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Editor's Comments of the Day
The Senate is considering the "Peopling of America
Theme Study Act," S. 2478. The purpose of the act is
"to foster a much-needed understanding of the diversity and contribution of the breadth of groups who have
peopled the United States; and to strengthen the ability of the National Park Service to include groups
and events otherwise not recognized in the peopling of the United States." Every country in the world,
with the exception of the African homeland of humankind, has been populated by people who migrated from
somewhere else. No other country has been as conscious of the role of immigrants in shaping its history
as the United States. Small numbers of immigrants can be welcomed as a curiosity and easily absorbed into
American life. When large groups of immigrants arrive they are stigmatized and become the victims of ignorance
and fear because they force people to examine ways of life they have taken for granted. The most recent of
these groups are from Southern and Eastern Asia and Latin America. These cultures may not have been in the
contemplation of the founders of the country when they wrote that, "all men are created equal." Allowing
these cultures to add their flavors to the American melting pot is true to the best ideals on which this
country was founded.
Cases of the Day
Misrepresentation on I-9 Not False Testimony
In a recent decision the Board of Immigration Appeals determined that providing false information
on an I-9 form was not "false testimony" and so did not preclude a finding of good moral character.
(Courtesy of Jonathan Scop).
Congressional News of the Day
Conference Report on Department of
Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations
A conference report on H.R. 4475, the appropriations bill for the Department of
Transportation for fiscal year 2001, was submitted to the House of Representatives.
The report discusses the threats to northern border security and directs the US Customs
Service, working with the General Services Administration, the INS, and other agencies
responsible for border inspection and facilities, to address the inadequacies that presently
exist in facilities and personnel and submit a plan to Congress to address them.
Peopling of America Theme Study Act
The Senate considered S. 2478, which would require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a
theme study on the peopling of America by groups of people across external and internal
boundaries of the US and territories of US and the interactions of those groups with each
other and with other populations.
Senators Comments on the Violence Against Women Act
and Trafficking Victims Protection Act
Senators Wellstone and Reid comment on the conference report for
H.R. 3244, the "Trafficking Victims
Protection Act" and the reauthorization of
H.R. 357, the
"Violence Against Women Act" and encourage
fellow Senators to cooperate and pass the legislation.
Sen. Snowe Added as Cosponsor to S. 1563
At the request of Sen. Abraham the name of the Sen. Snowe from Maine was added as a cosponsor of
a bill to establish the Immigration Affairs Agency within the Department of Justice.
Sen. Abraham Recognizes
175 years of Norwegian Immigration to the US
Sen. Abraham congratulated the Norwegian Club of Detroit on its 75th Anniversary and pointed out that this
year is also the 100th anniversary of the founding of Oslo, Norway's capital city, as well as the
1000th anniversary of the Viking discovery of North America and 175 years of Norwegian immigration
to the US.
Schedule for the Senate
On Wednesday, October 11, 2000, the Senate is scheduled to consider the conference report on
the "Trafficking Victims Protection Act."
for the House of Representatives
On Tuesday, October 10, 2000, the House of Representatives may consider
H.R. 3767, "Visa Waiver Permanent
Program" and H.R. 4838, "Waiver of the Oath of Renunciation and Allegiance for Naturalization of Aliens Having
INS News of the Day
President Signs "Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000"
According to a press release from the White House the President has signed into law
the "Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000." This Act implements the Hague Convention on Protection
of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption.
Immigration News of the Day
Black Lawmakers Oppose Work Visa Bill
According to newsobserver.com black lawmakers have asked President Clinton to veto the H-1B bill in
favor of legislation that would include opportunities for US workers, particularly rural Americans,
and address several other immigration issues.
Investigation of Sexual Assaults at Krome Center
The New York Times [registration required] reports that the Justice Department is investigating
complaints from women held at the Krome Service Processing Center, an immigration detention center,
who said they had witnessed or were victims of sexual assaults by INS guards. Lawyers and advocates
for immigrants, as well as employees of the center, have expressed concerns about abuse of detainees
and corruption for years.
ILW.COM Highlights of the Day
Quotes Editor of Immigration Daily
Read the comments of the editor of Immigration Daily in Computerworld magazine.
ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day
Chat with Attorney Alice Yardum-Hunter
Alice Yardum-Hunter, Esq. will answer questions on all aspects of
immigration law Tuesday, October 10, 2000, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be
accepted 15 minute before that start of the chat.