer Linda Dodd-Major
Linda Dodd-Major, Acting Director of DOJ/INS Office of Business Liaison, will answer
business related immigration questions on Wednesday, October 18, 2000,
at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time.