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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
April 13, 2001
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The INS has released details on the President's Fiscal Year 2002 budget request for the INS. The budget request totals $5.51 billion, an increase of 10% over FY2001. The budget includes $1.4 billion for immigration services. Of this, $1.3 billion is to come from fees collected form applicants and petitioners, $16 million from INS's 4% share of the ACWIA fee, and $86.5 million from the salaries and expenses account. In order to achieve the six month goal for processing application and petitions, the INS plans to devote $100 million toward backlog reduction.

The budget for INS's enforcement functions is almost four times what is devoted to services. Larger increases and all the new positions are devoted to border management with an increase of $171 million and 1,191 positions, and detention and removals with and increase of $88.8 million and 173 positions. The $74.6 million enhancement devoted to Institutional Infrastructure is almost entirely for border patrol and detention center projects.

Of the $380 million in requested increases, $45 million or a little under 12% are devoted to backlog reduction. All the other increases are for INS's enforcement functions. Money talks.

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ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

The ABCs of Immigration - Immigration Issues Related to Layoffs and Corporate Downsizing
Greg Siskind and Amy Ballentine write that since the economy began its decline back in the Spring of 2000, corporate downsizing has increased across all industry sectors, and without proper planning layoffs can present significant immigration problems for both employers and employees.

Federal Register News of the Day

Request for Grant Proposals for Israel-Arab Peace Partners Program
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has announced an open competition for grants under the J-1 Israel-Arab Peace Partners Program to develop and implement exchange programs involving participants from Israel and one or more Arab countries or entities in the Middle East or North Africa.

INS News of the Day

EOIR Updates Recognized Organizations and Accredited Representatives List
According to the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) persons entitled to represent individuals in matters before the INS, the Immigration Courts or the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), include, among others, accredited representatives who must be designated by a qualified organization. The EOIR provides a current quarter alphabetical listing of recognized organizations, including dates of recognition, together with names of designated accredited individuals, restrictions on practice, and dates of accreditation. [Long Download, You will need Acrobat to read this file]

Immigration News of the Day

A Nation of Immigrants
An article in the Topeka Capital-Journal reports on the immigration views of Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, the new chairman of the Senate immigration subcommittee.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Kevin Levine
Kevin Levine will answer questions on all aspects of immigration law on Friday, April 13, 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

Editor's Note: the following is in response to Gary Endelman's article "H-1B: The Undiscovered Country," and the Editor's Comments in the April 12, 2001, issue of Immigration Daily.

Dear Editor:

As a note to your recent H-1B article, a point-based system for non-immigrant visas is proposed in, Papademetriou, Demetrious G. and Stephen Yale-Loehr. "Balancing Interests: Rethinking U.S. Selection of Skilled Immigrants." Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 1996.

Tarek Anandan

Classifieds of the Day

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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 to 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 212-750-112

SYMPOSIUM: Low Wage Immigrant Workers: Essential to Employers but Neglected Under Our Immigration Laws
All interested persons are invited to attend. No fee or reservation is required. Monday, April 16, 2001, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street. For details click here.

Face the Music in Austin, Texas: Learn the Latest Immigration Dance. Texas Chapter AILA proudly presents Spring 2001 Immigration Law Conference, April 27-28, 2001, Radisson Hotel & Suites on Town Lake, Austin, TX. For details click here.

The Practising Law Institute, a not-for-profit Continuing Legal Education Organization offers a program on Basic Immigration Law at PLI Conference Center, 810 Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street, 20th floor, New York City on Tuesday, May 1, 2001, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For details click here.

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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