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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
January 5, 2001
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Editor's Comments of the Day

In addition to the limited restoration of section 245(i), the Legal Immigration and Family Equity ("LIFE") Act signed into law December 21, 2000, makes three major changes to immigration law. It creates a new "V" non-immigrant visa category for spouses and minor children of lawful permanent residents waiting more than three years for an immigrant visa based upon an immigrant petition filed on or before the enactment date. The "K" visa is made available to spouses of US citizens (and their children) living abroad. Some people who filed before October 1, 2000, for class membership in one of the three "late amnesty" cases (CSS, LULAC or Zambrano) will be able to adjust status during a 12-month period that begins once regulations are issued. All of these will be examined in greater detail in future issues of Immigration Daily.

The author of the article "The Candian Option" featured in yesterday's issue of Immigration Daily was incorrectly identified as Cyrus D. Mehta. The actual author of the piece is Canadian immigration attorney Katherine Kerr. We regret the error.

Cases of the Day

No Concurrent Sentence for Aggravated Felon
In US v. Reyes-Lugo, No. 99-41083 (5th Cir. Jan. 3, 2001), the court held where the Defendant was an alien found in the US after having been deported for an aggravated felony, his sentences for violating probation for the aggaravted felony and for being found in the US should run consecutively, not concurrently.

Denial of Asylum Not an Error
The court in Meghani v. INS, No. 00-1829 (7th Cir. Jan. 3, 2000), found that the Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA") did not err when it upheld an Immigration Judge's ("IJ") denial of asylum to an applicant who testified that he was beaten once, did not report it to the police, lived in his country for two years after the incident and presented no evidence of changed country conditions to establish fear of future persecution.

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Immigrants in the United States 2000: A Snapshot of America's Foreign-born
Steven Camarota, Director of Research at the Center for Immigration Studies, examines the statistics of the immigrant population of the United States.

Immigration News of the Day

The New Brain Game
The Standard examines the effect of the changes in the H-1B program on employment in the high-tech industry.

Immigrants Feel Cheated by Consultants
According to the San Jose Mercury News each year hundreds, perhaps thousands, of illegal immigrants turn to consultants. Sometimes known in Spanish as "notarios," they promise residency and work permits. Some deliver, many do not.

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Immigration Questions and Answers
Comprehensive information targeted toward immigrants as well as immigration practitioners.

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