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Immigration Daily November 20, 2003
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Featured Article

Filing An I-751 Petitioner For A Client In Divorce Or Annulment Proceedings
Cyrus Mehta writes "the Yates Memo policy will needlessly put into jeopardy the status of conditional residents who are unable to obtain a final termination of their marriage prior to the second anniversary of the grant of conditional residency."

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Immigration Law News

9th Circuit Immigration Primer
Cheri Ho of the Office of the Staff Attorneys of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit offered a 143-page primer on selected immigration law topics (thanks to Dan Kowalski, Editor-in-Chief, Bender's Immigration Bulletin).

Continuous Presence Suspect Where Petitioner Regularly Visits Family In Mexico
In Garcia-Melendez v. Ashcroft, No. 02-60382 (5th Cir. Nov. 18, 2003), the court noted that the IJ found the Petitioner's testimony particularly suspect since he admitted that his wife and children remained in Mexico for some years while he was allegedly in the US and he saw them in Mexico regularly at that time.

CNN's Lou Dobbs On An Anti-Immigration Jihad
A Reason magazine op-ed piece commenting CNN's Lou Dobbs's jihad against immigration says "... the freedom to shape one's own life through voluntary associations with others, is enhanced by greater trade and interaction ... Dobbs' makes his position seem superficially plausible only by focusing myopically on costs and resolutely ignoring benefits."

Businesses That Knowingly Employ Undocumented Are Rarely Pursued
The Arizona Republic reports "While federal officials are cracking down on undocumented immigrants crossing the Arizona-Mexico border, statistics show that businesses that knowingly employ those immigrants are rarely pursued through the courts."

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
Gary Endelman's article "Declare Victory And Go Home: The Solution to Illegal Immigration in America" has projected the prevailing reality. His observation. "It simply makes no sense to make employment-based immigration more difficult when so many more workers come here to compete for jobs free of any restriction through family ties", is true to the point. As a lawyer in Mumbai, India, dealing with clients who seek to immigrate to the US, I have found that 90 out of 100 cases of immigration through family preference categories, the family members do not have any affinity towards each other and the real purpose of migrating to the US is not to unite with the family members. I have observed that in majority of the case parents are called by US citizen son's and daughters not out of love and affection but because it is expensive for them to employ a cook, baby sister and persons doing odd jobs.

Sudhir Shah

Dear Editor:
The following minutes are based on a meeting between E-filing Standards for Immigration Group (ESIG) and CIS, Washington, D.C.

Bob Meltzer on behalf of ESIG

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