The conference report on the appropriations bill for the Departments of Commerce, Justice and State has been submitted to Congress. The conference agreement provides $2,739,695,000 for enforcement and border affairs, instead of $2,738,517,000 as proposed by the House. The conference agreement provides $631,745,000 for citizenship and benefits, immigration support and program direction instead of $632,923,000 as proposed by the House.The conference agreement assumes $2,142,926,000 will be available from offsetting fee collections, instead of $2,140,610,000 as proposed by the House and $2,058,723,000 as proposed by the Senate, to support activities related to the legal admission of persons into the United States. The conference agreement does not assume the reinstatement of section 245(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which was proposed by the Senate.
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Tip of the Day
What is DSL?
"DSL" stands for Digital Subscriber Line. DSL is a network access technology. It transforms a traditional phone line into a high-speed digital link to provide broadband Internet access. It uses special modems encode the data and then transmit it over an unused frequency on the phone line. With DSL you have a stable Internet connection that allows you to host your own Web site, connect branch offices of a small business, and to surf the Internet faster at any time of the day or night.
Cable modems are DSLs' closest competitors. They rely on much of the same technology and provide similar service. Both cable and DSL use special modems and Ethernet cards for the same type of always-on connection. People prefer using DSL instead of traditional dial-up modems because DSL is much faster. Unlike DSL, cable modem users share lines. The more people connected to the line, the slower the connection speed will be. Many people also prefer DSL to a cable modem because a cable modem is considered to be less secure and less reliable. Sharing lines creates a security risk because it is easier for hackers to gain access to incoming and outgoing files and e-mail messages. One other notable advantage to having DSL is that one phone line can carry both voice and data, so you can use an existing phone line to carry DSL data.
Several factors can affect the quality of your DSL connection, including how close you are to the DSL provider and what security features are available. With DSL, whenever the computer is on you are connected to the Internet. DSL modems typically lack security features so it is important to make the connection more secure. You can easily protect yourself by shutting down after each use, reducing the number of hours you use your computer, and keeping an up-to-date anti virus program running at all times. It is highly recommended that DSL users install a personal firewall (software that prevents certain data from entering or leaving your computer and costs between $40 to $50).
Both DSL and cable services are affordable (most DSL access starts at $39.95 per month), and you can find deals by shopping. DSL service is available from a number of local telephone companies, local Internet Service Providers and resellers (third party companies). With the current situation of dotcom companies, we recommend checking the permanence of the company if you plan to use a reseller for you DSL services.
ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day
The ABCs of Immigration - Inadmissibility - Persons Ineligible for Citizenship
Greg Siskind and Amy Ballentine write about being ineligible for US citizenship for having left the country to avoid military service as a ground for being inadmissible.
Conference Report on CJS Bill
The conference report and statement on H.R. 2500, making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002, was submitted to the House.
The Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, is scheduled to hold hearings to examine how the INS processes persons arrested for illegal entry into the US outside ports of entry, on November 13 at 9:30 a.m., and the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims, is scheduled to hold a hearing on H.R. 3231, Immigration Reform and Accountability Act of 2001, on November 15 at 2 p.m.
Immigration in the Press
The Press and 9-11
According to an article on WorldnetDaily, lack of interest by the press in covering immigration stories is partly responsible for the disarmed condition in which we found ourselves on September 11.
This Day in Immigration
From November 13, 2000
The razor-thin defeat of Sen. Spencer Abraham casts a pall over the results of the 2000 elections for those who favor an enlightened approach to business immigration. What is equally ominous, though perhaps not as obvious, is the extent to which the Democratic challenge to the Florida results, however meritorious it might be, politicizes the electoral process and diminishes the very idea of national consensus on which our system of government depends. Truly, this notion, which is under severe challenge today, is the essential lubricant of democracy. Once even the most fundamental decisions are subject to dispute, then the only political reality becomes partisan interest and factional advantage however that is defined. If a presidential election (and I speak as a strong Gore supporter) can be hauled into the courts to change the result, in what context will it be credible in the future to speak of what America needs? Once this notion is lost, once the very idea of speaking in national terms is seen as the threadbare wisdom of a naive and bygone era, it is no longer going to be possible to argue, as I have done in the past and as we all will have to do in the future, that no enduring immigration policy in the business context can be easily crafted or long endure unless the overarching interest of the nation's economy is the prime consideration. You cannot invoke unchecked partisanship to achieve certain aims (which I share) in the presidential arena and then criticize business, labor, or the INS for being narrowly focused in the immigration policy arena. Once the precedent for tunnel vision to get what we want has been set, it is too late to turn back.
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ETHICS FOR IMMIGRATION LAWYERS
Presented by the Practicing Law Institute, November 27, 2001, 6:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. PLI New York Training Center, 21st Floor
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There will be a New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) seminar on Wednesday, December 5, 2001 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Brunswick Hilton in East Brunswick, New Jersey. The seminar titled, Corporate Immigration Law: For Attorneys, In-House Counsel, & Human Resources Personnel: H-1B Requirements, will feature updates on the latest H-1 legislation regulations and will discuss recent developments in the field. For details, click here.
The Federal Bar Association, North East Ohio Chapter in conjunction with the Cleveland Immigration and Naturalization Service, present the 2001 Immigration and Naturalization Seminar on December 7, 2001. This Seminar will address current developments impacting immigration law in response to the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The seminar will be held at the Marriott at Key Center, In Cleveland, Ohio from 7:30 am - 5:00 pm. The CLE includes 7.5 hours of credit with .5 hours of Substance Abuse. For details, click here.
On January 31st & February 1st 2002, the National Immigration Forum will host its inaugural conference “A Nation of Immigrants in the 21st Century: Moving Forward in a Time of New Challenges.” The conference will be held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. For details, click here. For registration form, click here.
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