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Immigration Daily December 10, 2002
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The strength of ILW.COM rests on its readership -- this point is particularly evident in today's Immigration Daily issue. The letters to the editor featured today address a wide-ranging array of both substantive and practical topics, ranging from a previously unconsidered point about the Secret Service's blanket powers, to an example of the US government and its inconsistent use of the word "national" in their Special Registraton requirements, and finally to, one reader sharing her particular computer technical difficulty experience. We encourage attorneys and other readers to take up the pen and share their particular knowledge and experience with their fellow colleagues. Together with our readers' participation, ILW.COM hopes to promote discussion, debate, and most of all, raise the standard of excellence within the area of immigration law.


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US/Canada Smart Border Action Plan Update
On September 9, 2002, President Bush and Canadian Prime Minister Chrtien met to discuss progress on the Smart Border Action Plan and asked that they be updated regularly on the work being done to modernize our common border. This report is the first update since the meeting of the President and the Prime Minister.

Threatening An Immigrant With Deportaion Could Constitute Threat Of Legal Coercion Inducing Involuntary Servitude
In US v. Veerapol, No. 00-50042 (9th Cir. Dec. 9, 2002), the court said that since threatening an immigrant with deporation could constitute the threat of legal coercion that induces involuntary sevitude and since evidence presented at trial about the Defendant's threats of physical and legal harm against an alien and her physical abuse of that alien, the district court committed no error in instructing the jury on the involuntary servitude count, and said that district court did not err in applying the vulnerable victim enhancement since the alien's special characteristics as a vulnerable alien were not incorporated into the Specific Offense Characteristics.

Illegal Immigrants Lead To Corrupt US Gov't
A Washington Times op-ed piece written by Paul Craig Roberts discusses "the huge and overlooked cost of illegal immigration the corruption of government agencies with power to issue important documents."

Enforcer Heads Department of Homeland Security
The New York Times reports on the stance adopted by the newly created Department of Homeland Security. "Enforcement seems to have won the debate," said Mark S. Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington-based group that backs tighter immigration laws. "Where there's a choice, the government is going to err on the side of enforcement."

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
The Immigration Daily's Dec. 9th title article, makes a well-taken point, but mistakenly assumes that the Secret Service only recently gained blanket arrest power. The Secret Service are allowed to detain a person for being in the same room as a protected person. They can hold a person in custody essentially indefinitely, or at least until a writ of mandamus issues. They are permitted to do so long as it is reasonably related to protecting their charge. This was old law back when I was in law school, though it came as a shock to most of us, and was even in the news a few times during the Clinton administration and added grist to the mill of the black helicopters crowd.

Honza Prchal
University of Virginia Law School, Class of 1997

Dear Editor:
The Iran - United States Claims Tribunal decision (appearing on Jay Smith's website, a George Washington University assistant professor of political science and international affairs), shows that the US Government has taken a definition of "national" in the case of dual nationals that is expressly contrary to the position the government took in their Special Registration regulations.

Angelo A. Paparelli, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
As a daily reader of the Immigration Daily, I have noticed in the past month or so that everytime I attempt to enter your site to read further information, the Netscape Browser shuts down. I am able to enter using Internet Explorer, however, even on the same PC. I have attempted to gain access from several different PCs using Netscape and each time the shutdown occurs. Is your site now dedicated to IE only? I enjoy receiving Immigration Daily. You're doing a great job.

Henry Barber, Supervisory Immigration Officer
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

Editor's Note: ILW.COM is fully compatible with MS Internet Explorer 5.x and above. However, users of Netscape Navigator 6.x and above should also be able to view most of our content (there was no Netscape 5.x release). Web surfers using Netscape Navigator 4.x, however, will experience problems with our newly redesigned website. We urge those of you who have older versions of Netscape to upgrade to MS Internet Explorer (or to later versions of Netscape Navigator).

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