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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
March 1, 2001
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The INS has announced that Acting Commissioner May Ann Wyrsch has been appointed United Nations (UN) Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees. According to a press release from the UNHCR Ms. Wyrschs specific responsibilities will include the function of controller; responsibility for information systems and technology; management of human and financial resources; and the supervision of communication and information.

UNHCR, the United Nations refugee organization, is mandated by the United Nations to lead and coordinate international action for the worldwide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems. UNHCRs primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. UNHCR strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another state, and to return home voluntarily. By assisting refugees to return to their own country or to settle in another country, UNHCR also seeks lasting solutions to their plight. UNHCRs efforts are mandated by the organizations Statute, and guided by the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. International refugee law provides an essential framework of principles for UNHCRs humanitarian activities. UNHCRs Executive Committee and the UN General Assembly have also authorized the organizations involvement with other groups. These include people who are stateless or whose nationality is disputed and, in certain circumstances, internally displaced persons.

UNHCR seeks to reduce situations of forced displacement by encouraging states and other institutions to create conditions which are conducive to the protection of human rights and the peaceful resolution of disputes. In pursuit of the same objective, UNHCR actively seeks to consolidate the reintegration of returning refugees in their country of origin, thereby averting the recurrence of refugee-producing situations. UNHCR offers protection and assistance to refugees and others in an impartial manner, on the basis of their need and irrespective of their race, religion, political opinion or gender. In all of its activities, UNHCR pays particular attention to the needs of children and seeks to promote the equal rights of women and girls. In its efforts to protect refugees and to promote solutions to their problems, UNHCR works in partnership with governments, regional organizations, international and non-governmental organizations. UNHCR is committed to the principle of participation by consulting refugees on decisions that affect their lives.

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Immigration Information on ILW.COM

To make it easier for our site visitors to find the immigration information they need we have grouped it under four headings - Family, Employment, Visitors and General information. Each section includes INS and Attorney FAQs, relevant articles, the visa bulletin and INS processing times. The Family section includes information on adoption, sponsoring family and marrying abroad. In the Employment section professionals can find information about H-1Bs and labor certifications and employers can find information on petitioning the INS for their employees and how to complete properly the I-9 Employment Verification form. Travelers and tourists will find information on how to extend their B-2 visas and exchange programs. The General immigration section includes information for students and topics such as deportation, naturalization and immigration policy. ILW.COM is a platform for the exchange of information. The Immigration Information section offers information for all your immigration needs.

ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

Good Moral Character: An Important Requirement For Naturalization
Good moral character is a requirement of citizenship, but is not specifically defined in the Immigration and Nationality Act or the INS regulations. It has been interpreted as showing behavior that meets the standards of average citizens in the community where the applicant lives.

Federal Register News of the Day

O and P Visas Reissuance in US
The Department of State is amending the regulations to add "O" and "P" visas to those categories that can be "revalidated" in the US.

Cases of the Day

Stop-Time Rule Constitutional
In Lockett v. INS, No. 00-9510 (10th Cir. Deb. 26, 2001), the court found that the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) did not err in applying the IIRIRA stop-time rule as clarified by NACARA instead of the rule in effect at the time Petitioners' suspension applications were filed, that even though Petitioners accrued an additional seven years of continuous physical presence after they were served with a charging document did not estop the BIA from applying IIRIRA to their applications, and that differing treatment of different nationalities under NACARA is not a violation of equal protection.

INS News of the Day

Wyrsch Named UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees
Mary Ann Wyrsch, Acting Commissioner of the INS, has been appointed United Nations (UN) Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees. According to a press release from the UNHCR Ms. Wyrschs specific responsibilities will include the function of controller; responsibility for information systems and technology; management of human and financial resources; and the supervision of communication and information.

Immigration News of the Day

Many With Records Said to Slip by INS
The Boston Globe reports that a flaw in the criminal background checking system used by the regional office of the INS may have allowed thousands of immigrants convicted of crimes to become naturalized citizens in violation of federal law.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Special Chat with Carl Shusterman on Section 245(i)
Carl Shusterman will answer questions on section 245(i) on Thursday, March 1, 2001, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted starting 15 minutes before the beginning of the chat.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

According to an article in the Sunday, February 23, 2001, issue of the Pittsburg, Kansas Morning Sun, on a recent visit to a local school in Pittsburgh, Kansas, US Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas), newly installed Chair of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, pointed out, "the baby boomer generation needs to welcome immigrants because they had fewer children and will need a work force to support them in their retirement. I think," Senator Brownback said, "that what we've got to do is to continually show the positive side of this." Pittsburgh, Kansas, the heart of the heartland so to speak, has experienced a 224% growth in the population of Hispanics when the 2000 Census data is compared to the 1990 count.

Immigration is not a topic of concern to our big cities. It has become a matter of demographic survival for small towns and villages, particularly in our rust belt where birth rates are low and the population continues to age. They need immigration to support the growing senior citizen demands for health care and retirement benefits. When the baby boomers leave the work force, the demographic time bomb will explode unless there are young and vigorous immigrants, in the prime of their working years, to take their place. Let us act now. While there is still time.

Gary E. Endelman
Immigration Attorney

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Law firm located in Cranford, NJ looking for experienced immigration paralegal. Must have experience with labor certifications. Excellent salary, full benefits. Great working environment. Send resume by email to: or by mail to: Lubiner & Schmidt, PO Box 621, Cranford, NJ 07016.

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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