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Immigration Daily November 21, 2002
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The forthcoming second session of ILW.COM's seminar on "Hot Topics In Family-Based Immigration" will feature a discussion with Tanya Broder, Barbara Weiner, Charles Wheeler led by Jacqueline Baronian. This session will cover financial issues including:

  • Ins and Outs of Affidavits of Support
  • Eligibility for benefits. Receipt of government benefits by sponsor and applicant. Can an -I-485 sponsor or applicant receive Medicaid? SSI? Food stamps? Pregnancy Medicaid? Other benefits? When if ever should they terminate benefits?
  • Tax returns - what to do when your relative has paid taxes with someone else's social security number. When to amend tax returns.
  • When can the government sue a sponsor? What benefits received by a sponsored alien are redeemable by the government? Is the government likely to sue a sponsor?
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The deadline to register for this session is Thursday, November 21st.


Hot Topics In Family Immigration Seminar Deadline is Thursday, November 21st

ILW.COM's seminar on Hot Topics in Family-Based Immigration will cover children's issues including the Child Status Protection Act, and international adoptions, financial issues including government benefits and taxes, and marriage, fraud and other issues. Jacqueline Baronian, Tanya Broder, Cyrus Mehta, Miko Tokuhama-Olsen, Barbara Weiner and Charles Wheeler will be the speakers along with others to be announced.

For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information online, click here. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information by fax, click here.

Featured Article

Continuity Of Residence For Citizenship
Cyrus D. Mehta and Parastou Hassouri write "While applying for citizenship, on the surface, is a relatively simple process, there are many pitfalls of which one must be aware."

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Immigration Law News

Congress Passes The Bill To Abolish The INS
Congress voted on and passed the Homeland Security Act of 2002 including its immigration law provisions. During the debate, Sen. Bingaman (D - NM) said, "... As the new Department takes shape, it is my hope that the Secretary of Homeland Security will make immigration reform a top priority."The final debate is in two parts: One and Two.

Tribute To Rep. Lafalce
In a tribute to Rep. Lafalce (D-NY) on his retirement from the House of Representatives after 30 years, Rep. Pelosi (D-CA) said, "[Rep. Lafalce's] Caucus was also a major force behind successfully postponing implementation of Section 110 of the 1996 Immigration Reform Act, which would have hampered trade and tourist traffic by imposing a cumbersome entry-exit documentation system."

INS Commissioner Welcomes Homeland Security Act Passage
In a statement on the passage of the bill to abolish the INS, INS Commissioner Ziglar said, "I speak for the men and women of the Immigration & Naturalization Service when I say that we look forward to working with the new Secretary of Homeland Security. We are prepared to facilitate the integration of the INS into the new department as we continue to write this important new chapter in America's history."

Secretary Powell Welcomes Senate's Approval of Homeland Security Bill
On the passage of the bill to abolish the INS, Secretary of State Powell said, "I welcome the Senate's passage of President Bush's legislation authorizing a Department of Homeland Security. We stand ready to work closely with the new Department to ensure that our nation has the best possible protection."

Executive Order On Caribbean Migration
President Bush signed an excecutive order on November 15, 2002 delegating the appropriate responsibilities to Federal agencies for responding to the migration of undocumented aliens in the Caribbean region.

Mootness Results in Habeas Corpus Claim Denial
In Soliman v. US, No. 00-02304 (11th Cir. Jul. 11, 2002), the court found that since Petitioner had been removed from the US to Egypt, he was no longer being detained by the INS, and no longer being force-fed by INS officials, any opinion of the court would be purely advisory and his appeal was therefore moot.

Republican Party Benefits With Admission Of Massive Numbers Of Democrat-Voting Immigrants

The INS Is Dead, Long Live The INS

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Help Wanted - Attorney Director and Coordinator for New Pro Bono Project for Detained Immigrant and Refugees
The American Bar Association Commission on Immigration Policy, Practice and Pro Bono in Seattle seeks to contract a Director and Coordinator for a new preeminent pro bono signature project sponsored by the Microsoft Corporation and the American Bar Association. The project will receive support from the law firms of Davis, Wright Tremain, Preston, Gates & Ellis, Perkins, Coie, and others and operate in collaboration with the Northwest Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. The project will be placed at the law firm of Perkins Coie in Seattle, Washington. Services to Be Provided: The Director and Coordinator will launch and oversee the day-to-day operations of this exciting new pro bono program for vulnerable immigrants and refugees detained for removal proceedings in Washington State. They will train Project volunteer attorneys and paralegals regarding representation and assistance of immigrants in removal proceedings before the INS, the Executive Office for Immigration Review ("EOIR"), and the Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA"). They will identify, screen and refer all appropriate cases for acceptance into the Project. They will engage in outreach activities to raise the awareness of the existence of and to encourage participation in the Project by Washington attorney and paralegal volunteers and others, including interpreters, mentors and co-counsel. They will supervise all aspects of the Initiative, including the services performed by volunteer attorneys. The Project Director and Project Coordinator shall secure mentors and/or co-counsel for volunteer attorneys in appropriate cases. Qualifications of Director: The applicant for Director shall be an attorney duly licensed to practice law in Washington State or any other state. The applicant should be fluent in at least one other language and have a demonstrable history of experience and leadership in providing direct representation and legal assistance to immigration detainees in a supervisory role; administering or participating in a pro bono representation program; and conducting or supporting advocacy or outreach and education on detention-related issues. The applicant must have sophisticated knowledge and skills in immigration law and must possess keen skills in the area of organization, program development and supervision, and oral and written communication. The applicant should be a dynamic, proactive self-starter with strong collaboration skills. Qualifications of Coordinator: The Coordinator may be an attorney duly licensed to practice law in Washington State or any other state or a law graduate not yet admitted to the bar, Board of Immigration Appeals accredited representative or paralegal. The Coordinator should have an in-depth background and skills in preparing and representing immigration detainees in their relief claims; excellent client interviewing and cross-cultural communication skills; excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and attention to detail; fluency in a foreign language; experience in outreach and education or advocacy on immigration detention issues. Compensation: The compensation for the contract for Director and Coordinator depends on qualifications. These are one-year contracts subject to renewal based on performance for a total of three years. To apply: Please submit as soon as practicable via email, your cover letter describing your qualifications, your resume, your confidential salary history, a list of three references and a relevant writing sample to: Christopher Nugent, Staff Director, ABA Commission on Immigration Policy, Practice and Pro Bono, 740 15th Street NW 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20005-1022 tel. 202/6621008 Due to the expected volume of applications, we cannot respond to phone or email inquiries. Finalists will be notified of interviews. Offers for the contract will be contingent on the finalization of the project agreement between the Microsoft Corporation and American Bar Association. The contractors should be ready to commence services in Seattle before or during January, 2002. People with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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