On March 10, 2002, the CBS news program 60 Minutes carried a story on the INS titled "INS Vigilance Under Fire." The piece focused on some of the more sensational INS failures of recent years. While a few INS employees were singled out for criticism, the overall tone was that the agency is staffed by good people, as Jose Latour pointed out in a recent article, who sincerely want to do a good job but are prevented from doing so by the endemic problems at the agency. INS Commissioner Ziglar felt the piece merited an explanation that the story focused on "on past OIG findings regarding INS cases is a look back in time rather than a look at what we've learned and where we're going." The story may have left many of our family, friends and neighbors shocked and asking if things at the INS are really that bad. Unfortunately, the answer, sometimes, is yes.
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Second Lawsuit Challenges Closed Immigration Hearings
Carl R. Baldwin writes about another lawsuit challenging Chief Immigration Judge Creppy's memorandum regarding closing immigration hearing to the public.
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INS Custody Excuses Failure to File for Asylum
In In re Y-C- 23 I & N Dec. (BIA 2002) the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) ruled that an unaccompanied minor who was in the custody of the INS pending removal proceedings during the 1-year period following his arrival in the US established extraordinary circumstances that excused his failure to file an asylum application within 1 year after the date of his arrival.
INS Commissioner Comments on "60 Minutes" Story
According to INS Commissioner Ziglar the "'60 Minutes' story on past OIG findings regarding INS cases is a look back in time rather than a look at what we've learned and where we're going."
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Immigration in the Press
INS Vigilance Under Fire
According to CBSNews.com a veteran INS inspector told 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft that database disruptions are a routine occurrence, and supervisors give the orders to continue processing aliens.
A Watershed in the US-Mexico Migration Debate
According to World Press Review, until September 11, the US debate about migratory reforms centered on the impact of immigrants on the economy, particularly of unemployed and unschooled workers in the agricultural and service sectors that employ temporary immigrants whether documented or not. After September 11, the debate shifted to the need to control the borders as a measure of national security—and to ensure that fewer immigrants enter.
Letters to the Editor
Section 245(i) is a smokescreen for document fraud. A tremendous number of the clients that I deal with, especially those not from Canada or Mexico, who claim to have entered without inspection are lying. The truth is that they entered with a fake passport and a fake visa. Section 245(i) encourages fraud because any misrepresentations at the time of entry are easily concealed at the adjustment interview under the umbrella of "entry without inspection." Lets keep the debate honest, except for Canada and Mexico, the term "entry without inspection" is just a euphemism for document fraud. Do we really believe that people who used a fake passport to come to this country are suddenly going to become honest people because their are now on American soil? Of course not. In fact, experience has shown that people who claim to have entered without inspection are much more likely to engage in other types of immigration fraud, including marriage fraud and fraud in employment based cases. I can say from my own observation, the quality of immigrant who adjusts their status under 245(i) is lower than the quality of person who comes to this country through consular processing.
In his recent letter, Dr. Baer referred to my comment about encouraging the formation of "voting blocs," originally his term. I certainly believe in the right of US citizens of Hispanic descent to express their views, all 22.3 million of them--just as I believe in MY right to do so. Or of any other person or ethnic or racial bloc to do so....
What I object to is when the supposed interests of those blocs come at the expense of social cohesion and equal opportunity for everyone.
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CONFERENCE ON IMMIGRATION LAW
The second annual New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) Seminar that will be run in conjunction with AILA on Wednesday March 20, 2002, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Gateway Hilton in Newark, New Jersey. Speakers include:
Dolores DeHaan, Betty Manfredonia, Paul Novak, Andrea Quarantillo, Susan Rauffer and William Yates. For details click here.
BUSINESS IMMIGRATION SEMINAR
"WHAT GOES UP, MUST COME DOWN!" A Business Immigration Seminar specifically designed for Corporate
Immigration Personnel and Immigration Attorneys. Thursday, April 11, 2002, from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cadence Design Systems, Inc. - The Pebble Beach Room 2655 Seely Avenue (near River Oak Drive), Bldg. #5, San Jose, CA. For details and registration form click here.
LEGAL TRAINING SEMINAR
The Midwest Legal Immigration Project is continuing its endeavor to provide basic immigration legal training to attorneys and paralegals practicing immigration law, or who wish to begin the practice of immigration law. Our next intensive week long basic legal immigration training seminar is scheduled for May 13-17, 2002, at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Des Moines. The seminar is co-sponsored by the Immigration Legal Resource Center of San Francisco. Successful graduates will receive assistance in applying for BIA accreditation if they wish. The seminar is accredited for 30 hours of CLE and 2 hours ethics for attorneys. The Marriott Hotel is offering sharply discounted rooms for $49/night plus tax. Call 1-800-228-9290 for room reservations and mention the immigration legal training seminar. For more information, call Jim Benzoni at 515-271-5730; fax 515-271-5757; or e-mail email@example.com.
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