On January 25th President Bush spoke about homeland security at Southern Maine Technical College. The President stated his budget includes $11 billion for controlling of our borders and a 29 percent increase in the budget of the INS, to make sure it modernizes reporting data. He noted that the INS estimates that 40 percent of the people who are here illegally have overstayed their visas, and to "make sure they're not part of some al Qaeda network that wants to hit the United States....we're looking, we're listening, we're following every single lead." A revival of 245(i) could save a lot of looking.
The e-mail version of the January 28, 2002, issue of Immigration Daily contained an incorrect link for Richard Baer's letter to the editor. The correct link is http://www.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/News/2002,0128-Baer.shtm.
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Evidence of Source of Capital in Immigrant Investor Cases (Part III)
In the third in this series Lincoln Stone and Stephen Yale-Loehr provide information on challenges based statute to INS queries about the the source of capital for immigrant investor visas.
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No Jurisdiction to Review H-1B Denial
in CDI Information Service v. Reno, No. 00-1983 (6th Cir. Jan. 28, 2002), the court determined it lacked jurisdiction to review the INS's denial of an H-1B extension.
Prejudice Required for Ineffective Assistance of Counsel
The court in Pop v. INS, No. 00-3962 (7th Cir. Jan. 28, 2002), the court upheld the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), denial of a motion seeking a remand and alleging ineffective assistance of counsel because Petitioner was not prejudiced by his counsel's allegedly deficient performance.
Court Cannot Order INS to Commence Removal Proceedings
In Chapinski v. Ziglar, No. 01-2871 (7th Cir. Jan. 28, 2002), the court found it had no jurisdiction to hear a Mandamus action brought by are nationals of former Soviet bloc countries seeking to compel the INS to commence removal proceedings so they could apply for suspension under NACARA.
President Bush Calls for Increase in INS Budget
In recent remarks President Bush announced a "29 percent increase in the budget of the INS, to make sure we modernize our reporting data, to know who comes in our country and who leaves our country," and provided a fact sheet on border security.
Citizenship Information in Hmong
The INS has released citizenship information for members of the Hmong and Laotian community (revision of 9/27/01) in Hmong.
Immigration in the Press
Efforts to Track Foreign Students Are Said to Lag
The New York Times [registration required] reports that despite promises to tighten controls on student visas after September 11, the government is at least a year from making the system safer from terrorists, who used the visas while plotting the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the September attacks.
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This Day in Immigration
From January 29, 2001
"Lack of Consular Certification Not a Basis to Exclude Documents
In Khan v. INS, No. 99-71062 (9th Cir., Jan. 26, 2001), the court found that in an asylum case it was error to exclude solely on the grounds of lack of consular certification documents that would have corroborated Petitioner's testimony."
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CLE PROGRAM ON HIV+ IMMIGRATION ASYLUM AND PETITIONED CASES
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law) and Gay Men's Health Crisis are sponsoring a CLE on "HIV+ Immigration Asylum and Petitioned Cases" on January 29, 2002, 6-9 pm, at The Association of the Bar, 42 West 44th Street. The program will include speakers from GMHC, an Immigration Judge and speakers from several international gay and lesbian human rights organizations, as well as a speaker from Human Rights Watch's new HIV project. 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.
TRAINING ON REPRESENTING IMMIGRANT CHILDREN AND CHALLENGING UNLAWFUL ARRESTS
Sessions on immigration law enforcement, challenges to unlawful arrests and suppressing evidence in immigration proceedings will be part of the conference on Representing Immigrant Children, to be held in El Paso, Texas, Feb. 20-22. Visit Mexican Immigration Office and Child Protective Services in Ciudad Juarez, MEXICO. The training will also cover the immigration impacts of criminal conduct and juvenile delinquency, cutting edge political asylum claims for children, special immigrant juvenile status and other issues related to representing immigrant children. Trainers include Barbara Hines, University of Texas School of Law, Austin; Lynn Coyle and Rebecca Bernhardt, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of Texas; Chris Nugent of the American Bar Association; Holly Cooper, Florence Project; Angela Lloyd, Covenant House, Newark; Mony-Ruiz Velasco, Chicago. El Paso is located on the Texas-New Mexico-Mexico border, at the southern tip of the Rockies, in the Chihuahua Desert, about one hour from White Sands National Monument, three hours from Carlsbad Caverns and other historic and natural sites. For more information contact: Sofia Munoz, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, firstname.lastname@example.org or University of Texas at El Paso, 915-747-8866, or, in Dallas, Natalia Walter email@example.com.
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