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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
June 18, 2001
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ILW.COM has instituted an Editorial Advisory Board. The members of the Board are people who have made significant contributions to the content of the site. The first three members of the board are Marc Ellis, moderator of ILW.COM's chat with attorneys, Gary Endelman who has contributed many thought-provoking articles, and Gregory Siskind who has contributed a large number of articles. We plan to expand the Board in the near future to recognize the efforts of others who help make the Daily and ILW.COM a success. We rely on the perspective and wisdom of the Board members to continue to improve the Daily and the site.

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  1. Integration of Case Tracking and IFillForms. Attorneys will work from a single case-list for both functions. The back-end data will also be simultaneously integrated.
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If you are going to be at the AILA show, please come and see for yourself how our software can help you in client-service, client-retention, and can help improve your office productivity. We are booth #319 in the Exhibit Hall in the Marriott Copley Hotel on the third floor.

ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

ABCs of Immigration - Naturalization - Children
Greg Siskind and Amy Ballentine write that there are a number of ways for children under 18 to obtain US citizenship other than filing an application for naturalization on their own behalf

Immigration News

US and Mexico Announce Expanded Efforts to Save Migrant Lives
Vowing to do everything possible to reduce migrant deaths and injuries, the Chief of the US Border Patrol and Mexico’s Deputy Director of Protection and Consular Affairs today outlined new measures to enhance both countries’ lifesaving capabilities along Arizona’s 350-mile international border.

Binational Talks to Promote Safety of Immigrants
A meeting took place June 15, 2001, in Tucson, Arizona, to reaffirm the binational commitment to promote public safety along the border and to discuss additional measures each nation might take to achieve that goal

Russians Eligible to TWOV
Effective June 15, 2001, The Department of State has removed Russia from the list of countries that are ineligible to transit without visa. The INS has published an interim rule removing Russia from the list of countries ineligible to participate in the TWOV program.

Rep. Tancredo on China and Immigration
Rep. Tancredo sees two threats facing the US - an external threat from the People's Republic of China and an internal one from "massive uncontrolled immigration into this country, both legal and illegal."

DOS Letter on Refusal of Visas
A letter from the Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Department of State, transmitting the Department's final rule--Documentation of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Under The Immigration and Nationality Act, As Amended--Refusal of Individual Visas was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Immigration in the Press

Border Policy Shifts to Desert
According to the Arizona Republic high-ranking US and Mexican government officials are to announce a shift in resources from urban centers to the desert, where a growing number of immigrants have been dying.

This Day in Immigration

From June 16, 2000

"This issue of Immigration Daily comes to you directly from the AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) annual conference in Chicago. Severe weather in the Chicago area June 14 prevented many scheduled flights from landing and wrecked havoc with participants' and attendees' schedules including the ILW.COM editorial team.

For the first time in many years AILA has a contested election for national treasurer. The voting will determine the contest between Deborah J. Notkin, Tammy Fox-Isicoff and Ellen Ma Lee."

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

On the same day (6-15-01) that you published the latest bit of bile from US Congressman Tancredo (Col.) in his one minute speech before the House (6-13-01) on how he believes that massive immigration, both legal and illegal, is responsible for shortages of energy in California: the New York Times published an article (6-15-01) about the economic strength of the California economy surging past the economy of France. France was bumped from 5th place among the world's economies by the State of California. Those wacky immigrants - you can't live with'em and you can't live without'em.

Robert Gard

Dear Editor:

INS and the BIA with their collective definitions of "exceptionally and extreme hardship" simply demonstrate that there is a closed shop operating within the bounds of US immigration policy. My opinion is that maybe one case out of 1000 may come close to satisfying this inhuman and iniquitous INS ruling. And they are applying it to now to only US citizens or permanent resident spouses and dependent children. I also believe their is a vein of prejudice apparent in the application of this policy, which Congress must deal with immediately. If this test was legitimate and honest, immigration lawyers would be able to present some winnable cases from it.

Neil Reed


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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 ATLANTA, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY,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 or

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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