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Immigration Daily
Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
November 6, 2000
Editor's Comments of the Day
Cases of the Day
Congressional News of the Day
INS News of the Day
Immigration News of the Day
ILW.COM Highlights of the Day
ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day
Letters to the Editor
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Editor's Comments of the Day

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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
The 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

Are You Saving Time by Using ILW.COMís Case Tracking System?
Hundreds of immigrants are already saving time by using ILW.COMís case tracking system. Are you?

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

Dear 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.

Gary Endelman

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