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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
May 23, 2001
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By a vote of 336 yeas to 43 nays the House passed H.R. 1885 which provides for a limited extension of 245(i). In the debate leading up to the vote, Rep. Jackson-Lee enumerated six reasons for a one year extension of 245(i) instead of the 120 days provided for by H.R. 1885: 1) Four months is not enough time because other recent changes in immigration laws have made additional work for immigration lawyers and the INS, 2) a four month extension creates a greater risk of mistakes as people rush to complete forms, 3) short deadlines benefit scam artists as people are desperate to find help before the deadline, 4) a four month extension will cost the government more money as INS struggles to handle the increased workload instead of being able to spread it over a year, 5) the requirement that the familial or employment relationship existed before April 30, 2001, will require the INS to issue new regulations, and 6) the LIFE act requirement of physical presence in the US on December 21, 2000, will ensure that the extension will not act as a magnet for people to enter the US illegally.

Arguing in favor of the bill, Rep. Sensenbrenner described the 4-month provision as a compromise attacked by both those who want to make 245(i) permanent and those who oppose any extension. He cited the INS as the reason for the extension labeling them, "probably more dysfunctional or nonfucntional than any of the other agencies of the Federal government. But," he noted, "they did get their act together...2 1/2 to 3 months after the time established by law," and issued regulations. Remarking that is it human nature for people to wait for the last minute to file applications, he declared, "that the word should go out today from this House of Representatives that if this legislation passes, do not wait until the last day to file an application." ILW.COM is proud to help get the word out, but until the legislation is also passed by the Senate and signed into law by the President, it has no effect. When that happens, we will let you know.

Tip of the Day

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ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

US Benefits From Foreign-Born
The American Immigration Law Foundation writes that immigrants represent less of the total United States population now than they did a hundred years ago. Regardless, they continue to make significant contributions to the economy and revitalize metropolitan areas.

Cases of the Day

ADEA Does not Apply Abroad
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In Reyes-Gaona v. NC Growers Assn, Inc., No. 00-1963 (4th Cir. May 22, 2001), the court held that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) does not cover foreign nationals who apply in foreign countries for jobs in the US.

Congressional News of the Day

House Passes 245(i) Extension
By a vote of 336 yeas to 43 nays the House passed H.R. 1885 which provides for a four months extension of the deadline for 245(i) eligibility.

Residency for Alien Students
H.R. 1918, a bill to permit States to determine state residency for higher education purposes and to cancel the removal and adjust the status of certain alien college-bound students who are long-term US residents, was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Ellis Island of the South
Sen. Nelson of Florida remarks on the dedication of Miami's "Freedom Tower" known to many Cuban political refugees as the "Ellis Island of the South."

Senate Meeting on Immigration
The Subcommittee on Immigration was scheduled to meet on May 22 at 2:00 p.m. to hold hearings to examine immigration policy, focusing on rural and urban health care needs.

Immigration News of the Day

Ashcroft Promises Guest Worker Visas
According to an Associated Press article, Attorney General Ashcroft said the Bush administration will send Congress a program that would grant Mexican immigrants guest worker visas.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Bob Beer
Bob Beer 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 23, 2000

"This is Not Our Issue In his latest article Gary Endelman, Esq. explains why the cause of human rights is now, and always will be, a standard around which those who want more employment based immigration must rally."

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Classifieds of the Day

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Maggio & Kattar seeks an experienced business immigration paralegal to join a small and energetic office in Washington, DC. Must be detail-oriented with excellent organizational/ case management skills. Position requires being able to work both independently and as a team with attorney and legal assistants. Top salary with excellent benefits. Please send resume in confidence to: Maggio & Kattar, 11 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 775, Washington, DC 20036 or email or fax (202) 483-6801; Attn.: Andres Benach, Esq.

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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