ILW.COM turns two. This is the second anniversary of the re-launch of ILW.COM as the hub for the exchange of immigration information. We take this opportunity to thank our site visitors and readers of our publications, and look forward to continuing to bring you all the immigration news you need to know.
The ILW.COM team on our second anniversary:
From left to right: Arthur, Sam, Ritu, Malay, Priti and Shrikant.
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The Cost of Complexity: Immigration and September 11th
Gary Endelman offers some radical proposals to simplify US immigration in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
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Transporting and Harboring Aliens is Smuggling Even if in US
In Gavilan-Cuate v. Yetter, No. 00-2599 (8th Cir. Jan. 9, 2002), the court found that it had already rejected the argument that Petitioner's conviction for conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal aliens was not an aggravated felony because he had only been involved in transporting aliens once they were in the US and not helping them cross the border. The court has made available the Appellant's brief, Appellee's brief and Appellant's reply brief.
Failure to Consider New Evidence Not a Violation of Due Process
The court in Ramirez-Alejandre v. Ashcroft, No. 00-70724 (9th Cir. Jan. 9, 2001), held that the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) did not violate Petitioner's right to due process when it refused to consider material offered for the first time while the case was pending on appeal.
Mandatory Detention of Criminal Permanent Residents Unconstitutional
In Kim v. Ziglar, No. 99-17373 (9th Cir. Jan, 9, 2001), the court held that IIRIRA's provision for mandatory detention of criminal aliens is not unconstitutional on its face, but is unconstitutional when applied to permanent residents.
Testimony on Splitting INS
The House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims has made available the testimony from its November 15, 2001, hearing on H.R. 3231, "To replace the Immigration and Naturalization Service with the Agency for Immigration Affairs," including statements from James Ziglar, Michael Prout, Susan Martin, and Steven Ladik.
Oversight on Immigration Detention
At the December 19, 2001, oversight hearing on "A Review of Department of Justice Immigration Detention Policies" the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims heard testimony from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, Edward McElroy, Paul Thomson, and Margaret Taylor.
Immigration in the Press
Easing of Border Traffic Sought
The Seattle Times reportst that economic, immigration and political coalitions hope to create a North American "zone of confidence" that would restore the flow of traffic, tourism and goods that has been slowed since additional security measures were put in place after September 11.
"Immigration Implications of September 11th tragedy"
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This Day in Immigration
From January 10, 2001
"According to the New York Times Linda Chavez has asked that her name be withdrawn from consideration for Secretary of Labor. Ms. Chavez's decision came after the revelation that she had housed and given money to a woman from Guatemala who entered the country illegally, and that the woman had done housework in Ms. Chavez's home. It remains open to interpretation whether Ms. Chavez was simply performing charitable acts or employing an illegal alien in contravention of the law. The similarities to the derailment of Clinton's first two nominees for Attorney General, Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood, are striking. The fact that the issue crosses party lines and has influenced appointments at the highest levels is evidence that illegal immigrants in the service sector of the US economy are a huge factor which the government has yet to address in a realistic way."
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HELP WANTED: LEGAL POSITIONS
Paparelli & Partners LLP is currently recruiting for the following positions: 1) Paralegal - Under supervision of attorneys, perform legal research and draft various employment-based and family-based immigration-related petitions, applications and supporting documentation. Use computer software extensively (research databases, Internet, MS Word, MS Outlook, Excel, ProLaw, etc.). Maintain client files. Monitor case progress. Communicate with clients and internal staff. Qualifications: College degree and paralegal certificate or substantial and relevant experience required. Excellent writing ability. Strong research and communication skills. Detail oriented. Ability to work as a team member in a fast paced environment. Experience in employment-based immigration law preferred, but not required. 2) Client Services Assistant - Under attorney supervision, use computer software extensively (MS Word, MS Outlook, ProLaw, Excel, etc.) to assist attorneys and paralegals in providing legal services to clients; maintain computerized databases; maintain documentary files; collect, organize, index and copy documents required to demonstrate clients' eligibility for immigration benefits; may have limited client contact. Qualifications: Must have at least two years' experience as a secretary or a college degree, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work as a team member in a fast paced environment. Fax resumes to Kim Watkins at 949-955-5599 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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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