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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
October 24, 2001
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A letter to the editor is one more in a link stretching back to a press release from the South Carolina office of the Attorney General which we mentioned in the October 12, 2001, issue of Immigration Daily. You can follow the evolution of the thread by clicking on the links we have included at each step along the way. ILW.COM is proud to serve as the hub for the exchange of immigration law news and opinions. We encourage you to use the forward key if you are reading the e-mail version of the Daily, or the "Share this page with a friend" at the bottom of the page if you are reading the web version, and send the Daily with someone you know who deserves to be part of the community.


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ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

The ABCs of Immigration - Inadmissibility - Coming to Work Without a Labor Certification
Greg Siskind and Amy Ballentine write that many immigrants who are coming to the US to work are inadmissible unless the Department of Labor has issued a certification stating that their employment will not adversely effect the wages and working conditions of US workers and that there are no willing, able and qualified workers available to perform the job.

Immigration News

Withholding under CAT Granted
In Al-Saher v. INS, No. 99-71308 (9th Cir. Oct. 23, 2001), the court found there was substantial evidence to support a denial of asylum, but granted withholding of removal under the Convention Against Torture (CAT) for an Iraqi who had been imprisoned three times, beaten and burned with cigarettes.

En Banc Rehearing in Aguirre-Cervantes v. INS
The Ninth Circuit has voted for an en banc rehearing of its March 21, 2001, decision in Aguirre-Cervantes v. INS, No. 99-70861.

Report on Benefits to Haitians
The General Accounting Office (GAO) has sent to Congress its sixth report on immigration benefits required by the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act of 1998. As of September 30, 2001, the INS had received a total of 35,946 applications and had approved 5,072.

ISD Notes from CBO Meeting
Notes prepared after the monthly national meeting held between Community Based Organizations (CBO) and the Immigration Services Division (ISD) cover the impact of the September 11 events on ISD's customers, the budget and examination fee account, production management, a business plan update and the LIFE Act.

DOL Comment Request
The Department of Labor requests comments on the ETA-9016 which allows the Secretary of Labor to assess the cost efficiency of the INS Verification System and to determine the national impact of IRCA on the Unemployment Insurance system.

Immigration in the Press

INS Should be Honest about Lapses
According to a piece by Magda Montiel Davis in the Miami Herald, "whether motivated by an attempt to mask a grave error on the second inspector's part or because of employees' lack of training and knowledge of basic immigration law, the INS has misled the public."

Hospitality Industry Layoffs Hit Hard for Immigrants in Low-Wage Jobs
According to an Associated Press article on Tampa Bay Online Americans have stayed close to home since the September 11 attacks, causing a downturn in the hotel business that has been particularly hard on immigrants in low-wage jobs, including cooks, maids and dishwashers.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Julian Lowenfeld
Julian Lowenfeld will answers questions on all aspects of immigration law on Wednesday, October 24, 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 24, 2000

"Report on Benefits to Haitians The General Accounting Office (GAO) has sent to Congress its fourth report on immigration benefits required by the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act of 1998. As of September 20, 2000, the INS had received a total of 35,257 applications and had approved 263."

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Letters to the Editor

[Editor's Note: the following is in response to a letter which appeared in the October 23, 2001, issue of Immigration Daily].

Dear Editor:

No, Mr. McVeigh is not an illegal immigrant. Nor are most immigrants, illegal or otherwise, terrorists. But, it is plain stupidity to continue to fail to enforce our immigration laws and to make it easy for people who wish us harm to come here. I am an Arab-American who did her thesis on Muslim immigrants in the US, and I have lived and worked in the Middle East. Believe me, the hatred for the US is evident there. Even Muslim communities here are a source of comfort for terrorists--one of the mosques I dealt with in NJ sheltered the "blind sheikh" during his stay here, prior to the World Trade Center bombing in 1993.

I do understand that most illegal immigrants don't come for terrorism but for economic reasons. The trick is telling WHICH ONES are here for which reasons..... [To read the whole letter, click here].



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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 newest situations posed by new laws, regulations and procedures. For agenda, registration form and details, click here.

Presented by the Practicing Law Institute, November 27, 2001, 6:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. PLI New York Training Center, 21st Floor 810 Seventh Avenue (between 52nd and 53rd Streets) New York City. For details, click here.

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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