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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
October 11, 2001
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The Commissioner of the INS has addressed personally the case of a British widow who feared removal after losing her husband in the WTC attack. In a news release INS Commissioner James Ziglar stated that families of victims of the terrorist attacks at the WTC and Pentagon whose immigrant or nonimmigrant status was dependent on the victim's status should not be concerned about facing immediate removal. He referred specifically to the recent reports of a British woman widowed by the WTC attack, noting that she was not facing removal. According to an Associated Press article in the Newark Star Ledger, INS spokesman Russ Bergeron also said the INS is committed to finding a solution for the woman. Commissioner Ziglar emphasized that the case was one of unfortunate timing. A petition for change of status for her husband from H-1B to O had been filed with the Vermont Service Center in July. On September 13, unaware that he was missing in the WTC attack, the Service Center mailed a routine letter to the husband's attorney requesting information about the beneficiary's eligibility for O status. When the INS was made aware of the situation, it immediately exercised its discretion and granted deferred action for humanitarian reasons. When she met with INS officials on September 27 the widow was informed that she was not facing removal, and was offered deferred action which would allow her to remain in the US and receive work authorization.


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ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

The ABCs of Immigration - Inadmissibility - Public Charge
Greg Siskind and Amy Ballentine write about the likelihood of becoming a public charge as a basis for being inadmissible.

Immigration News

Commissioner Ziglar Statement on Families of Victims of Terrorist Attacks
INS Commissioner Ziglar announced that families of victims of the terrorist attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon whose immigrant or non-immigrant status was dependent on the victims status should not be concerned about facing immediate removal from the US.

After-Acquired Aggravated Felony
In US v. Maria-Gonzalez, No. 00-10534 (9th Cir. Oct. 10, 2001), the court held that the sentence of a deported alien found in the US could be enhanced for being an alien deported subsequent to an aggravated felony even if the crime was not classified as an aggravated felony at the time he was convicted.

Visa Integrity and Security Act of 2001
Sen. Bond introduced Bond S. 1518, a bill to improve procedures with respect to the admission to, and departure from, the US of aliens.

Securing American Families Effectively (SAFE) Act
Rep. Paul introduced the Securing American Families Effectively (SAFE) Act.

Sen. Domenici Cosponsors Extension of Biometric Card
Sen. Domenici was added as a cosponsor of 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.

Rep. Tancredo on Porous Borders
Rep. Tancredo speaks of the issue of immigration, the porous nature of our borders and the very devastating effect that has had on the US literally and figuratively.

Cleveland-Area Man Stripped of US Citizenship for Service as NAZI Camp Guard
The naturalized US citizenship of Wasyl Krysa was revoked by a federal judge in Cleveland, Ohio, on the basis of his participation in the persecution of Jews and other civilian prisoners during World War II.

Immigration in the Press

INS Will Not Act Against Foreign Nationals Affected by Attacks
According to an Associated Press report in the Newark Star Ledger foreign nationals who lost relatives in the September 11 attacks, including a British woman whose immigration status was uncertain after the presumed death of her husband, will not face deportation.

Immigration Rights Now Take Back Seat
According to the Houston Chronicle after moving toward extending more rights and benefits to immigrants, Congress and local leaders now seem set to reverse the trend.

This Day in Immigration

From October 11, 2000

"Passport is a Passport In US v. Vrajitoriu, No. 00-1260 (8th Cir. Oct. 10, 2000), the court found that the plain reading of a law making it a crime to use a forgery of or false passport to defraud the United States was not limited to United States passport."

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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.

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.

MidSouth Chapter's Fall CLE Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville Nov. 2 & 3. The title is "Where the Newest Rubber Meets the Road," because the conference will have its traditional professionally intimate setting conducive to lively questioning of the speakers (and erudite comments from the attendees) so that participants come away with the answers to their questions and with practical solutions to the newests ituations posed by new laws, regulations and procedures. For agenda, registration form and details, click here.

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