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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
May 21, 2001
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Sen Brownback, Chairman of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, in comments in response to the Interim Final Rule implementing ACWIA, urges that they be republished because they, "impose unnecessary burdens on employers, exact unrealistic requirements, and go beyond the statutory authority granted to the Department by Congress." He notes that, "it is clear that the Labor Department under the previous Administration went to great lengths to avoid using Senator Abraham's statement of Congressional intent, not for legal or substantive reasons, but solely due to an ideological predilection against employment-based immigrants and business immigration." He argues that Sen. Abraham's comments and explanatory document are entitled to substantial weight, as they constitute legislative history, and that reliance on Congressman's Smith's comments is misplaced. In his conclusion Sen. Brownback finds, "the Department's paperwork requirements appear to serve the purpose of unduly "taxing" all employers, particularly in the high tech industry, in the form of increased compliance costs and staff time, when, in fact, a small number of violators of the visas have been, or are likely to be, demonstrated in fact." He urges the Secretary of Labor to revise the regulations to "reflect a reasoned and measured approach."

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ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

The ABCs of Immigration - Naturalization
Greg Siskind and Amy Ballentine write about the requirements for naturalization.

Cases of the Day

Guilty Plea Vacated Because of Immigration Consequences
In US v. El-Nobani, No. 4:96CR394, 4:99CV2550 (N. D. Ohio May 2, 2001), the court vacated Defendant's earlier guilty plea on the grounds that it was not made knowingly, voluntarily and intelligently, and because he had reasonably relied on misrepresentations by the prosecutor. [Courtesy of Margaret Wong].

Congressional News of the Day

Sen. Brownback Comments on ACWIA Regs
Sen Brownback, Chairman of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, in comments in response to the Interim Final Rule implementing ACWIA, urges that they be republished because they, "impose unnecessary burdens on employers, exact unrealistic requirements, and go beyond the statutory authority granted to the Department by Congress."

Immigration Bills Introduced in House
H.R. 1885, a bill to extend the deadline for classification petition and labor certification filings for 245(i) eligibility and, H.R. 1892, a bill to provide for the acceptance of an affidavit of support from another eligible sponsor if the original sponsor has died, were introduced in the House and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Senate Subcommittee to Meet
The Senate Subcommittee on Immigration is scheduled to meet on May 22 to hold hearings to examine immigration policy, focusing on rural and urban health care needs.

INS News of the Day

INS Fact Sheet on Syrian Adjustment Act
The INS has released a fact sheet on the Syrian Adjustment Act covering eligibility and the application process.

Immigration News of the Day

Mexican Officials Hope for Charges Against Officer
According to the Arizona Republic, immigration advocates and Mexican officials hope charges of negligent homicide will arise from a decision by the Pima County Attorney's Office to reopen an investigation into the March 5 fatal shooting of Roberto Chavez Resendiz by a US Border Patrol agent.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Mitch Berenson
Mitch Berenson will answer questions on all aspects of immigration law on Monday, May 21, 2001, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted beginning 15 minutes before the start of the chat.

This Day in Immigration

From May 19, 2000

"Smith Bill Passes Judiciary Committee H.R. 4227, Rep. Smith's Technology Worker Temporary Relief Act, was approved May 18, 2000, by the House Committee on the Judiciary. The vote was 18-11 in favor of reporting the bill to the full House."

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Proskauer Rose LLP seeks an experienced immigration paralegal for its dynamic Immigration Group. Based in Newark, NJ (a block from PATH and train station), we operate on a unique team system. If you enjoy client contact, a fast pace, brainstorming, and a diverse workload, you'll be happy here. We require a bachelor's degree, 3 years of business immigration experience, and excellent communication skills - oral and written. Salary DOE. Please submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Angela Houghton, fax (973) 274-3299, or e-mail

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

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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