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Editor's Comments of the Day
Both the House and Senate have passed an appropriations bill for the departments of Commerce,
Justice and State. The Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act was not included as part of the bill.
President Clinton in a letter to
Congress repeated his threat to veto the bill. The bill passed by a narrow margin, 206-198 in
the House and 49-42 in the Senate. If the President follows through on his threat he may make
immigration an important issue in the upcoming election.
Cases of the Day
Finds Jurisdiction Retoractive
In Nakaranurack v. US, No. 97-16242 (9th Cir. Oct. 27, 2000),
the court rules
that section 440(a) of AEDPA applies retroactively to grant courts jurisdiction over
habeas petitions even if they did not have jurisdiction before the Act's effective date.
INS News of the Day
President Sends Veto Threat to Congress
In a letter from the President to the speaker of the House of Representatives,
the majority leader of the Senate, and the democratic leaders of the House and
Senate, the President raises his concerns with the FY 2001 Commerce, Justice,
and State appropriations bill which fails to address a number of high-priority
issues that the Administration had previously brought to the attention of Congress.
The President writes, "the bill fails to redress several injustices in our
immigration system as called for by the Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act.
I have no choice but to veto this bill."
President Clinton Urges Congress to
Finish Its Work
A fact sheet released by the White House explains where the Republican
tax bill falls short and what issues need to be addressed by Congress before it adjourns.
Immigration News of the Day
Border Patrol Criticized for a Form of "Profiling"
The Christian Science Monitor reports that individual Border Patrol agents may be
under-trained and overstepping their authority when they stop vehicles along the
border and search for illegal immigrants.
ILW.COM Highlights of the Day
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ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day
Chat with Christine Flowers
Attorney Christine Flowers will answer questions on all aspects of immigration
law on Monday, October 30, 2000, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted beginning 15
minutes before the start of the chat.
Letters to the Editor
I have a question or perhaps an observation of INS in that they are
able to operate by a different set of standards then they are trying
to enforce. They maintain that you must always be completely honest
and forthright with them. I happen to agree with them I have always
been cooperative and honest with them. Honesty is always the best
policy. But I wonder why they are not honest with the people they
are dealing with. The people whose lives they hold in their hands
who are relying on the information they received from INS. The INS
sends out notices with processing times on it that they know when
they print them are not true. My I-485 adjustment application notice
was sent to me saying that the processing time was 240-365 days.
When I asked an information officer about this they said, "well don't
believe that. It will take much longer than that." Indeed it is taking
more than double that time. But I wonder what would happen to me if I
deliberately sent them a form with wrong information on it. How am I
supposed to trust and respect this organization when I cannot trust what
they are telling me. I believe lying begets lying and if you'll lie to me
then why don't I lie back to you.