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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
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April 25, 2001
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ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

Third Circuit Rejects "Totality of the Alienís Circumstances" and Narrowly Defines the "Firm Resettlement" Bar to Asylum
Carl R. Baldwin examines the recent decision in Abdille v. Attorney General, No. 00-1659 (3rd Cir. Mar. 7, 2001) in which the court applied a "plain reading" approach in defining "firm resettlement."

Federal Register News of the Day

Delegation of Authority for Temporary Care of Refugees
The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services has delegated to the to the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families the authority to make arrangements for the temporary care of refugees in the US in emergency circumstances.

Cases of the Day

Alien Must Leave US Soil to be Deported
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In US v. Romo-Romo, No. 00-10011 (9th Cir. Apr. 24, 2001), the court held that to be convicted of being found in the US after having been deported, an alien has to leave US soil, and a jury instruction that the alien could be considered to have been deported even if he never actually left the US was reversible error.

Congressional News of the Day

GAO Report on HRIFA
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The General Accounting Office reports that as of March 31, 2001, the INS has received a total of 35,424 applications and approved 1,454 under the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA), and that 107 applications were filed and 76 approved by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).

INS Rule Making Colombia Ineligible for TWOV Privileges Laid before Senate
A communication from the INS Director of the Policy Directives and Instructions Branch, transmitting the report of a rule entitled "Adding Colombia to the List of Countries Whose Citizens or Nationals are Ineligible for Transit Without Visa (TWOV) Privileges to the United States Under the TWOV Program" was received in the Senate on April 3, 2001, and has been referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

Immigration News of the Day

Supreme Court Weighs Problem of Illegal Immigrants Who Commit Crimes
The Associated Press reports that the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on April 24 and is expected to rule in July in two cases which test the limitation on judicial review in AEDPA and IIRIRA.

Case Tests US Asylum for Foreign Women
The Christian Science Monitor reports that the case of a Turkish mother who fears her husband will abuse her if she returns to her home country comes at a crucial time since dozens of similar claims are coming before immigration officials nationwide, and administrators in Washington are drafting regulations to govern gender-based pleas for asylum.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Mira Mdivani
Mira Mdivani will answer questions on all aspects of immigration law on Wednesday, April 25, 2001, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted starting 15 minutes before the beginning of the chat.

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Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, is the largest law firm in the country practicing exclusively in the area of immigration and nationality law. In order to meet the demands of our growing business, the firm is actively recruiting for experienced paralegals in its NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, STAMFORD and CHICAGO offices. The ideal candidate has business immigration experience or a human resources background dealing with immigration issues. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. The firm offers superior salaries and exceptional growth opportunities. Please submit cover letter and resume to Anne-Rose van den Bossche, Esq., Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy, 515 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022 or fax 212-750-1121

Face the Music in Austin, Texas: Learn the Latest Immigration Dance. Texas Chapter AILA proudly presents Spring 2001 Immigration Law Conference, April 27-28, 2001, Radisson Hotel & Suites on Town Lake, Austin, TX. For details click here.

The Practising Law Institute, a not-for-profit Continuing Legal Education Organization offers a program on Basic Immigration Law at PLI Conference Center, 810 Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street, 20th floor, New York City on Tuesday, May 1, 2001, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For details click here.

On Friday May 18, 2001, the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association will host "It Takes a Lawyer: Representation of Families in Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visa Proceedings Before the INS, State Department and Immigration Court" Topics to be covered include Ethics, Nonimmigrant Visas for Family Members, Waivers, Litigating Family Based Immigration Issues, Affidavits of Support, Consular Processing, VAWA issues and Bona Fide Marriages. For registration information, please call Valentine Brown at 856-384-9902.

2001 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law June 20-24, 2001, Marriott Copley Place & Westin Copley Place Boston, Massachusetts. The Preeminent Law Symposium on Immigration and Nationality Law With an expert faculty and cutting edge programs, the AILA Annual Conference is an unbeatable continuing legal education symposium in terms of scope and value. This event brings together thousands of immigration law practitioners, leading immigration law experts, government officials, and other legal professionals from around the country. Participants spend three and one-half days attending educational sessions and workshops focusing on the latest developments and issues in immigration and nationality law. Attendees can develop their own individualized CLE conference by choosing courses from a wide variety of programs: Core Curriculum, Substantive Practice, Special Mini Tracks, Mock Hearings and Interviews, Litigation Skills Training, Practice Roundtables and Government Agency Open Forums. For detailed program information, and registration forms, please visit the conference portion of the AILA Web site at American Immigration Lawyers Association, 918 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004, Tel: (202) 216-2400, Fax: (202) 371-9449. Contact: Conference Department or E-Mail

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