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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
March 5, 2001
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President Bush's proposed budget contains as one of its key policy priorities reform the immigration system. The President notes that "today when new immigrants arrive on our shores, their first experience is often one of frustration and anxiety." The Administration proposed a universal six-month standard for processing all immigration applications, and to meet this standard supports a five-year, $500 million, initiative to fund new personnel, introduce employee performance incentives, and make customer satisfaction a priority. The Administration is also requesting $75 million to fund 570 new Border Patrol Agents in 2002 and 2003, and an additional $7 million to establish intelligence units along the Northern and Southwest borders. Detention and removal are also given high importance with $89 million requested to support and additional 1,607 detention bed spaces for a total of more than 21,000. The Administration supports splitting the present INS into two agencies, one focused on service and the other focused on exclusively on law enforcement. The Administration says it will "work with Congress in a bipartisan manner to enact legislation that fundamentally improves the way the Nation's immigration system is administered." This should be an achievable goal where there is so much opportunity for improvement.

In the March 2, 2001, issue of Immigration Daily we noted that the INS Office of Business Liaison Employer Information Bulletin on Adjustment of status under Section 245(i) in Context of the Legal Immigration and Family Equity Act was more popular than any article on section 245(i). The office of Business Liaison has now released an udpated version of this informative memo. Inadvertently omitted from the list of popular pages was the INS Communique.

Tip of the Day


As the hub for immigration information, ILW.COM provides JOBS.ILW.COM to meet the needs of immigrants visiting the site and employers who employ them. Jobs for Immigrants is a place for immigrant job seekers to post resumes and for companies that are willing to sponsor immigrants to post jobs and search for potential employees. Immigration law and employment are intimately intertwined and a persistent reality for the employment of non-US workers in the US. Attorneys who handle employment based immigration cases may want to include on their webisie a link to JOBS.ILW.COM as a service to both their employer clients and the individuals they hire.

ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

The Nuts and Bolts of 245(i)
Brian D. Lerner answers questions about how section 245(i) works and who can benefit from it.

Federal Register News of the Day

Comment Request for Nonimmigrant V Visa Application
The Bureau of Consular Affairs is requesting comments on the Nonimmigrant V Visa Application. All comments must be submitted by April 9, 2001.

Cases of the Day

DWI not a Crime of Violence
In US v. Chapa-Garza, No. 99-51199 (5th Cir. Mar. 1, 2001), the court held that because intentional force against the person or property of another is seldom, if ever, employed to commit the offense of felony DWI, the offense if not a crime of violence and so Defendant was not subject to an increase penalty for having been convicted of an aggravated felony prior to removal.

Congressional News of the Day

Legislation to Provide Admission to Spouses Without Numerical Limitations Introduced in House
H.R. 814, a bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for the admission to the US for permanent residence without numerical limitation of spouses of permanent resident aliens was introduced in the House and referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

New Bill to Establish INS Suboffice in Tennessee
S. 439, a bill to authorize the establishment of a suboffice of the INS in Nashville, Tennessee was introduced in the Senate and referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

INS News of the Day

Updated Memo on 245(i)
The INS Office of Business Liaison Employer Information Bulletin 25 contains information on adjustment of status, the history of section 245(i), the confusion of the LIFE Act with amnesty, and what and how to file to take advantage of section 245(i).

Immigration News of the Day

INS Fails to See the Light
An article on reports that a plan by immigration advocates to hold meetings for new detainees of the INS so prisoners can learn their legal rights under US law has been unsuccessful in getting approval from higher ups in Washington.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Mitch Berenson
Mitch Berenson will answer questions on all aspects of immigration law on Monday, March 5, 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:

It is no surprise that the INS Office of Business Liaison "Employer Information Bulletin on Adjustment of status under Section 245(i) in Context of the Legal Immigration and Family Equity Act" was the most popular thing written about revised section 245(i). Whoever wrote this piece did a GREAT JOB. It was clear, concise, and precise. Extraordinary for anything produced by government, and double extraordinary for something coming from INS. The staffer responsible deserves a big raise and the opportunity to write everything we read from INS. On the other hand, the way the Civil Service works, he or she will probably be reprimanded....

Hans Christian Linnartz
Immigration Lawyer

Editor's Note: The INS Office of Business Liaison has provided an updated version of the memo.

Classifieds of the Day

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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

There will be a New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) Seminar that will be run in conjunction with AILA on Tuesday March 13, 2001 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Gateway Hilton in Newark, New Jersey. For details click here. [You will need Acrobat to read this file]

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