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Immigration Daily
Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
February 26, 2002
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The INS has released the chapters on refugees and asylees from the forthcoming 1999 Statistical Yearbook of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. All references to Appendices, charts, tables and other numbers are as they will appear in the final Yearbook edition. Refugees are aliens outside the US who are unwilling or unable to return to their home countries because of persecution or a well founded fear of persecution. Asylees are people already in the US unwilling or unable to return to their countries of nationality because of persecution or well-founded fear or persecution. The data show that the total number of refugee applications decreased to 111,576 in FY99 from 124,777 in FY98. During the same period the number of approvals rose from 73,198 to 85,192. The percentage of asylum cases approves rose from 23.4% in FY98 to 38.3% in FY99. For the full report, click here.

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Coming Soon to Your BIA Appeal: Summary Dismissal
Robert C. Divine, the leader of the Immigration Team of Baker Donelson Bearman & Caldwell, P.C., writes that the proposed changes at the Executive Office for Immigration Review "will increase the importance of excellent lawyering in the pursuit of BIA appeals of immigration decisions and in the proceedings that lead up to those appeals."

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Immigration News

Bribery and Document Fraud Conviction Upheld for INS Asylum Officer
In US v Levya, No. 99-50793 (9th Cir. Feb. 25, 2002),, where a former INS asylum officer was convicted of bribery and immigration document fraud, the court rejected the argument that the lower court had erred in refusing to instruct the jury that a public official had to have used his official position in the commission of a fraud in order to be convicted.

Claim Against INS by Survivors of Detainee Not Time Barred
The court in Papa v. INS, No. 00-55-51 (9th Cir. Feb. 25, 2002), found that the statute of limitation did not bar a claim for violation of constitutional rights by federal officials for the minor children of a alien detainee who had died in INS custody, that they were within the statute for limitation for a claim under the Aliens Tort Claims Act (ACTA) and that INS had not fully responded to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request because it did not detail the methods it used to search for the documents produced and never stated that all documents had been produced.

1999 Statistical Yearbook Refugees/Asylees
The INS has made available the chapters on Refugees and Asylees from the 1999 Statistical Yearbook.

DOS Rule on Fingerprint Info
The Department of State has amended the regulations pertaining to the fingerprinting of nonimmigrants and immigrants, and also has established new regulations that set forth the conditions for the use, protection, dissemination and destruction of any criminal history or other records provided by the FBI.

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Immigration in the Press

Ruling Revives Amnesty Program
According to the Los Angeles Times a federal judge has breathed new life into one of the nation's longest-running lawsuits, increasing the likelihood that thousands of undocumented immigrants around the country will be able to become lawful US residents.

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Immigration...The Times They Are A Changin' February 28, March 1 2002, SeaTac DoubleTree Hotel, 18740 Pacific Hwy. So., Seattle. This year's expanded seminar has been revamped to maximize information sharing with government speakers and experienced practitioners. More government speakers, larger facilities, and exciting new roundtable discussions will educate and challenge attendees of all experience levels. Attendees new to immigration will receive a comprehensive, practical and clear overview in virtually all areas of immigration law. Advanced attendees will learn how to incorporate the new laws and procedures into their daily practice. In addition, all attendees will learn to resolve complex matters so unique that they cannot be researched in traditional periodicals. To Register or view the full program brochure click here. For questions or more information call Denise at: (206) 340-2578.

The second annual New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) Seminar that will be run in conjunction with AILA on Wednesday March 20, 2002, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Gateway Hilton in Newark, New Jersey. Speakers include: Dolores DeHaan, Betty Manfredonia, Paul Novak, Andrea Quarantillo, Susan Rauffer and William Yates. For details click here.

The Midwest Legal Immigration Project is continuing its endeavor to provide basic immigration legal training to attorneys and paralegals practicing immigration law, or who wish to begin the practice of immigration law. Our next intensive week long basic legal immigration training seminar is scheduled for May 13-17, 2002, at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Des Moines. The seminar is co-sponsored by the Immigration Legal Resource Center of San Francisco. Successful graduates will receive assistance in applying for BIA accreditation if they wish. The seminar is accredited for 30 hours of CLE and 2 hours ethics for attorneys. The Marriott Hotel is offering sharply discounted rooms for $49/night plus tax. Call 1-800-228-9290 for room reservations and mention the immigration legal training seminar. For more information, call Jim Benzoni at 515-271-5730; fax 515-271-5757; or e-mail

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Marc Ellis, Gary Endelman

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