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Immigrant's Weekly September 18, 2000
Arthur L. Zabenko, Editor
Nina Manchanda, Assistant Editor
Marc Ellis, Chat Transcripts Editor
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A Note from the Editors:
Congress is in session for a short time before adjourning to hit the campaign trail. Now is the time to contact your representatives and let them know your opinion on immigration matters. You do not have to be a citizen to contact the government and your voice matters. Contact your Representative and Senators. Also use your telephone and make your voice heard:

Congressional Switchboard 202 224-3121
White House Switchboard 202 456-1414
Bush Campaign 615 340-2000
Gore Campaign 512 637-2000

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Amended Schedule of Fees for Consular Services for I-864, AOS
Effective October 1, 2000, there will be a new $50.00 fee for filing an I-864, Affidavit of Support, at consulates.


Scams Target Newest Immigrants
The Orange County Register reports that immigrants are paying thousands of dollars to brokers and scam artists who promise to help immigrants but provide no service. Immigrants are easy prey for shady consultants because of the long waits involved in the process and illegal aliens often have not way to become legal. The article offers a list of legitimate organizations that can help immigrants with their immigration problems.


Immigrant Women and Abuse
National Public Radio's All Things Considered reports on domestic violence faced by immigrant women whose husbands control their wives immigration status in the US. The article includes an audio link to interviews with women who are working their way out of violent relationships as well as information on the social agencies of "Sakhi" and "Nav Nirmaan."


IIRIRA's Draconian Criminal Provisions
Cyrus D. Mehta, Esq. writes on the harsh provisions for immigrants with criminal convictions made part of the law by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA.).


Letters to the Editor

The following are in response to an article by Prof. Norman Matloff in the September 12, 2000 issue of the Washington Post.

Dear Editor
Mr. Matloff's article attempts to make a very simple deception: The H-1B program is misused by US employers who want to use cheap labor instead of more demanding US workers. The writer dismisses the safeguards that have been built into the H-1B law (the labor condition application). He says simply "The law requiring that H-1Bs be paid 'prevailing wage' is "riddled with loopholes," nor does he identify the loopholes. In fact, it is clear that he does not understand the prevailing wage regulations. For example, he criticizes an H-1B wage of $35,000 per year as being under the "national average for new computer science graduates," but the labor condition application is not built on the national average of wages -- it is built on the prevailing wage in a defined geographical area. More…

Therese L. Stewart,

Dear Editor
I was flattered to see my name in a publication so distinguished as the Washington Post, but surprised to see myself misquoted. I have never written an article or opinion about the H-1B program nor have I advocated that employers pay foreign workers less than US workers as implied in the Washington Post. On the contrary, all US Employers must pay aliens the prevailing wage as calculated by the US Department of Labor. Recent decisions have drawn these wage distinctions very strictly in favor of US workers and no deviations are permitted. The statement that American employers are inundated with applicants and resumes for high-tech jobs is patently untrue, and the characterization of H-1B workers as "indentured servants" from India, "underpaid" and "trapped" with their US employers, is fanciful hyperbole.

Joel Stewart
Attorney at Law
To the Editor:
Let me take exception to Professor Norman Matloff's "Taking Exception." In Tuesday's Post Professor Matloff attacked lifting the cap on H-1B visas. H-1B visas allow highly qualified foreign nationals to enter the United States to relieve the acute shortage of skilled professionals. Professor Matloff arguments are a chain of anecdotes that he does not support with hard data from public sources. More…

Irving J. Spitzberg,
Jr. President and Counsel
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