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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
March 20, 2001
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An article in the New York Times [registration required] describes the lonely life of Hispanic immigrants around Hempstead, Long Island. Many of the 100,000 Salvadoran, Honduran and Guatemalan potwashers, construction workers or landscapers frequent seedy hostess bars. The article quotes one young man as saying, "we live a life for others, for those at home. We have no lives here. The only distractions we have are the bars." At the same time according to the web site, the subject of an article by Carl Shusterman, despite the military-like efforts to staunch the number of people crossing the southwest border, hundreds of thousands take the risk and hundreds pay with their lives. When examining the factors which cause people to leave their known surroundings, their family and friends, and risk their lives to come to a new country, the intolerable conditions they are leaving may be a stronger factor in the decision than the attractiveness of the new life they will lead.

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ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

Carl Shusterman Comments on
Carl Shusterman writes about the California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) Foundation's Border Project web site that provides information on the effectiveness of Operation Gatekeeper in controlling illegal immigration along the southwest border.

Federal Register News of the Day

New Interim Rule and Comment Request on International Broadcasters Legislation
The Bureau of Consular Affairs has issued an interim rule which incorporates into existing regulations a new special immigrant visa that permits certain broadcasting employees to receive immigrant visas and apply for entry as immigrants. The interim rule is effective April 18, 2001, and written comments must be submitted by May 18, 2001.

Comment Request for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers
The INS has extended until April 18, 2001, the period for public comments on Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers.

Cases of the Day

Massachusetts "Guilty-Filed" Disposition Requires Punishment to be a Conviction
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In Griffiths v. INS, No. 00-1694 (1st Cir. Mar. 16, 2001), the court found that the record did not contain sufficient facts to determine whether a Massachusetts disposition of "guilty-filed" was sufficiently final to constitute a "conviction" for purposes of immigration law because it was unclear whether the state judge had imposed some form of punishment on the Respondent.

INS News of the Day

INS Establishes Procedures for EAD Renewals for Certain CSS Class Members
An INS news release states that it has begun accepting applications for the renewal of employment authorization documents (EAD) from individuals previously granted employment authorization in the Catholic Social Services, Inc. v. Ashcroft case.

Immigration News of the Day

Where Affection Is Peddled by the Drink, Lonely Immigrants Provide a Market
The New York Times [Registration Required] reports that certain night clubs on Long Island prey on weak and lonely immigrant men who buy companionship for $10 a drink from women who make money based on each drink she can get a patron to purchase for her. The women then disappear shortly before dawn in vans to the Bronx, Queens or Brooklyn, or leave the men bereft and often drunk at tables when the money is gone.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

I read with much interest the letter from AK dated March 16, 2001, in the ILW.COM Daily Newsletter of March 19, 2001. If this person only knew . . . they should have to deal with the Texas Service Center!!!! My daughter filed an I-130 for her husband in May 2000. His receipt is dated June 2, 2000. It is now almost one year later and we have heard NOTHING!!!! You can not get through on the phone and they do not answer your FAXes. We are not getting our hopes up about a K-3 visa - they have to be processed by the same snail-slow system. In our day and time of the information super-highway, it is totally absurd how antiquated the system is at the INS. We were also told by our local lawmakers NOT to file consular (they were married in Honduras) because of the time delays. Little did we know. . . governmental red tape far surpasses slow consular filing. It is totally ridiculous that spouses have to live apart for that length of time. Correct me if I'm wrong - people get married to be together.

I'm sorry if I sound angry. I am and all of us who are captive to this "system of separation" should be. We are not the only family who suffers at the hands of the INS. I have written the President, Vice President, Attorney General, Congressmen, Senators, Representatives - you name it - even the DOJ and the Director of the INS in Mesquite, Texas. Is there no one out there who is willing to take on this governmental Godzilla? We thought the IRS was a governmental entity unto itself!!! I think they have outdone themselves this time!

Kay Mornan
Mobile, AL

Dear Editor:

I believe a mere Senate sub-committee and an occasional Congress haranguing serve no justice to the US immigration debate which is now prevailing as a worse national time-bomb than the "baby-boomers" Social Security cost. Congress must act. As elected representatives, they must get in touch with the immigration debate via their local constituents and state counterparts. There will be some states who will be anti-immigration, others pro-immigration, others requiring quasi resettlement, all of which is a process that urgently needs to be affirmed by politicians. Industries with acute shortages of workers need to go under the spotlight, not for endless debate or via a mountain of bureaucratic paperwork, but as local community pilot programs with built-in success only procedures. This is simply the course the United States adopted at the beginning of the 20th century. Now a century later, will history repeat itself? It seems all that is coming out of Congress on immigration is repetitious acrimony.

Neil Reed

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I am part of a small task force which has been assigned a topic for a semester-long study to be reported on in Christian Ethics and Social Theory/Social Analysis courses in tandem. Our topic is detention of immigrants by the US. A hypothetical case has been given to us, but there are obvious advantages to having access to real people in the situation. We have learned that it is a two-month process to get permission to visit someone in a detention center in this area, so we are exploring perhaps finding a recent parolee or two to talk with. Margaret Wise

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