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Immigration Daily December 29, 2003
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Editor's Comments

Law Firm Holiday Card Captures Frustration

For many immigration law practices 2003 has been a very frustrating year. An illustration on the cover of a holiday greeting card captures this frustration better than words can (courtesy of Montiel Davis & Woodward Kimber, P.A. of Miami, FL).


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Veto of Bill for the Relief of Wilhelm Engelbert: Presidential Paper Historical Series
President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent this message to Congress on March 7, 1954.

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Immigration Law News

FTC Issues Alert - USA Immigration Services Is Not US Government Affiliated
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an alert advising that all prospective immigrants who bought diversity visa (DV) lottery application services from USA Immigration Services and are natives of eligible countries will need to register on their own for the 2003 DV lottery. For the FTC alert, see here. For the FTC press release, see here. For the FTC Consumer Alert, see here.

Airman Receives Gift Of Naturalization
The USCIS issued a press release describing the military naturalization awarded to an airman for his service in the Air Force. (Corrected - 12/29/03 - Ed.)

DOS Redesignates Foreign Terrorist Organizations
The Department of State released the redesignation of two foreign terrorist organizations. For the press statement, see here. For the Federal Register announcment, see here.

President Bush Will Support Massive Legalization Legislation In Early January
A Washington Post op-ed says "President Bush plans to kick off his reelection year by proposing a program that would make it easier for immigrants to work legally in the US, in what would constitute the most significant changes to immigration law in 18 years, Republican officials said yesterday."

Secretary Ridge Deserves A Raise
A Wall Street Journal op-ed says "Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge recently committed the political sin of telling the truth. His helpful candor has reopened a much-needed debate over immigration and exposed some of the specious arguments used by those who want to close U.S. borders."

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