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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
April 10, 2001
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An article in today's issue of the Chicago Tribune highlights the efforts of a non-profit agency to help immigrants learn English, computer skills and career career skills. The goal is to help immigrants suck in low paying jobs to learn the skills they need for better paying jobs. The report cites a recent survey of Chicago's suburbs found that the median wage of among immigration was one-third lower than that of native born workers. Steven A. Camarota, Research Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, writes that over the last thirty years each successive wave of immigrants has fared worse than the one that preceded it. As a result, today’s established immigrants (those who have lived in the country between 10 and 20 years), are much poorer, less likely to be homeowners, and less likely to have become citizens than established immigrants in the past. And yet, people keep coming. Many articles have cited the recent census data showing that the increase in the population of the US over the last decade was larger than anticipated due to increased immigration. This is something to bear in mind when formulating strategies to regulate both legal and illegal immigration. Whatever the pull factors which draw people to a new land, the push factors would seem to be the stronger in causing people to leave their family, friends and way of life.

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ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

Outline on Naturalization
Cyrus D. Mehta outlines the eligibility criteria for naturalization.

Cases of the Day

Baccalaureate in Physical Therapy Qualifies for Health Services Manager
In a recent decision the Office of Administrative Appeals found that the position of rehabilitation clinic administrator was a specialty occupation and that a baccalaureate degree in physical therapy qualified the beneficiary to perform the duties. [Courtesy of Sher M. Akhtar].

Immigration News of the Day

New Career Center Targets Immigrants
The Chicago Tribune reports that a non-profit agency has created a career center for suburban immigrants stuck in low-paying jobs in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. The new center allows immigrants to learn English, computer and career skills in an effort to get the necessary training for higher-paying jobs.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Special Chat on Canadian Immigration
Catherine Kerr will hold a special chat session on Canadian immigration law on Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted beginning 15 minutes before the start of the chat.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

The advent of the new V visa is an attempt by INS to legitimate more than one million undocumented aliens living and working in the US. At first on reading the report on this web site, it felt like INS were heading in the right direction of wanting to legitimize this national overhang of lost souls, in the sense of INS becoming a service, under the Bush Administration plan to split the "agony and ecstasy" agency. But my guess is INS will not offer due repentance to these million lost souls, because on reading further, my interpretation of the V visa, while offering a form of legitimacy, will in effect merely maintain the mountain of paperwork bureaucrats revel in. In my opinion, these souls need a simple nonimmigrant visa stamped in their passport to work seasonally in the US, pay taxes, come and leave whenever and raise families in their home country or in the US. These undocumented workers or spouses represent the nation's prosperity in providing on-call labor, which citizens shy from. Permanent residency should be repealed by Congress, because INS has turned it into an ungodly mess. It should be replaced with dual citizenry with visa waiver countries, to expedite the flow of labor and technology.

Neil Reed

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