The author of a letter to the editor wrote that he attempted to send an e-mail to the address in the Federal Register announcement about the INS's Data Management Improvement
Act of 2000 (DMIA) Task Force to be Wednesday, February 20, 2002. The e-mail was rejected as "address is unrecognized." We tried, and received the same response. We called the phone number listed and spoke to a very helpful Ms. Logan who informed us that the correct e-mail address is Deborah.Hemmes@usdoj.gov. It would be out of character if we failed to point out the irony of a non-working e-mail address in an announcement about a data management improvement task force.
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Driving Through Checkpoint Not Accidental
In Nyirenda v. INS, No. 01-1851 (8th Cir. Feb. 6, 2002), the court found that when Petitioner drove through a border checkpoint, setting off a siren, and continued two miles down the road before being pulled over she had made an entry into the US, and found there was substantial evidence to support the finding that she had not driven through the checkpoint accidentally. The court has made available the Appellant's brief and Appellee's brief.
Motion Denied to Withdraw Guilty Plea Made before LIFE Act
The court in US v. Solis-Muela, No. 01-8033 (10th Cir. Feb. 5, 2002), determined that it was not an abuse of discretion for the District court to deny a motion to withdraw a plea of guilty to being a deported alien found in the US without the permission of the attorney general where the plea had been made before the LIFE Act's extension of 245(i) so that Defendant might pursue and application for immigration benefits.
INS Reminder on Fee Increases
The INS has issued an advisory to remind the public of fee increases effective February 19, 2002, and a chart of the new fees.
Oversight Hearing on the EOIR
The House Subcommittee on Immigration oversight hearing on "The Operations of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)" included a statement from Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, and testimony from Michael Heilman, Lauren Mathon, Kevin Rooney, and Stephen Yale-Loehr.
Rep. Bereuter Wants Strong Student Visa System
Rep. Bereuter commends to his colleagues an editorial entitled "Loosey Goosey Borders IV," and remarks that "even with the strictest possible enforcement of visa controls, the system will always be susceptible to visa fraud. However, that does not mean that the US should throw up its hands in surrender and throw open its borders."
Senate Immigration Subcommittee Meeting on Refugees
The Senate Subcommittee on Immigration is scheduled to meet February 12, 2002, at 3:00 p.m. to hold hearings to examine issues surrounding the US Refugee Program.
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Immigration in the Press
Data Show Shoddy Due Process for Post-Sept. 11 Immigration Detainees
According to an article from the New Jersey Law Journal on Law.com, the INS has released documentary evidence showing that the handling of Muslims arrested on immigration charges after September 11 has been fraught with delay and sloppy bookkeeping and that due process was shortchanged following intervention of the FBI's Strategic Information and Operations Center.
Letters to the Editor
I read the "Editor's Comments" in the Feb. 6th edition of Immigration Daily. The comment was made that... "Congress is back in session, but so far has been turning its attention to national security, the economy and Enron instead of considering immigration issues." To me, it seems that national security and the economy are "bound up" with the immigration issue. As the letters to this website indicate, people who have a position on the immigration issue - whether in favor of the present levels or in favor of reducing immigration - believe it has an impact on the economy, whether positive or negative.
Also, contrary to some pronouncements, our borders are not much more secure than they were on 9/11/01. I recently saw a discussion on a news station in which a Mexican official said that an average of about 1,000 illegal aliens cross the border every day. If that many illegal aliens can make it through, so can terrorists. Until our borders are under control, no one can honestly say that we have achieved "national security."
John H. Frecker
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