Rep. Smith Is At It Again
According to information in an article in the San Antonio Express News, it appears that Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) is about to re-inject himself into
the immigration debate. Apparently, he has been appointed to the newly
formed subcommittee on infrastructure and border security of the House
Select Committee on Homeland Security. Not surprisingly, in view of his
fervent anti-immigration views, he said that his eyes have been opened "to
the fact that we have to be just as vigilant on the southern border as we
are on the northern border ... You never know where individuals with
suspicious backgrounds are going to enter." Unlike most other
anti-immigration law-makers on Capitol Hill, Rep. Smith is brilliant at
parliamentary maneuvering and is an adept tactician who can run circles
around most of his pro-immigration colleagues in last-minute changes to
sabotage pro-immigration bills. If President Bush, and more broadly, the
Republican Party decide to get behind even limited pro-immigration
legislation in 2003-2004, they will find in Rep. Smith a formidable
obstacle to their best laid plans.
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Her Ordeal Is Over: An Asylum Chronicle
Christina B. LaBrie writes "it was clear that Mrs. Singh was mostly relieved – relieved that she would never have to testify again about what happened to her in India and relieved that her ordeal was finally over."
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DOS Seeks Educational Grant Proposals For Tunisia
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State sought proposals for educational partnerships programs for Tunisia. Foreign participants must be both qualified to receive U.S. J-1 visas and willing to travel to the US under the provisions of a J-1 visa during the exchange visits funded by this Program.
Rep. Turner Says Special Registration's Usefulness In Enforcing Immigration Laws Is Doubtful
During a debate in Congress, Rep. Turner (D-TX) said, "I think it is important that we look at the entry/exit
system which is not designed to prevent individuals from entering or leaving the US, it simply makes a record of their entry and
exit. It is doubtful that it has much utility in enforcing our immigration laws."
Rep. Tancredo Speaks On Immigration
Rep. Tancredo (R-CO) spoke on the issue of porous borders and the problem with lax immigration laws, and what happens to the US and in the US as a result of those porous borders during a House of Representatives session.
DOJ Inspector General Testifies On Border Security
Inspector General Fine of the Department of Justice addressed border security and related immigration issues before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the US. During his testimony, he said, "...We believe that an enhanced focus on border security must not override these important [immigration benefit-related] responsibilities."
DOJ Inspector General Testifies Before Congress On SEVIS
Inspector General Fine of the Department of Justice appeared before the House Subcommittee on Immigration to testify about the implementation of the foreign student tracking system, the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, or SEVIS.
Domestic Battery Is A Crime Of Violence Under USSG 2L1.2
In US v. Alvarenga-Silva, No. 02-3434 (7th Cir. Apr. 3, 2003), the court said that Petitioner's prior crime of domestic battery was a crime of violence under USSG 2L1.2, and that to qualify as a crime of violence, it was enough that the offense either fell under the general definition in the first subsection or was included among the enumerated offenses in the second subsection under USSG 2L1.2.
Patriot Act II Legislation Is Questioned
The Daily Nonpareil of Council Bluffs, Iowa reports "There are concerns among legislators and civil rights groups that the proposed [Patriot Act II] legislation will be whisked into law as a 'stealth bill,' meaning it could be proposed at a time of grave concern over national security and rushed into law with minimal debate."
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