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Immigration Daily
Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
December 4, 2000
Editor's Comments 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
Letters to the Editor
Classifieds of the Day
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Editor's Comments of the Day

American citizenship is one of the greatest priviliges in the world. It means more than just a passport and the right to vote. Naturalized citizens have chosen voluntarily to adopt the ideals and aspirations of their fellow citizens. When someone who is not a citizen by birth chooses to naturalize it also honors all those who are already US citizens. ILW.COM has added to the Immigrant Shop a new section of citizenship books, cassette tapes and videos. Most are offered in Cambodian, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese versions. For the majority of applicants the citizenship process is simpler than other interactions with the INS. Many people choose to complete the process on their own without the aid of a lawyer. ILW.COM and the citizenship books and videos can help.

Cases of the Day

"Brief, Casual and Innocent" Absence Does not Disrupt Continuous Physical Presence
In an unpublished opinion in Munoz-Ortiz v. INS, No. 98-71470 (9th Cir. Nov. 8, 2000) the court found that when Petitioner had to pass through Canada to drive from Juneau to Anchorage Alaska to attend deporation proceedings, his absence from the US was "brief, casual and innocent," and did not meaningfully disrupt his continuous physical presence so the Immigration Judge could rule on the merits of his suspension application. (Courtesy of Jeffrey Moeller, Esq.)

INS News of the Day

Prosecutorial Guidelines
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The Prosecutorial Guidelines summarized in a recent press release from the INS remind all INS officers that they are "not only authorized by law but expected to exercise discretion in a judcious manner at all stages of the enforcement process."

1998 Statistical Yearbook
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The 1998 Statistical Yearbook of the INS contains close to 300 pages of facts and figures on immigrants, refugees, asylees, nonimmigrants, naturalizations, enforcement, and estimates of illegal immigrants. [Long Download]

Immigration News of the Day

Work Visas Swell Area's Tech Corps
The Washington Post reports that no one knows with certainty how many H-1B visa holders have settled in the Washington area, but they have helped swell the ranks of the high-tech companies that have transformed the region from one that was once totally dominated by the federal government. According to academics and corporate officials who have followed the local hirings the area is quite possibly second only to Silicon Valley in California as a magnet for the prized H-1B workers.

South America's Expanding Exodus
According to the Washington Post, provoked by widespread social, political and economic problems, large numbers of South Americans are planting roots in foreign lands while sowing fears back home of a professional brain drain and broken families.

ILW.COM Highlights of the Day

Are you using the latest technological advancement in the field of immigration?
The Case Tracking System! No more repeated calls to your attorney about your case status. Now you can keep in touch with the case yourself.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Kevin Levine
Attorney Kevin Levine will answer questions on all aspects of immigration law on Monday, December 4, 2000, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted starting 15 mintues before the beginning of the chat.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

I am a regular reader of your articles and also a daily visitor to your site. I had the same problem in printing as reported by your subscriber of the cutting off of the words.

I think this solution is a much better one than that you recommended to the subscriber.

Here it is :

On any of the browsers be it Netscape or Internet Explorer go to the File Option on the menu bar then choose Page Setup. The Right and Left margins are the parameters in question that need to be adjusted under the section of Margins. By default I think they are set to 0.5 inches, adjust these settings to about 0.25 inches respectively. The Top and Bottom margins need not be adjusted.

I hope this works for you, It works for me. Keep up the good work and I like your editorials.

David Pusey, MCSE

Classifieds of the Day

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