Rep. Schakowsky commended to her colleagues in Congress a study titled "Chicago's Undocumented Immigrants: An Analysis of Wages, Working Conditions, and Economic Contributions," from the Center for Urban Economic Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The study found that Undocumented immigrants seek work at extremely high rates (91%), and most do not experience unemployment at rates that are significantly different than the Chicago metro area average. Most undocumented immigrants are employed in low-wage service and laborer occupations. Undocumented immigrants report working in unsafe conditions at considerably higher rates relative to immigrants with legal status. And that the vast majority of undocumented immigrants reported that they, and adults in their household, do not receive benefits under government safety-net programs, despite their low earnings. Many people have an intuitive sense that most undocumented immigrants work hard in conditions inferior to those of most documented workers. This study supplies some real numbers rather than speculation.
The employment, family and diversity lottery visa priority dates have been updated.
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EOIR Needs Reforms to Make it Fast AND Accurate
Jonathan D. Montag instead of measuring Immigration Judges and BIA members on speed alone, reforms at the EOIR should include tests of their accuracy.
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Argentina Removed from VWP
The Department of Justice announced, under an emergency termination provision, the imminent publication of an interim rule to officially remove Argentina from the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
Undocumented Immigrants in Chicago
Rep. Schakowsky highlighted a recently released study entitled: "Chicago's Undocumented Immigrants: An Analysis of Wages, Working Conditions, and Economic Contributions."
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Immigration in the Press
Memo Angers INS Agents
According to the Los Angeles Times immigration authorities at Los Angeles International Airport are so pressured to carry out inspections of arriving international passengers that a top official has instructed agents "not to respond" to concerns from airlines about illegal immigrants elsewhere in the airport.
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2002 NORTHWEST REGIONAL IMMIGRATION CONFERENCE
Immigration...The Times They Are A Changin' February 28, March 1 2002, SeaTac DoubleTree Hotel, 18740 Pacific Hwy. So., Seattle. This year's expanded seminar has been revamped to maximize information sharing with government speakers and experienced practitioners. More government speakers, larger facilities, and exciting new roundtable discussions will educate and challenge attendees of all experience levels. Attendees new to immigration will receive a comprehensive, practical and clear overview in virtually all areas of immigration law. Advanced attendees will learn how to incorporate the new laws and procedures into their daily practice. In addition, all attendees will learn to resolve complex matters so unique that they cannot be researched in traditional periodicals. To Register or view the full program brochure click here. For questions or more information call Denise at: (206) 340-2578.
CONFERENCE ON IMMIGRATION LAW
The second annual New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) Seminar that will be run in conjunction with AILA on Wednesday March 20, 2002, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Gateway Hilton in Newark, New Jersey. Speakers include:
Dolores DeHaan, Betty Manfredonia, Paul Novak, Andrea Quarantillo, Susan Rauffer and William Yates. For details click here.
LEGAL TRAINING SEMINAR
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