The Department of Justice has announced that Tyson Foods executives and managers have been indicted for conspiring to import and transport illegal alien workers from the Southwest border to Tyson plants throughout the United States. According to the indictment, Tyson Foods cultivated a corporate culture in which the hiring of illegal alien workers was condoned in order to meet production goals and cut costs to maximize profits. The indictment describes a scheme by which the defendants requested delivery of illegal aliens to work at Tyson plants in the United States and aided and abetted them in obtaining false documents so they could work at Tyson poultry processing plants "under the false pretense of being legally employable." According to INS Commissioner James Ziglar, "[t]his case represents the first time INS has taken action against a company of Tyson's magnitude."
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No Abuse of Discretion in Denial of Reconsideration
The court in Nascimento v. INS, No. 01-1338 (1st Cir. Dec. 19, 2001), found that the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) did not abuse its discretion when it denied reconsideration because Petitioner's motion was "conclusory, unsupported by the record, and insufficiently detailed to serve as a basis for a grant of respondent's motion to reconsider."
Notice of Exclusion Proceedings Not Required on Advance Parole Form
In Dimenski v. INS, No. 01-2351 (7th Cir. Dec. 19, 2001), the court found that Petitioner had properly been placed in exclusion rather than deportation proceedings, and that there is no Constitutional requirement that the forms for advance parole provide notice of the difference.
Substantial Evidence Supports Denial
The court in Bogdan v. Ashcroft, No. 00-3695 (8th Cir. Dec. 19, 2001), found there was substantial evidence to support the Immigration Judge's denial of Petitioner's asylum claim and the Board of Immigration Appeals' dismissal of the appeal. The court has made available the Appellant's brief and Appellee's brief.
Emergency Review of DS-157
The Department of State has published a notice of information collection under emergency review for Form DS-157, Supplemental Nonimmigrant Visa Application.
Indictment Against Tyson for Alien Smuggling
Michael Chertoff, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division announced that a federal grand jury in Chattanooga, Tennessee returned a thirty-six count indictment against executives and managers of Tyson Foods, Inc. for conspiracy to smuggle illegal aliens to Tyson Foods processing facilities in the US for profit.
INS Offices Holiday Closings
INS office will be closed December 24 and 25, and Application Support Centers will be closed December 22, 24 and 25.
Immigration in the Press
Ashcroft Reviews Overturned Deportation
The Washington Times reports that Attorney General John Ashcroft is reviewing a request by INS officials who want to overturn a ruling by the Board of Immigration Appeals that halted the ordered deportation of a Haitian nanny convicted of killing an 18-month-old baby.
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This Day in Immigration
From December 20, 2000
"New NAFTA Occupations The INS proposes to add the occupations of actuary and plant pathologist to the list of professionals eligible for TN status under NAFTA."
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IMMIGRATION LEGAL TRAINING SEMINAR
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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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