According to the Washington Post, National Guard Agents are to be assigned to assist the Border Patrol to strengthen security along the northern border. Canadian intelligence officials estimate that about 50 terrorist groups operate from Canada, and it was the key staging point for alleged associates of Osama bin Laden who had planned to bomb Los Angeles International Airport and other targets during the 2000 millennium celebrations. S. 1749 introduced by Senator Kennedy and others demonstrates that security along our northern border is a matter of concern in all branches of government. According to a recent article in the New Jersey Star Ledger, a major threat to our security is not individuals, but cargo entering our ports [and train depots]. A terrorist trying to introduce a weapon into a heavily populated area would have a much better chance of success by concealing a "dirty" nuclear weapon or other weapon of mass destruction in cargo than carrying it personally across a boarder because, as the Star Ledger articles note, even after the events of September 11 only one half of the cargo entering New York harbor is inspected. Border security is not synonymous with restricting immigration and delaying the millions of travelers who enter this country for legitimate business and personal reasons. The only real solution is to eradicate the evil of terrorism at its source.
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Attorney General's Guidelines for Interviews Regarding Terrorism
Parastou Hassouri writes about the Attorney General's decision to "invite" 5,000 men between the ages of 18 and 33 who have arrived in the US on various nonimmigrant visas since January 1, 2000, for "consensual" interviews.
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Habeas Denied for Cuban Detained Since 1996
The court in Hoyte-Mesa v. Ashcroft, No. 01-1726 (7th Cir. Dec. 3, 2001), denied a habeas petition from an excludable Cuban national who has several assault convictions, has been in INS custody since 1996, and has received annual reviews of his custody.
No Habeas for Attorney No-Show
In Brito-DeLeon v. Ashcroft, No. 01 Civ. 2839 (S.D. N.Y. Nov. 29, 2001), the Magistrate Judge recommended the denial of a habeas petition from a petitioner who had been convicted of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, tried to enter the US without proper documentation and whose removal hearing was adjourned three times to allow him to obtain counsel.
Sens. Kennedy and Brownback Speak in Favor of Enhanced Border Security
Sen. Kennedy joins Sens. Brownback, Feinstein, Kyl, Leahy, Hatch, and other colleagues in introducing S. 1749, a bill to enhance the border security of the US.
Korean Immigration Recognized
Sen. Allen introduced a resolution recognizing the historical significance of the 100th anniversary of Korean immigration to the US.
Prayers for Lawful Immigration
The Chaplain of the House asked God to, "[b]less the Members of Congress and grant them wisdom as they secure
homeland borders and enact lawful immigration."
INS Corrects Address for Walters v. Reno Class Members
The INS published a corrected address for the class members in Walters et al. v. Reno et al., Civ. No. 94-1204C. The correct mailing address for such requests is: INS Debt Management Center, 188 Harvest Lane, Williston, VT 05495-7554
Immigration in the Press
US Plans Stronger Border Security
According to the Washington Post, hundreds of US National Guard troops would help patrol the porous, 4,000-mile Canadian border as part of a $31.5 million emergency plan by the Justice Department, which fears that potential terrorists can too easily cross into the US.
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This Day in Immigration
From December 4, 2000
"Prosecutorial Guidelines The Prosecutorial Guidelines summarized in a recent press release from the INS remind all INS officers that they are 'not only authorized by law but expected to exercise discretion in a judicious manner at all stages of the enforcement process.'"
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HELP WANTED: IMMIGRATION LEGAL ASSISTANT
McKinsey & Company, Inc., an international management consulting firm (www.mckinsey.com) is looking for an Immigration Legal Assistant to perform immigration legal processing and administration and to provide administrative assistance to the Director of Mobility in Midtown Manhattan. Requirements:
Bachelor's degree Advanced skills in Excel, PowerPoint and Word 2 years immigration paralegal experience Strong verbal and communication skills Ability to deal with demanding clientele Responsibilities will include (but not be limited to) 1. Answer questions/provide information regarding the firm's policies on immigration (i.e., sponsorship of H-1B visas, green cards) 2. Manage electronic tools and databases to assist in efficient functioning of immigration legal process (typically using Excel Spreadsheets from internal immigration tracking database/external "Immigration Home Page") 3. Draft immigration filings and various employment and travel support letters on behalf of immigration counsel with the government such as TNs, J-1s 4. Engage in basic level immigration legal research using both on-line and hard copy resources 5. Set up/arrange meetings and conference calls, travel itineraries, and assist with preparation of documents as well as field inquiries/messages when managers are not available 6. Provide project support to Director of Worldwide Mobility. McKinsey & Company offers an excellent benefits package which includes 3 weeks of vacation for years 1 and 2, and 4 weeks thereafter; company-paid medical and dental coverage; profit-sharing; healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts; TransitCheks; child and elder care referral service; and emergency back-up child care. Please e-mail resume and compensation requirements to email@example.com (or fax to: 212-847-7121).
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.
IMMIGRATION LEGAL TRAINING SEMINAR
Des Moines, Iowa. Basic intensive immigration legal training seminar to be held January 14-18, 2002, at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Des Moines. Sharply discounted room rates of $49/night plus tax for single or double at the downtown Marriott. Call 800/228-9290 for room reservations and mention the immigration legal training seminar. Sponsored by the Midwest Legal Immigration Project and the Immigrant Legal Resources Center. For more information, call Cyndy Bolsenga, 515/271-5730 or fax 515/271-5757 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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