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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
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October 19, 2000
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Cases of the Day
Congressional News of the Day
INS News of the Day
Immigration News of the Day
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Editor's Comments of the Day

President Clinton has signed into law S. 2045, the "American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act," and H.R. 5362, an Act to increase the fees charged to employers who petition to employ H-1B non-immigrant workers. The provision with the most immediate effect is section 105 which allows for greater portability of H-1Bs. It allows someone who, before, on or after October 17, 2000, is the beneficiary of a petition for change of H-1B employers to start working for the new employer. H.R. 5362 increases the fee that goes to fund education and training programs for US workers and to improve processing of H-1B petitions from $500 to $1000. The fee increase goes into effect two months from October 17, 2000. The H-1B bill contains most of the provisions employers wanted. Now, on short notice the INS, an agency which already has a bad record on adjudication times, will have to change its procedures and develop new ones. Let us hope this is not a case of, "Be careful what you ask for…."


Cases of the Day

Circuit Court Finds Alien Credible
In Salaam v. INS, No. 98-71439 (9th Cir. Oct. 18, 2000), the court found the Board of Immigration Appeals's (BIA) adverse credibility finding was not supported by substantial evidence and that the BIA erred when if found that Petitioner's testimony was not adequately corroborated.


Congressional News of the Day

Legislation in the House
The House Committee on the Judiciary has referred H.R. 2121, the "Secret Evidence Repeal Act of 1999" to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered H.R. 4548, the "Agricultural Opportunities Act" to be delivered to the Clerk for printing.


INS News of the Day

President Signs H-1B Bill and Fee Increase
The President signed S. 2045, the "American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act," and H.R. 5362, an Act to increase the fees charged to employers who petition to employ H-1B workers. Together these laws increase the number of H-1B visas available and double the fee charged to employers using the program to provide critical funding for training US workers and students.

White House Press Release on H-1Bs
A White House press release reports that even though the President is concerned of certain provisions in the H-1B legislation, the President has signed legislation to increase the number of H-1B visas available and to double the fee charged to employers using the program since these laws accomplish a number of key Administration priorities. The President continues to strongly insist on passage of the Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act.

Operation Forerunner Successful, 38 Smugglers Arrested by INS
INS Commissioner Doris Meissner announced that the largest multinational anti-smuggling operation ever conducted in the Western Hemisphere has resulted in the arrest of 38 alien smugglers and approximately 3,500 migrants destined to the United States were interdicted during Operation Forerunner which covered six nations in Latin America.
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INS "Global Reach" Initiative Counters Rise of International Migrant Trafficking
The INS has opened 13 new overseas offices and assigned 45 additional officers to counter the threat of international trafficking in migrants as part of the Operation Global Reach initiative. The INS has established a permanent presence of criminal investigators and intelligence analysts overseas to work on deterring migrant trafficking in source and transit countries.


Immigration News of the Day

Bad Counsel
According to the Village Voice the arrest of a Manhattan immigration lawyer charged with smuggling has turned up the heat on the INS. Immigrant advocates argue that the INS's having to enforce rigid, self-contradictory laws devised by a grandstanding Congress, exacerbated by INS incompetence and a lack of oversight, makes it easy for unscrupulous lawyers to take advantage of vulnerable people.

Immigrant Health Care Bill Dumped
The Los Angeles Times reports that according to legislative aides, Congressional Republicans have dropped legislation that would help pregnant legal immigrants and their children to regain health care benefits that were taken away as part of the 1996 welfare reform law.


ILW.COM Highlights of the Day

Attorney Greg Siskind Says the Following about ILW.COM's Case Tracking System
"The ILW.COM case tracking system is an exciting new way to manage cases and keep our clients informed on their case status. It is easy to use and the features it provides are very useful. We will definitely use it for cases in our firm. Congratulations to ILW.COM for a job well done."


ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

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Greg Siskind, Esq., will answer questions on all aspects of immigration law on Thursday, October 19, 2000, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted beginning 15 minutes before the start of the chat.


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