Goodbye INS, Welcome BCIS
On March 1st, INS will cease to exist. Its services and benefits functions
will be taken over by BCIS - the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration
Services - at the DHS. BCIS has issued a "Welcome" brochure that has answers to Frequently Asked Questions on this new entity. With
former INS functions now being scattered all over the new DHS, there are a
host of new acronyms and leaders that immigration attorneys must now
familiarize themselves with:
- BCBP - Bureau of Customs and Border Protection - led by Robert Bonner, Commissioner of Customs
- BICE - Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement - led by Michael Garcia, acting Commisioner of INS
- BCIS - Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services - led by Eduardo Aguirre, former Vice-Chair of the Ex-Im Bank
- CISO - Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman - not yet appointed
As we have previously remarked, the INS's website is well-designed and
easy-to-use, thanks in no small part to the INS Web Manager - Gregg Beyer.
We are glad to note that much of the current INS site will survive the
transition under a new moniker at BCIS. We understand that the
look-and-feel of the new BCIS site will stay largely the same as the
current INS website.
A time of change is a time for hope. Here's wishing BCBP, BICE, BCIS and
the yet-to-be-constituted CISO the best!
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Immigration Law News
DOS Requests Educational Grant Proposals
The Department of State announced an open competition for the Partners in Education (PiE) Program. Programs must comply with J-1 visa regulations.
Garment Factory Owner Convicted In Largest Human Trafficking Case Prosecuted By the DOJ
Attorney General Ashcroft commended the verdict, and said, "The defendants in this case exploited over 200 Vietnamese and Chinese workers in what amounted to nothing less than modern-day slavery. We are pleased with the jury's verdict and we thank them for their careful deliberation in this case."
New DHS Deputy Secretary Says Nation Is At War With Third Ism Of His Lifetime
During congressional testimony of his nomination to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Honorable Gordon England said, "Our nation is at war with the third "ism" of my lifetime. It took a World War to defeat fascism and a Cold War to defeat communism. Now we are at war with terrorism."
New Bureau Of Citizenship And Immigration Services To Become Effective 3/1
The Department of Homeland Security's new Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) formerly welcomed everyone and said that "While our name has changed, the way you apply for services and benefits, obtain forms, information and assistance will not change."
Deport All From Nations Which Breed Terror
An opinion column on SierraTimes.com says "Our immigration policy needs to
focus on not only where someone is from, but also why he wants to be here.
Government Says After 9/11 Nobody Has Any Rights
Newsday of Long Island, New York reports on the expedited removal of a
member of Parliament in the UK, during which abusive procedure, an security
official reportedly remarked "After 9/11, nobody has any rights."
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