The second of the three part, pro bono, at-cost seminar, "Immigration Implications of September 11th Tragedy," is scheduled for Friday November 2, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern (11:00 a.m. Pacific) time. Some have pointed out the conflict with the AILA California Chapters' Conference. The date and time of the teleconference was chosen by ILW.COM based on multiple factors including the timing of recent legislation, the availability of the speakers, and the ability of the telephone provider to handle a teleconference with close to 400 participants. We regret that the conflict could not be avoided.
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has made available a report prepared in August on the Automated I-94 System currently operating at four air ports of entry. The OIG found that "the INS has not properly managed the project. As a result, despite having spent $31.2 million on the system from FY 1996 to FY 2000, the INS: (1) does not have clear evidence that the system meets its intended goals; (2) has won the cooperation of only two airlines and is operating the system at only four airports; and (3) is in the process of modifying the system. Recent INS projections estimate that an additional $57 million will be needed for FY 2001 through FY 2005 to complete the system." Given the mandates of the USA PATRIOT Act this report on the INS's ability to implement technological solutions is bound to receive more scrutiny.
Seminar on Immigration Implications of the 9/11 Tragedy
ILW.COM has organized a phone seminar on the immigration implications of the terrible tragedy of September 11th. This seminar is moderated by Stephen Yale-Loehr and is co-sponsored by AILA and CINL/ABCNY. For more info, including a detailed list of topics covered and speaker bios, please click here:
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ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day
Attack on America - Immigration Update
Greg Siskind and Amy Ballentine write about the continuing effects on immigration of the September 11 attacks.
OIG Report on Automated I-94s
The Office of the Inspector General prepared a report on the Automated I-94 System currently operating at four air ports of entry, and found that the INS has not properly managed the project.
INS Discusses Student Visa Issues at Congressional Hearing
At an October 31 hearing before the House Education Committee, Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness and Select Education, Acting INS Deputy Commissioner Becraft discusses tracking international students in higher education.
INS Guide to Naturalization
The INS Guide to Naturalization provides information on the benefits and responsibilities of citizenship, an overview of the naturalization process, and eligibility requirements. It is available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese. [Long downloads].
House Immigration Subcommittee Meeting
The House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims, was scheduled to meet at 10:00 a.m. on November 1, 2001, to mark up H.R. 3030, Basic Pilot Extension Act of 2001, and private relief bills.
Immigration in the Press
IDs Open New Doors to Migrants: Offer of Documents Attracts Throngs
According to SFGate.com for those in America illegally, Mexican consular cards can open all sorts of doors that would otherwise be closed to those lacking a Social Security number -- including permission to establish one's own company.
This Day in Immigration
From November 2, 2000
Before we get too carried away with the intoxication of more H-1B numbers, we would do well to remember that the fundamental problem, namely the need to expand the immigrant quotas themselves, remains unaddressed. The demand for EB-visas from India and China is so great that the excess from other nations will not be enough. When all of this surplus is sucked up, will we then see the Visa Office reimpose cut-off dates but this time for the whole world? How long will EB-visas from other countries go unused if the vacuum cleaner of India and China is turned up full blast? No, I am not ungrateful for more H-1B visas but the new law only deals with the per-country limits as a brake on immigration. The truth is that, even with this restraint removed, the demand for EB visas will continue to rise as long as the economy does, and nothing in the new law deals with this in an open and honest fashion. Does the new H-1B bill simply transfer the problem of waiting lists to everyone else? If not now, how long will it be before this happens? To prevent it from happening, watch how slowly and carefully China and India will move forward in the months to come. Those who think these backlogs will magically vanish overnight are going to be sadly disappointed. There is simply no immigration reform on the cheap.
Letters to the Editor
I've noticed that many have expressed opinions in support of offering undocumented workers legal residence in the US, and I wanted to voice my opinion to shine some light on another facet of this issue. I am an H-1B worker who has lived in this country for over 13 years--during my childhood as a dependent of my father on E-1 status; in college on F-1 status; and now as a worker on H-1B status. While I do understand the contributions that these undocumented workers make to this country, offering them amnesty will most likely be at the expense of workers who have entered lawfully and continue to adhere to the law. If I were to have my employer sponsor me for legal residence and file my paperwork at the SESA/Department of Labor, I would be placed at the end of the line, behind the tens of thousands of illegal workers who submitted their applications before me. If there were an extension of the 245(i) or another 245(i)-type amnesty implemented (and RIR conversion made possible for the illegal residents who filed their applications a number of years ago), the line would become longer, forcing legal workers to wait years before their application envelopes would
even be opened. How could it possibly be fair for a legal worker to have to stand in line behind an enormous trail of illegal workers? How could such realities possibly present a positive message for the workers who chose to adhere to the law? The more
amnesties there are for illegal workers (especially if they come in such reliable three-year increments), the more workers will rely on them.
I am not necessarily opposed to the idea of legalizing undocumented workers, but I do hope that legislators and supporters will consider the consequences such legalization will have on legal foreign workers, if such legalization takes place under the current
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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.
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York will be holding a symposium entitles "The Refugee Convention at 50: Assessing US Accomplishments and the Challenges Ahead." The speakers include Own Cooper, INS General Counsel, Arthur Helton, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Eduardo Arboleda of UNHCR and Mark Hetfield of Hebrew Immigration Aid Society. The moderator is Eleanor Acre of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights. For details, click here.
ETHICS FOR IMMIGRATION LAWYERS
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.
There will be a New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) seminar on Wednesday, December 5, 2001 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Brunswick Hilton in East Brunswick, New Jersey. The seminar titled, Corporate Immigration Law: For Attorneys, In-House Counsel, & Human Resources Personnel: H-1B Requirements, will feature updates on the latest H-1 legislation regulations and will discuss recent developments in the field. For details, click here.
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