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Immigration Daily November 24, 2003
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Employment Immigration And Enforcement

As we mentioned in yesterday's Editor's comments, appropriations battles aren't the only action on the Hill. Both houses of Congress have found the time to overwhelmingly approve S. 1685, a bill which extends both the employment verification program and the immigrant investor pilot program (see item below). Despite the caveats and checks which are part of the bill, the bill clearly reflects Congress's sense that the employment eligibility verification programs have to be expanded to cover more employers. This is reflective of an attitude which is found both among Republicans and Democrats that immigration enforcement is best served by cracking down on employers. In fact, increased immigration and increased enforcement must go hand in hand. Trying to do one without the other will never work. The millions of undocumented are testimony to the repeated failure of Congress's repeated attempts to increase employment enforcement without expanding employment immigration. The silver lining is that the sheer magnitude of the problem is now so large that Congress will likely expand employment immigration in some form in 2004.


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Latest EOIR Disciplinary Actions
The Executive Office for Immigration Review announced its latest disciplinary actions where four attorneys received final orders of discipline.

DOJ Announces Removal Proceedings Initiated Against Alleged Nazi Armed Guard
The Department of Justice announced that removal proceedings have begun to deport a Queens, New York, man based on his participation in the persecution of Jewish civilians during World War II while serving as an armed guard at a Nazi forced labor camp in German-occupied Poland.

IJ Gave Undue Weight To Alleged Lack Of Corrobating Evidence In Asylum Petition
In Uwase v. Ashcroft, No. 02-3676 (7th Cir. Nov. 21, 2003), the court said that the Immigration Judge's adverse credibility determinations in an asylum case involving a Rwandan were not based on substantial evidence and because the IJ gave undue weight to Petitioner's alleged lack of corrobating evidence.

Attorney Delays Appeal, Pleads Error In Calculation, Court Says Petition For Review Is Not Well-Taken
In Sswajje v. Ashcroft, No. 02-3558;03-3023 (6th Cir. Nov. 21, 2003), the court noted that on the day of the hearing, the IJ explicitly notified the Petitioner in the presence of his attorney of the date of the filing deadline. The attorney nevertheless pleaded error in calculation due to which the appeal reached the BIA three days late.

Congress Extends Employment Verification And Investor Programs
We reproduce the text of S.1685, legislation which extends and expands the basic pilot program for employment eligibility verification. S. 1685 extends the immigrant investor regional center pilot program to 2008.

Arizona Poll Shows Majority Favors Guest Worker Program
The Arizona Daily Star reports "A majority of Arizonans support a guest-worker program being pushed by three members of the state's congressional delegation, according to a new survey."

Alleged Nazi Stripped Of US Citizenship After 50 Years
The New York Times reports "a federal judge stripped [an alleged armed guard of a Nazi labor camp] of his American citizenship for falsely claiming in his immigration papers in 1949 that he worked on his father's farm in Poland and at a German factory during the period when he was actually serving the Nazis."

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