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Editor's Comments of the Day
In Couples Separated by Borders
Laura Tripiciano and Leslie Karam write about the limited options for same-sex couples under US immigration law in comparison to the rights enjoyed by gay and lesbian citizens of other countries. The "Permanent Partners Immigration Act of 2000" would allow gay and lesbians to petition for immigration benefits for their permanent partners. Unlike the social security or the IRS, the INS requires more than just a marriage certificate as evidence of a permanent partnership. It already has in place policies and procedures to determine the whether a bona fide union exists. Enactment of the "Permanent Partners Immigration Act of 2000" would impose no hardship on the government, but it would make all citizens equal before the law.
Federal Register News of the Day
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is
soliciting proposals from U.S. non-profit educational institutions/organizations
to manage and administer the 2001 English Language Fellow Programs. The purpose of
this program is to promote the teaching of English to facilitate democratic
institution building and to encourage participation in the global economy.
Programs must comply with J-1 visa regulations and English Language Fellows
must be U.S. citizens.
Cases of the Day
Control of Gun is Possession
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In Aybar-Alejo v. INS, No. 97-1583 (1st Cir. Nov. 1, 2000), the court found that for immigration purposes, Petitioner's conviction for control of a firearm was the same as a conviction for possession of a firearm, making her ineligible for suspension of deporation.
Remand for LPRs With Pending Deportation Proceedings
The court in Loa-Herrera v. Trominski, No. 99-40122 (5th Cir. Oct. 31, 2000), vacated and remanded its earlier decision regarding the seizure of green cards from lawful permanent residents (LPRs) in removal proceedings. The court determined that the federal regulations at 8 CFR 264.5(g) were controlling and that federal courts have no jurisdiction to review parole decisions by the Attorney General.
No Mandatory Detention for Released Alien
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In In re West, Int. Dec. 3438 (BIA, October 26, 2000) the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) found that the mandatory detention provisions do not apply to an alien who was
convicted after the expiration of the Transition Period Custody Rules, but who was last released from custody prior to the
expiration of the Rules and who was not physically confined or restrained as a result of that conviction.
Congressional News of the Day
Comments on Broadcasting Visas
Rep. Jackson-Lee expresses her support
of S. 3239 which
would provide special immigrant status
for certain international broadcasting employees. Rep. Jackson-Lee states, "This bill would
provide the assistance that the international broadcasting industry needs to continue
to provide essential news coverage around the world."
Rep. Foley Opposes Amnesty
Rep. Foley speaks against a blanket amnesty policy
and urges the House to remain in session and fight a good fight for the constituents while resolving pending issues.
Rep. Mica Speaks
Rep. Mica speaks about immigration and states that he was a strong proponent of legal immigration
but "to cave in at this point and to go along with the President's demand to grant
amnesty to millions of people who are here illegally, it just sends the wrong message."
INS News of the Day
President Intends to Reappoint Member of Fulbright Scholarship Board
President Clinton announces his intention to reappoint Caroline Matano Yang as a member of
the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board which is responsible for the selection
of participants in the Fulbright educational exchange programs and finances studies,
research, and other educational activities for American citizens and nations abroad and
for citizens and nationals of foreign countries in American Universities.
President Signs Hmong Veterans' Naturalization Act of 2000
In a White House Press Release the President stated that he has signed into law
H.R. 5234, which extends the applicability of the Hmong Veterans' Naturalization Act of
2000 to certain former spouses of deceased Hmong veterans.
ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day
Couples Separated by Borders
Laura Tripiciano and Leslie Karam write about the limited options for same-sex couples under US immigration law in comparison
to the rights enjoyed by gay and lesbian citizens of other countries.
Immigration News of the Day
Clinton is on the Right Side of the Immigration Bill
An opinion piece in the Mercury News explains the three reforms that Clinton is insisting
on and why Clinton is right in making changes in immigration laws a condition for the
passage of the $40 billion bill to fund the Departments of Justice, Commerce and State.
Little Candor and Loud Silences
An article in the Washington Post points out
that in the election race both Al Gore and George W. Bush have failed to speak with candor
or clarity on two problems that will profoundly shape America's future and intersect in
possibly disturbing ways: immigration and an aging population.
ILW.COM Highlights of the Day
Read comprehensive immigration information in the form of INS FAQs.
ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day
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Letters to the Editor
The decision by the Republican majority in Congress to adjourn without
restoring 245(i) or moving up the registry date entirely takes the political
momentum out of both issues and checkmates the attempt of the Clinton
Administration to gain an electoral advantage prior to the November
elections from their skillful exploitation. It reminds us again the vagaries
of marrying immigration policy with political tactics. The imbalance between
the number of H-1B visas and the number of Employment-based immigrant visas
is greater now than ever before. Sooner or later, the pressures within the
system resulting from such lack of symmetry will no longer be able to be
kept in check and Congress will be pressured to act by raising the quotas
themselves. This is obviously what the pro-immigration forces are counting
on. In one sense, this is political realism since the Democrats would never
have accepted positive action now on the EB-quota issue. Beyond that,
Congress responds to emergencies backed by money and lobbying rather than
setting policy in advance of a crisis. There is an institutional bias
against being proactive. However, the business lobby is taking a real risk
in putting off the ultimate solution for another day. The economy is cooling
off, the magic of the dot.com boom is beginning to fade, and the business
cycle has yet to be repealed by the digital age. Leaving to tomorrow what we
did not do today leaves the whole issue completely vulnerable to forces that
we do not even know about much less control. The making of immigration
policy as a series of incremental emergency campaigns may be inevitable but
it is high stakes poker and we may not like who gets to pick up the