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Immigration Daily May 30, 2003
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BCIS and Efiling

Today's Immigration Daily highlights the beginning of a new era: e-filing at BCIS. We are delighted to present today's featured author who shares what he's learned at today's BCIS e-filing conference. Read the BCIS fact sheet, BCIS FAQs, BCIS's service provider media release to learn more. Click to find the items of interest to you.


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Featured Article

Day One: E-filing at the BCIS
Robert C. Meltzer, Esq. shares what he learned from today's BCIS e-filing press conference.

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Immigration Law News

BCIS Offers E-filing
The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) issued a fact sheet FAQs, and information on its service provider to kick-off its e-filing launch.

BCIS E-filing Allows For Round-The-Clock Filing Of I-90 And I-765
The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) issued a press statement where Acting Director Eduardo Aguirre said, "For the first time in our history, BCIS is able to offer our customers the option of filing for certain immigration benefits using the Internet, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."

Failure To Exhaust Administrative Remedies Dooms Appeal
In Bejar v. Ashcroft, No. 02-1897 (3rd Cir. May 19, 2003), the court said that "Petitioner failed to exhaust her administrative remedies by not appealing the in absentia removal order of the Immigration Judge within the INA's mandatory 180-day window."

Lawsuit To Be Filed To Allow Legal Residents "To Live A Legal Life"
The San Antonio Express-News reports "The Texas Lawyers' Committee, an immigrant advocacy nonprofit in San Antonio, along with the San Antonio office of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, plans to file a complaint today in federal court in McAllen demanding the US government allow legal residents to live a legal life."

Sen. McCain Supports Guest Amnesty Program
The Tucson Citizen of Arizona reports that Sen. McCain (R-AZ) in supporting a guest amnesty program said, "There are jobs that American workers simply won't do. As long as there's a demand for workers, workers are going to come across."

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
I will never cease to be amazed at the number (few though they may be) of people who believe that laws are to be selectively observed when convenient. Life is about choices. Choosing to risk one's life to break the law and cross a border is a choice some people make. Unfortunately, some are on the losing side of that choice. A border is an important thing worth protecting and fighting to protect. Sometimes borders are arbitrary and sometimes they are enforced by might despite claims to the contrary. If we want to be a country under the rule of law rather than anarchy, then we need to protect our borders. Respect for the laws have to start with entry into this country. Here is a hypothetical viewpoint from an illegal alien: My land has resources, but my neighbor's land has bigger/better resources. My land cannot support me sufficiently (in my opinon). I would like a better life, so I am "invading" my neighbor's land, growing my crops on his land, taking his water and timber and generally improving my situation at his expense. Since he has lots of land and resources, it doesn't matter...and he shouldn't care. Some of us do care.

Name not provided

Dear Editor:
Regarding the anti-immigrant letter published in Immigration Daily, I am wondering why someone who has such strong anti-immigrant opinions would not only wish to proudly proclaim their views but also to "own" their views by signing their name to their letter. Could it be because they are in truth embarrassed to write something that is so hateful and negative?

Diane Mahoney
Sacramento, CA

Dear Editor:
Here are my comments on the 245(i): Bush is Republican and Republicans are not very friendly to Minorities and Immigrants. Well , only when they need votes. If Bush seeks re-election than I can say that the 245(i) will have a chance to come back. It worked that way with Clinton. And he was not a Republican. Imagine that.

Name not provided

Dear Editor:
245(i) still alive? It's on life support at best. Allow me to pull the plug.


Dear Editor:
The following press release was submitted on behalf of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) and its affiliate agency Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees happily welcomed the first Somali Bantu refugee to Utica, N.Y., last week. With nothing more than a small backpack of personal belongings, Mohamed Muktar arrived in Utica Friday afternoon after a long journey that began in Nairobi, Kenya, several days before. He is the first member of his long-oppressed people to be resettled by LIRS, with thousands to follow. Muktar's arrival marks the beginning of the U.S. government's largest resettlement effort ever for a group of African refugees. As the descendants of slaves with nearly 200 years of abuse and persecution in Somalia, the Bantu have been identified as a population in special need of protection. LIRS, in partnership with its national network of 27 affiliate agencies, will help over 1,500 Somali Bantu make new lives in communities across the country. In total, 12,000 Bantu are expected to arrive in the United States over the next two-three years. "This is an exciting group to help," says LIRS President Ralston H. Deffenbaugh, Jr. "These vulnerable people are truly refugees for whom resettlement in a third country is the only durable solution. We are gratified to see our government working with the international community to make this happen."

Meg Arenberg, President's Office Assistant
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

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