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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
June 15, 2001
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Employer Sanctions Against Immigrant Workers
Muzaffar Chishti writes that the employer sanctions law has neither helped reduce undocumented immigration no improved wages and working conditions of US workers, but has become a tool to suppress workers' rights to organize.

Immigration News

Revised INS Bulletin on H-1Bs
The INS Office of Business Liaison has issued a revised bulletin on H-1B Specialty Workers including, in footnote 12, a new toll free number for resolution of LCA problems.

OIG Report on INS Escort of Criminal Aliens
The Office of the Inspector General, Evaluation and Inspections Division, conducted a review of the INS's practice of escorting criminal aliens on commercial airlines when the aliens are removed from the US to non-border countries.

Ziglar Nomination Official
President Bush has formally sent the nomination of James W. Ziglar to be Commissioner of the INS.

Martirosyan Opinion Vacated
In Martirosyan v. INS, No. 98-70979 (9th Cir. June 14, 2001), the court vacated and withdrew its October 23, 2000, decision and its March 13, 2001, order for an en banc hearing.

Competition for J-1 Grants
Office of Academic Exchange Programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces an open competition for an assistance award for J-1 programs to select qualified individuals who are citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan to receive fellowships for Master's level study in the United States in the fields of business administration, economics, education, environmental management, international affairs, law, library and information science, journalism/mass communications, public administration, public health, and public policy.

Mink Support for H.R. 1209
Rep. Mink adds her remarks in favor of H.R. 1209, The Child Protection Act of 2001.

Energy Shortage Due to Immigration
Rep. Tancredo links the energy shortage in California to immigration.

Executive Communication on TWOV
A letter from the Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Department of State, transmitting the Department's final rule on aliens ineligible to transit without visas (TWOV), Russia was received on June 11, 2001, and referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H-1B Rule Sent to Senate
A communication from the Director of the Policy Directives and Instructions Branch, INS, Department of Justice, transmitting the report of a rule entitled "Petitioning Requirements for the H-1C Nonimmigrant Classification" was received on June 12, 2001, and referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

Immigration in the Press

Report Outlines the Abuse of Foreign Domestic Workers
Human Rights Watch, the human rights group, is to release a report that accuses the US government of doing too little to protect domestic workers who come to the US to escape poverty in their countries of origin.

This Day in Immigration

From June 15, 2000

"In his new column Immigration and Geopolitics in the Digital Age Gary Endelman, Esq. writes, "just as great nations competed for raw materials in the era of industrial growth, so international relations in the digital age will increasingly be marked by a global competition for high technology talent. This struggle will be most obvious in the world's most advanced economies with the lowest fertility rates and consequently the greatest need for immigration. The line between immigration and geopolitics will slowly fade. Once viewed as a purely a domestic problem, employment-based immigration will move center stage over time and become a core component of national foreign policy." As the need for skilled labor grows the fact that migration patterns are driven by economic factors will become the basis for determining immigration policy."

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

Please note that the Visa Bulletin includes the following comment regarding the retrogression (in the family preference categories). "With the start of the new fiscal year in October, any cut-off date that has retrogressed will return to the latest cut-off date established during FY-2001." Therefore, it seems as though things will get better in October 2001.

Kevin Levine


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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 ATLANTA, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY,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 or

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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