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Letters to the Editor
The Immigration Daily's Dec. 9th title article, makes a well-taken point, but mistakenly assumes that the Secret Service only recently gained
blanket arrest power. The Secret Service are allowed to detain a person for
being in the same room as a protected person. They can hold a person in
custody essentially indefinitely, or at least until a writ of mandamus
issues. They are permitted to do so long as it is reasonably related to
protecting their charge. This was old law back when I was in law school,
though it came as a shock to most of us, and was even in the news a few
times during the Clinton administration and added grist to the mill of the
black helicopters crowd.
University of Virginia Law School, Class of 1997
The Iran - United States Claims Tribunal decision (appearing on Jay Smith's website, a George Washington University assistant professor of political science and international affairs), shows
that the US Government has taken a definition of "national" in the case
of dual nationals that is expressly contrary to the position the government
took in their Special Registration regulations.
Angelo A. Paparelli, Esq.
New York, NY
As a daily reader of the Immigration Daily, I have noticed in
the past month or so that everytime I attempt to enter your site to read
further information, the Netscape Browser shuts down.
I am able to enter using Internet Explorer, however, even on the same PC.
I have attempted to gain access from several different PCs using Netscape
and each time the shutdown occurs.
Is your site now dedicated to IE only?
I enjoy receiving Immigration Daily. You're
doing a great job.
Henry Barber, Supervisory Immigration Officer
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
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