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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
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October 23, 2000
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Federal Register News of the Day
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INS News of the Day
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Editor's Comments of the Day

The Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children has released a report titled, "Behind Locked Doors: Abuse of Refugee Women at the Krome Detention Center." The Women's Commission visited Krome in March 2000 and again in September 2000. According to the report, "[w]omen consistently describe an atmosphere of fear and intimidation in the facility. Sexual abuses ranging from rape to sexual molestation and harassment have been occurring repeatedly at the hands of at least 15 male INS officers. Women who cooperated in sexual activities were made false promises of release from detention. Threats of deportation, transfer to county jails, or even death were leveled at women who dared to resist or complain of such abuses. Physical and emotional abuses have included demanding that Muslim women remove their veils or go without eating and yelling at women of particular nationalities." The Commission calls for the INS to regain control of its detention program, develop and consistently apply generous parole policies for asylum seekers, develop alternatives to detention for those asylum seekers who cannot be released, ensure oversight of conditions of detention and the highest level of professionalism among detention center personnel and aggressively pursue prosecution of or disciplinary action against every officer involved in sexual abuses against women detained in the Krome facility and immediately take every step necessary to ensure that such abuses are never repeated in Krome or any other detention center. We agree with the authors that, "[n]othing less is acceptable from a country that prides itself for its strong refugee tradition and generous immigration policies."


Federal Register News of the Day

Corrections to National Interest Waivers for EB-2 Immigrant Physicians
The INS has issued several corrections to the "National Interest Waivers for Second Preference Employment-Based Immigrant Physicians Serving in Medically Underserved Areas or at Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities" rule which was previously published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, September 26,2000.


Cases of the Day

Medical and Psychiatric Problems Basis for Waiver
In a recent decision from the Office of Administrative Appeals (AAO) the Nebraska Service Center's denial of a hardship waiver of the J-1 two-year home residency requirement was overturned. The AAO found that the record contained specific documentation of ongoing medical and psychiatric problems beyond the normal, and economic evidence that the United States citizen spouse would not be able to support two households. (Courtesy of Steven C. Thal)


Congressional News of the Day

Senate Passes the Religious Workers Act of 2000
Senate passed H.R. 4068, the "Religious Workers Act of 2000." This bill would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to extend for an additional 3 years the special immigrant religious worker program.

Senate Passes Mother Teresa Religious Workers Act
Senate passed S. 2406, the "Mother Teresa Religious Workers Act." This bill would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide permanent authority for entry into the United States of certain religious workers.

Senate Passes International Patient Act of 2000
The Senate passed H.R. 2961, the "International Patient Act of 2000," which would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to authorize a 3-year pilot program under which the Attorney General may extend the period for voluntary departure in the case of certain nonimmigrant aliens who require medical treatment in the United States and were admitted under the visa waiver pilot program.

Senate Passes Waiver of Oath for Aliens With Certain Disabilities
The Senate passed S. 2812 which would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide a waiver of the oath of renunciation and allegiance for naturalization of aliens having certain disabilities.

Bills Awaiting President's Signature
The House of Representatives has passed and presented H.R. 2883, the "Child Citizenship Act of 2000," and H.R. 3767, the "Visa Waiver Permanent Program Act," to the President for his approval.

New Bill in Senate to Extend Religious Worker Program
S. 3226, a bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to extend for an additional 3 years the special immigrant religious worker program was introduced in the Senate and referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.


INS News of the Day

INS Quick Guide to "Public Charge" and Receipt of Public Benefits
INS releases the Massachusetts edition of, "A Quick Guide to 'Public Charge' And Receipt of Public Benefits." This guide provides a summary of how receiving public benefits in the United States may or may not affect an alien under the "public charge" provisions of the immigration laws.


Immigration News of the Day

Businesses Look to Immigrants to Fill Work Force
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports on the tension between the need for immigration to fill jobs and the issues ethnicity, race and national identity.

H-1B Leaves Minority Workers on Sidelines, Groups Say
The SFGate reports that many African Americans, Latinos, women, older workers and other groups underrepresented in the high-tech industry say the H-1B program is short-circuiting their opportunities.


ILW Highlights of the Day

ILW.COM's Case Tracking System Keeps You Better Informed About Your Case
Now you don't need to call up your attorney multiple times to find out the status of your case. Use ILW.COM's case tracking system.


ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Edward Shulman, Esq. and Daniel Weiss
Attorney Edward Shulman and Daniel Weiss will answer questions on all aspects of immigration law on Monday, October 23, 2000, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted starting 15 minutes before the start of the chat.


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