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Editor's Comments of the Day
According to a press
release from the offices of Gibbs Houston Pauw the INS has agreed to settle a class
action lawsuit challenging its vehicle seizure practices. The settlement covers more
than 1000,000 vehicles seized by the INS in the Western Region between June 10, 1989 and
September 17,1999. The notice
of proposed settlement requires that any objections to the proposed settlement be
submitted in writing to either Robert Pauw or Lorri Shealy Unumb at the Office
Immigration Litigation by November 15, 2000. Under the terms of the settlement,
INS has agreed to revise the notices given to vehicle owners, adopt guidelines to
insure uniform non-excessive fines, train officers on standards for probable cause,
provide copies of adverse evidence to vehicle owners, render decisions in writing and
provide for reconsideration of fines. A thank you to Robert Gibbs for providing notice
of the settlement and for a reminder that a Constitutional right to due process does exist.
Federal Register News of the Day
Comment Request for Form G-942, Applicant Survey
The Human Resources Branch of the INS requests comments on Form G-942,
Applicant Survey. This form ensures compliance with Federal laws and
regulations mandating equal opportunity. Comments will be accepted
until December 26, 2000.
Comment Request for Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition
The Adjudications Division of the INS requests comments on Form I-730,
Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition. The form is used by an asylee or
refugee to file for benefits for a spouse and/or children. Comments
will be accepted until December 26, 2000.
Comment Request for Form I-94 AOT, Arrival Record
The Inspections Division of the INS requests comments on Form I-94
AOT, Arrival Record. The information collected is captured electronically
as part of a pilot program to streamline document handling and data processing.
Comments will be accepted until November 27, 2000.
Comment Request for Form N-400, Application for Naturalization
The Adjudications Division of the INS has requested comments on Form N-400, Application for Naturalization,
which is used by the INS to determine eligibility for naturalization. Comments will be accepted until November 27, 2000.
Congressional News of the Day
Senate Passes US International
Broadcasting Employee Special Immigrant Status
The Senate passed S. 3239, the
"US International Broadcasting Employee Special
Immigrant Status." This bill provides special immigrant status for certain
US international broadcasting employees.
Sen. Kennedy Comments on US International
Broadcasting Employee Special Immigrant Status
Sen. Kennedy addressed the Senate on the merits of S. 3239,
the "US International
Broadcasting Employee Special Immigrant Status," and described the new special
immigrant visa class which would be established to cover individuals working in
the US for the International Broadcasting Bureau or one of the grantee organizations
affiliated with the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
Immigration Bill Discriminates
Rep. Rodriguez addressed the House and called for
Congress to repeal the most punitive aspects of IIRIRA, restore
fairness and equity to the system of immigration and naturalization,
give parity to Central Americans who fled for their lives, allow for
families to reside together and to make sure that both Customs and the
Commerce, Justice, State bills do not pass until these immigration laws
are taken care of.
DOS News of the Day
New Consular Center Opens in Williamsburg, Kentucky
The Department of State announces the opening of the Kentucky Consular Center
(KCC) in Williamsburg, Kentucky which will increase the State Department's
ability to process immigrant visa applications domestically. This new
facility is now processing all entries received during the DV-2002
registration mail-in period.
Immigration News of the Day
Haitian-American Intellectuals Seek to Change Image of "Illiterate Boat People"
The Sun-Sentinel reports that a Florida committee has organized a national
conference on Haitian education which has attracted Haitian intellectuals from
around the US who will present research to help local educators better understand
Haitian children and therefore teach them more effectively. The Haitian student
population is expected to become a flood during the next few years because of
a 1998 immigration law, the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act, which
allows some Haitians who have lived in the US since 1995 to bring their children
to this country legally.
Freedom Advocates Call Jailing US Ploy
According to the Washington Times Chinese dissidents in the US claim
the Clinton administration is capitulating to China by letting a
Chinese sect leader sit in a jail in Guam rather than act on his asylum bid.
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