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Cases of the Day
Asylum Granted When
Persecution Motivated "at Least in Part" by Protected Ground
In Gafoor v. INS,
No. 98-71201, (9th Cir. Nov. 3, 2000) the Court concluded that the Board of Immigration Appeals's
denial of asylum was not supported by substantial evidence since the Petitioner's testimony
revealed that he was prosecuted, at least in part, on account of his race
and an imputed political opinion. The court found that asylum may be granted if
persecution is motivated, at least in part, by an actual or implied
protected ground and remanded the case for a determination of whether recent events
supported the Petitioner's fear that he will be persecuted if forced to return to Fiji.
Congressional News of the Day
President Signs Immigration Bills
The President has signed into
law H.R. 3767,
the "Visa Waiver Permanent Program Act,"
H.R. 3244, the "Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000"
and H.R. 2883,
the "Child Citizenship Act of 2000."
INS News of the Day
Unfinished Business in Congress
In a White House Press Release President Clinton expressed his concern that Congress has
chosen to leave town without finishing its work for the American people and among the
unfinished business is that Congress has not insisted on fairness for immigrants which
is a key priority in the Administration.
Immigration News of the Day
Georgia Colleges Open to All Immigrants
According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution illegal immigrants in Georgia can attend
the state's public colleges and universities if they have good grades and meet the same
requirements as other applicants.
2 Women Allege Enslavement by Kenyan Embassy Employee
Washington Post reports that two Kenyan women who were brought to the United States
to work as nannies and domestic workers for an employee of the Kenyan Embassy have
filed a federal lawsuit alleging that they were essentially kept as slaves, working
round-the-clock and never once being paid.
ILW.COM Highlights of the Day
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ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day
Chat with Barry Lieber
Attorney Barry Lieber will answer questions on all aspects of immigration law on Monday, November 6, 2000, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted starting 15 minutes before the beginning of the chat.
Letters to the Editor
With so much speculation about the meaning of the new H-1B bill, let us
remember who the real winner was in this whole battle, namely the concept of
enlightened national self-interest as the cornerstone of national
immigration policy. For the first time, with the possible exception of
IMMACT 90's creation of the outstanding researcher, extraordinary ability
and national interest waiver cagegories, Congress passed a law that was not
pro-immigrant but pro-immigration; this is a sea change in approach. The
H-1B bill ends the unquestioned primacy of family over employment-based
considerations and restores some sense of balance between these two equally
valid considerations. The very title of the H-1B law speaks to the value of
such international talent as a key component of a strategy that seeks to
maintain and strengthen America's international competitive posture- what
can the H-1B holder do for us? That is the operative question. It is not how
we can help the poor immigrant out of a sense of altruism or humantiarian
concern. These sentiments speak to the best of the American tradition and
there will always be a place for them but not in the development of an
Employment-based immigration system where the only sure and sustainable
basis for an enduring national consensus is a clear-eyed appreciation of how
the nation benefits.