President Bush appointments to the newly formed Department of Homeland Security. Michael J. Garcia, currently the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement at the Department of Commerce, is to be the INS Acting Commissioner at the Department of Justice following INS Commissioner Ziglar's upcoming departure and Asa Hutchinson has been nominated by President Bush as Undersecretary for Border and Transportation Security.
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That "Special Registration" Mess
Jose Latour writes about the recent INS action designating citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, the Sudan, and Syria as subject to "special registration and monitoring and the complications it is causing for clients of immigration attorneys.
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Immigration Law News
EOIR List of Suspended and Expelled Practitioners
The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) provided an updated list of practitioners suspended or expelled from practice before the Immigration Courts.
INS Acting Commissioner Lauded By Atty Gen Ashcroft
In a statement referring to President Bush's intention to designate Michael Garcia as INS Acting Commissioner following INS Commissioner Ziglar's departure on November 30, 2002, Attorney General Ashcroft said, "...Mr. Garcia is one of America's top terrorism prosecutors and will lead tough enforcement of our immigration laws to protect Americans from terrorism and secure our homeland."
Atty Gen Ashcroft Applauds Asst Secy Hutchinson Nomination For Bureau Of Border And Transportation Security
On President Bush's announcement of his intention to nominate Asa Hutchinson as Undersecretary for Border and Transportation Security of the Homeland Security Department, Attorney General Ashcroft said, "...While we at the Justice Department are losing a great leader, we are confident that his experience, leadership and dedication will benefit the new Homeland Security Department and the nation. I thank him for his excellent service and wish him success in this new challenge of securing our borders and transportation infrastructure."
Migration & Border Control Are The Agenda For Secretary Powell's Mexico Trip
In remarks en route to Mexico City, Secretary Powell said, "We’re not dragging our feet, we are just facing certain realities that I will discuss with the Foreign Secretary. We are going to move quickly in this whole visa issue."
President Announces INS Acting Commissioner
President Bush announced he intends to designate Michael J. Garcia, currently the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement at the Department of Commerce, to be the INS Acting Commissioner at the Department of Justice.
Department Of Homeland Security Reorg Plan
The White House released the Department of Homeland Security reorganization plan including its immigration components.
Statute Of Limitations Is Not Fair And Just Reason For Withdrawal Of Guilty Plea When Alien's Use Of Aliases Prevents INS From Becoming Aware Of Unlawful Presence
In US v. Soriano-Hernandez, No. 01-2789 (8th Cir. Nov. 26, 2002), the court said that since Defendant did not raise a statute of limitations defense at the time he pleaded guilty to illegal reentry after deportation,
he waived the defense, and said that at the time of his prior arrests in
1992 and 1993, Defendant used aliases which prevented the INS from
discovering his illegal presence, and because the INS did not become aware
of his presence in the US until June 30, 2000, the five year statute of
limitations had not expired when Defendant was indicted on August 16, 2000,
and therefore the district court did not abuse its discretion when it
determined that Defendant's failure to raise the statute of limitations
defense was not a fair and just reason for the withdrawal of his plea.
Non Provision Of Written Conditions Of Supervised Release Is Merely Technical Violation
In US v. Ortega-Brito, No. 02-50114 (9th Cir. Nov. 26, 2002), the court said that even though Defendant did not receive a written copy of
the conditions of his supervised release for illegal reentry after
deportation from both the district court and the probation officer, this
was at most a technical violation, and that he did receive actual notice
during a dialog with the sentencing judge.
Cabinet-Level Meeting With Mexico On Migration And Other Issues
The Associated Press reports "Mexican President Vicente Fox, insisting that
Mexicans in the United States pose no terror threat, called for high-level
discussions to give legal status to at least some of the more than 4
million undocumented Mexicans living north of the border."
Former Terrorism Prosecutor Will Be Acting INS Commissioner
WFTV in Orlando, FL reports "Michael Garcia, a former federal prosecutor
who specialized in terrorism cases, will serve as Acting Commissioner of
the Immigration and Naturalization Service beginning Saturday, the Justice
Department announced Monday."
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