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Immigration Daily
Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
February 28, 2002
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By a vote of 404 to 3 with 26 not voting the House passed has passed H.R. 1892, the "Family Sponsor Immigration Act of 2001." INS regulations provide for automatic revocation of a petition when the petitioner dies, but do allow the Attorney General, in his or her discretion, to determine that, for humanitarian reasons, revocation would be inappropriate, and thus complete the unification of a family. But even if the Attorney General decides to exercise his discretion favorably, the regulations still require that the Petitioner sign an affidavit of support.

The "Family Sponsor Immigration Act of 2001" provides that in cases where the petitioner has died and the Attorney General has determined for humanitarian reasons that revocation of the petition would be inappropriate, a close family other than the petitioner would be allowed to sign the necessary affidavit of support. Eligible family members as passed the House last July includes spouses, parents, grandparents, mothers- and fathers-in-law, siblings, adult sons and daughters, adult sons and daughters-in-law, grandchildren and legal guardians. The Senate passed a minor amendment to the bill to add brothers- and sisters-in-law. It is the bill with the Senate amendment that the House has approved. It now awaits the President's signature.

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Reconciling Work Experience in H-1Bs and EB-3s
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Immigration News

Family Sponsor Immigration Act of 2001
Rep. Sensenbrenner spoke in favor of H.R. 1892 which provides that in cases where the petitioner has died and the Attorney General has determined for humanitarian reasons that revocation of the petition would be inappropriate, a close family other than the petitioner would be allowed to sign the necessary affidavit of support. By a vote of 404 to 3 with 26 not voting the House concurred in the Senate amendment adding sister-in-law and brother-in-law as close family members.

Rep. Tancredo on Immigration and Radical Multiculturalism
Rep. Tancredo wonders "whether or not we have given enough thought to some of the philosophical questions that develop as a result of massive immigration into this country and combining massive immigration with an other phenomenon in America that I will call radical multiculturalism."

Indictment for Alien Smuggling
The Department of Justice announced the arrest and indictment of Maher Wazzen Ahmed Yusof Jarad on an alien smuggling charge in connection with the Ecuadorian vessel "Esperanza."

National Guard Troops to Assist INS
Through a cooperative arrangement between the Department of Justice and Department of Defense (DOD), the National Guard will assist the INS on the Northern and Southern borders for up to six months providing 700 military personnel along with administrative support and air operations support to the Border Patrol along the northern border.

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Immigration in the Press

Immigration Judges Yearning to Breathe Free reports that the The National Association of Immigration Judges has revived an old proposal and is asking that immigration courts be removed from the Department of Justice.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

The creation of a new V visa category under the Legal Immigration Family Equity Act of 2000 (LIFE) has allowed the spouse and children of the lawful permanent residents in the F-2A category to come to the US to join their family provided that they must have been waiting at least for 3 years for immigration visa number. But the children who were already approved under F-2A category and later transferred to the F-2B category because of their turning 21 years of age while waiting for an immigrant visa number have been prevented from taking the advantage of eligibility for the V visa under the LIFE Act. With this, it is certain that justice is not done to the children of the F-2B category who have been separated from their parents for more than 7 years, because they were totally ignored when the new "V" visa was created. To separate the children from their parents for such a long period doesn't seem to be fair and just for a democratic country like America, where equality and freedom are expected by all on an equal footing. Therefore, it is very high time that the US legislators amend the LIFE Act entitling the children of the F-2B category also for the V visa.

Laxmi Salikya

Dear Editor:

That there are more than 8 million immigrants in this country illegally is precisely the problem that is in need of a solution.

The main focus of my concern is, and has been, the more than 3 million undocumented Mexican workers who came so close to a positive resolution of their status before the September 11 incident. I am aware, however, that a solution must eventually include all undocumented immigrants in the country, not just the Mexican.
This letter represents my contribution to try to find a solution to the immigration problem. Possibly somebody may find something in its contents to build on.
[To read the whole letter, click here].
Richard E. Baer, D.V.M.

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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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