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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
January 26, 2001
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Federal Register News of the Day

Albania Exchange Program for Business Education
The Office of Global Educational Programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the Department of State announces an open competition for an assistance award for a J-1 program to develop and strengthen university-level business management education in Albania.

J-1 Junior Faculty Development Program
The Office of Academic Exchange Programs/European Programs Branch of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for the J-1 Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP). In addition to Russia, candidates will be recruited from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Cases of the Day

Court Finds No Equitable Estoppel or Exceptional Circumstances
In Rojas-Reynoso v. INS, No.00-1611, (1st Cir. Dec. 21, 2000), the court upheld the Immigration Judge's ("IJ's") and the Board of Immigration Appeals's ("BIA's") denial of the Petitioner's motion to reopen deportation proceedings. The court found that the Petitioner did not establish an equitable estoppel claim to excuse his failure to depart by his scheduled date of voluntary departure nor did his alleged excuse for failure to timely depart constitute the "exceptional circumstances." The court has corrected the errata in the Dec. 21, 2000, decision.

Asylum for Chinese Student Demonstrator
In Lin v. INS, No. 00-1849 (3rd Cir. Jan. 24, 2001), the court reversed the Immigration Judge ("IJ") and Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA") and granted asylum and withholding of deportation to a Chinese student who participated in marches in Fujian province in 1989.

No Waiver for Cocaine Conviction
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The court in Marquez-Perez v. INS, No. 99-4041 (8th Cir. Jan. 25, 2001), rejected petitioner's appeal that a discretionary waiver was a violation of the right to equal protection because nonpermanent residents could apply while permanent residents could not on the the bases that his conviction to distribute cocaine rendered him ineligible in any case.

Substantial Evidence Supports Denial of Asylum
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In Castillo v. INS, No. 99-4100 (8th Cir. Jan. 25, 2001), the court agreed with the Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA") that threatening letters and visits from unidentified people seeking Petitioner's grandfather did not constitute past persecution and having endured three years of threats without physical harm failed to establish a well-founded fear of future persecution.

Congressional News of the Day

Bill to Reimburse Federal Agencies for Indirect Costs Relating to the Incarceration of Illegal Criminal Aliens
Mr. Kyl on behalf of himself, Mr. McCain, Mrs. Hutchison, Mr. Domenici, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. Bingaman, and Mrs. Boxer introduced S. 169, a bill to provide Federal reimbursement for indirect costs relating to the incarceration of illegal criminal aliens and for emergency health services furnished to undocumented aliens.

ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

The ABCs of Immigration First Preference Employment Based Immigration Aliens of Extraordinary Ability
Greg Siskind and Amy Ballentine write about immigrant visas for aliens of extraordinary ability.

Immigration News of the Day

US Border Officials Fear Post-Earthquake Influx
According to US immigration officials fear that the earthquake that recently devastated El Salvador will spawn a wave of illegal immigrants trying to cross the US - Mexican border.

Economics Drives Global Immigration Flows reports that even though industrialized countries are opening their doors to foreign workers in order to address labor shortages and problems arising from population aging, immigration is unlikely to provide a long-term solution.

ILW.COM Highlights of the Day

Illegal vs. Legal: Controversial Topic
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Classifieds of the Day

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Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy is the largest law firm in the country practicing exclusively in the area of immigration and nationality law. In order meet the demands of our growing business, the firm is actively recruiting for experienced paralegals. The ideal candidate has business immigration experience or a human resources background dealing with immigration issues. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. The firm offers superior salaries and exceptional growth opportunities. Please submit cover letter and resume to Anne-Rose van den Bossche, Esq., Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy, 515 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022; fax 212-223-8757; email

THE SPEAKERS: This is a bench-bar panel coordinated by US Immigration Judge William Strasser and featuring three other Immigration Judges: Hon. Jeffrey S. Chase, Hon. Margaret McManus, Hon. Alan. A. Vomacka, and INS Assistant District Counsel Lisa Greenburg. Click here for details.

The Centre for Refugee Studies invites contributions for an upcoming issue of Refuge dedicated to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. For details click here.

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