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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
May 25, 2001
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Previously we have speculated that if Strom Thurmond were to leave the Senate before that end of his term, and the Senate were to shift to Democratic control, an extension of 245(i) would be on a fast track. Since the Bush Administration supports the extension, Sen. Daschle as Democratic leader of the Senate could offer a gesture of cooperation by bringing this issue to the floor. By leaving the Republican Party to become an Independent, Sen. Jeffords has shown that politics is indeed stranger than fiction. With Sen. Kennedy in line to chair the Immigration Subcommittee in the Senate, and the House having passed a limited and confusing extension of 245(i), we will see if the time is right for an extension of 245(i) to pass the Senate.

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ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

How Permanent Residents May Naturalize
Cyrus D. Mehta writes about basic residency requirements for naturalization some of the difficulties permanent residents may encounter if they have spent considerable periods of time outside the US.

Congressional News of the Day

Congressional Testimony on Asylum Policy
Testimony on US asylum policy presented to the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration included statements from Senator Brownback, Karen Musalo, Wendy Young, Esq., Eleanor Acer, Esq., Patrick Mkhizi, "Mina," Amchok Gyamtso Thubten, Donald Hammond, Dan Stein, and Leonard Glickman.

Comments on Automatic Citizenship Bill
Sen Hutchison comments on S. 939, a bill to confer citizenship automatically on children residing abroad in the legal and physical custody of a citizen parent serving in a Government or military position abroad.

Notice of Syrian Adjustment Act sent to Senate
Director of the Policy Directives and Instructions Branch, Immigration and Naturalization Service, sent to the Senate the report of a rule titled "Adjustment of Status for Certain Syrian Nationals Granted Asylum in the United States."

DOS News of the Day

Statement on the Deaths of Fourteen Migrants in the Arizona Desert
The US and Mexico express their deep sadness and concern over the deaths of fourteen migrants in the Arizona desert near the border with Mexico.

Immigration News of the Day

14 Immigrants Die in Arizona Desert
MSNBC reports that fourteen illegal immigrants were dead and at least two others remained missing Thursday, five days after smugglers abandoned them in the blistering heat of the Arizona desert

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Kevin Levine
Kevin Levine will answer questions on all aspects of immigration law on Monday, May 21, 2001, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted beginning 15 minutes before the start of the chat.

This Day in Immigration

From May 25, 2000

"The INS has issued notices extending the period for public comments on four INS forms-I-485, I-134, N-470 and I-847. Each of the comment requests allows for an additional 30 days as no comments were received in the past 60 days. The comment should address whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; enhancement of the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and minimizing the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. If you think the INS forms ask for irrelevant information or take longer to complete than the INS estimates, then this is a chance to be heard. No comments were received in the past 60 days. Is that because the INS has done such a thorough job of designing the forms and estimating the time to complete them that no comment is required?"

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Prominent New York City immigration law firm with interesting and diverse practice seeks paralegal for handling business, family and litigation matters. Candidates must have excellent writing and organization skills as well as an interest in all aspects of immigration law, including advocacy. Prior immigration experience preferred. Send a resume and cover letter to: Cyrus D. Mehta, Esq., 1170 Broadway, Suite 607, New York, NY 10001. Fax: 212-686-2665.

Immediate opening for immigration paralegal in 11 attorney Gateway One, Newark law firm. College degree and employment-related immigration experience preferred. Good writing and research skills necessary. Ability to work independently and with the firm's clients required. Competitive salary and generous benefits. Resumes should be forwarded to Anthony F. Siliato, Meyner and Landis LLP, One Gateway Center, Newark, New Jersey 07102.

Maggio & Kattar seeks an experienced business immigration paralegal to join a small and energetic office in Washington, DC. Must be detail-oriented with excellent organizational/ case management skills. Position requires being able to work both independently and as a team with attorney and legal assistants. Top salary with excellent benefits. Please send resume in confidence to: Maggio & Kattar, 11 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 775, Washington, DC 20036 or email or fax (202) 483-6801; Attn.: Andres Benach, Esq.

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

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

Saturday, June 30, 2001, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at DoubleTree Suites, Falls Conference Center, Mt. Laurel, NJ. A panel of experienced immigration lawyers and paralegals will explain how the administrative system operates and present the information you need to handle basic immigration matters. You’ll also hear directly from several agency representatives about the procedures you need to follow when dealing with these agencies. For details click here.

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