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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
December 5, 2000
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Cases of the Day

Stop Time Rule Consitutional
In Ashki v. INS, No. 99-3857 (6th Cir. Dec. 4, 2000), the court rejected the argument that applying the stop time rule to end the period of continuous physical presence when Petitioner was served with an Order to Show Cause in 1986 was a violation of the constitutional rights to equal protection and due process, and found that the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) did not abuse its discretion when it decided that since Petitioner could not show the requisite physical presence it need not consider the other factors in her suspension case.

INS News of the Day

INS and Mexico Joint Training Initiative
Border Patrol Agents and Mexican officers are conducting joint search and rescue training in order to improve safety for immigrants and officers.

Immigration News of the Day

Haitians Fight Deportation with Torture Defense
The Florida Sun-Sentinel writes that an upcoming case will mark a key test of the international Convention Against Torture (CAT) that the US signed six years ago. A convicted murderer may not be returned to Haiti because under the CAT past crimes are no disqualification to relief from removal.

Immigrants Learn Tying the Knot a Risky Loophole
The Chicago Tribune reports on an extensive scheme orchestrated by Juanita Zamora who profited at the expense of illegal immigrants by arranging for them to marry US citizens, who received a cut of her fee.

ILW.COM Highlights of the Day

New! Citizenship Books and Videos in Your Language
Visit our new aisle of the Immigrant Shop with Citizenship books and videos in many different languages.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

New Chat Transcripts Posted
New transcripts have been added to the chat transcripts page. If you missed the chat or just want to review the answers now you can read the transcripts.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

INS public affairs fact sheet of 7 November crows success of hiring 1700 new border agents out of 91,366 applicants by recruiting locally where the action is. (sic) One wonders from these statistics what is the guarded criteria of hiring the chosen 1700 against the unchosen 91k. I believe INS is still recruiting under narrow, favored and biased policies despite the glowing report of the fact sheet which seems to suggest INS recruiting has become refined and professional. Being a border agent under antiquated immigration laws and top heavy adminstration procedures is hardly a career move. There needs to be continual intensive recuiting program, but new agents need to be the "new look" of INS, rather than the "cannon fodder" of the mismanaged, over-bearing draconian INS image that exists at border entry points. Time will tell whether INS has their act together by watching how long the chosen 1700 stay at their posts under prevailing conditions.

Neil Reed

Dear Editor,

I am a somewhat frustrated subscriber of your site.

Obviously, you cannot satisfy the needs of everyone that subscribes but here are two of my gripes:

(1) Not everyone can afford to hire a lawyer - especially when you have multiple applications to file. Even if one has to pay, why can't your Case Tracking service be made available to all - even if its in a limited way to non-lawyers and employers?

(2) I have been waiting 2 weeks for the transcript of the chat done on 11.16.00 and desperately need to have the answers to the questions I posed. Mr. Siskind had browser problems and eventually I was kicked off the system and never got the answers to some of my questions. I have time on my hands some days so I could type this transcript for you if it would help me and other no doubt frustrated subscribers!

Thanks for your time. Despite my griping, this is a wonderfully informative site.


Editor's Note: ILW.COM's case tracking software facilitates communication between attorneys and their clients. The system does NOT at this time track cases with any government agency. To understand case tracking better we invite you to visit the FAQs and take a tour. The transcript of Mr. Siskind's chat has been posted.

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