Editor's Comments of the Day
245(i) is coming back. That is the news many people are waiting to hear. While all the dust has yet to settle, the four month window Congress created under the LIFE Act generated more business for attorneys's offices than some could handle, and a slough of stories in the general press. Several bills pending in Congress, including S.778 and H.R. 1615, would extend the deadline. One variable is the health of 98 year-old Republican Sen. Strom Thurmond. If he should depart the Senate before the expiration of his term, South Carolina's governor likely would appoint a Democrat to fill out the term, giving the party a 51-49 majority. With the Administration's support for a 245(i) extension, Sen. Daschle and the Democrats may pass it in a gesture of cooperation. To let Congress know your view contact your Representative and Senators. They are the only ones who can make it happen.
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ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day
Looking Beyond the April 30th Deadline: Ideas for a Sensible Immigration Policy
Cyrus D. Mehta writes that it is time for an immigration policy that will benefit the American economy and also remain sensitive to the dignity of the individual.
Cases of the Day
Deputy Assistant Has Discretion to Revoke Visa
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In Noh v. INS, No. 98-70982 (9th Cir. May 7, 2001),
the court found that that a person acting in his capacity as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Visa Services may revoke a visa for grounds other than those specified for consular officers. This replaces the court's decision of October 5, 2000, which was withdrawn March 2, 2001.
Immigration News of the Day
Drive to Recruit from World's Work Force is Strong
According to the Virginian Pilot, the technology industry has slowed from its earlier breakneck speeds, but tech leaders say the need for foreign workers has not.
This Day in Immigration
From May 8, 2000
"General Accounting Office Report Criticizes INS In the fourth of a series of mandated reports the GAO assesses the INS efforts of anti-smuggling strategy, identifies the factors impeding the INS from achieving its goals and provides recommendations to improve the effectiveness of INSí efforts."
Letters to the Editor
The 23 page report of the Office of Internal Audit (OIA) published on this website May 7 is a fascinating look behind the scenes of the nation's least visible agencies. While the OIA attempts to weed out those abusing their authority, it is my belief the office is more focused on maintaining a cultured bureaucracy within the INS, rather than assisting the government to identify and prosecute the entrenched corruption that has been allowed to build up within the INS over two decades. In too many instances highlighted in the report, the OIA seemingly feels it can only admonish the rudderless INS ship. The sooner Senator Ashcroft can split the INS into a feasible enforcement and desired service agency, the more functional and less problematic will the agency become. The costly bureaucracy of the INS is related to hefty service fees introduced in 1998. Cost-cutting and waste were never addressed.
Classifieds of the Day
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HELP WANTED: CORPORATE IMMIGRATION PARALEGALS
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
FAMILY-BASED IMMIGRATION CONFERENCE
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.
CONFERENCE ON IMMIGRATION LAW
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 www.aila.org. 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 email@example.com.
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