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AILA Statement On DOJ Registration Proposal
The American Immigration Lawyers Association says that the Department of Justice's recent proposal to fingerprint, photograph and require reporting of certain aliens "is a false solution to a real problem."
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Immigration Law News
INS's Place In Department Of Homeland Security
President Bush's plan, announced in his televised speech to the nation on Thursday, creates a new Department of Homeland Security which "would assume responsibility for operational assets of the Coast Guard, Customs Service, Immigration and Naturalization Service and Border Patrol, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the Department of Agriculture, and the recently created Transportation Security Administration – allowing a single government entity to manage entry into the United States." The plan further says "The new Department of Homeland Security would include the INS and would, consistent with the President’s long-standing position, separate immigration services from immigration law enforcement. The Department would build an immigration services organization that would administer our immigration law in an efficient, fair, and humane manner. The new Department would assume the legal authority to issue visas to foreign nationals and admit them into the country. The State Department, working through the United States embassies and consulates abroad, would continue to administer the visa application and issuance process. The Department would make certain that America continues to welcome visitors and those who seek opportunity within our shores while excluding terrorists and their supporters." Portions of the plan which refer to the INS can be found by clicking here and here.
Ziglar Memo On INS In Homeland Security Department
In a message to all INS employees, INS Commissioner Ziglar called the President's announcement of a Department of Homeland Security "a new and great day for the INS" and said "in this new structure, INS will become a key part of one of the largest agencies in the federal government."
EOIR Announces Class Action For White Males
The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced a notice of class action for the class of white male applicants for employment not selected as judges during 1994 and 1995.
Tancredo Calls For Moratorium On Immigration
In a lengthy statement, Rep. Tancredo (R-CO) called for, inter alia, "a temporary moratorium on immigration."
A Smuggled Family Has Two Parents
In US v. Cabrera, No. 01-20497 and No. 01-20501 (5th Cir. Jun. 6, 2002), the court issued a revised version of its April 3, 2002 opinion where it dismissed the Defendants' appeal of the length of their sentences for conviction for conspiracy to induce illegal immigrants to enter the US holding that there was sufficient reliable evidence that the District Court's multiplier of "2" for the number of immigrants smuggled in each family trip was reasonable and based on sufficient reliable evidence, that the Defendants were leaders or organizers since they recruited accomplices and organized others in carrying out the crime, and that Defendants' equivocal statements supported the District Court's finding that the Defendants did not accept responsibility.
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New Regulation Threatens Both Clients And Attorneys
Ed Barocas, legal director of the ACLU of New Jersey is quoted in a Law.com article on a recent interim final rule adopted by the Department of Justice "It's clearly an unusual situation where the client's claim for relief is negated by an unauthorized act of his attorney." Also quoted is a New Jersey attorney who commented on the flip side of the same regulation "A wayward client who transgressed the protective order could trigger a removal of the attorney's privileges in immigration court. It would effectively wipe out an immigration attorney's entire practice."
Florida Anti-Terrorism Unit Will Enforce Immigration Law But Governor Says He Doesn't Want Local Cops Becoming Immigration Cops
The Washington Post quotes Florida Governor Jeb Bush on police officers in a state anti-terrorism unit that will have the power to enforce immigration law under a pilot program created with the federal government "I would have a lot of trepidation if ... every police officer was going to be a sworn INS officer and our duties end up with local law enforcement becoming the immigration cops of the country."
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Letters to the Editor
I have been a Daily reader of your website for quite some time. Everyday I read every article with hope that ILW.COM can give me some insight into immigration and my current situation. I have not been so lucky with a) immigrating to the US, b) having decent representation through a lawyer.
Here is my case: I am a businessman working in the luxury goods field. Almost 3 years ago I got removed at the border with valid visa and documents. A low level officer just showed his strength – and I was the loser. After a while my then lawyer managed to bring me back with an L-1 visa (all correct!) and he said he would take care of my past situation. Well, that lawyer was never a lawyer (I found out later). He was a paralegal – and he now has disappeared. I have found out that he never did anything regarding my expedited removal. I am married to a US citizen. But what does it matter – I can’t even talk to an attorney and start building trust again – and I have to pay for the services provided from this person.
I have lost a lot of money, I have entered the US illegally and now I don’t even know where to go to straighten these things out. And for all of you who read this and think that I should have not been here in the first place: I have no criminal records, I come from a good family with manners, I have paid taxes for my corporation and personal and I have a family here – like many of you. I hope that one day immigration will become simpler to understand – even though it may get harder to immigrate. But in my situation the United States simply wants me to go back to Europe and pay taxes there.
Anonymous good European citizen.
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