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Immigration Daily
Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
February 7, 2001
Editor's Comments of the Day
Tip of the Day
Cases of the Day
ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day
Immigration News 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

In a letter to the editor Laura N. Jasinsky, Esq. writes, "I think that ILW.COM should remain neutral in its commentary -- the political bias (against Republicans) is really a bore." ILW.COM is a forum for the discussion of immigration issues and the expression of opinions on immigration matters. For this reason ILW.COM is non-partisan. There are times when we may express an opinion on a piece of legislation or the actions of a public figure. This does not imply an endorsement of any political party's viewpoint.

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Tip of the Day

Processing Times

The INS processes many petitions at its Eastern Service Center in Vermont, the Northern Service Center in Nebraska, the Southern Service Center in Texas and the Western Service Center in California. There are backlogs and delays throughout the INS including the Service Centers. We thank the American Immigration Lawyer's Association which makes this information available to the public. The processing times pages are a resource attorneys can use to give their clients an idea of how long a particular application will take. Attorneys can also encourage clients to check the processing times themselves to reduce the number of phone calls asking how long a case is taking. The real measure of processing times is how long cases are actually taking. If you find a case taking more or less time than indicated on these pages, send the information to As the hub for immigration information ILW.COM is a place to share the latest and most up-to-date immigration information.

Cases of the Day

INS Extension Does not Toll Time for Filing Motion
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In In re Goolcharan, 23 I & N Dec. 5 (BIA 2001) the Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA") concluded that the deadline for filing a motion to reopen or a motion to reconsider with an Immigration Judge ("IJ") runs from the date on which the IJ enters a final administrative order, and is not affected by subsequent actions taken by the INS such as an extension of time for voluntary departure.

ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

Recent Immigration Decisions
Greg Siskind and Amy Ballentine analyze recent circuit court decisions regarding a Chinese asylum seeker, and employee at an INS detention center and the retroactive applicability of IIRIRA.

Uncertainty Over Gender-Based Asylum Claims
Andrés Benach from the offices of Cyrus D. Mehta writes about the regulations clarifying certain issues raised by Matter of R-A-, and the delay in implementation caused by the Bush administration's review of those regulations.

Immigration News of the Day

Impact of the Undocumented
The Boston Globe reports that according to a study by economists at Northeastern University, the number of undocumented workers swelled in the last decade to as many as 11 million which is 5 million higher than currently estimated by the INS.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Special 245(i) Chat with Carl Shusterman
Carl Shusterman will answer questions on section 245(i) on Wednesday, February 7, 2001, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted starting 15 minutes before the chat.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

Regarding the diatribe from Neil Reed in your Feb. 6 issue, I would remind him (and other readers) that it is the CONGRESS that writes our laws, including this "mish-mash of unmeaningful words, empty promises, bureaucratic ramblings [that] will only serve to create more and more intolerable backlogs of paperwork, stress and confusion." The role of the Executive Branch (of which Justice and State are a part) is simply to implement the mish-mash and then fend off abuse from people like Mr. Reed who don't know the difference between the Legislative and the Executive branches of government.

Government Agency Employee
Name Withheld by Request

Dear Editor:

I think that ILW.COM should remain neutral in its commentary -- the political bias (against Republicans) is really a bore. Anyway, I think AILA already has a monopoly on that -- why not do something novel and rise above it? Employers are our allies, not our enemies; they are the ones who provide jobs for our clients, and who are fighting and taking risks for our clients. Thank goodness the Republicans are looking out for the employers and making a way for them to hire the best person for the job, regardless of nationality, and not giving in to the whining of the labor unions/protectionists (dare I say, Democrats?).

Laura N. Jasinsky, Esq.
Stamford, CT

Editor's Note: For a response please see the Editor's Comments. Please note that the Editor's Comments for February 6, 2001, commended the Republican leadership for keeping its promise to the American people regarding chairmen of Congressional committees and subcommittees.

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