Many immigration lawyers are finding out that the Special Registration is a
cruel joke on their clients, and on the lawyers, too. The theory behind
Special Registration is that the more the government knows about
immigrants, the greater the likelihood of finding the few terrorists hiding
among innocent immigrants, thereby increasing our nation's security.
However, the people getting caught in the Special Registration dragnet are
for the most part people with technical problems with their status, for
which they are being detained and treated harshly. For example, 245(i)
beneficiaries find themselves imprisoned when they go to register, often
times upon advice of counsel. Lawyers look like chumps when they are forced
to tell their clients - yes, the law requires that you register, but if you
do, you could be imprisoned, I cannot say what will happen if you do go to
register. Late registration raises the same scenario for lawyers. The list
of countries will likely steadily be expanded, and we believe that
eventually all immigrants will likely be required to register. The climate of fear
created by Special Registration will gradually drive immigrants
underground, away from their lawyers and into the arms of the charlatans
who dupe the oppressed. If it were not so cruel, it would be hilarious that
some at the DOJ seriously believe that a terrorist will step forward and be
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HHS Launches Nationwide Physician J Waiver Program
Gregory Siskind and Karen Weinstock write about the recently launched US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Program largely designed to replace the national waiver program operated for several years by the US Department of Agriculture.
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ETA Announces H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant Procedures
The Employment and Training Administration of The Department Of Labor announced the procedures that eligible entities must use to apply for grant applications for H-1B technical skills training grants.
H-2A Compliance Review Checklist From DOL
The Employment Standards Administration Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor released an H-2A Compliance Review Checklist.
Government Motion Not Required To Support Downward Departure
In US v. Jauregui, No. 02-1430 (8th Cir. Jan. 3, 2003), the court said that the district court's grant of a four-level downward departure on the grounds of the Defendant's waiver of administrative deportation proceedings was not an abuse of discretion even though the government did not join in the motion for downward departure.
Termination Of Removal Hearing Without Presentation Of Most Favorable Testimony Is Due Process Violation
In Kerciku v. INS, No. 02-1948 (7th Cir. Jan. 3, 2003), the court said that the Petitioners' due process rights were violated because the Immigration Judge deprived them of a meaningful opportunity to be heard when he terminated their removal hearing without allowing them to present their most favorable testimony.
2241 Habeas Review Does Not Encompass Factual Or Discretionary Issues
In Ugarte-Salas v. Crocetti, Jr., No. 02-7010 (4th Cir. Jan. 3, 2003), the court said in the Petitioner's challenge of the Board of Immigration Appeals decision, he failed to show that the proceedings improperly denied his 212(c) application for relief.
Native Country Condition Pushes Immigrants Here
The Denver Post reports on why undocumented immigrants make their way north.
Registration And Deportation Do Not Mix
The San Jose Mercury News reports "With a deadline less than a week away,
immigrant community leaders say they're worried that visitors from
Afghanistan, Lebanon and 11 other countries may not register as part of a
new national security program because they fear they'll be detained or
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When if ever is there going to be any justice to those of us, US
citizens who have waited 6, 8, 10 years, going through all the legal
processes, waiting for our married adult children to be able to join us
in the US. We have assets 10 times+, we both work, and yet the wait
gets longer and longer while more and more illegals are one way or another
allowed into the US, allowed to stay in the US while we who are US citizens
wait forever for our married children who are in England are allowed to
come to the US. Petitions approved take upwards of nearly 6 years, while the
priority dates continue to either not move or further regress.
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