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Editor's Comments of the Day
Most of the recent immigration news has been about bills in Congress but other important immigration matters
should not be overlooked. The DV-2002
mail-in period ends November 1, 2000. There is no specific format for the entry. Simply use a plain sheet of
paper and type or clearly print in the Roman alphabet: 1) full name, with the last (surname/family) name underlined, 2)
date and place of birth, 3) applicant's native country, if different from country of birth, 4) name, date and place
of birth of the applicant's spouse and children, if any, 5) full mailing address, 6) photograph, preferably less
than 6 months old, and 7) signature. The applicant must personally sign the entry, using his or her usual and
customary signature. Both people in the US and abroad can enter, but for those who are in the US illegally
winning the lottery may not allow them to adjust status. If you hope to get a visa and have not yet sent your
entry do not delay any longer. Good luck!
Congressional News of the Day
Report on Benefits to Haitians
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The General Accounting Office (GAO) has sent to Congress its fourth report on immigration benefits required
by the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act of 1998. As of September 20, 2000, the INS had received a
total of 35,257 applications and had approved 263.
Immigration News of the Day
China Immigrants Found in Hong Kong
According to the Washington Post inspectors in Hong Kong discovered 26 illegal immigrants from mainland China
hiding in a shipping container bound for Long Beach, California after instruments showed carbon dioxide emanating
from the container.
INS' Reversal Gives Iranian His US Citizenship
The Anchorage Daily News reports that in a dramatic turn of events David Abbasian, who until a few weeks ago faced
being deported to his home country of Iran because of an old drug conviction, has been granted citizenship after the
head of the INS in Alaska decided to drop the deportation case because of Abbasian's unblemished record for the past 13 years.
Immigration Stories on the Radio
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National Public Radio's This American Life recently devoted an hour to immigration issues including attempts to
reverse the retroactive effects of IIRIRA and the problem of indefinite detention for those ordered removed but
whose countries will not accept them.
ILW.COM Highlights of the Day
ILW.COM Launches Immigrant Life, the Global Meeting Place for Immigrants
Find immigration information, read relocation articles or immigrant stories, take a poll or a quiz, speak what's on
your mind and more!
ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day
INS Chat Transcript Posted
The chat with Linda Dodd-Major, Acting Director of DOJ/INS Office of Business Liaison,
has been posted on the chat transcripts page. Read the answers direct from the INS.