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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
May 29, 2001
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Editor's Comments of the Day

The text of H.R. 1918, the Student Adjustment Act of 2001, is now available. The bill introduces by Rep. Cannon includes a provision for the adjustment of students in the 7th grade or above or who are enrolled in or actively pursuing admission to an institution of higher education, if the student has been physically present in the US for a least five years. Aliens inadmissible on the basis of a crime involving moral turpitude are ineligible unless granted a waiver on the basis of extreme hardship, and aliens inadmissible for security reasons are not covered. The bill has been referred to subcommittees on immigration and education. Contact your Representative or Senators to let them know how you feel about this bill and other legislation.

Tip of the Day

Randomization of Find a Lawyer Results

Until this week all the attorney listings on ILW.COM's Find a Lawyer page were arranged in a static sequence. This led to some attorneys consistently appearing before others in the directory listing. Some attorneys were consistently receiving many e-mail responses while others received none. We have introduced a feature called randomization in our search engine results for Find a Lawyer. Randomization arranges all the attorneys in our directory listing in a dynamic sequence so that the results from the same search will vary from day to day. This randomization feature will help spread e-mail inquiries and referrals among all the attorneys in our directory listing. The advantage to our site users looking for attorneys is that all the attorneys in our directory listing will be equally visible.

ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

The ABCs of Immigration - Naturalization - Residency Requirements Part I
Greg Siskind and Amy Ballentine write about the residence requirements for naturalization.

Cases of the Day

No Asylum for Baptist from Belarus
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In Valioukevitch v. INS, No. 00-3342 (8th Cir. May 25, 2001), the court found that the Petitioner failed to present evidence so compelling that no reasonable finder of fact could fail to find that he had a well founded fear of persecution because of his proselytizing for the Baptist church in Belarus.

KGB Interrogation not Persecution
The court in Frantsouzov v. INS, No. 00-9506 (10th Cir. May 22, 2001), ruled that Petitioner's questioning by KGB agents did not compel the conclusion that he had a well founded fear of persecution.

Court Orders Naturalization
The court in Chan v. INS, No. 00 MISC 243(FB) (E.D.N.Y.May 11, 2001), determined that any misrepresentations made by Petitioner in the naturalization process were not made with a subjective intent of offering false testimony to obtain and immigration benefit and ordered the INS to proceed with his naturalization. [Courtesy of Jeffrey Feinbloom]

Aggregate of Hardships Warrants Suspension
In a recent decision the Board of Immigration Appeals found that factors relating to hardship including US citizen children's inability to speak Arabic, Respondent's loss of employments benefits, and the political and human rights situation in Egypt, when taken in the aggregate amounted to extreme hardship to the Respondents and their children. [Courtesy of Jeffrey Feinbloom]

Congressional News of the Day

Rep. Tancredo Remarks on Immigration
Rep. describes immigration as "one of the most significant problems, one of the most significant issues facing the United States from a domestic policy standpoint."

Immigration Bills Introduced in Senate
Sen. Feinstein introduced S. 949, a bill for the relief of Zhengfu Ge, and Sen. Kennedy S. 955, a bill to modify restrictions added by IIRIRA. Rob Randhava of the Leadership Conference Education Fund has submitted a summary of Sen. Kennedy's bill.

INS News of the Day

INS Updates Age Out Information
The INS has updates its page titled "How Do I Prevent My Child From Losing Benefits at Age 21 ('Aging Out')?"

Immigration News of the Day

Devastating Picture of Immigrants Dead in Arizona Desert
The New York Times reports that local and federal officials painted a devastating picture of a smuggling operation that killed at least 14 young Mexican immigrants in Arizona, saying a "coyote" had apparently abandoned more than two dozen men in one of the country's most brutal and desolate stretches of desert on Saturday with little water and no preparation.

This Day in Immigration

From May 26, 2000

"House Committee on the Judiciary Holds Hearing on 'Secret Evidence Repeal Act of 1999' On May 23, 2000, the full committee of the House Committee on the Judiciary heard testimony on the "Secret Evidence Repeal Act of 1999" from Chairman Henry Hyde, Hon. Tom Campbell, Hon. David E. Bonier, Bo Cooper, Gregory T. Nojeim, Prof. David Cole, Hany Kiareldeen, Nahla Al-Arian, Bruce Ramer, Thomas Homburger, Steven Emerson and Stephen Flatow."

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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.

Immediate opening for immigration paralegal in 11 attorney Gateway One, Newark law firm. College degree and employment-related immigration experience preferred. Good writing and research skills necessary. Ability to work independently and with the firm's clients required. Competitive salary and generous benefits. Resumes should be forwarded to Anthony F. Siliato, Meyner and Landis LLP, One Gateway Center, Newark, New Jersey 07102.

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.

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

Saturday, June 30, 2001, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at DoubleTree Suites, Falls Conference Center, Mt. Laurel, NJ. A panel of experienced immigration lawyers and paralegals will explain how the administrative system operates and present the information you need to handle basic immigration matters. Youll also hear directly from several agency representatives about the procedures you need to follow when dealing with these agencies. For details click here.

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