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Editor's Comments of the Day
The immigration provisions of the omnibus appropriations bill include a provision for a premium fee for employment-based petitions and applications. The Attorney General is authorized to establish and collect an additional $1000 fee for employment-based petitions and applications to provide for premium-processing services and to make infrastructure improvements. The premium processing fee is a bad idea. No one should have to pay extra for the INS to do what it is supposed to do anyway. The fee will only add to the confusion that enables nefarious persons to prey on the hopeful and uneducated by telling them they can get a green card if they only pay more money. Finally, a premium processing fee for government services flies in the face of the most basic of American ideals, that all people are equal before the law. The Attorney General is authorized, not required, to establish the fee. Even if bad laws don't die, they can just fade away.
Federal Register News of the Day
Clarification of Parole Authority
The INS has issued an interim rule that amends INS regulations concerning the authority of
officials to grant aliens parole from INS custody by specifically identifying the
scope of that authority. This interim rule is effective January 29, 2001 and written
comments must be submitted by February 26, 2001.
Amendments to Requirements
for Employment Authorization Fee
This final rule amends INS regulations by removing outdated language requiring that only
certain El Salvadorans pay a fee for Temporary Protected Status ("TPS")-related employment
authorization documents, and makes INS regulations conform to the requirement that
all applicants for TPS who request work authorization pay the fee.
Requested for Russian - US Young Leadership Fellows
The Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for administration of the Russian - US
Young Leadership Fellows for Public Service Program for the academic year 2002-2003. Non-profit organizations meeting the requirements may submit proposals for the J-1 program.
Cases of the Day
Failure to Mail Notice Question of Fact
The court in Radkova v. INS, No. 00-1715 (1st Cir. Dec. 20, 2000), vacated the Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA") denial of a motion to reopen and remanded for the BIA to consider whether an earlier denial had been properly mailed.
No Intent Required to be Found in US
In US v. Guzman-Ocampo, No. 99-20968 (5th Cir. Dec. 21, 2000), the court found that being present in the United States after having been deported requires only a general intent, and Defendant was free to challenge the voluntariness of his entry.
Presumption of Voluntary Presence
In US v. Quintana-Torres, No. 99-50690 (9th Cir. Dec. 28, 2000), the court found that voluntariness is an element of the crime of being a deported alien found in the United States, but that a reasonable juror could infer that an alien had the intention to be here when the alien is discovered at any location other than the border. The court has amended the September 15, 2000, decision and denied the motion for rehearing.
ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day
Limited Restoration of 245(i)
Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., writes about the restoration of 245(i) inlcuding suggestions on documenting physical presence and warnings about unscrupulous practices.
Adopted Children and the Child Citizenship Act of 2000
Everett P. Anderson and Dan H. Berger write about the recent changes in immigration law affecting adopted children and child citizenship.
Immigration News of the Day
Immigration Zone Plan Shelved
According to the Des Moines Register Iowa is
shelving its pursuit of so-called "Immigration Enterprise Zones," free of some federal
immigration regulations, as officials find it more practical to focus on attracting to the state immigrants
already in the country.
Some Judges Working To Limit Criminals' Deportation
The Boston Globe reports
that a growing number of judges are reducing the criminal sentences of immigrants to avoid
the law that requires automatic deportation of any immigrant who has been convicted of any
crime that carries a sentence of 365 days or more.
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ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day
New Chat Trasncripts Posted
The transcript of the December 19, 2000, chat with Linda Dodd-Major, Acting Director/INS Office of Business Liaison has been posted on the chat transcripts page.
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