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Tuesday, January 21st is the deadline to register for the January phone session of ILW.COM's seminar "Latest Developments relating to Consular/Visa Issues & Border Security" led by Bernard Wolfsdorf and Avi Friedman. The speakers for the seminar series include:

  • Robyn Bishop, Minister Counsellor at the US Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Santiago M. Burciaga, Immigrant Visa Chief at the US Consulate-General in
  • Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
  • Steve Fischel, Director of Legislation, Regulations and Advisory Assistance
  • in the Visa Office of the Department of State.
  • Leslie Gerson, Minister Counsellor at the US Embassy in Montreal, Canada.
  • Steve Giegerich, Nonimmigrant Visa Chief at the US Consulate-General in
  • Vancouver, Canada.
  • Peter L. Gordon, Assistant Regional Commissioner, Office of Inspections, at
  • the INS.
  • Mary Grandfield, Immigrant Visa Chief at the US Embassy in Montreal,
  • Canada.
  • Allen E. Kaye, a past National President of the AILA.
  • Gloria Leong, Deputy Assistant Regional Commissioner, Office of
  • Inspections, at the INS.
  • Gregg Rodgers, Chair, AILA's National INS Enforcement Liaison and Member,
  • AILA's National Board of Governors.
  • Hugh Williams, Chief of the Consular Section, at the US Consulate-General
  • in Toronto, Canada.

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Featured Article

The H-1B Series: Part 1 of 6 (Encore)
George N. Lester IV offers Part 1 of his comprehensive look of the H-1B program.

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Immigration Law News

Congress Debates Fiscal 2003 Appropriations
The Senate considered fiscal appropriations for 2003 for the functions of the Departments of Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary and Related Agencies including discussions on: reforming the INS and INS budget estimates, border security (SMART Border accord, Southwest Border, and Customs Ports of Entry), and Homeland Security funding. The discussion stated, "In a sense, the INS has the most difficult job of all in the war on terrorism...Intelligence is the key, but this is intelligence of an order we have never seen."

BIA Responds To LA Times Article
The Executive Office for Immigration Review of the Department of Justice wrote a letter to the Los Angeles Times Editor in response to its portrayal of the Board of Immigration Appeal's current efforts to reduce its pending caseload.

INS Releases DMIA Task Force Report
The INS has asked the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to work with the Data Management Improvement Act (DMIA) Task Force as an un-biased Information Technology consultant. The purpose of this report to the DMIA Task Force (238 pps.) is to outline how the automated systems currently function in relation to the border management processes and to propose recommendations for a future border management system.

EEOC Offers Annual TAPS Nationwide
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will be holding its yearly Technical Assistance Program Seminars nationwide, open to employers, including the opportunity for face-to-face interaction with EEOC staff at each of the over 65 audience locations.

Ninth Circuit Remands To BIA Pursuant To Supreme Court Decision
In Ventura v. INS, No. 99-71004 (9th Cir. Jan. 17, 2003), in a case remanded to the 9th Circuit by the Supreme Court, the court remanded the case to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) for a re-consideration pursuant to the Supreme Court's decision.

Fourth Circuit Finds Simple Possession, If State Felony, Is Aggravated Felony
In US v. Wilson, No. 02-4202 (4th Cir. Jan. 16, 2003), the court found, in a question of first impression in the Fourth Circuit that simple possession of drugs, if a felony under state law, can constitute an aggravated felony under immigration law, thereby joining seven other circuits that have addressed this issue. The case involved unlawful reentry by a deported alien; the court said, Petitioner's collateral attack on his underlying deportation proceeding failed because there was no protected liberty or property interest in discretionary section 212(c) relief, and said that even assuming a violation, he failed to show prejudice because a defendant must show "a reasonable likelihood that but for the errors complained of, the defendant would not have been deported."

Colorado Honor Student No Longer Beneficiary Of Private Bill
The Denver Post reports "Tancredo spokeswoman Lara Kennedy said he has no intention of taking additional steps to prompt INS enforcement action."

Supremes Hear Argument On Indefinite Detention
The Washington Post reports on the argument in the Supreme Court on indefinite detention and quotes Justice Scalia "That doesn't strike me as terribly unreasonable. Just don't do the felony."

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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The New York Association for New Americans, Inc. (NYANA) is the nation's largest provider of services to the foreign-born. Our Legal Services Department seeks a Staff Attorney to provide immigration-related legal services and consultations. Responsibilities include: preparing applications for immigration benefits and assistance, asylum, adjustment of status, and family and employment-based visas; preparing defenses in removal proceedings; researching and writing motions, briefs and memoranda; preparing clients for and representing them in interviews before the INS and providing technical assistance to NYANA staff on immigration-related issues. Qualifications: Juris Doctor degree and admission to a state Bar required. Two years of experience in immigration law strongly preferred. Experience in handling asylum, deportation and exclusion cases, as well as court experience is preferred. Fluency in a second language is a plus. Excellent communication and organizational skills and computer literacy is required. We offer competitive salaries and excellent benefits. Send resume, which must include salary requirements, to our HR consultants: HR Dynamics, (Dept. NYANA/LSA), 161 William Street, 4th floor, NY, NY 10038 or email

Web Technology For Immigration Attorneys
INS Experts is offering its services to law firms interested in establishing a visible presence online and specializing in US Immigration Law. INS Experts possesses the technology to enable organizations to create Immigration modules integral with each law firm's unique look and feel, as well as handle the e-mail and phone based customer. The cost of setting up this technology is minimal and the time required for implementation is a few months. Law firms focused on employment-based immigration or family-based immigration can utilize the INS Experts technology to prepare the INS applications without the need to hire additional paralegals for this service. Law firms can either offer this service directly to their clients through their internet/ intranet sites, or their internal staff can use the INS Experts site to prepare the applications. Your clients will benefit from our technology which appears on your website. Law firms can break away from the traditional, paper oriented, and change resistant image of the immigration law industry. For further information, visit our website: or if you have any questions, please contact: Puneet S. Parmar, Director of Business Development, INS Experts Inc., 12280 Saratoga Sunnyvale Road, Suite 116, Saratoga, CA 95070, Phone: 408-517-4212, Fax: 408-446-0771, Email:

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
Mr. Lauritzen's article makes several very good points. As for the specifics of his 3 C's, Commitment and Collegiality among them, these have been replaced by greed.

Billie Gray

Dear Editor:
Dr. Baer yet again forgets that there are immigrants in the world other than those from Mexico. Mr. Endelman's proposal did not, as I recall, allow only the legalization of the roughly half of illegal immigrants who are Hispanic or Mexican--it included all illegal immigrants, including the many who are here from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. A large number of people in those areas do have the values I mentioned. And while female circumcision may not be a practice of Mexico, does Dr. Baer really claim that a "traditional" perspective on the roles of women, particularly among the large lower class in Mexico, does not play a role in the high birth rate and lack of interest and access to educational and career opportunities for women? A phenomenon which may well explain, at least in part, why Latinas have the highest high school drop out rate in the US, and why their rate of pregnancy is increasing while others decrease. Or a role in domestic violence among Hispanics, and even among highly educated South Asians in the US? Nor did Mr. Endelman restrict his proposal for admitting unskilled, uneducated legal immigrants in the future to only those from Mexico. Is Dr. Baer really equating female circumcision, a practice which results in the lifelong loss of sexual pleasure for women, and often mutilation and even death, with piercing and tatoos? His is precisely the "traditional" view of women we should be concerned about importing more of.

Ali Alexander

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