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Immigration Daily November 17, 2006
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In Memorium

Few names in immigration law are as well known as that of Steven C. Bell. As co-author with Austin T. Fragomen, Jr. of a large number of important reference books, Mr. Bell's name graces practically every immigration lawyer's library. Immigration Daily notes with regret his untimely death in a car accident. Immigration Daily received the following obituary notice.

The law firm of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, mourns the death of its longtime friend and colleague, Steven C. Bell, on November 14, 2006, at age 55. Steve was an attorney and a prolific writer and speaker on U.S. immigration issues. He was co-author, with Austin T. Fragomen, Jr., of numerous highly regarded publications in the field, including the Immigration Procedures Handbook, the H-1B Handbook, Immigration Law and Business, and the Labor Certification Handbook (Thomson West). He was a longtime member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and a graduate of New York University Law School and the University of Pennsylvania. Early in his career, he was an associate with the firm, before turning to writing full time.

Steve was also involved in the cause of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights. He most recently served as a dedicated volunteer at the Ali Forney Center, a nonprofit agency providing housing, outreach, medical and psychological care, and other services to homeless gay and lesbian youths.

The firm sends its condolences to Steve's sister and brother-in-law, Cynthia and Russell Thompson, and nieces Amy and Alyssa.

In the many immigration professionals who rely on his books everyday, Steven C. Bell's legacy will live on.

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A Proposal For An Alien Worker Tax
Frank E. Howard writes "The present system provides little protection for U.S. workers seeking the jobs which are offered to aliens."


Border Security: Barriers Along The US International Border
The Congressional Research Service issued a report analyzing the barriers that are currently being constructed and maintained along the border by the USBP, including historical and future cost estimates and the policy issues involved.


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Immigration Event - Chicago, IL
"What You Should Know About Workplace Enforcement and Immigration" will feature nationally prominent speakers and focus on U.S. employers and their role in immigration compliance. November 20, 2006, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Northwestern University School of Law, Thorne Auditorium, Arthur Rubloff Building, 375 E. Chicago, IL. For more information and registration, see here. Cosponsors: The Federal Bar Association, Chicago Chapter and The Immigration Policy Center at the American Immigration Law Foundation. ILW.COM is pleased to be a media sponsor for this event.


Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: (300-words or fewer preferred). Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence, available in our archives.

Dear Editor:
I completely disagree with Mr. Fleischer's comments (11/15/06 ID). If the US opens its borders for a flood of legal immigrants it creates an accessible pool of cheap foreign labor that will undoubtedly take away American jobs and it should not be allowed. This may be what a good legislator does, as Mr. Fleisher's letter states, but for the benefit of Mexicans and the immigration lawyers who represent them.


Dear Editor:
Responding to David Murray's featurd article "One More Infringement On Freedom" (11/16/06 ID Article), well done and well said.

Dave Anderson
Gainesville, GA

Dear Editor:
Richard Fleisher's letter (11/16/06 ID) opines that an increase in the amount of visa numbers to become a legal permanent resident through the employment categories will control illegal immigration. His letter further states that an increase in workers to come to the US legally will not hurt the US workers. His letter indicates that foreign workers are not taking away US workers' jobs. The above opinions do not seem to be agreeable. If it is so, there should not be any unemployed USCs and LPRs now. In fact, hundreds of thousands of USCs and LPRs have been suffering hardships because of being unemployed, and that foreign workers are making USCs and LPRs unemployed. A good legislator should protect American workers' jobs first.


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