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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
October 26, 2001
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With only one no vote the Senate approved H.R. 3162, the "Uniting and Strengthening America Act by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act of 2001." The immigration provisions are found in Title IV. The bill now moves to the President's desk for signature.

The deadline for the DV-2003 Lottery is noon on Wednesday, October 31, 2001. Entries received after that date will be disqualified regardless of when they are postmarked. There is no specific format for the entry. Simply use a plain sheet of paper and type or clearly print in the Roman alphabet: 1) full name, with the last (surname/family) name underlined, 2) date and place of birth, 3) applicant's native country, if different from country of birth, 4) name, date and place of birth of the applicant's spouse and children, if any, 5) full mailing address, 6) an in-focus photograph of the applicant facing the camera and taken against a neutral, light-colored background, and 7) signature. The applicant must personally sign the entry, using his or her usual and customary signature. Neither an initialed signature nor block printing of the applicant's name will be accepted. Both people in the US and abroad can enter, but for those who are in the US illegally winning the lottery may not allow them to adjust status. If you hope to get a visa and have not yet sent your entry do not delay any longer. Good luck!


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Attack on America - Immigration Update
Greg Siskind and Amy Ballentine write about the ongoing effects on immigration of the September 11 attacks.

Immigration News

Prior Aggravated Felony a Sentencing Factor
In US v. Alcala-Rodriguez, No. 01-4067 (10th Cir. Oct. 24. 2001), rejected the argument that Defendant's sentence for illegal entry following deportation after a conviction for an aggravated felony exceeded the maximum penalty for the offense because the fact of his prior conviction was not submitted to a jury or proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

INS Performance Issues
The House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims held an oversight hearing on "Immigration and Naturalization Service Performance Issues" on October 17, 2001, with testimony from Glenn Fine, Lawrence Gonzalez, Richard Stana, Elizabeth Stern.

Machine Readable Passports
An amendment to the foreign operation appropriations bill would require reports on the the implementation of precautionary measures to prevent the counterfeiting and theft of passports by countries under the visa waiver program.

Woefully Inadequate Border Security
Sen. Byrd urges his colleagues that to restore a sense of security we should start by addressing our woefully inadequate border security.

Tancredo on Boder Security
Rep. Tancredo is "concerned about the fact that we have porous borders through which people can come and do come who wish to do us harm, and we have absolutely no desire to try to stop them there...."

Information Collection on J-1 Academic Exchange Programs
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Citizen Exchanges, is seeking approval for information collection for evaluation of DOS-sponsored, J-1 academic exchange programs.

Information Collection on J-1 Citizen Exchange Programs
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Citizen Exchanges, is seeking approval for information collection for evaluation of DOS-sponsored, J-1 citizen exchange programs.

Immigration in the Press

CNN Crossfire: Debating Immigration Policy
CNN Crossfire was the forum for a discussion of immigration with Frank Sharry, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, and Dan Stein, executive director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, and

This Day in Immigration

From October 26, 2000

"Clinton Issues Veto Threat In a press release from the White House President Clinton stated he would veto the appropriations bill for the Departments of Commerce, Justice and State if Congress does not pass the "Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act."

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

This is in response to yesterday's letter to the editor, which included a link to an article favoring amnesty for illegal aliens.

Last week, the Census Bureau announced that it now estimates that the number of illegal immigrants in the US is about 8 million. This is a significant increase over previous estimates. This announcement, which got lost in the news that statistical adjustments to the Census data would not be used, has implications for amnesty and enforcement of immigration laws....[to read the whole letter, click here.]


Dear Editor:

It seems everyone complains and everyone has an opinion, but I have seen little in the way of anyone offering solutions. I offer a solution, and pose more questions.

I have been practicing immigration law in California for twenty-three years. I have seen the immigration system in the United States and the service given by the Immigration and Naturalization Service go from bad to worse. Presently, the INS is like a ship without a rudder, existing in spite of itself. But in their defense, I recognize that they have been barraged with the task of enforcing often nonsensical, politically motivated legislation that does nothing more than fuel the fires of inefficiency. To add insult to injury, the Bush Administration recently proposed an amnesty (call it what you like) for Mexican workers - without arguing the advisability of such a program, it was clearly a plan that, if implemented, would have broken the back of the already overburdened and broken INS....[to read the whole letter, click here.]

David D. Murray
Newport Beach, CA


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American Immigration Lawyers Association, Central Florida Chapter (AILA-CFC) will be holding its 15th Annual Advanced-Level Immigration Law Seminar on October 26-27 at the Renaissance Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida. Discounted hotel rates are available from the resort. Point of contact for information/registration is Steve Zawacki, or 407/831-6644.

MidSouth Chapter's Fall CLE Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville Nov. 2 & 3. The title is "Where the Newest Rubber Meets the Road," because the conference will have its traditional professionally intimate setting conducive to lively questioning of the speakers (and erudite comments from the attendees) so that participants come away with the answers to their questions and with practical solutions to the newest situations posed by new laws, regulations and procedures. For agenda, registration form and details, click here.

Presented by the Practicing Law Institute, November 27, 2001, 6:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. PLI New York Training Center, 21st Floor 810 Seventh Avenue (between 52nd and 53rd Streets) New York City. For details, click here.

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