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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
March 28, 2001
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The Committee for Economic Development has issued a thought-provoking statement titled Reforming Immigration: Helping Meet America's Need for a Skilled Workforce. The paper examines America's need for workers in the coming years and the role immigration can play in meeting the need. The result is a proposal to make major changes to employment based immigration to speed up the issuance of immigration visas and make the H-1B a true nonimmigrant visa instead of a stepping stone to a green card. Gary Endelman points out some highlights from the paper and notes that whether or not the proposals are the solution, they at least are part of a national discussion on immigration which has been overshadowed by the single issue of H-1Bs. We look forward to serving as a platform for that debate and welcome submissions at

However well-reasoned and well-argued any proposals for changes in immigration policy, they can be put into effect only by Congress. You can contact your Representative or Senator whether you have a question about a specific case or the whole of US immigration policy.

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Reforming Immigration: Helping Meet America's Need for a Skilled Workforce
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A statement by the research and policy committee of Committee for Economic Development examines immigration and the economy, the current US immigration policy and recommends broadening the skill base of immigrants, restructuring the administration of US immigration policy, rationalizing the admission of permanent and temporary workers and creating mechanisms for flexible policies. [Long Download]

Gary Endelman Reviews CED Statement
Gary Endelman highlights key points of the Committee for Economic Development's Reforming Immigration: Helping Meet America's Need for a Skilled Workforce, and opines that the paper's proposals are not the end of the debate, but the end of the beginning.

Federal Register News of the Day

Request for Comments on Nonimmigrant Visa Application
The Department of State has requested comments on the Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-156 (formerly OF-156). All comments must be received within 60 days.

Request for Comments on Nonimmigrant Fiance(e) Visa Application
The Bureau of Consular Affairs, Office of Visa Services, has requested comments on the Nonimmigrant Fiance(e) Visa Application, Form DS-156K (Formerly OF-156K). All comments must be received within 30 days.

Request for Comments on Nonimmigrant Treaty Trader/Investor Application
The Bureau of Consular Affairs, Office of Visa Services, has requested comments on the Nonimmigrant Treaty Trader/Investor Application, Form DS-156E (formerly OF-156E). All comments must be received within 30 days.

Cases of the Day

No Discretionary Relief for Post-AEDPA Conviction
In Domond v. INS, No. 99-2619 (2nd Cir. Mar. 23, 2001), the court found that 212(c) discretionary relief was not available where the conduct occurred before but the conviction occurred after the effective date of AEDPA.

Drug Addiction Not a Crime
The court in Hernaez v. INS, No. 99-70440 (9th Cir. Mar. 27, 2001), the court held drug abuse or addiction could not be considered a criminal offense for purposes of removing jurisdiction from the court, but upheld the Board of Immigration Appeals's (BIA) denial of a motion reopen for consideration of an an application for asylum because the claim could have been raised at the initial hearing.

Miranda Warnings not Required in Public Setting
In US v. Galindo-Gallegos, No. 99-50585 (9th Cir. Mar. 27, 2001), the court held that no Miranda warnings were required to be given when a group of 15-20 aliens was apprehended by two agents and made to sit on the ground because the setting was, for practical purposes public, and that transporting aliens is an offense related to alien smuggling and so an aggravated felony.

Attempted Child Molestation an Aggravated Felony
The court in US v. Marin-Navarette, No. 00-10175 (11th Cir. Mar. 23, 2001), determined attempted child molestation in the third degree, although a misdemeanor under state law, is an aggravated felony for purposes of immigration law.

Immigration News of the Day

Immigration Law Bars College Doors for Most Undocumented Students
The Contra Costa Times reports that during his visit to the US last week Mexican President Vicente Fox highlighted the law that undocumented students must pay full, out-of-state tuition that many cannot afford. Some advocates of this law who claim it is fair and necessary admit that it creates one of the most wrenching and painful immigration conundrums facing California.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

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

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