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Editor's Comments of the Day
The Immigration and Naturalization Service Executive Office for Immigration review has issued its final rule including responses to comments received regarding conduct of practitioners. Comments on the proposed rule which was originally published January 20, 1998, questioned the appropriateness of a federal agency unilaterally imposing a national disciplinary scheme where states have traditionally had sole jurisdiction. One comment was that the rule was an "unnecessary and impermissible intrusion into the state law licensure process." The Service blithely states that Congress, when it provided that aliens have the privilege of being represented by counsel in immigration and naturalization matters, "vested implied authority with the attorney General to prescribe standards of conduct and rules of procedure that are applicable to practitioners who appear before the Board (of Immigration Appeals), the Immigration Courts, and the Service." The response to the comments focus on the goal of protecting aliens from unscrupulous practitioners. A laudable goal does not justify a federal agency an unnecessary and impermissible intrusion
Federal Register News of the Day
EOIR Rule on Conduct for Practitioners
The Immigration and Naturalization Service Executive Office for Immigration review has issued its final rule including responses to comments received regarding conduct of practitioners amending 8 CFR sections 3 and 292.
Cases of the Day
Asylum Granted where Expert Testimony not Challenged
In Avetova v INS, no. 98-70547, (9th Cir., May 15, 2000, amended June 26, 2000), the 9th Circuit found the Board of Immigration Appeal's decision not to grant asylum to an Armenian from Russia lacked the support of substantial evidence where the claimant presented expert testimony but the INS did not.
Congressional News of the Day
Rep. Jackson Speaks in Favor
of Amnesty Restoration
Rep. Jacskon-Lee of Texas speaks in favor of advancing the registry date in sec. 249 of the Immigration and Nationality Act from 1972 to 1986.
Report on Immigration to the Commonwealth of the Northern
Mariana Islands [ long download]
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In a report to Sen. Akaka the General Accounting Office
examines the immigration and customs policies of the
Commonwealth of the Northern Mairana Islands.
Rep. Deal Praises INS QRTs
Rep. Deal of Georgia praises the INS Quick Response Teams (QRTs) whose agents work with State and local law enforcement to identify, apprehend, and remove criminal and illegal aliens.
INS News of the Day
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INS Intensifies Life-Saving Measures Along the Southwest Border
INS Commissioner Doris Meisner and US Border Patrol Chief Gustavo De La Vina announce plans to intensify safety efforts to reduce injuries and prevent fatalities along the Southwest border.
ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day
ILW.COM invites the submission of articles about immigration law from attorneys, paralegals, foreign student advisors, human resources personnel, scholars and those whose lives have been effected by the laws.Please send articles to email@example.com.
EB-5 Immigrant Investors
Stephen Yale-Loehr, Esq., Co-chair American Immigration Lawyers Association Investors Committee 1998-2000, writes about the EB-5 immigrant investor category in this article which originally appeared in the American Immigration Lawyers Association 2000-01 Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook.
Immigration News of the Day
Governor Bush Addresses LULAC: Proposes INS Reforms to Help Welcome New Immigrants
Presidential candidate George W. Bush speaks in support of restructuring the Immigration and Naturalization Service by splitting it into two and allowing relatives of permanent residents to visit the United States while their own immigration applications are pending.
Anti-immigration Ads Seek to Put Pressure on Congress
The Seattle Times reports that anti-immigration advocates have placed ads in the newspaper which are designed to pressure lawmakers into taking a public stand regarding legislation that would double the number of H-1B visas issued during the next three years
Making Immigration Policy Work for Business
An article in the Star Tribune comments on American immigration policy regarding H-1Bs and states that the federal government needs to look at the big picture of business immigration and implement a comprehensive package which aligns US laws and bureaucracy with the "Internet time" under which most organizations operate today.
Law Doesn't Deter Cuban Smugglers
The Los Angeles Times reports that in Miami smugglers receive light--or nonexistent--punishment for migrants' deaths. Some blame this on a policy that allows illegal aliens who reach land to stay, sympathetic juries and judges, intimidated witnesses and an understaffed US Border Patrol anti-smuggling unit.
ILW.COM Highlights of the Day
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ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day
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Letters to the Editor
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