In US v. Szehinskyj, No. 00-2467 (3rd Cir. Jan. 7, 2002), the court revoked the US citizenship of Petitioner who was found to have participated in the Third Reich's SS Totenkopf Division. The court rejected Petitioner's argument that the government had to prove that he had obtained his visa through a material misrepresentation. Citing the Seventh Circuit decision in US v. Tittjung, the court made clear that the "assistance in persecution ground for visa ineligibility is an independent ground that does not required a fraud element; once a determination of ineligibility is made on this ground, there is no need to look for an find a material misrepresentation." Addressing the sufficiency of the evidence, the court found that the government had established by "clear, unequivocal and convincing evidence" that Petitioner was a member of the SS Totenkopf, and that by definition the Totenkopf had assisted in the persecution of Jews and others considered racially inferior. Personal participation in the atrocities was not required to one to have assisted in persecution. Being an armed concentration camp guard was sufficient for revocation of US citizenship.
With this issue we begin the serialization of Evidence of Source of Capital in Immigrant Investor Cases by Lincoln Stone and Stephen Yale-Loehr.
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Evidence of Source of Capital in Immigrant Investor Cases (Part I)
In the first of this series Lincoln Stone and Stephen Yale-Loehr begin an in-depth examination of types of arguments available to establish that capital to qualify for an immigrant investor visa is from a lawful source.
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Material Misrepresentation Not Required to Revoke Citizenship
In US v. Szehinskyj, No. 00-2467 (3rd Cir. Jan. 7, 2002), the court, in revoking the citizenship of the Petitioner who had participated in the Third Reich's SS Totenkopf Division, made clear that the "assistance in persecution ground for visa ineligibility is an independent ground that does not required a fraud element; once a determination of ineligibility is made on this ground, there is no need to look for an find a material misrepresentation."
Alien Entitled to Individualized Determination Pending Appeal of Removal Order
The court in Radoncic v. Zemski, No. 01-1074 (3rd Cir. Jan. 4, 2002), rejected the INS's appeal from an order that Petitioner be released from custody on bond upon reasonable conditions pending his appeal of his removal order.
No Jurisdiction to Compel Visa
In Ahmed v. INS, No. 01 6584 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 3, 2002), the court determined it had no jurisdiction to hear Plaintiff's mandamus action brought to compel the State Department to issue an immigrant visa based on the Diversity Lottery program.
Immigration in the Press
Patrick Buchanan on Immigrant Invasions
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In an interview on National Public Radio Patrick Buchanan says dying populations and immigrant invasions imperil our country and civilization.
Accused Illegal Immigrant Smuggler in Tyson Case Makes Deal in Court
According to an Associated Press article on Tampa Bay Online, Amador Anchondo-Rascon, accused of being the leader of an immigrant smuggling ring for the nation's largest poultry producer, pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge.
"Immigration Implications of September 11th tragedy"
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This Day in Immigration
From January 8, 2001
"New Immigration Bills Introduced in House
H.R. 22, a bill to delay any legal effect if an alien admits to being in the US illegally, gives up the right to a hearing before departure, and requests to return to his country without a hearing and H.R. 87, a bill to restore certain provisions relating to the definition of aggravated felony, were both introduced in the House and referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary."
Letters to the Editor
The wisdom of LL (letter on 1/7) knows no bounds and could not come at a better time. How in the world does one get rewarded with amnesty for breaking the immigration laws of the US based on not getting caught for a long enough time? Can you think of anything more ridiculous? Having just started 2002, it seems that Congress and the American people have finally decided to put our national security first and stop rewarding illegal aliens/immigrants for overstaying their visas or entering illegally. Did you notice that 245(i) was not extended? Thank you America, and keep up the good work!
Congratulations to "LL" who, on 1/7/02, wrote a letter and neatly summed up what's wrong with amnesties for illegal aliens. I hope that "LL" is wrong in believing that there will be another amnesty, and that they will use their writing ability to urge Congress and the Bush administration not to enact amnesty, "regularization" or whatever.
John H. Frecker
Why is the processing times for immigrant visas moving so slow or not moving at all over the last 12 months? I have been following the different categories for the past years and relative progress was being made in all categories, then about a year ago it came to almost an halt. I am outside the US. I received a letter over 12 months ago containing a biographic details forms and instructions to acquire other info such as Police Record, Affidavit of Support from my sponsors etc. I have done all required of me, but I am still awaiting to be called for the interview. Something is definitely amiss. I am not alone. Answers to our questions are not forthcoming from our local consulate. Can you shed any light please?
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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.
IMMIGRATION PROGRAM AND RECEPTION
The American Bar Association, Immigration and Nationality Committee of the Section of International Law and Practice, and the ABA Immigration Pro Bono Development and Bar Activation Project invite you to attend the following program and reception on Tuesday, January 22, 2002, "What Consular Officials Should Know About Recent U.S. Immigration Developments: A Dialogue With The Consular Corps And Legal Community," at the Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 5:30-7:30 p.m. For details and registration form click here.
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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