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Editor's Comments of the Day
Although immigration has not emerged as the major issue in any national race, the results of the election will have a major
impact on immigration policy in the next Congress. Sen. Spencer Abraham, who is fighting a close race in Michigan, has been a consistent pro-immigrant voice in the Senate. Rep. James E. Rogan of California has been an important counter-balance to Lamar Smith on the Subcommitte on Immigration and Claims, but is facing a strong challenge for his part in the Clinton impeachment. Most importantly, the Democrats have a chance to take control of the House, and an outside chance to gain a majority in the Senate. The Republican majority in the Senate was able to outmaneuver the Democarts to pass a purely business related immigration bill without the NACARA and registry provisions the Democrats wanted. In the House the Republicans attached to the Commerce, Justice and State appropriations bill provisions for a visa for family members waiting adjustment rather than the much broader Democratic proposals of the Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act. The bill has not been signed and the issue remains to be settled in a lame duck session. Anyone eligible to vote has no reason to feel a powerless observer of US immigration policy. With so many close races your vote counts not just as an expression of your opinion, but may make the difference in US immigration policy. If you are registered, whatever your state, whatever your district, cast your vote!
Cases of the Day
Asylum for Conscientious Objector
The dissent has been amended in Martirosyan v. INS, No. 98-70979 (9th Cir. Nov. 7, 2000),in which the court disagreed with the Immigration Judge and Board of Immigration Appeals and found that there was substantial evidence to support Petitioner's claim that he had a well-founded fear of persecution based on his conscientious objection to serving in the army where he would be forced to engage in inhuman treatment of prisoners of war.
Congressional News of the Day
Introduced in House and Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
H.R. 5625, a bill to establish a pilot program under which an
alien may be provided H-1B nonimmigrant status without regard to the numerical
limitation applicable to that nonimmigrant category if the US employer seeking the alien's
entry makes a qualifying scholarship contribution to an institution of higher education in
the United States, was introduced in the House and referred to the House Committee on the
INS Rule on
Habitual Residence Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
A letter from the INS Director, Policy Directives and Instructions Branch,
transmitting the Department's final rule on the "Habitual Residence in the Territories
and Possessions of the United States" to the Speaker of the House was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
INS News of the Day
Immigration Cases Without BIA Opinion
The Chairman of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) has designated four categories of
cases which are appropriate for affirmance without an opinion by a BIA member.
Immigration News of the Day
US Life Is Next Challenge for "Lost Boys" of Sudan
The Los Angeles Times reports that for the first time the Office of the United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has opted to resettle in the US a large
number of unaccompanied refugee children from the same refugee camp in Sudan. The
children will be resettled in cities including Richmond, Va., Omaha, Phoenix, Seattle,
Jackson, Miss., Lansing, Mich. and Boston.
Joseph Farah of World Net Daily writes that the Democartic campaign in California may be using INS information to
contact unregistered voters in the hopes of encouraging them to vote for Democratic candidates.
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