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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
September 19, 2001
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The events of September 11 have changed all our lives and are bound to bring about more changes including in the field of immigration. To help people understand and deal with these changes ILW.COM is offering a series of seminars titled "Immigration Implications of September 11th Events" with Stephen Yale-Loehr and Denyse Sabagh (other speakers to be announced). In addition to the Mr. Yale-Loehr and Ms. Sabagh, who are volunteering their time for this series, we will be inviting legislative experts. We offer the series of three 60 minute seminars at our cost of $99. We encourage you to sign up for the series and educate yourself as one way of coping with the tragedy.

We have received a letter to the editor about a link we carried in the Immigration in the Press section of the September 14, 2001, issue of Immigration Daily to an article which originally appeared in the Village Voice. In the Immigration in the Press Section we carry links to items not on the ILW.COM site. We include links to provide our readers with more information than we can bring them with our resources, to offer some analysis of events related to immigration and offer a range of opinions on immigration matters. We apply the same editorial standards to the choices as we do for inclusion of items on our site. Material must be related to immigration and not something we know to be factually inaccurate. Beyond that the decision to include a link to another web site does not mean or imply that we agree with or adopt any ideas expressed on that site. We remain a forum for the exchange of information related to immigration.


Immigration Implications of September 11th events: Seminar Series by Stephen Yale-Loehr and Denyse Sabagh (more speakers will be added soon)

The tragic events of September 11th will have many effects on the immigration field. The effects will be both short-term and long-term. This telephonic seminar series will focus on the important points detailed below. The attorneys and others presenting the seminar are doing so pro bono. ILW.COM is offering the series at cost. This is not a venture to make money, but a service designed to assist attorneys to cope with the immigration aftermath of the events of September 11th.

The seminar series will consist of three seminars of 60 minutes each. An important feature of each seminar will be a question-and-answer session, where attorneys can bring up issues of concern to their individual practices. The first seminar is tentatively scheduled for September 26th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST (11:00 a.m. to 12 noon PST). The second seminar is tentatively scheduled for November 7th, and the third is tentatively scheduled for December 5th. The exact dates may be changed based on the situation. The intention is that the third seminar will be after Congress has adjourned for the year, so that a fuller analysis can be presented to attorneys. The total cost for the entire seminar series is $99. Several people can share the cost by sitting around a speaker-phone, however only one password will be provided per sign up. An email list-serv will supplement the seminar to facilitate additional information exchange (including Q & A).

For details click here.

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Many site users have complained that they are unable to get into the Chat Room to chat with an attorney and use the 24-hour public chat or the Discussion Board to post or reply to an immigration question. Site users will not be able to enter the chat room or discussion board if they do not have a recent computer (Pentium 90 MHz) and a recent browser such as Netscape 3, 4 and Explorer 4 or 5. ILW.COM offers many secure services for which it is essential to have a 128-bit encryption that only the recent browser versions offer. Users can easily download a free copy of the latest browser version at Microsoft or Netscape.

Site users will not be able to enter the chat room or discussion board if they are coming through a proxy server. Both programs are running on Port:83, which is a non-default port and many ISPs (Internet Service Provider) do not permit their clients to log onto a non-default port. In order to confirm this, users must try accessing If they are unable to do so, then users must contact their ISPs if they are accessing the chat room or discussion board from home or contact their Network Administrator if they are accessing the chat room or discussion board from work.

The final possibility that the users are unable to access a chat would be if they have a bug on their system. In order to detect the virus they must run a virus scan program or contact someone who can help them in this matter.

ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

Immigration-Related Issues of Concern to US Employers and Foreign Workers in light of Terrorist Actions on September 11, 2001
Angelo A. Paparelli writes about the effects of the recent events on immigration.

Immigration News

INS Memo on Parole Decision Authority
A memorandum from Michael A. Pearson, Executive Associate Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, explains that the Headquarters Office of International Affairs (HQIAO) is transferring humanitarian parole authority from the overseas districts to HQIAO, Parole Branch.

Immigration in the Press

Mood Swiftly Changes on Immigration
According to the Los Angeles Times reversing momentum that had been building in Washington for a relaxation of U immigration laws, last week's terrorist attacks appear likely to spawn a rash of measures designed to tighten the nation's borders.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Mark Kalish
Mark Kalish will answers questions on all aspects of immigration law on Wednesday, September 19, 2001, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted beginning 15 minutes before the beginning of the chat.

This Day in Immigration

September 19, 2000

"Lists of Designated Primary Medical Care, Mental Health, and Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a notice that provides lists of all areas, population groups, and facilities designated as primary medical care, mental health, and dental health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) as of July 31, 2000. (Long Download)"

The ILW.COM archive of immigration information is 20,000 pages and continually growing. To search the archive by date, click here, or search by entering a keyword:

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

The following Texas Attorney General Opinion JC-0409 was issued last Friday.

The conclusion is that a person who does not have a social security number is not required to provide such a number in order to obtain a Texas driver's license. The Texas Department of Public Safety must require all applicants for a Texas driver's license who possess a social security number to provide that number; however, possession of a social security number is not a requirement for obtaining a Texas driver's license.

Paul Parsons, Chair
Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration & Nationality,
State Bar of Texas

Dear Editor:

I was deeply disappointed in your publication of this article, without any critical analysis of it, or any consideration of the reason why a European nation such as the UK would have such legislation. As a British citizen I lived in the UK for 38 years before moving to the USA and in all that time never felt the weight of these supposed draconian laws, not felt that my civil liberties were in any way threatened or diminished. But then like the vast majority of British citizens I am a) law abiding and b) not seeking to endanger the lives of innocent people through acts of terrorism. It may interest your readers to know that the British people cherish their liberties fiercely, to the extent that picture ID drivers licenses, for example, were only introduced two years ago, and may carry only the barest of information unless the citizen agrees otherwise.

Those of us who have lived daily with the danger of terrorism on our doorsteps - not only in the UK but throughout Europe - for our whole lifetimes have a much stronger understanding of the vulnerability that we as citizens must accept if we are to value true freedom, and the necessary security precautions that sometimes must be taken to prevent terrorism succeeding. I love the USA and cherish its freedoms too - the saddest thing of all that has happened in the last week is that the USA has, through an appalling act of terrorism, had to discover that same vulnerability despite being the most powerful nation on earth. In losing our sense of immediate security here in the USA we should be careful not to accuse others of denying civil liberties, especially those who have without hesitation always stood alongside the American people.

Your publication of the article had little to do with immigration issues per se and was a piece of rhetoric that was unworthy of your normally excellent service. I can only hope that it is not repeated.


Fr. R Penhallurick

Editor's Note: for a response please see the Editor's Comments


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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 teleconference and e-mail listserv series titled On the Cutting Edge: H-1B Practice and Strategy with Angelo Paparelli and Steve Yale-Loehr. The final teleconferences will take place Wednesday October 3, 2001, at 1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. It is 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.

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.

An Important disclaimer! The information provided on this page is not legal advice. Transmission of this information is not intended to create, and receipt by you does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers must not act upon any information without first seeking advice from a qualified attorney. Correspondence to Letters may be edited and may be published and otherwise used in any medium.
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