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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
August 16, 2001
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Two new forms have been added to the download forms for free page. Fillable versions of the I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification form, and the N-400, Application for Naturalization are now available.

The INS has eliminated the requirement that duplicated and electronically generated forms be produced on the same color paper and in the same printing configuration that is used for the official INS forms. The forms are in portable document format ("pdf") and require the use of Acrobat Reader which is available for free. With the free Adobe Acrobat Reader you can view and print files on most computers. PDF allows higher resolution than a scanned document and avoids the problems of smudging and misalignment which can arise with photocopies.


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For lawyers with corporate clients, the internet is crucial in finding and keeping clients. An article from points out that when 2/3rds of corporate clients decide whether to try a new firm, they're likely to be swayed by how the firm uses all aspects of the Internet. To read the article, click here. If you are not already listed in ILW.COM's directory, click here to sign up.

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Hyperlinks on the Internet

The genius of the internet is that it is a continually growing web of interlinked information. Pages on the internet can have links to other related pages. These are called "hyperlinks." Hyperlinks are often indicated by underlined text. On some newer pages the hyperlink may simply change color when the cursor passes over it. If you position your cursor over the hyperlink and left click on your mouse once, you should be taken to a new page. If you click on the back button on your browser, usually the upper left hand corner, you will return to the page you were on originally. When you return to the page the hyperlink often will appear in a different color to help you keep track of which pages you have viewed. There is much more to Immigration Daily than just the headlines and brief digests we bring you. Each issue acts as a road map to the original source material. Many e-mails, including the e-mail version of Immigration Daily, have hypelinks which allow you to jump from the e-mail to a web page. So click on the links and get from the internet the information you want and need.

ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

Debate Continues over Legalization Proposals
Greg Siskind and Amy Ballentine write about the ongoing discussion of the Administration's legalization proposal.

Immigration News

Spraying Graffiti not an Aggravated Felony
In US v. Landeros-Gonzales, No. 01-10066 (5th Cir. Aug. 14, 2001), the court ruled that a conviction under Texas law of criminal mischief for marking another's property by spray-painting graffiti on a building and a fence was not an aggravated felony for purposes of immigration law because there was no substantial risk that destructive or violent force would be used in unlawfully making markings another's property.

Participation in Violent Acts Against Others is Not Statutory Bar to Asylum
In Hernandez v. Reno, No. 00-3721 (8th Cir. Aug. 15, 2001), the court ruled that the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)'s decision that the Petitioner was stautorily ineligible for asylum was erroneous because the BIA did not evaluate the entire record in order to determine whether the Petitioner should be held personally culpable in assisting or participating in the persecution of others. The court published the Appellant's brief of 1/8/01, Appellant's brief of 1/22/01, Appellee's brief and Appellant's reply brief.

Congressional Testimony on Immigration and Population
On August 2, 2001, the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims held a legislative hearing on "The US Population and Immigration" with testimony from Steven Camarota, Bill Elder, John Long and Jeffrey Passel.

Immigration in the Press

Hispanic Immigrants Put Muscle Back into Unions
According to an article in USA Today, although the AFL-CIO was one of the strongest critics of NAFTA, it is now pushing for amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants who work and pay taxes in the US.

When Asylum Requests Are Overlooked
The New York Times [registration required] reports that low-level immigration enforcement officers summarily deport tens of thousands of immigrants without proper papers every year, among them, advocates say, are many asylum seekers who are returned to dangerous situations without the hearings to which they are legally entitled for review of their claims of persecution.

This Day in Immigration

From August 16, 2000

"INS Launches Sweeping Crackdown Against Migrant Smugglers The INS announces the start of Operation Denial, a program that seeks to curb the victimization and violence in alien smuggling in the greater Phoenix area. The goal of the initiative is to choke smugglers' access to the networks that enable them to move their human cargo. The networks include airports, major highways and local residences being used as "drop houses" to hide smuggled migrants."

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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

Angelo Paparelli and Steve Yale-Loehr will conduct a three-part teleconference and e-mail listserv series titled On the Cutting Edge: H-1B Practice and Strategy with Angelo Paparelli and Steve Yale-Loehr. The remaining teleconferences will take place Wednesdays September 5, and October 3, 2001, at 1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. They are open to attorneys, employers, HR professionals and anyone else interested in the H-1B process and strategy. For more information or to register click here.

American Immigration Lawyers Association 2001 Fall CLE Conference "It's a Border Thing" September 14, 2001, La Mansion del Rio Hotel, San Antonio, Texas. Register before August 24, 2001, and save $$. Receive discounted hotel rates when you make hotel reservations by August 20, 2001. Visit the Conference section of to obtain registration and hotel information. Don't Miss This Exciting Conference!

Saturday, October 13, 2001, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Ramada Inn, Fairfield, 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.

American Immigration Lawyers Association, Central Florida Chapter (AILA-CFC) will be holding its 15th Annual Advanced-Level Immigration Law Seminar on October 26-27 at the Renaissance Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida. Discounted hotel rates are available from the resort. Point of contact for information/registration is Steve Zawacki, or 407/831-6644.

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