The President has released his budget for fiscal year 2003. [Long Download]. The President's proposal states that fighting terrorism and ensuring homeland security are the Department of Justice's top priority. According to the numbers in the appendix the appropriations for INS services are about one fourth of the appropriations for enforcement. The Administration's review of existing programs to identify weak and strong performers notes that while border enforcement has been moderately effective, the provision of immigration service has been ineffective. In his recent remarks INS Commissioner Ziglar spoke of the proposal to split the INS into separate enforcement and service agencies as creating an opportunity to modernize our systems, make our procedures more efficient, and adjust intelligently to the increased workload the agency has, and will continue to face, in both service and enforcement." As the preparers of the budget have identified, the need exists now for a plan and action to improve immigration services.
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Evidence of Source of Capital in Immigrant Investor Cases (Part IV)
In the fourth in this series Lincoln Stone and Stephen Yale-Loehr provide information on challenges based on the regulations to INS queries about the source of capital for immigrant investor visas.
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INS Budget for FY2003
The proposed budget includes $4,132,000,000 for the INS with the appropriations with the specifics in the appendix. [Long Downloads].
INS Commissioner's Remarks to NIF
In his remarks before the National Immigration Forum on February 1, 2002, INS Commissioner Ziglar addressed the actions the agency has taken to increase security and protect children.
Immigration in the Press
Tanzanian Scouts' Lawyer Fights INS
The Associated Press reports that the lawyer for four Tanzanian Boy Scouts detained since they walked away from a scouting jamboree last summer is asking the government to extend the boys' expired visas.
As Authorities Keep Up Immigration Arrests, Detainees Ask Why They Are Targets
According to the New York Times [registration required] arrests of noncitizens in the US continue, with many police officers and other local officials playing an aggressive new role in immigration enforcement.
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This Day in Immigration
From February 5, 2001
"Gekas Named Chairman of Immigration and Claims Subcommittee
Congressman George W. Gekas (R-Pa.) has accepted the position of Chairman of the House Immigration and Claims Subcommittee."
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TRAINING ON REPRESENTING IMMIGRANT CHILDREN AND CHALLENGING UNLAWFUL ARRESTS
Representing Immigrant Children and Challenging Unlawful Arrests, El Paso, Texas-Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, February 20-22, 2002. Sponsored by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of Texas, and the University of Texas, El Paso, Center for Law and Border Studies. Register early and save money. $200 for full three day conference if registration is received by January 30, 2002.
To register by phone or for more information, contact the University of Texas, El Paso, Center for Law and Border Studies: Phone(915)747-8866 Fax: (915) 747-5538. The full conference agenda and registration information available on-line at: www.utep.edu/law/pages/immigrant.html. Texas and New Mexico CLE for attorneys available 0.6 CEU credits for social workers and counselors. Limited scholarship money available. For more information on scholarships, contact Sofia Munoz at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights: firstname.lastname@example.org, (915) 532-3370. Of particular importance post 9/11, this conference will address the issues related to immigration stops, arrests, suppression and detention, with the focus on children. For additional information: In El Paso, UTEP: 915-747-8866 Sofia Munoz, Lawyers Committee, email@example.com (915) 532-3370. In Dallas: Natalia Walter firstname.lastname@example.org, (214)559-4130.
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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