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Immigration Daily November 26, 2002
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DOJ Continues To Expand Scope Of Special Alien Registration Program
Cyrus D. Mehta writes about why the recent expansion of the scope of the special alien registration program is troubling.

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Immigration Law News

IJ Denys Haddad's Asylum
The Department of Justice announced today that an Immigration Judge denied Rabih Haddad's application for asylum and withholding of removal, concluding that he presents "a substantial risk to the national security of the United States."

President Bush Signs Homeland Security Act
In remarks while signing the legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security, President Bush said, "The effort will take time, and focus, and steady resolve. It will also require full support from both the administration and the Congress. Adjustments will be needed along the way. Yet this is pressing business, and the hard work of building a new department begins today."

GAO Report Concludes DOJ's Oversight Of INS IT Systems Ineffective
The General Accounting Office (GAO) reviewed key INS IT system investments to determine whether the Department of Justices' oversight has been effective and found that an oversight process does not currently exist. The GAO recommends that the Department of Justice treat oversight of IT investments as a departmental priority and implement oversight controls.

Congressional Statements On 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, Hon. Armey (R-TX) said, "... I am proud that the House is today sending H.R. 5005, the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to the President. It is an important step forward in the defense of the Nation."

Kill Al-Qaeda, Don't Kill The Bill Of Rights
The Wall Street Journal opines "The president says Homeland Security presages a long war to suppress weapons of mass destruction. The nature of the threat may well force a broad federalization, but we should strive to minimize it, for once taken it will of course become permanent. The very best way to achieve that balance is obvious: Eliminate those people who want to and say they are trying to kill us."

Republican Governors Defend President Bush On Immigration Policy
The Washington Times reports "Republican governors over the weekend defended President Bush's immigration policies."

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
There is an urgent need around the country for pro bono legal assistance for Muslims, who have been arrested following 9/11/01. Thousands of men have been arrested and hundreds deported, often for very minor (if any) immigration status infractions. Many of these men are the main means of support for their family and most of them have no criminal record or charges against them. Family after family has been split up and many families have lost their homes. Church World Service/Immigration and Refugee Program's Washington office is working with some of the key Muslim organizations and is seeking pro bono legal assistance for some of these men. In addition to help being needed on a case by case basis in many locations, there is also a need for a full time, volunteer attorney in the New York City area. If you are interested in helping provide pro bono assistance, please send your contact information to Bethany L. Olson at Bethany is in the Church World Service/Immigration and Refugee Program's DC office and will gather the information and make arrangements for contacts with the organizations, which have been contacted by families who have had family members arrested and detained.

Joan M. Maruskin
Church World Service/Immigration and Refugee Program

Dear Editor:
The article posted on Immigration News Monthly on October 12 described the NSEERS (National Security Entry-Exit Registration System) program that required special registration for nonimmigrant nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, and Syria. At that time I stated: I am skeptical about the current tendency to profile certain nationalities. Since writing those words, things have gone from bad to worse.

On November 6, 2002 the Department of Justice (DOJ) published a rule requiring nonimmigrant aliens from the listed countries who had been admitted to the US before September 10, 2002 and would remain until at least December 16, 2002 to register with the INS by the latter date. The registration requirement is gender-based, and limited to males from the listed countries age 16 or above. Willful failure to comply with the registration requirement would render the alien deportable. A departure from the U.S. without having first reported to the INS will make the alien presumptively inadmissible. These are extremely harsh and punitive measures for someone whose only fault was to have been born in one of the listed countries. And what does it do to the aliens who were just going about their nonimmigrant affairs and not reading the Federal Register every other day, and so never heard of the requirements?

On November 22, 2002, the DOJ published another rule vastly expanding the list of suspect countries to include Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Eritrea, Lebanon, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Nationals of these countries who were last admitted as nonimmigrants before September 10. 2002 and will remain until January 10. 2003 must register by that latter date.

Has the DOJ lost its perspective altogether in leaping from five suspect countries to eighteen? Why stop there? Why not include France, the country from which Zacarias Moussaoui, the twentieth hijacker, entered? Or Germany, where in Hamburg Mohammad Atta perfected his plans? And isnt it interesting that Saudi Arabia, where most of the hijackers hailed from, is not on the list? That couldnt have anything to do with oil, could it? This alphabet soup of special registration nationalities will not make us safer, and will only have the unfortunate effect of confusing immigration with terrorism. By all means, let us make it more difficult for aliens to learn to handle weapons or fly planes. But if they are law-abiding visitors, students, and temporary workers, lets leave them alone. If we dont, our country will start to resemble theirs.

Carl R. Baldwin

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