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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 28, 2000
Editor's Comments of the Day
Federal Register News of the Day
Cases 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
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Editor's Comments of the Day

The INS has released some useful questions and answers about advance parole. The notice cautions that aliens who have concerns about thier admissibility should contact an immigration attorney or an immigant assistance organization accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals. There is nothing in immigration law that requires an alien to be represented by an lawyer, but consulting an attorney may save time, money, and in some cases a great deal of heart ache. The information on this site in the family, employment, visitor and general categories of immigration info section, or on the chat transcripts page, can provide a good background to help people understand what questions to ask. Nothing on this site can substitute for consulting an attorney about the specifics of a case. The answer to the question, "Do I have to have a lawyer?" is "no." The answer to the question, "Should I have a lawyer?" depends on the facts of your case, how much time and effort you are willing to put into educating yourself and the degree of risk you are willing to take. ILW.COM can help both in education and in finding a lawyer.

Federal Register News of the Day

Comment Request for Form I-129W, H-1B Data Collection and Filing Fee Exemption
In order to ensure compliance with the "American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000" the INS is requesting emergency review from the Office of Management and Budget and regular review by public and affected agencies of Form I-129W, H-1B Data Collection and Filing Fee Exemption. Written comments and suggestions will be accepted from the public until January 26, 2001.

Cases of the Day

District Court Properly Dismissed Habeas Petition
In Garcia v. Reno, No. 99-20486 (5th Cir. Nov. 22, 2000), the appeals court agreed that the district court did not have jurisdiction to hear hear a habeas petition where Petitioner should have filed a petition for judicial review of a final order of removal.

INS News of the Day

INS Issues Advisory on Advance Parole
The INS has issued an advisory urging all aliens with pending applications for adjustment of status or change of nonimmigrant status to consult with an immigration attorney or accredited immigration representative before making any foreign travel plans.

Immigration News of the Day

Rural Jails Profiting From INS Detainees
According to the Washington Post immigration laws passed by Congress in 1996 which require that foreigners facing deportation be jailed while awaiting a final decision on their case has tripled the average number of INS detainees to 21,000 each day, making them the fastest-growing sector of the nation's prison population. Desperate for jail space, the INS uses more than a third of its $800 million detention budget to rent cells in about 225 jails--most of them in rural counties.

Solving a Maze at the Border
The Los Angeles Times reports on the Binational Emergency Medical Care Committee, an agency which helps bring ailing Americans stranded in Mexico back to the US and helps Mexicans get visas to visit loved ones in US hospitals.

ILW.COM Highlights of the Day

Read Suggestions to Make the Immigration Process Easier
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ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Special Chat with INS
Participate in a special chat with Linda Dodd-Major, Acting Director of DOJ/INS Office of Business Liaison, on Tuesday, December 19, 2000, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New Yok) time. Questions will be accepted beginning 15 minutes before the start of the chat.

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