Rep. Serrano (D-NY) will reportedly offer an amendment to the "must-pass" fiscal 2002 emergency supplemental appropriations bill for a permanent extension of 245(i) when the House Appropriations Committee meets on Tuesday, May 14th. There is apparently considerable opposition to this idea. Reportedly, the Senate Bill (S. 2493) for an extension of 245(i) up to April 30, 2003 is what many Democrats are pinning their hopes on. It may ultimately come down to whether President Bush is able to sway members of his party in the House.
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INS Issues Interpretation On Law Extending H-1B Status Beyond Six Years
Cyrus D. Mehta writes about a recent INS explanation of its policy for those seeking one-year increments of H-1B status beyond the statutory six-year cap.
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Punishment Of Family Member For Crime Committed By Another Family Member Is Punishment On Account Of Membership In Family
In Chen v. Ashcroft, No. 99-71546 (9th Cir. May 13, 2002), the court held that punishment by the People's Republic of China of the Petitioner for a crime committed by his mother is punishment on account of membership in the family, and granted the Petition for Review of an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals denying Petitioner's application for asylum and withholding of deportation.
Intrastate Transportation Of Controlled Substance Is Aggravated Felony
In USA v. Valencia-Chacon, No. 01-2756 (3rd Cir. May 10, 2002), the court held that intrastate transportation of methamphetamine in violation of the California Health and Safety Code was an aggravated felony.
Commission On Civil Rights Meets In Jacksonville
The US Commission on Civil Rights will be briefed on immigration and Title VI allegations of discrimination in Jacksonville, during a meeting planned there for May 30th.
INS Asks Asylees With Pending Adjustment Filed Before June 1998 To Call
INS announced that asylees who filed adjustment of status applications on or before June 9, 1998, and have not received a decision regarding their adjustment application, should contact INS at 1-800-375-5283 to ensure that the agency has a record of their current address and check on the status of their case.
Sen. Kennedy Introduces Bill For Cultural Exchange With Islamic World
Sen. Kennedy (D-MA) introduced the Cultural Bridges Act "to promote the national security of the United States
through international educational and cultural exchange programs
between the United States and the Islamic world."
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Qwest Criticized For Using Indian Software Workers
The Rocky Mountain News reported on Qwest (which purchased US West - a Baby Bell), which reportedly used 2,000 H-1B numbers and quoted a spokesman for the company saying "there are times the work can be done faster and more cost effectively by people outside the company, whether they're U.S. citizens or Indian."
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