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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
March 30, 2001
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The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has announced that Michael Wolcott Straus was to be sworn in as an Immigration Judge by Chief Immigration Judge Michael J. Creppy at 3:00 p.m., in the Connecticut Supreme Court, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut.

Immigration Judges are responsible for conducting formal court proceedings, and act independently in their decision-making capacity; their decisions are administratively final, unless appealed or certified to the Board. In removal proceedings, Immigration Judges determine whether an individual arriving from a foreign country should be allowed to enter the United States or should be removed. Each Judge has jurisdiction to consider various forms of relief available in removal proceedings. If deportability or inadmissibility is proven, the Immigration Judge will then focus on the type of relief from removal that may be available to the alien. These forms of relief include: asylum, relief under the United Nations Convention Against Torture, cancellation of removal, adjustment of status, and voluntary departure.


The correct name of the author of the article we featured in yesterday's Immigration Daily, Ninth Circuit Grant of Asylum to Abused Child Expands Definition of "Particular Social Group" is Carl R. Baldwin, not Carl P. Baldwin. We regret the error.

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ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

The Slowing Progress of Immigrants: An Examination of Income, Home Ownership, and Citizenship, 1970-2000
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Steven A. Camarota, Research Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, writes that over the last thirty years each successive wave of immigrants has fared worse than the one that preceded it. As a result, todays established immigrants (those who have lived in the country between 10 and 20 years), are much poorer, less likely to be homeowners, and less likely to have become citizens than established immigrants in the past.

Federal Register News of the Day

Request for Grant Proposals for Teaching Excellence Awards Program and Secondary School Excellence Program
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for the Teaching Excellence Award (TEA) program and the Secondary School Excellence Program (SSEP). Organizations meeting the provisions may submit proposals to conduct the sixth year of the TEA J-1 program in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan and to conduct the fourth year of the SSEP in Armenia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan and the US.

Request for Grant Proposals for the Tibet Professional and Cultural Exchange Project
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for the Tibet Professional and Cultural Exchange Project. Organizations meeting the provisions may submit proposals for J-1 programs that promote understanding between the people of the US and the Tibetan ethnic group through two-way, professional educational and cultural exchange projects.

Cases of the Day

No Need to Prove Aggravated Felony to Enhance Sentence
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In US v. Raya-Ramirez, No. 00-3839NE (8th Cir. Mar. 29, 2001), the court determined that in sentencing for re-entereing the US after deportation, a sentence enhancement for having been deported after a conviction for an aggravated felony did not require that the previous conviction be alleged in the indictment or proven to a jury or admitted in a guilty plea.

INS News of the Day

Strauss Sworn in as Immigration Judge
Michael Wolcott Straus was to be sworn in as an Immigration Judge by Chief Immigration Judge Michael J. Creppy at 3:00 p.m., in the Connecticut Supreme Court, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut.

Immigration News of the Day

Couples Rush in For 245(i) Do
USA Today reports that couples here and nationwide are flooding marriage license bureaus so they can tie the knot by April 30, the last day that Section 245(i) allows illegal immigrants who are married to US citizens to apply for adjustment without leaving the US.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Karen Meade
Karen Meade will answer questions on all aspects of immigration law on Friday, March 30, 2001, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted starting 15 minutes before the beginning of the chat.

Classifieds of the Day

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Prominent New York City immigration law firm with interesting and diverse practice seeks paralegal for handling business, family and litigation matters. Candidates must have excellent writing and organization skills as well as an interest in all aspects of immigration law, including advocacy. Prior immigration experience preferred. Send a resume and cover letter to: Cyrus D. Mehta, Esq., 1170 Broadway, Suite 607, New York, NY 10001. Fax: 212-686-2665.

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. 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. If you are interested in any of our 19 offices, 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 212-750-1121, e-mail

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