Weekly September 25, 2000
Arthur L. Zabenko, Editor
Nina Manchanda, Assistant Editor
Marc Ellis, Chat Transcripts Editor
Note from the Editors:
Immigrant's Weekly is not
about immigration law, but about the immigrant experience.
What led up to your decision to move to a new country?
Was it for a better job? A better education? To be with
your spouse? What problems did you encounter? How did
you decide which possessions to take and which to leave?
What did you family and friends say? Did they encourage
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did you find when you arrived? Was it as you expected,
or nothing like you expected? Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Action on H-1Bs
INS has provided statistics on the employers
hiring the most H-1B workers and the characteristics
of H-1B workers for the periods October
1999 until February 2000, and May 1998 to July 1999.
Congress seems finally ready to take some action on H-1Bs.
Washington Post on the hardship of a family which
has exhausted the six-year limit on H-1B status.
Separates Mother, Child
Oregonian reports that on July 17, Portland INS officers
detained the spouse of a US citizen. A day later, INS
officers abruptly separated her from the daughter she
was breast-feeding, handcuffed and chained her. On July
20 she was removed from the US without her daughter
and barred for 10 years.
Clinton Comments on H-1B's
the President's remarks at the dedication of the Gandhi
memorial, the President commented on why he believed
Congress would increase the number of H-1B visas.
of the Week
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for you to share your favorite recipes with other visitors
to the site. Do you have a favorite dish you prepare to
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you could not find? Submit your recipes to email@example.com.
Each week we'll bring you the most taste-tempting, mouth-watering
recipes we receive.
would be very grateful if you would publicize my online
petition in favor of Senator Feinstein's bill to reduce
As you are aware, anyone applying for a green card and
eventual citizenship must jump through a seemingly never-ending
series of hoops and at every stage there is an enormous
and explosively growing backlog of unprocessed cases.
For example at the Phoenix INS office there is a backlog
of 52 months for adjustment of status, and the backlog
is growing by 16 months every year! Phoenix is by no
means the busiest INS office, so the problem is obviously
due to inefficiency and poor procedures rather than
The INS as a whole has seen its budget triple to $4
billion and its manpower increase by 15000 since 1992,
yet the service it offers to legal immigrants is abysmally
low and getting worse all the time. Throwing money at
the agency will not fix it! This is why Feinstein's
bill is significant - it earmarks additional funds for
reducing backlogs, and also requires the INS to draw
up an action plan to improve its efficiency and procedures
before it can access the funds.
The petition can be viewed at: http://www.petitiononline.com/s2586
Thank you in advance for your help.
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