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Immigration Daily June 27, 2002
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Department of Justice Has Published Proposed Rules On The Registration and Monitoring Of Certain Non-immigrants
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District Court's Sentencing Decision On Family Ties, Assimilation And Severity of Custodial Conditions For Alien Over Non-Aliens Is Discretionary
In US v. Romero, No. 01-10354 (9th Cir. Jun. 18, 2002), where the Defendant appealed her sentence following her guilty plea to defrauding immigrants by posing as an INS employee, the court said that the district court's statement it did not believe that there was sufficient legal justification for downward departure based on family ties, assimilation, the fact that deportable aliens face objectively more severe custodial conditions than a non-alien, showed that the district court did not consider itself barred from considering the cited factors, and declined to review the district court's decision not to depart.

Congress To Make Conrad 20 Into Conrad 30
The House debate on making the Conrad "20" program into the Conrad "30" program can be found by clicking here. For extension of remarks of this debate, click here. The Bill to increase the number was reportedly passed. A corresponding bill was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Conrad (D-ND).

Representative Says Visa Issuance Should Not Be About Speed And A Smile
Referring to the proposed move of Consular Affairs from the Department of State into the Department of Homeland Security, Rep. Weldon (R-FL) said "Visa issuance should not be about speed and service with a smile."

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Administration Says Congress Should Not Split Up INS
The Washington Post reports that the administration says "Congress should not split up the Immigration and Naturalization Service when including the embattled agency in a new Homeland Security Department."

Arguments Against The Cultural Bridges Act of 2002
The National Review decries the Cultural Bridges Act of 2002, which is now before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Buchanan Book: Anti-immigrant Rant
An opinion piece in the Tucson Citizen says that Patrick Buchanan's latest book is "a paranoid, anti-immigrant rant."

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Help Wanted - Immigration Attorney
The Law Office of Sheela Murthy, P.C., a progressive immigration law firm (Baltimore, MD) seeks attorney with 3+ years of immigration law experience to sustain its growth and to service the recently expanded areas of immigration practice. Comprising of over 45 professionals working in various departments, we provide national and international clients excellent services in U.S. immigration. Candidate needs leadership, people & case management skills, attention to detail, good writing & communication skills. Should be willing to relocate to Baltimore County, MD. Unique features of the job: > No Billable Hours Required > Rainmaker Not Required > Direct Contact with Business Clients > Extensive Support Staff Available > Extensive Technology and Support > Incredible Growth and Learning Potential. Final interviews of candidates will be at our Offices located in Owings Mills - a 20 minute drive from downtown Baltimore, MD. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and abilities. We are an equal opportunity employer. Call, eMail, fax or mail: Office Administrator, The Law Office of Sheela Murthy, P.C., 10451 Mill Run Circle Suite 100, Owings Mills, MD 21117. Tel: 410.356.5440. Email: Fax: 410.356.4140. Web:

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
An answer to MEB, abandon the visa lottery. The 50,000 visas can be put to better use. The origin of the lottery, sponsored by Sen. Kennedy, was to enable Irish Citizens to enter the U.S. Members of our staff lined up at a Washington, DC post office with 100 entries for each client along with Irish groups. That was about ten years ago. It has outlived its usefulness. Since the Service centers are so understaffed, the lottery adjudicators could be re-assigned. Flood your Congress representatives.


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