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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
May 4, 2001
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The INS is often the target of criticism. When the agency does something right, it is only fair that its good work be recognized. When Congress created a four month window for 245(i) last December, INS had little time to develop plans to handle hundreds of thousands of filings in addition to the normal volume. It met the challenge well. The agency provided a liberal interpretation of its rules for accepting mailed applications and many offices offered extended hours for last minute filings. Especially through the office of business liaison and through its web site, the agency made an effort to get accurate information out the the public. We hope the agency provides more opportunities for compliments. Now, as for the Department of Labor....

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ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

Traveling Man: Bringing the Port into H-1B Portability
Gary Endelman proposes making H-1Bs truly portable by allowing foreign workers to self-petition, blanket H petitions and changing the DV Lottery into an H Lottery.

Cases of the Day

District Court to Determine Citizenship
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In Chau v. INS, No. 99-70448 (9th Cir. May 3, 2001), the court found the Petitioner had raised issues of material fact regarding his derivative citizenship, and remanded the case to the district court for a factual determination.

Congressional News of the Day

Sens. Domenici and Ensign Added as Cosponsors of S. 778
Senator Domenici (New Mexico) and Senator Ensign (Nevada) were added as cosponsors of S. 778 , a bill to expand the class of beneficiaries who may apply for adjustment of status under section 245(i) of the INA by extending the deadline for classification petition and labor certification filings until April 30,2002.

Immigration Relief for Marcos Support Staff
In an address to the House, Rep. Mink urged her colleagues to support a bill which that provides immigration relief for the support staff of Ferdinand Marcos.

INS News of the Day

OIG's Survey of INS's Anti-Smuggling Units
The Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General (OIG), has issued the final report on the OIG's survey of the INS's Anti-Smuggling Units (ASUs). The survey revealed that ASUs perceive a lack of direction from headquarters regarding strategy, that the structure of the program can lead to coordination problems and duplication of effort, and that ASUs do not receive adequate resources to accomplish their mission.

Immigration News of the Day

Green Card Suit: Laid-off Chinese Worker Demands $3.5 Million Because he Missed a Chance to be a US Resident
The Orange County Register reports that Xija "Frank" Chen, a Chinese computer scientist, is suing his former employer, PricewaterhouseCoopers, for belatedly filing his application for a green card.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Robert Hollander
Robert Hollander will answer questions on all aspects of immigration law on Friday, April 4, 2001, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted starting 15 minutes before the beginning of the chat.

This Day in Immigration

From May 4, 2000

"An Answer for Elian In a new article ILW.COM columnist Gary Endelman, Esq., finds a solution to the Elian Gonzalez situation other than granting asylum and finds that Eleventh Circuit decision has implications beyond the field of immigration law."

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

I'm an attorney from Colombia South America that lives here in America and have been facing lots of problems with my two foreign born children had to come here uninspected although I'm a US citizen by birth. As you would figure, I can't practice law here and have been fighting for survival in other areas but want to tell you after struggling here and there for pro bono attorneys for my children I found your Immigration Daily and Immigrant's Weekly, and following chats and legal updates, etc., I did it on my own filing finally for them through 245(i). Your continuous information, updates, chats, news are definitely EXCELLENT! I'm planning to retrain as a paralegal in immigration. Your service is the best available. I do share your comments on West and Lexis. You will hopefully remain FREE. Continue like that, you honor what America is all about: HELP!

Pablo Jaramillo

Dear Editor:

I don't know if seminarians in general would think of subscribing to Immigration Daily/Weekly, but I have found it a blessing. A friend from church, Carl Baldwin, suggested you as a resource for a team project I was engaged upon this semester, a case study for both ethics and social theory/social analysis. The case was of a hypothetical refugee put into detention immediately upon landing at JFK, with shackles, the whole bit. I was absolutely appalled to learn that this was very close to reality in this country. I have learned about other horrors inflicted on undocumented--and even legal--immigrants in the name of the law. (We eventually met a parolee from a detention center and got confirmation from the horse's mouth.) But I am committed not to law, made by humans, but to justice as commanded in the scriptures of my tradition.

I get the sense that your organization may be also committed to justice and not simply to earning a living. I congratulate you on the first anniversary of Immigration Daily. My course is over in a couple of weeks, but I am going to continue the subscription for awhile. (Another blessing for offering it free.)

Margaret Wise

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 212-750-1121

On Friday May 18, 2001, the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association will host "It Takes a Lawyer: Representation of Families in Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visa Proceedings Before the INS, State Department and Immigration Court" Topics to be covered include Ethics, Nonimmigrant Visas for Family Members, Waivers, Litigating Family Based Immigration Issues, Affidavits of Support, Consular Processing, VAWA issues and Bona Fide Marriages. For registration information, please call Valentine Brown at 856-384-9902.

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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