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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
February 28, 2001
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The Child Citizenship Act (CCA) is effective on February 27, 2001. Under the new law, most foreign-born children adopted by US citizens will automatically acquire US citizenship on the date they immigrate to the United States. The CCA automatically makes an estimated 70,00-75,000 children US citizens. In the past, adoptive parents had to apply for naturalization for their foreign-born children, who did not acquire citizenship until the INS approved the application. The INS has released a fact sheet that explains how to apply for a Certificate of Citizenship for children made US citizens by the law, and questions and answers on the CCA.

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ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

Circuit Court Upholds Back Pay Award to Undocumented Worker Fired for Union Organizing
Carl R. Baldwin writes about the recent decision of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Hoffman Plastic Compounds, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board, No. 98-1570 upholding a ruling of the NLRB that awarded partial back pay to an undocumented worker fired for union organizing.

Cases of the Day

Habeas Petitioners Can be Admitted to Bail
In Mapp v. Reno, No. 99-2735 (2nd Cir. Feb. 23, 2001), affirmed the district court's determination that the federal courts have the same inherent authority to admit to bail habeas petitioners who challenge INS detention pending disposition of the merits of their petitions as they do to release "criminal" habeas petitioners.

Immigration Judge Cannot Apply Rule Before it is in Effect
The court in Guadalupe-Cruz v. INS, No. 99-70754 (9th Cir. Feb. 27, 2001), found that the Immigration Judge ("IJ") erred in applying IIRIRA's stop-time rules four days before the effective date of IIRIRA.

INS News of the Day

How to Get a Certificate of Citizenship for Your Child
A Fact Sheet from the INS explains how to apply for a Certificate of Citizenship for children made US citizens by the Child Citizenship Act.

Information for Adoptive Parents
The INS provides questions and answers on the Child Citizenship Act which automatically makes an estimated 70,000-75,000 thousand children US citizens.

State Department Cable on V and K Visa Processing
The INS have made available a State Department cable to all diplomatic and consular posts which informs them of the Department's current thinking on the implementation of the LIFE Act provisions and the Processing of V and K-3 Visas.

DOS News of the Day

DOS Releases 2000 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
The Department of State has released and delivered to Congress the 2000 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. The Report covers 195 countries and territories which are divided into Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and the New Independent States, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, Near East and North Africa and South Asia, and includes several appendixes.

Immigration News of the Day

Immigrant ID Scam Alleged in Va.
The Washington Post reports that thousands of undocumented immigrants are streaming into Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles from up and down the East Coast to take advantage of the state's unusually lax rules for acquiring driver's licenses and Virginia has become a prime destination for small-time entrepreneurs who drive van loads of undocumented workers to the DMV, charging $300 to $700 for the trip and the license.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Robert H. Beer
Robert H. Beer will answer questions on all aspects of immigration law on Wednesday, February 28, 2001, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted starting 15 minutes before the beginning of the chat.

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 in its NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, STAMFORD and CHICAGO offices. 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 or fax 212-223-8757

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