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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
September 26, 2001
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On Monday Attorney General Ashcroft presented the Mobilization Against Terrorism Act to Congress. According to a press release from his office, "[t]he purpose of the legislation is to provide the President and the Department of Justice with the tools and resources necessary to disrupt, weaken, thwart, and eliminate the infrastructure of terrorist organizations, to prevent or thwart terrorist attacks, and to punish perpetrators of terrorist acts." The immigration provisions of both the September 18 version and September 19 version of the bill contain clauses which mandate that aliens certified as terrorists be detained indefinitely with judicial review limited to review of only a final order of removal in the District Court for the District of Columbia. Many facts remain to be uncovered and disclosed, but nothing revealed to date suggests that if the INS had the power to detain people indefinitely the events of September 11 would have been any different. Indeed, it seems that some of the suspected perpetrators were being sought, but were not in custody at all. With respect to immigration, instead of a power which can be applied arbitrarily to detain people indefinitely the tools that seem to be needed are improved techniques, training and diligence in developing evidence which can be presented in administrative or judicial hearings, while respecting the basic rights which are the foundation of the American way of life.


We Are Overwhelmed!

ILW.COM has been swamped with sign-ups to the seminar this Friday on the Immigration Implications of the 9/11 tragedy. We will try our best to accommodate every one. This seminar is being offered at cost. Any monies remaining after expenses are paid will be donated to an immigration related non-profit organization. To sign up, please click here.

We also offer a for-profit seminar series on H-1B issues presented by Angelo Paparelli and Stephen Yale-Loehr. For more info on this series, please click here.

Tip of the Day

Discussion Board

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ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

Immigration Developments in the Aftermath of the WTC Disaster
Cyrus D. Mehta writes about the the effects of the World Trade Center disaster on immigration - both favorable and unfavorable.

Immigration News

Sen. Kennedy Cosponsors Extension of Biometric BCC
Sen. Kennedy has been added as a cosponsor to S. 1400 a bill to extend the deadline for aliens to present a border crossing card that contains a biometric identifier matching the appropriate biometric characteristic of the alien.

AG on Mobilization Against Terrorism Act
In a press release on proposed legislation that seeks to combat terrorist activity Attorney General Ashcroft described the immigration provisions as "protect[ing] the integrity of the United States borders without sacrificing the ability to welcome law-abiding visitors and legal immigrants."

Immigration in the Press

Changes Called Likely in Policy on Immigration
According to the New York Times [registration required] as the nation takes a closer look at who crosses its borders and why, immigration policy could change in subtle but lasting ways, analysts say.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Barry Lieber
Barry Lieber will answers questions on all aspects of immigration law on Wednesday, September 26, 2001, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted beginning 15 minutes before the start of the chat.

This Day in Immigration

From September 26, 2000

"Designation of a Foreign Terrorist Organization Pursuant to Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Secretary of State has designated "The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan" as a foreign terrorist organization effective September 25, 2000."

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

Thanks for the outstanding article by Gary Endelman, If They Come for Me in the Morning." It is a timely warning that we and our leaders all need to pay attention to.

Carl R. Baldwin


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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.

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