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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
June 21, 2001
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The INS has updated its information on the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). SEVP is the reengineered nonimmigrant student and exchange visitor (F, M, & J visa categories) process, converting what is currently a manual procedure into an automated process. The INS hopes the change will improve data collection and reporting, enhance customer service, facilitate compliance with regulations, and help it to better monitor school and exchange programs. Utilizing the lessons learned from the Coordinated Interagency Partnership Regulating International Students (CIPRIS), the INS is currently in the process of nationally implementing SEVP.

We invite you to stop by the ILW.COM booth 319 at the 2001 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law June 20-24, 2001, Boston Copley Marriott Hotel, 3rd Floor, University Hall, to meet the editor of Immigration Daily and other members of the ILW.COM team.

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Supreme Court Decision in Nguyen v. INS Provokes Strong Dissent
Carl R. Baldwin writes about the recent Supreme Court Decision in Nguyen v. INS, No. 99-2071.

Immigration News

No Specific Intent Required for Attempted Reentry
In US v. Cabral, No. 00-1068 (1st Cir. June 12, 2001), the court found that court found that where the Defendant presented a green card and denied any prior problems with the INS, there was sufficient evidence to find that had had attempted reentry after having been deported

Case Moot After INS Adjudicated Petitions
The court in Cruz v. Farquharson, No. 00-2261 (1st Cir. June 12, 2001), dismissed as moot the action brought by Plaintiffs to compel the INS to adjudicate their petitions because the Service had taken action on the petitions after Plaintiffs filed their case.

Prior Aggravated Felony a Sentencing Factor
In US v. Moreno-Arredondo, No. 00-50603 (5th Cir. June 19, 2001) the court rejected the argument that a prior aggravated felony conviction was an element of Defendant's illegal re-entry offense and not merely a sentencing factor.

No Jurisdiction to Review Execution of Removal Order
The court in Sharif v. Reno, No. 00 C 7098 (N.D. Ill. June 14, 2001), the court dismissed Plaintiffs' habeas petition because their case is pending with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) so administrative remedies had not been exhausted, and because the court has no jurisdiction to hear a claim arising from the Attorney General's decision to execute a removal order.

Hearing on Guestworkers
The House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims heard testimony from Susan Martin of the Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University, Randel Johnson, Vice President for Labor and Employee Benefits, US Chamber of Commerce Mark Krikorian, Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies, and Cecilia Muñoz, Vice President of the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, National Council of La Raza

Immigration in the Press

Stemming the Flow
New York Press carries an article about Angela Merkel, a German who argues that nation statesincluding Western oneshave a right to exist and contribute something essential to human progress by maintaining their own traditions and languages and way of doing things.

This Day in Immigration

From June 21, 2000

"Fifty-eight dead in England. Eleven, including the mother of a six-year-old boy, dead off the coast of Florida. Shipping containers with dead bodies arriving in the port of Seattle. Around the world people are willing to risk leaving their families, years of servitude to pay smuggling debts or, in many cases, their very lives to escape where they are. The United States and Canada have tried to make themselves less attractive destinations by tightening asylum laws and penalties for entering the country illegally. The European Union will in the words of Jacques Chirac, "beef up joint action in immigration and asylum matters." For someone willing to spend weeks sealed in a shipping container or to board a leaky boat to travel through shark-infested waters changes in the laws of the places they are headed are unlikely to make a big difference. The efforts need to be focused not on making the destination less attractive, but making the point of origin more tolerable."

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor

I'm writing to ask you to verify the current info on your site regarding Government Times of Family Sponsored Preferences. Last month or so the date given for 2B's All chargeability was Jun 93. Today it says Jan 93. Can this be correct? Are the processing times going backwards? Please advise. Thank you for a great web site!

MJ Tocco

Editor's Note: Some of the family-based preference categories did move backward for the month of July.


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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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