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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
October 10, 2001
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Immigration Daily from its inception has focused on primary source material. In our Immigration in the Press section, however, we provide links to other sites which offer immigration law related news and analysis. Yesterday we carried a link to an article posted on about how the INS is handling the case of a woman widowed by the September 11 attacks. Someone reading the article on the site was surprised by a black spider on the screen and contacted us because she thought her computer had been attacked by a virus. Another had a mummy march across the screen. What at first appeared to be a virus attack turned out to be merely intrusive advertising. While it is not entirely impossible for a virus to attack simply from viewing a site, it is highly unlikely for most desktop computers. We would never knowingly direct readers to a site which could do damage, but, as we have all been reminded recently, there is no such thing as 100% guarnantee of safety.

The plight of the widow who is the subject of the article elicited several letters to the editor. [For more on the case see an article in the Newark Star Ledger.] One correspondent was apparently unaware of the British style of writing dates in a DD/MM/YYYY format and was confused by the date of 07/10/2001 on the article. He also criticized the author's innacurate use of words which for immigration practitioners are terms of art. Even people in the immigration field can be confused by the difference between unlawfully present, out of status, undocumented and illegal. While journalists have a duty to their readers to be as accurate as possible, authors for the general press can be forgiven a failure to grasp the nuances of terms which people in the field struggle with themselves.

ILW.COM proudly announces the release of new fillable, savable forms on line. We have added new forms and updated some existing forms to the latest version. The I-129F is now the 3/29/01 version, the I-539 is the 9/04/01 version and the N-400 is the 5/31/01 version. New to our list of forms are the I-589 and I-730. Our IFillForms now had 41 forms which can be filled and saved anywhere you have internet access. For a full listing of the forms available, click here. For answers to frequently asked questions, click here.


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Immigration Daily is the first daily publication in the field of immigration. It moves at Internet speed to keep you up to date on the latest in immigration. We understand that not everyone who reads the Daily needs to read all the topics we cover. We provide the headlines in the e-mail version of the Daily as a tool to help you find the information that is important to you. By glancing at the headlines you can determine quickly which features are of interest to you. You can stay up to date for just a few seconds a day! After going through the headlines if you find nothing of interest to you, do not feel guilty about hitting the delete. There is no need to read everything that the editors do. If you know other people who subscribe to the Daily please tell them about this tip - they may have already hit the delete key!

ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

Employer Sanctions: Is The INS Tired Of Playing Sisyphus?
Carl Shusterman writes that INS is decreasing its workplace enforcement activities because sanctions do not work due to phony documents.

Immigration News

Fingerprint Requirement for Nonimmigrant Visas
Rep. Green introduced and spoke in favor of H.R. 3052, a bill to require that nonimmigrant visa applicants provide fingerprints.

Immigration in the Press

INS Culls Foreign Student Info
According to Wired News government officials who want personal information about foreign students attending schools in the United States will soon be able to get such data with the click of a mouse.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Mira Mdivani
Mira Mdivani will answers questions on all aspects of immigration law on Wednesday, October 10, 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 October 10, 2000

"Misrepresentation on I-9 Not False Testimony In a recent decision the Board of Immigration Appeals determined that providing false information on an I-9 form was not "false testimony" and so did not preclude a finding of good moral character. (Courtesy of Jonathan Scop)."

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Letters to the Editor

Editor's Note: the following are in response to an article in the to which we carried a link.

Dear Editor:

I could not believe what I was reading in the article about Deena Gilbey, of the UK and now of Chatham, NJ. I have heard repeated news stating that the government would be making adjustments in the cases of those hurt or killed in the attacks on 9/11. Apparently, nobody told the Newark office.

As a US citizen living in New Jersey, I have done what I can - I've e-mailed both Senators (Torricelli and Corzine) asking them to create a private bill for Mrs. Gilbey giving her permanent residency or citizenship, whichever she wants. I also support the Chatham police chief in his stance.

Let's hope that saner heads prevail and also that whoever made the decision to send her such a letter be firmly disciplined.

Mark Smith
Hamilton, NJ

Dear Editor:

Yesterday's article about the British woman whose husband's tragic demise in the WTC Terror incident and subsequent INS removal proceedings against her despite political assurance to the contrary once again only underscores, the inhumane, pitiful and narrow minded, bureaucratic mind set of INS personnel as the most inefficient federal agency of all times.

Take Care and Warm regards,
Sincerely Yours,


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The American Immigration Lawyers Association Litigation Conference on October 19, 2001 and Asylum Conference on October 20 will take place at the Wyndham Ambassador West Hotel, 1300 North State Parkway, Chicago, Illinois. The deadline for early registration and to secure a hotel room at the AILA Room Rate is October 3, 2001. Both these Conferences will provide information that you can immediately integrate into your practice. Complete Program Information and a Registration form is available at

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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