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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
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March 8, 2001
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ILW.COM has made changes to the home page. We have organized the "immigrants and employers" section under three major headings: Ask a question, Search for information, and Get immigration help. ILW.COM has a wealth of immigration resources. We hope these changes will allow you to take full advantage of what we have to offer. Comments and suggestions are welcomed at

Attorney General John Ashcroft has announced that Kevin D. Rooney will serve as Acting Commissioner of the INS effective on April 2. Mr. Rooney, currently the Director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), will serve until a permanent INS Commissioner is appointed. He previously served as the Assistant Director for Administration for the Bureau of Prisons from March 1997 to January 1999. From January 1995 until March 1997, Mr. Rooney served as Associate Director of EOIR. Prior to joining EOIR in 1995, Mr. Rooney was in private law practice in Washington, D.C., with Rooney and Associates and Rooney and Barry from 1984 to 1995. He has prior Department of Justice service as the Assistant Attorney General for Administration from 1977 to 1984, serving as the chief management and financial officer of the Department during the tenures of Attorneys General Griffin Bell, Benjamin Civiletti, and William French Smith. Mr. Rooney also served as Executive Assistant to the Associate Attorney General and as a member of the management and budget staff from 1973 to 1977.

Russ Moores in a letter to the editor asks what turn-around time most people are experiencing with the new LCAs. Some government agencies release processing times or estimates of processing times, but the only times which really matter are the ones experienced by the people who are actually submitting forms. As the hub for immigration information ILW.COM is in an ideal place to serve as a clearing house for information on how long it really takes for immigration forms to be processed. The results will be only as good as the information we receive. Please submit information on processing times to

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Immigration Articles on ILW.COM

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ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

DOL Radically Alters H-1B Visa Program
Cyrus D. Mehta writes about the DOL regulations which took effect January 19, 2001, including the new rules for H-1B dependent employers.

Federal Register News of the Day

Request for Applications for Discretionary Funds for Assistance for Treatment of Torture Survivors
The Office of Refugee Resettlement has announced that applications will be accepted for "Treatment and Services for Torture Survivors" grants to provide assistance to victims of torture, including treatment for the physical and psychological effects of torture and social and legal services, and to provide research and training for health care providers outside of treatment centers to provide rehabilitation services. The closing date for submission of applications is May 7, 2001.

INS News of the Day

Kevin D. Rooney Appointed acting Commissioner of the INS
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Attorney General John Ashcroft has announced that Kevin D. Rooney will serve as Acting Commissioner of the INS effective on April 2. Rooney, currently the Director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), will serve until a permanent INS Commissioner is appointed.

Immigration News of the Day

Ex-Migrant Workers Sue Over WWII Pay
The Associated Press reports that a group of former migrant workers, know as "braceros" in Spanish, are suing the governments of Mexico and the US over money they say they were never paid for working on American farms and railroads more than 50 years ago.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

What are most of your readers experiencing on turnaround of your new ETA 9035's? Is it just me or has anybody even had a response since the new FAX came on line on Feb. 5th? I am at 30 days and counting!! Thanks.

Russ Moores Sugar Land, TX

Dear Editor:

It's time the INS came out of the woods with a review of its operations and procedures over green card fraud marriages to a US citizen via adjustment of status. Up until recently, INS back-logged nearly a million applications for adjustment of status on the premise that all applications needed to "do time" to check for fraudulent marriages. This is preposterous that INS chose to sit on so many applications from people only trying to conform with immigration laws. I would like to see some INS statistics, which hopefully are in the public record, of green card fraud cases prosecuted by the INS. Maybe the following INS information speaks for itself. "Adjustment of status refers to the procedure that allows certain aliens already in the United Stateswho are eligible to receive an immigrant visa and for whom one is immediately availableto apply for immigrant status with INS. The agencys adjustment-of-status application workload nearly doubled between FY 1994 and FY 1995. The pending workload of adjustment of status applications increased almost eight-fold from FY 1994 to FY 1999 (from 121,000 to 951,000). By extending initiatives implemented to boost naturalization production, INS completed more than 564,000 adjustment-of-status applications in FY 2000an 88 percent increase over FY 1999 completions (nearly 300,000 completions in FY 1999). The agency exceeded its goal of completing 500,000 adjustment-of-status applications in FY 2000. " When INS backs up all these applications, how much of it is entrenched bias and how much of it is overload?

Neil Reed

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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

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]

2001 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law June 20-24, 2001, Marriott Copley Place & Westin Copley Place Boston, Massachusetts. The Preeminent Law Symposium on Immigration and Nationality Law With an expert faculty and cutting edge programs, the AILA Annual Conference is an unbeatable continuing legal education symposium in terms of scope and value. This event brings together thousands of immigration law practitioners, leading immigration law experts, government officials, and other legal professionals from around the country. Participants spend three and one-half days attending educational sessions and workshops focusing on the latest developments and issues in immigration and nationality law. Attendees can develop their own individualized CLE conference by choosing courses from a wide variety of programs: Core Curriculum, Substantive Practice, Special Mini Tracks, Mock Hearings and Interviews, Litigation Skills Training, Practice Roundtables and Government Agency Open Forums. For detailed program information, and registration forms, please visit the conference portion of the AILA Web site at American Immigration Lawyers Association 918 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20004 Tel: (202) 216-2400 Fax: (202) 371-9449 Contact: Conference Department or E-Mail

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