In sharp disagreement with the 6th Circuit, the 3rd Circuit held today that "the press and the public possess no First Amendment right of access" in special interest deportation proceedings. The opinion says "The importance of this case has not escaped us. As we approached it, we were acutely aware that the countervailing positions of the parties go to the heart of our institutions, our national values, and the republic itself." Nevertheless, the opinion concludes "On balance, however, we are unable to conclude that openness plays a positive role in special interest deportation hearings at a time when our nation is faced with threats of such profound and unknown dimension." The disagreement of the circuits sets the stage for Supreme Court consideration of this subject.
INS/DOL/DOS Seminar Deadline Is Friday, October 11th
ILW.COM's seminar course "INS, DOS, DOL - The Search for Consistency" features Jacqueline Bednarz (INS), Steve Fischel (DOS) and Harry Sheinfeld (DOL). Leading the discussion will be distinguished practitioners Ron Klasko and Tammy Fox-Isicoff who are justly reputed to be dynamic and incisive speakers. Each of the seminar course's 3 sessions features 30 minutes of Q&A with the speakers.
Many complex immigration issues require resolution with more than one government agency. Examples include H-1B and adjustment portability, 245(i) labor certification grandfathering, ACWIA issues, 212 waiver issues, changes in location or salaries of H-1Bs, changes from adjustment of status to consular processing, substitution of experience for education, J-1 issues and consular readjudication of approved petitions.
Many opportunities exist to ask the INS or the DOL or the DOS for that agency's position on particular issues. However, this seminar is a rare opportunity to confront three of the most knowledgeable government officials in one forum to resolve issues where their respective agencies have taken contrary or inconsistent positions.
The following is the curriculum for "INS, DOS, DOL - The Search for Consistency"
FIRST Phone Session on September 10, 2002: DOL/INS Issues
This session will deal with DOL and INS positions on cutting edge issues including:
- Start date of H-1B employment where issuance of social security number delayed
- 245(i) grandfathering based on withdrawn or denied labor certification applications
- Effect of concurrent filing on labor certification substitutions
- Impact of leaves of absence on H-1B aliens and employers
- Effect of changes in employer structure, job description full-time status, salary and location of employment on LCA, I-129, ETA, I-140 and I-485
SECOND Phone Session on October 16, 2002: DOS/INS Issues
This session will deal with DOS and INS positions on cutting edge issues, including:
- Child Status Protection Act
- Concurrent adjustment/consular processing issues
- Consular readjudication/revocation of INS-approved petitions
- 3 and 10 year bar waivers
- Travel by H-1B portable aliens
- Who is subject to the two-year return requirement?
- Accompanying or following to join
THIRD Phone Session on November 20, 2002:
Speakers for this seminar series include:
- Summary of DOL/INS/DOS positions on cross-agency issues
- Hot Issues at DOL, INS and DOS
- Impact of formation of Homeland Security Department on DOL, INS, DOS
- Post-election legislative forecast for the new Congress
- 2003 - a look ahead
Jacqueline Bednarz, Special Assistant to the Executive Associate Commissioner for the Office of Policy and Planning of the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Washington, D.C.
Steve Fischel, the Director of Legislation, Regulations and Advisory Assistance in the visa office of the Department of State.
Harry Sheinfeld, Litigation Counsel in the Employment and Training Legal Services Division, Office of the Solicitor, at the U.S. Department of Labor.
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An Analysis Of The Child Status Protection Act - Updated
Cyrus D. Mehta provides an updated discussion of the Child Status Protection Act in light of several memos from INS and DOS.
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Immigration Law News
Minutes Of Meeting With INS, DOL, Etc
The minutes of the August meeting of the State Bar of Texas Committee on laws relating to Immigration and Nationality include comments from members of the commmittee. The committee is comprised of private immigration lawyers, an immigration judge, the director of a pro bono asylum project, an INS attorney, a representative from the Association of International Educators, the director of an immigration civil rights project, the director of an INS Regional Service Center, an INS District Director, a certifying officer of the U.S. Department of Labor, accredited representatives of non-profit organizations recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals, a U.S. consular officer and other public representatives. (Courtesy of Paul Parsons.)
INS Testimony On Information Sharing Alphabet Soup
The Assistant Commissioner for Investigations at the INS offered testimony to Congress regarding information sharing, including a discussion on SEVIS, IBIS, IDENT, NSEERS, NAILS, and TIPOFF.
No First Amendment Right Of Public Access To Deportation Hearings
In North Jersey Media Group, Inc. v. Ashcroft, No. 02-2524 (3rd Cir. Oct. 8, 2002), the court held that there has never been a fundamental right of access to all government proceedings, and held that after properly acknowledging both community benefits and potential harms, public access does not serve a significant positive role in deportation hearings.
Driving With More Passengers Than Rated Capacity Of Vehicle Is Reckless Conduct
In US v. Vargas-Herrera, No. 02-1156 (10th Cir. Oct. 7, 2002), the court said that the Distict Court did not err when it enhanced Defendant's sentence for reckless conduct in transporting illegal aliens resulting in serious bodily injury when he drove a vehicle with substantially more passengers than the rated capacity of the vehicle.
In US v. Simental-Rodriguez, No. 01-2264 (10th Cir. Oct. 7, 2002), the court said that 8 USC 1326(b)(2) is not a separate element of the offense that must be proved to a jury beyond a doubt, but is instead merely a sentencing factor based on recidivism.
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Immigration Attorney Says Change Of Address Enforcement Criminalizes Immigration System
An Op-Ed column by an immigration attorney in the El Paso Times says "The plan's punishments fit the "criminal justice" paradigm that increasingly characterizes our immigration system. Since the 1996 passage of restrictive immigration laws, thousands of long-term permanent residents have been deported for relatively minor crimes committed years ago, separating families. In addition, immigration violations previously treated as civil offenses are transformed into crimes, punishments have increased and prosecutions have soared. This plan takes the "criminalization" of our immigration system to another level."
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The Law Office of Robert B. Jobe is a nationally-recognized immigration law firm that focuses on asylum and deportation defense. We represent refugees from all over the world seeking safe-haven in the United States. Indeed, through its litigation efforts, our office has defined the contours of asylum law in the western United States. In a series of highly significant precedential decisions, our office established several important principles of law, including: (1) in the absence of evidence showing a legitimate prosecutorial purpose, the courts must presume that a government's harassment of an individual is politically motivated; (2) the presumption of future persecution that arises upon a showing of past persecution can be rebutted only by evidence of changed country conditions; and (3) where the government is the persecutor, a court must presume that the applicant is at risk country-wide. Our five attorneys are supported by a staff of 10 who work in a pleasant, dynamic, and fast-paced environment in downtown San Francisco. For more information about our firm, go to www.jobelaw.com. We now have openings for immigration associates for our expanding office. The ideal candidate would: * be a member, in good standing, of the Bar of any state; * have a passionate commitment to immigrants' rights and social justice; * have excellent research and writing skills, strong academic credentials, and an interest in public speaking; * have the ability to meet deadlines and juggle multiple tasks; and * be fluent or proficient in a foreign language. Associate responsibilities include representing clients before the INS, immigration and other courts, preparing clients for interviews and hearings and research/write legal briefs. We offer competitive salaries, medical benefits, a 401(k) plan, and all the coffee you can drink (and muffins you can eat). To apply for this position, please e-mail a letter and your resume to HR@jobelaw.com or fax it to 415-358-4716.
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