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Editor's Comments of the Day
More than one person has contacted our offices saying that they had been told by INS that 245(i),
the provision of law which allowed some people otherwise ineligible to adjust status, to do so upon
payment of a $1000 fee. We called INS and spoke with two live beings, one of whom identified himself
as an information officer. He said they had not received any information from the Department of
Justice on 245(i), and if it were so it would be posted in the INS web site. Our guess is that
someone at INS heard of the passage of S. 2045 and in a burst of enthusiasm or lapse of attention
conflated S. 2045 with 245(i). Whatever the source of the rumor, it is evidence that the INS is not
a reliable source for the interpretation of or information on immigration law.
Federal Register News of the Day
Reopening of Comment Period for Section 212(c) Relief
The Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, has reopened the public comment period for the
proposed rule to create a uniform procedure for certain lawful permanent residents in deportation proceedings that
commenced before April 24, 1996, to apply for relief from deportation pursuant to section 212(c) of the Immigration
and Nationality Act. Written comments must be submitted on or before October 18, 2000.
Cases of the Day
Use of Fraudulent Driver's License is Crime of Moral Turpitude
In Montero-Ubri v. INS, No. 00-1133, (1st Cir. Oct. 6, 2000), the court held that the Immigration
Judge (IJ) and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) correctly relied on sentencing documents
to determine what type of crime was committed and were correct to conclude that the petitioner commited a crime of moral turpitude when he used
a false license in connection with operating a car.
Congressional News of the Day
Senate Passes Increase in H-1B Fees
The Senate passed
H.R. 5362 which increases the amount of fees charged to employers who are petitioners
for the employment of H-1B non-immigrant workers from $500 to $1000 effective two months after enactment.
House Passes Visa Waiver Permanent Program Act
House of Representatives agreed to the Senate amendments and passed H.R. 3767,
the "Visa Waiver Permanent Program Act," which makes improvements to, and permanently authorizes,
the visa waiver pilot program.
House Passes Waiver of Oath by Disabled Individuals
After debate on the floor, the House of Representatives passed
H.R. 4838, the
"Disabled Immigrant Naturalization Oath Waiver." This bill will amend the Immigration and
Nationality Act to provide a waiver of the oath of renunciation and allegiance for
naturalization of aliens having certain disabilities. Subsequently the House passed
a similar Senate-passed bill, after amending it to contain the text of
Sen. Brownback Discusses
the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000
In an address to the Senate, Sen. Brownback discussed the Victims of Trafficking and Violence
Protection Act of 2000 which the Senate is scheduled to vote on later this week.
Rep. Capuano Comments on the Violence Against Women Act
Rep. Capuano commended the House of Representatives for passing the conference report on
H.R. 3244, "Sex Trafficking Victims Protection Act" which also contains the reauthorization
for the "Violence Against Women Act." Rep. Capuano stated that the Violence Against Women
Act helps to protect battered immigrant women by reforming immigration laws that are currently
being used to prevent a battered immigrant spouse from reporting abuse or leaving an abusive relationship.
Committee on the Judiciary to Markup Private Bills
On October 11, 2000 the House Committee on the Judiciary was scheduled to markup private relief
bills for Wei Jinsheng,
Marina Khalina and her son,
the Lozano family,
Mina Vahedi Notash,
Jacqueline Salinas and her children,
Elizabeth Eka Bassey and her children,
Malia Mako Miller,
Jose Guadalupe Tellez Pinales
Olga Matsko, and their son.
INS News of the Day
President Suspends Entry of Liberians
The President has suspended the entry into the United States, as immigrants and non-immigrants,
of all persons and the spouses, children, and parents of all persons who plan, engage in, or
benefit from activities that support the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), or that otherwise
impede the peace process in Sierra Leone.
Immigration News of the Day
The Arrest of an Immigration Lawyer Charged With Smuggling Turns Up the Heat on the INS
According to the Village Voice the recent arrest of attorney Robert E. Porges for helping smugglers
bring Chinese immigrants illegally into the US has allowed immigrant advocates to argue that the
attitudes of INS employees, exacerbated by incompetence, lack of oversight, and the INS's having to
enforce rigid, self-contradictory laws devised by a grandstanding Congress, make it easy for unscrupulous
lawyers to take advantage of vulnerable people.
British Tag is 'Coded Racism'
An article in the Guardian Unlimited states that a report released by the Commission into the Future of
Multi-ethnic Britain has sparked controversy. The report finds that the term "British" has racial connotations and will no longer serve
as a description of the UK's multicultural society. It concludes that the UK should be recognized as a
multicultural society whose history needs to rewritten depicting Britain as an imperial force involving
dominance in Ireland, Africa, the Caribbean and Asia. The report also calls for the establishment of a
human rights commission and for the scrapping of the current voucher system for asylum seekers.
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