Time is running out for Congress to pass immigration legislation before it adjourns for the holidays. The House and Senate have stayed in session well beyond the September 30 end of the fiscal year to pass work on the spending bill, anti-terrorism measures and exercise some oversight of the Executive's threats to civil liberties. The administration was not successulf in having an extension of 245(i) included in the Commerce, Justice and State appropriations bill as has happened in the past. To express you opinion on this measure before Congress adjourns contact your Representative and Senators.
The California Service Center processing times and Texas Service Center processing times have been updated.
The text of S. 1774, a bill to accord honorary citizenship to the alien victims of September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and to provide for the granting of citizenship to the alien spouses and children of certain victims of such attacks, and S. 1776, a bill to provide for the naturalization of Deena Gilbey, is now available.
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What is DSL?
"DSL" stands for Digital Subscriber Line. DSL is a network access technology. It transforms a traditional phone line into a high-speed digital link to provide broadband Internet access. It uses special modems encode the data and then transmit it over an unused frequency on the phone line. With DSL you have a stable Internet connection that allows you to host your own Web site, connect branch offices of a small business, and to surf the Internet faster at any time of the day or night.
Cable modems are DSLs' closest competitors. They rely on much of the same technology and provide similar service. Both cable and DSL use special modems and Ethernet cards for the same type of always-on connection. People prefer using DSL instead of traditional dial-up modems because DSL is much faster. Unlike DSL, cable modem users share lines. The more people connected to the line, the slower the connection speed will be. Many people also prefer DSL to a cable modem because a cable modem is considered to be less secure and less reliable. Sharing lines creates a security risk because it is easier for hackers to gain access to incoming and outgoing files and e-mail messages. One other notable advantage to having DSL is that one phone line can carry both voice and data, so you can use an existing phone line to carry DSL data.
Several factors can affect the quality of your DSL connection, including how close you are to the DSL provider and what security features are available. With DSL, whenever the computer is on you are connected to the Internet. DSL modems typically lack security features so it is important to make the connection more secure. You can easily protect yourself by shutting down after each use, reducing the number of hours you use your computer, and keeping an up-to-date anti virus program running at all times. It is highly recommended that DSL users install a personal firewall (software that prevents certain data from entering or leaving your computer and costs between $40 to $50).
Both DSL and cable services are affordable (most DSL access starts at $39.95 per month), and you can find deals by shopping. DSL service is available from a number of local telephone companies, local Internet Service Providers and resellers (third party companies). With the current situation of dotcom companies, we recommend checking the permanence of the company if you plan to use a reseller for you DSL services.
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Update to CSS and LULAC Class Members, Attorneys and Advocates
Peter Schey, President of theCenter for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, provides information on recent developments in the CSS and LULAC class actions.
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39 Count Indictment Issued for Migrant Smuggling
Attorney General John Ashcroft announced that the INS and FBI have disrupted the largest illegal alien smuggling ring involving a commercial bus company, Golden State Transportation.
Immigration in the Press
Deported Immigrants With Nowhere to Go Wait in Jail
According to the New York Times [registration required] in county jails throughout the nation there are plenty of stateless criminals who have been waiting for years for the INS to deport or release them.
"Immigration Implications of September 11th tragedy"
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This Day in Immigration
From December 11, 2000
"Senator Abraham Addresses the Senate
In an address to the Senate Sen. Abraham thanked his staff and colleagues, commented on his term in the Senate, and stated that, 'I am especially proud of the role that I tried to play in changing the tone of the debate over immigration.'"
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NYC SYMPOSIUM ON IMMIGRATION PROVISIONS OF ANTI-TERRORIST LEGISLATION
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York will hold a symposium on December 17, 2001 entitled: "Who is a Terrorist? An In-Depth Look at the Immigration Provisions of the New Anti-Terrorism Legislation." The program is sponsored by the Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law. All interested persons are invited to attend. No fee or reservation is required. For further information, contact Cyrus Mehta, Chair 212-425-0555 or click here.
IMMIGRATION LEGAL TRAINING SEMINAR
Des Moines, Iowa. Basic intensive immigration legal training seminar to be held January 14-18, 2002, at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Des Moines. Sharply discounted room rates of $49/night plus tax for single or double at the downtown Marriott. Call 800/228-9290 for room reservations and mention the immigration legal training seminar. Sponsored by the Midwest Legal Immigration Project and the Immigrant Legal Resources Center. For more information, call Cyndy Bolsenga, 515/271-5730 or fax 515/271-5757 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
On January 31st & February 1st 2002, the National Immigration Forum will host its inaugural conference “A Nation of Immigrants in the 21st Century: Moving Forward in a Time of New Challenges.” The conference will be held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. For details, click here. For registration form, click here.
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