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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
February 6, 2001
Editor's Comments of the Day
Tip of the Day
ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day
Immigration News of the Day
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Editor's Comments of the Day

George W. Gekas (R-Pa.) has been named Chairman of the House Immigration and Claims Subcommittee. His voting record on immigration issues shows him to be in line with the majority of Republicans in not favoring immigration except to support American business. His plan is to explore the issues of reforming the INS, the practice of determining the status of aliens, revising the oath of citizenship with more modern and less legal language, investigating current immigration law enforcement procedures, visa, and illegal entry problems.

The Republican leadership has done something rare in politics - kept its word. Six years ago they made a promise to limit the terms of committee and subcommittee chairmen. Lamar Smith with his strongly held views on immigration has set the tone for immigration debate over the past six years. He has been replaced as chairman not because of his views or objection to them, but because six years ago the Republicans said they would. In a change from the past few years the immigration views of the chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee reflect those of most members of his party.

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ILW.COM provides a platform for the exchange of information among many groups - attorneys, employers, policy makers, advocates and immigrants. ILW.COM's discussion board allows you to broadcast your message to the masses. Before the growth of the world wide web dicussion boards were one of the major uses of the internet because they build a sense of community. For attorneys the discussion board is a way for you to get your name before the public and demonstrate your knowledge. For employers it allows you to make your needs and concerns known. For policy makers and advocates it is a forum where you can be heard. For immigrants it is a place where you can find others who understand the fears that accompany such a fundamental decision as where to live your life and the frustrations of dealing with the government to make your dream come true. Share your knowledge, share your views, share your story on the discussion board.

ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

Chapter 6 - L-1 Visas for Intracompany Transferees
In Chapter 6 of Handbook of Immigration Law Mark A. Ivener writes about L-1 Visas for Intracompany Transferees.

Abuse of Women Detainees at Krome Prompts Federal Inquiry
Carl R. Baldwin writes that the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, working with the assistance of the Womens Commission for Refugee Women and Children, are investigating allegations of the rampant abuse of women detainees by INS employees at the Krome Service Processing Center outside Miami.

Immigration News of the Day

Migration Flows Are the Central Issue of Our Time
An article in the International Herald Tribune looks at the challenges facing Europe, Japan and the United States in assimilating people of different cultures and dealing with increased immigration.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Mitch Berenson
Attorney Mitch Berenson will answer questions on all aspects of immigration law on Tuesday, February 6, 2001, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted starting 15 minutes before the chat.

Letters to the Editor

Editor's Note: The following is in response to the Editor's Comments in the February 5, 2001, issue of Immigration Daily in which we wrote that "Beginning February 5 the DOL will accept the new ETA-9035." More accurately, beginning February 5 the DOL will accept FAXes of the new ETA-9035 at (800) 397-0478. We thank Ms. Yardum-Hunter for the clarification.

Dear Editor:

I was surprised to see that ILW.COM provided misinformation regarding one of the simplest aspects of the new LCA regulation. As you should know, the regulation went into effect on January 19, 2001, and the new form was required as of that date. Also as of January 19, 2001, these applications must be filed with DOL in Philadelphia. Filings at other DOL regions was no longer permitted as of that date. According to the regulations, during the period between January 19, 2001 and February 5, 2001, they could only be sent by mail or express courier. The February 5, 2001, date refers to the date by which applications can also be faxed into the 800 number or mailed to Philadelphia.

This information again, is basic and should be corrected for our audience. If we don't get it right, who will?

Alice Yardum-Hunter

Dear Editor:

I read with trepidation The Office of Business Liaison's attempted explanation of the much confused 245(i) Life Act on the ILW.COM web site. Whoever, in the the Department of Justice/State thinks this piece of legislation will amount to any form of partial or full compliance within the immigration world, should check their grasp on reality. The whole act is a mish-mash of unmeaningful words, empty promises, bureaucratic ramblings and will only serve to create more and more intolerable backlogs of paperwork, stress and confusion. I challenge any lawyer who thinks he or she believes 245(i) is coherent legislation and whether or not they should morally inflict this D.C 'gobbledygook' on their clients. The whole act should be repealed and rewritten by Congress because it does not address or lead to any closure or success for anyone wanting to comply with US immigration laws.

Neil Reed

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