Congress is back in session. The two major immigration issued facing the current session of Congress are how to balance increased security with the need for people to enter and leave the US, and what to do about people that in this country illegally. Given the complexity of the issues, and the fact that this is an election year for the House and one third of the Senate, Congress may well resort to treating the issues in its traditional manner of lots of talk and little action. Any major action may come, as it did in 2000, as part of an appropriations bill pushed through in the annual year end rush to keep the government running. Whether it is talk or action, Immigration Daily will bring you all the immigration news.
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Department of Justice Announces T Visa for Victims of Trafficking
Carl R. Baldwin comments on the new T visa and concludes "the government is engaged in doublespeak: eloquently proclaiming its concern for victims of trafficking, and yet making it difficult for them to survive in the United States."
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Failure to Receive Notice of Hearing Not a Basis to Reopen
The court in Pena v. INS, No. 01-1766 (1st Cir. Jan. 8, 2002), found that the INS had complied with the notification requirements then in effect when it mailed Petitioner notice of his deportation hearing, so the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) when it denied Petitioner's motion to reopen.
Deportation Warrants Evidence of Deportation
In US v. Payan-Carillo, No. 01-3171 (10th Cir. Jan. 28, 2002), the court determined that three warrants of deportation with Defendant's signature and fingerprints, and Defendant's statements under oath that he had been deported were sufficient to establish that Defendant had been physically deported from the US.
Immigration in the Press
Lawsuit by Paper Asks for Access
The Detroit Free Press filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court asking for access to the deportation hearings of an Ann Arbor Muslim leader jailed for overstaying his visa.
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This Day in Immigration
From January 30, 2001
"Official Version of LIFE Act
The definitive version of the 'Legal Immigration Family Equity Act' has been posted on the Library of Congress site. This version takes precedence over any discrepancies with the text of the Conference Report published in the Congressional Record."
Letters to the Editor
Those best served by illegal immigration are big corporations, lawyers, and rich people who need their lawns mowed. The people who are most severely hurt by illegal immigration are legal immigrants who are struggling to gain a foothold in this country. Lets stop the current regime of state sponsored indentured servitude perpetrated by the US government and big business. The lower class in this country will never have a chance if the market is continually flooded with workers willing to work below minimum wage. Our so called leaders tried to justify their previous acquiescence on issues of illegal immigration by arguing that there is a shortage of workers in this country. There is no shortage of workers, just a shortage of workers willing to work in squalor for below minimum wages. Furthermore, even if there is a shortage of workers, we don't need illegal immigrants. Our nation can easily staff all available jobs from the waiting line of would be legal immigrants. The immediate relative preference categories from Mexico by themselves could keep us awash in legal immigrants for years to come. There is no shortage of immigrants waiting to come to the US. Why don't we first serve those who follow the rules, and deal with the law breakers later? Illegal immigration is great for the upper classes. It provides cheap labor that won't complain. The problem with illegal immigration is that it undermines our system of legal immigration, and that leads to chaos. Immigration should be regulated to protect the newest, law abiding residents (those who came on valid immigrant visas) and our nation's preexisting underclasses.
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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.
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, email@example.com or University of Texas at El Paso, 915-747-8866, or, in Dallas, Natalia Walter firstname.lastname@example.org.
2002 NORTHWEST REGIONAL IMMIGRATION CONFERENCE
Immigration...The Times They Are A Changin' February 28, March 1 2002, SeaTac DoubleTree Hotel, 18740 Pacific Hwy. So., Seattle. This year's expanded seminar has been revamped to maximize information sharing with government speakers and experienced practitioners. More government speakers, larger facilities, and exciting new roundtable discussions will educate and challenge attendees of all experience levels. Attendees new to immigration will receive a comprehensive, practical and clear overview in virtually all areas of immigration law. Advanced attendees will learn how to incorporate the new laws and procedures into their daily practice. In addition, all attendees will learn to resolve complex matters so unique that they cannot be researched in traditional periodicals. To Register or view the full program brochure click here. For questions or more information call Denise at: (206) 340-2578
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