Smoke, though much less, is still pouring from the wound where the towers of the World Trade Center stood. Beyond that stands the Statue of Liberty, unscathed and untarnished, holding her torch as she has to welcome generations of immigrants. As each of us starts to deal with the pain and grief in his or her own way, we can call to mind Emma Lazarus's poem engraved on the statues pedestal:
The New Colossus
Reports of ugly incidents around the country are being heard of people being threatened, attacked and murdered because they are perceived as not American. Immigration practitioners know those who have chosen to come from other lands to live among us are our business associates and clients, our friends and neighbors, and in many cases, for the ones who have been here long enough, our fellow citizens. We can be leaders in reaffirming those ideals which have drawn the best hearts and minds from around the world, and continue to welcome the immigrants who have made our country the great land it is with an even brighter future.
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
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INS Detainer No Grounds for Lighter Sentence
In US v. Lopez-Salas, No. 00-3935 (8th Cir. Sept. 17, 2001), the court found that the fact that Defendants had INS detainers filed against them which would make them ineligible to spend the last six months of their sentence in a half-way house of for early release upon successful completion of a drug treatment program were not adequate reasons for a downward departure from the sentencing guide lines. The court has made available the Appellants' brief and Appellee's brief, and the Appellant's brief and Appellee's brief in a related case.
No Jurisdiction for Mandamus Action for DV Lottery Applicants
The court in Kudina v. INS, No. 99 C 6689 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 10, 2001), determined it had no jurisdiction to hear a mandamus action brought by Plaintiffs who were DV Lottery winners who timely filed for adjustment but were denied because the INS did not adjudicate their petitions before the end of the fiscal year.
Comment Request on I-129
The INS has submitted an emergency information collection request for form I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker. No sample of the form was published in the Federal Register.
Senate Passes Permanent Authorization for S Visas
The Senate passed a bill authorizing permanently the S visa for those who provide critical information about crimes including those who can provide critical information about terrorism.
Resolution Condemning Bigotry and Violence
Brought to the floor of the House was a resolution condemning bigotry and violence against Arab-Americans, American Muslims, and Americans from South Asia in the wake of terrorist attacks in New York City, New York, and Washington, D.C., on September 11, 2001.
Senate Judiciary to Hold Hearing on Relief for Gao Zhan
The Senate Committee on the Judiciary is scheduled to hold a hearing on Wednesday, September 19, 2001, at 2:00 pm in Dirksen Room 226, on "S.702, a Bill for the Relief
of Gao Zhan."
INS to Celebrate Citizenship Day
According to a new release in recognition of citizenship day the INS will swear in more than 8,300 new citizens at 22 naturalization ceremonies across the country.
INS News Release on TPS for Somalia
A news release from the INS provides information about the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) effective September 17, 2001, through September 17, 2002.
Immigration in the Press
Immigration Reform Dead?
According to WorldNetDaily after last Tuesday's attack not only can President Fox forget about an open border, it is less likely than ever that his more-plausible demand of amnesty for illegal immigrants stands a prayer in Congress.
This Day in Immigration
September 18, 2000
"Presumption of Voluntary Presence
In US v. Quintana-Torres, No. 99-50690 (9th Cir. Sept. 15, 2000), the court found that voluntariness is an element of the crime of being a deported alien found in the United States, but that a reasonable juror could infer that an alien had the intention to be here when the alien is discovered at any location other than the border."
Letters to the Editor
I am shattered by the devastating and horrific events of New York, I can not help you but I can pray to my God that you, your team members, their families and other relatives and friends along with your sponsor are physically safe. I am very much concerned about the safety of you all. In fact whole World is praying to the God for the safety of everyone out there.
The catastrophic events of terrorism have not only shattered the Americans but every one around the world who believe in humanity, peace and love for all humans alike.
May God give courage to the bereaved families of those innocent victims whose lives have been lost in this terrorist attack, which is an attack on the very concept of civilization itself.
May God bless you All.
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