Thanks, We Will Follow-Up
So far, three readers have sent us their ideas for contibuting money to aid
the relatives of the undocumented immigrants who perished in the 9/11
tragedy (provided that they have not already received anything from the
government). We will be following up on each suggestion, and are hopeful
that we will be able to identify a non-profit organization to whom we can
disburse funds. When that happy event occurs, we will be sure to let our
readers know. In the meanwhile, if anyone has additional suggestions than those that appear in Letters to the Editor today, please email us at email@example.com.
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The Perils Of Pragmatism: Outsourcing, Not The Cap, Is What America Should Fear
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Sen. Coleman Introduces Private Bill
Sen. Coleman (R-MN) introduced a private bill supporting permanent residency status for Tchisou Tho.
EOIR Suspends 2 Attorneys, Issues Final Orders Of Discipline For 2 Other Attys In Latest Disciplinary Actions
The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) of the Department of Justice has taken disciplinary action against four attorneys after charging them with violations of the rules of professional conduct for immigration practitioners.
BCIS Clarifies Position On Adjudicating Applications For Citizenship Under INA Section 322
A memorandum from the Acting Associate Director, at the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to all BCIS service center directors, regional directors, district directors, and officers-in-charge clarifies the BCIS's position on the effect of a grandparent's death on naturalization under INA Section 322.
Diplomatic Visa Entry Denied On Security Grounds
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8 CFR 3.2(d) Trumps 8 CFR 3.2(a)
In Navarro-Miranda v. Ashcroft, No. 01-60945 con. w/02-60126 (5th Cir. Apr. 8, 2003), the court said that the Board of Immigration Appeal's (BIA) construction of 8 CFR 3.2(d) as overriding 8 CFR 3.2(a) which led it to the conclusion that it lacked jurisdiction to reopen the removal proceedings of a deported alien was a reasonable agency interpretation.
No Persecution Where No Connection Exists Between Actions Against Ukranian Asylee Applicants And Ukranian Government Officials
In Lebid v. Ashcroft, No. 02-2576 (3rd Cir. May. 8, 2003), the court said that "although the family was the target of harrassment and vandalism and the May 20, 1993 assault and the June 1990 dog attack apparently were serious crimes, this course of conduct was not sufficiently egregious to constitute past persecution or to give rise to a well-founded fear of persecution in the future" and also said that "there was a lack of the necessary connection between the harrassment and vandalism actions against Petitioner and Ukranian government officials."
District Court Lacks Jurisdiction To Hear Mandamus Action Against BIA
In Bhatt v. BIA, No. 02-1803 (7th Cir. May. 12, 2003), the court said that "for all practical purposes, however, Petitioner's mandamus action to compel the BIA to reconsider its decision is no different from an appeal from the BIA's decision to adjudicate, or in this case, not to adjudicate, his motion to reconsider", and that the district court lacked jurisdiction.
Habeas Corpus, Where Art Thou?
A United Press International op-ed piece says "If you believe in the very first sentence of the very first law ever declared in the United States, then there's no way you can be opposed to immigration."
Bryan INS Raid Jury Selection Begins
The Houston Chronicle reports "Jury selection began today in the trial of three agents of the Immigration and Naturalization Service charged with violating the civil rights of an illegal immigrant who died after a raid in which his family says he was beaten and denied timely medical care."
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Letters to the Editor
Congratulations for donating to AILF and so many other non-profits during
this recession. Non-responsive answer to your request for names of non-profits available to
aide 9/11 victim's families who have not been compensated, not with an
heart, but rather because I am not currently aware of the names of such
non-profits organizations. In the event you are maintaining a list of deserving non-profits for the
remainder of your contribution or for future contributions, the
possibilities are endless. Two more non-profits providing and supporting substantial pro
bono and low cost legal assistance in their communities to immigrants
include: the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, 310 Fourth Avenue
South, Suite 1000, Minneapolis, MN 55415 (Immigrant and Refugee Project); and the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, 193 East Robie Street, St. Paul, MN
55107 (Volunteer Lawyer's Walk-in Clinic and other services).
Editor's Note: As to the funds remaining from the 9/11 seminar, a shortlist of organizations was prepared last year based on suggestions from the 350+ attendees of that seminar. However, we do intend to take actions in assisting not-for-profit projects/institutions in the immigration law field in the future. Any information sent to us in this connection will be carefully reviewed. Thank you for your comments.
In response to your Editor's Comments, please contact Rev. Peter Laarman, Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012. He is an administrator of a fund for workers in hotels and restaurants who lost their jobs due to 9/11, many of them undocumented. This is specific to the New York City WTC workers; there is another fund administered by the Hotel Employees, Restaurant Employees union (HERE) which targets workers nationwide.
Editor's Note: Please see Editor's Comments above.
In response to your Editor's Comments, I believe Associacion Tepeyac in New York has been doing a lot of work with
undocumented victims/survivors of 9/11. I am not sure of their contact
information, but Ben Ross of the NY Immigration Coalition would know about
this group and others in the NY area.
Lara Jayasanker, Catholic Migration Office Staff Attorney
Editor's Note: Please see Editor's Comments above.
In response to your Editor's Comments, the International Institute of Akron's Immigration Department would try to help free of charge any of the victims families who live in NE Ohio.
Editor's Note: Please see Editor's Comments above.
For all the good it will do, let me point out once again, that we have been
there and done that amnesty thing. Remember the 1986 amnesty
law? I recall hearing how much better off the US would be when illegals
were "out of the shadows" and we could track them as
well as finally control our borders. Well, someone forgot to tell the
illegals that we are in control because they continue to pour
across our borders like there is no tomorrow. Why wouldn't they? Anyone
with any sense should have known (and probably did if
they would be honest) that rewarding people for breaking the law just
encourages more people to break that law in hopes of someday
getting the same reward. Unfortunately, if the bleeding heart liberals get
their way, that is exactly what will happen. When does it
It is time that Congress as well as the President hear from those of us who
believe that right is right and the idea of another
amnesty simply isn't right. There should be rewards for those who follow
the rules and enter legally and there should be no rewards
for those who choose to break the law. Anything less than a firm policy
that upholds the immigration laws will just bring us back to
this seemingly endless debate in another few years. Those who refuse to
learn from history are doomed to repeat it, this has
certainly proven true with the amnesty argument, it didn't work in 1986 and
it won't work now.
Do you have any idea when the California Service Center will begin processing H1B petitions again? They haven't done any since Oct-Nov 2002.
James W. Hawkins
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