The INS has released the November 2001 Statistics. According to the page on immigration benefits, the number of inital receipts fell by nearly 50% immediately following the September 11 attacks, but quickly rose again. The number of approved petitions also dropped, but nearly as precipitously. The approvals/oaths for naturalization benefits, also dropped by more than 50% immediately following September 15, while reciepts of new applications started to climb sharply following a short decline at the end of September. The number of inspections, removals, Southwest Border apprehensions, and fraud invesitgations are all down, while the number of criminal alien and employer invesitigations have risen. The INS seems faced with increasing numbers of applications and decreasing numbers of approvals. Since September 11 many have feared that INS waiting times would increase significantly. More perspective is needed to see how severe the delays will become.
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Retroactive Removal of Discretionary Relief Not Unconstitutional
In Oguejiofor v. Ashcroft, No. 99-13286 (11th Cir. Jan. 2, 2002), the court rejected the argument that it was unconstitutional to retroactively apply IIRIRA's provisions eliminating discretionary relief.
No Jurisdiction to Review Timeliness
The court in Fahim v. Ashcroft, No. 00-11587 (11th Cir. Jan. 9, 2002), determined that it had no jurisdiction to hear a challenge to the Attorney General's determination that Petitioner's asylum application was untimely.
INS November 2001 Statistics
The INS statistics for November 2001 include numbers for Inspections, Southwest Border Apprehensions, Immigration Benefits, Naturalization Benefits, Removals, Investigations and Asylum.
INS Communique for September 2001
The INS Communique for September 2001 includes an article on using bar codes to ease the annual application audit.
EOIR Updated Suspended and Expelled Practitioners
The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has updated its list of practitioners expelled or suspended from practice before the INS, Immigration Courts and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).
Re-opening of Comment Period on INS Juvenile Policy
The INS has reopened the comment period on its proposed rule setting forth service policy for the release of juveniles from custody, as well as standards regarding the placement of juveniles in Service custody into state-licensed programs and detention facilities.
Extension of Comments on N-648
The INS has extended the period for comments on the N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions.
Immigration in the Press
Under the Counter, Grocer Provided Immigrant Workers
The New York Times [registration required] reports on Amador Anchondo-Rascon who pleaded guilty in federal court to acting as a middleman in what prosecutors call a seven-year conspiracy to supply Tyson with more than 2,000 illegal workers and to provide the new arrivals with counterfeit work documents.
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This Day in Immigration
From January 15, 2001
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Letters to the Editor
I found out for everybody (including INS) the distinguishing mark between terrorists and illegal immigrants:
Terrorists are mostly legally here as tourists. They have enough money and do not need to work in the US.
Illegal immigrants are working very hard for the salary near to minimum wage with no overtime money, sometimes getting no money for their work, and cannot complain. They have to care about family, job and how to pay bills all the time. They have to care for US citizen kids, but he has no right to work here.
I felt sympathy after reading the letter from "Faithful Reader" who described how their family is suffering after her husband, a Mexican national, was deported to Mexico after his conviction "for a third offense DWI". My sympathies lie mainly with the children who are too young to understand why we adults do such foolish things sometimes. I have little sympathy for the deportee. He had at least two prior chances to decide what was important to him and he still chose to drink and drive. Perhaps if "Faithful Reader" could have helped him to see possible consequences of his actions, the family might still be together. It appears that the main reason that he's in Mexico is because he's a "scoff-law," not because of some glitch in the system.
John H. Frecker
As for "Faithful Reader's" hardship, apparently her husband was not concerned enough with his family's welfare that he could manage to refrain from drinking and driving. And if he's not concerned with them, it's a sure bet he's not concerned with the harm he might do the rest of us. If anyone's to blame for her situation, it's her husband, not immigration laws.
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IMMIGRATION PROGRAM AND RECEPTION
The American Bar Association, Immigration and Nationality Committee of the Section of International Law and Practice, and the ABA Immigration Pro Bono Development and Bar Activation Project invite you to attend the following program and reception on Tuesday, January 22, 2002, "What Consular Officials Should Know About Recent U.S. Immigration Developments: A Dialogue With The Consular Corps And Legal Community," at the Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 5:30-7:30 p.m. For details and registration form 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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