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Immigrant's Weekly September 25, 2000
Arthur L. Zabenko, Editor
Nina Manchanda, Assistant Editor
Marc Ellis, Chat Transcripts Editor
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A 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 you in your decision or beg you not to go? And what did you find when you arrived? Was it as you expected, or nothing like you expected? Write us at and let us know your immigrant experience.

Congressional Action on H-1Bs
The 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. The Washington Post on the hardship of a family which has exhausted the six-year limit on H-1B status.


INS Separates Mother, Child
The 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.


President Clinton Comments on H-1B's
During 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.

Recipe of the Week

Immigrant's Weekly is launching a new feature-Recipe of the Week. It is an opportunity for you to share your favorite recipes with other visitors to the site. Do you have a favorite dish you prepare to remind you of your home country when you are feeling particularly stressed or homesick? Have you found a new favorite dish in your new land? What substitutes have you used for ingredients you could not find? Submit your recipes to Each week we'll bring you the most taste-tempting, mouth-watering recipes we receive.

Dear Editor,

I would be very grateful if you would publicize my online petition in favor of Senator Feinstein's bill to reduce INS backlogs.

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 overwork.

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:
Thank you in advance for your help.
Hugh Dunne

This Week's Chat Schedule:
When Attorney
Mon, Sep 25
9:00 pm Eastern Time
Karen Meade , Esq.
Thu, Sep 28
9:00 pm Eastern Time
Kevin Levine , Esq.

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