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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 6, 2000
Editor's Comments of the Day
Federal Register News of the Day
Cases of the Day
Congressional News of the Day
INS News of the Day
ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day
Immigration News of the Day
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ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day
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Editor's Comments of the Day

President Clinton has officially notified Congress that he has approved and signed H.R. 2883, the "Child Citizenship Act of 2000". The law provides that beginning February 27, 2001, certain foreign-born children—including adopted children—currently residing permanently in the United States will acquire citizenship automatically. To be eligible, a child must meet the definition of "child" for naturalization purposes under immigration law and must also meet the following requirements: 1) the child has at least one United States citizen parent (by birth or naturalization); 2) the child is under 18 years of age; 3) the child is currently residing permanently in the United States in the legal and physical custody of the United States citizen parent; 4) the child is a lawful permanent resident; and 5) an adopted child meets the requirements applicable to adopted children under immigration law. A child who is currently under the age of 18 and has already met all of the above requirements will acquire citizenship automatically on February 27, 2001. Otherwise, a child will acquire citizenship automatically on the date the child meets all of the above requirements. The INS has prepared a Fact Sheet about the changes in the law.

Federal Register News of the Day

INS Airport and Seaport Inspections User Fee Advisory Committee Meeting
The INS Airport and Seaport Inspections User Fee Advisory Committee meeting will be held on January 31, 2001. This meeting is open to the public and will cover issues related to the performance of airport and seaport immigration with attention on those areas of most concern and benefit to the travel industry, the traveling public, and the Federal Government.

Cases of the Day

No Asylum for Romanian
The court in Roman v. INS, No. 99-3510 (7th Cir. Dec. 5, 2000), upheld the Board of Immigrtion Appeals's (BIA's) affirmance of an Immigration Judge's (IJ's) denial of asylum. The court found that, while brusque, the IJ's demeanor did not deprieve Petitioner of a full and fair hearing, that the BIA's delay of five years in deciding the appeal was not a denial of due process and that Petitioner had failed to establish past persecution or fear of future persecution.

Failure to Investigate Immigration Consequences of Guilty Plea Not Ineffective Assistance of Counsel
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In Barnes v. Maine, No. 00-218-P-C (Maine Nov. 30, 2000), the Magistrate Judge found that since an attorney does not render ineffective assistance assistance in failing to warn of the collateral consequences of a guilty plea, failure to investigate whether a warning of the immigration consequenses is necessary cannot amount to innefective assistance of counsel.

Congressional News of the Day

President Signs House Immigration Bills
The President has notified the House of Representatives that he has approved and signed H.R. 2883, the "Child Citizenship Act of 2000", H.R. 3767, the "Visa Waiver Permanent Program Act" and H.R. 2961, the "International Patient Act of 2000."

Bill for International Broadcasting Employees Becomes Public Law
S. 3239, which will amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide special immigrant status for certain US international broadcasting employees, has been signed by the President and become a public law.

Inauguration of Mexican President Vicente Fox
Representative Dreier speaks to the House about the inauguration of Vicente Fox as President of Mexico and comments that President Fox has addressed illegal immigration saying that "he wants to create an economy so that people in Mexico will not have an incentive to flee across the border into the US."

INS News of the Day

Child Citizenship Act of 2000 Fact Sheet
The INS has released a fact sheet on H.R. 2883, the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, that provides for automatic citizenship for some foreign-born children, including adopted children, currently residing in the US.

Minutes of EOIR Liaison Meeting
The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has released the minutes of the November 8 AILA/EOIR Liaison meeting. The EOIR administers and interprets dederal immigration laws and regulations through the conduct of immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings in individual cases.

INS Issues EADs for Hondurans and Nicaraguans
The INS announces that it has completed processing more than 70,000 EADs for Hondurans and Nicaraguans who have re-registered for TPS.

ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

Things to do in a Lame Duck Congress
The law offices of Cyrus D. Mehta write about the chances for passage of the Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act and the restoration of 245(i) in the lame duck session of Congress, and the voice of immigrants in the election.

Immigration News of the Day

Deal Sought on Illegal Farm Labor
According to the Washington Post it is no secret the agriculture industry is utterly dependent on illegal foreign workers, but for years lawmakers have been unable to agree on a way to curb the flow of illegals without harming the farmers who need them. Now a compromise plan has emerged in Congress that would allow as many as 1 million illegal farm employees to stay in the country permanently and add perhaps 1 million more foreigners temporarily through an expanded visa program.

Son-in-Law Wanted: Geeks Apply reports that matrimonial websites are the cyber version of the traditional "seeking bride/groom" Sunday section found in any Indian newspaper and while the newspaper classifieds are still thriving, it is estimated that there are over 1,000 such websites with over half a million listings.

ILW.COM Highlights of the Day

Find the Perfect Gift
ILW.COM's Immigrant Shop allows you to find the perfect gift for that special (or family or employement based) immigrant.

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.

Classifieds of the Day

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SEMINAR: Corporate Immigration Law for Attorneys, In-House Counsel & Human Resource Personnel. Tuesday, December 12, 2000 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ. Contact ICLE 732-214-8500.

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