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Editor's Comments of the Day
Until time travel becomes a reality, we cannot not know exactly how the first Thanskgiving was celebrated. Recent research contradicts the standrard view of the Pilgrims as dour and prudish and depicts the men as fond of brightly colored waistcoats, the women as prefering flowered prints and the community as full of public drunkeness, frequent swearing and rowdy behavior. Depsite initial hardships and uncertainty, the small group of settlers found they could meet the challenges. Life in the new world may not have turned out as they expected, but it did have some rewards. However when the first Thanksgiving was celebrated the pilgrims were probably thankful for having survived a journey to a new land, for the friends and family present, sufficient food, adequate shelter, for facing up to the challenges of starting life in a new land where almost everything was unfamiliar. The same things we can be thankful for today.
Cases of the Day
Stop Time Rule and Lack of Good Moral Character Preclude Suspension of
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In Patel v. INS,
No. 00-1131, (8th Cir. Nov. 22, 2000) the court affirmed the Board of
Immigration Appeals's (BIA) decision denying suspension of deportation because the Petitioner lacked seven years of physical presence when the order to show cause was served and because he gave
false testimony during his asylum hearing and submitted a fraudulent application for a
work visa to the INS precluding a finding of good moral character.
Congressional News of the Day
GAO Reports on INS Participation in Antigang Task Forces in Los Angeles
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In a report titled Illegal Aliens: INS Participation in Antigang Task Forces in Los Angeles the General Accounting Office finds "no documentation specifically evidencing whether of not any INS agents observed or engaged in any misconduct," but notes "various internal control weaknesses." [Long Download]
INS News of the Day
Clinton Names Alan Schechter to the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
The President today announced his intention to re-appoint Alan H. Schechter as a
member of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. The Fulbright Program,
which is administered through the Department of State, finances studies, research, a
nd other educational activities for American citizens and nationals abroad and for
citizens and nationals of foreign countries in American universities.
Immigration News of the Day
Defrauded Immigrants Facing Deportation, Coalition Charges
According to the Chicago Tribune, a coalition of immigrants' rights groups have accused
local immigration officials of planning to deport immigrants who were allegedly
scammed by consultants who improperly filed paperwork with the INS.
The New New Yorkers: Language of Healing, Hospital Offers Immigrants
Newsday reports that in a few select clinics doctors can now have a face-to-face
conversation with their patients who do not speak English without the discomfort of
having a third person in the room to interpret.
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