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Immigration Daily
Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
Gary Endelman, Esq., Columnist
Joel Stewart, Esq., Columnist
May 22, 2000
Editor's Comments of the Day
Congressional News of the Day
INS News of the Day
ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day
Immigration News of the Day
ILW.COM Highlights of the Day
ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day
Letters to the Editor
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Editor's Comments of the Day

The "Immigration Services and Infrastructure Improvements Act of 2000" is intended to reduce the backlog in the processing of immigration benefit applications and to make improvements to infrastructure necessary for the effective provision of immigration services. The bill would create a separate "Immigration Services and Infrastructure Improvement Account." The INS would have to put together a plan on how it will eliminate existing backlogs and report on this plan before it could have access to the funds. The Department of Justice would have to submit an annual, detailed report to Congress, including data on the number of naturalization applications and immigration petitions processed and adjudicated in each of the fiscal years following enactment of the act. While the goal is laudable, creating more bureaucracy is unlikely to achieve it. As the recent audit of the H-1B program has shown, the INS is unable to fulfill the mandates already imposed by Congress.

Congressional News of the day

Senate Passes Hmong Veterans' Naturalization Act of 2000
The Senate passes the Hmong Veterans' Naturalization Act of 2000 which provides an exemption from English language requirement and special consideration concerning civics requirement for naturalization applicants who served with special guerrilla units or irregular forces in Laos.

Traficant Amendment Passes 243-183
The Traficant Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act was passed by a vote of 243-183. The amendment authorizes the Secretary of Defense to assign members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps to assist INS Border Patrol Agents.

Rep. Jackson-Lee Opposes Traficant Amendment
Rep. Jackson-Lee speaks in opposition to the Traficant Amendment citing a Department of Defense Reports which finds neither the Immigration and Naturalization Service nor the United States Customs Service could envision a scenario which would require assignments of Defense personnel for Border Patrol purposes.

Immigration Services And Infrastructure Improvements Act Of 2000
Sen. Feinstein introduces a bill to reduce the backlog in the processing of immigration benefit applications and to make improvements to infrastructure necessary for the effective provision of immigration services.

Immigration and Naturalization Service Data Management Improvement Act of 2000
This bill, the product of an agreement with the House, requires that the INS develop an ``integrated entry and exit data system'' that focuses on data INS already regularly collects at ports of entry instead of implementing the system mandated by section 110 of IIRAIRA.

INS News of the Day

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INS Holds First International Children's Adoption Conference
May 9-11, 2000, the INS held its first International Children's Adoption Conference to provide an information forum for INS officers who deal with adoption cases in the United States and overseas and to exchange ideas with the adoption service community.

ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

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Domestic Support for Immigration
Gary Endelman, Esq., writes that before that America needs a national commitment to wage equality as a condition precedent to a national dialogue on why more immigration is good for us.

Immigration News of the Day

Determined to Spare Their Daughters
The Washington Post relates the story of a deportation of a Nigerian woman and her American born daughter who will be subject to female genital mutilation.

ILW.COM Highlights of the Day

Did you Know that we are Located in New York, the Immigration Capital of the World?
We are located in mid-town Manhattan with views of the timeless symbols of immigration - Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Answers to Your Immigration Questions
ILW.COM hosts regular chats with immigration attorneys. Check the transcripts of the past chats to find answers to your immigration questions.

Letters to the Editor

Call for Support for S. 173 and H. R. 3272

I am 34 years old, male, married, wife not legal, 3 California born children, been in this country sense I was 2 years old (1968) with proof of every year. I am here illegally. You're probably thinking why. I have a felony conviction. (February 1986). I have received a certificate of rehabilitation from my county's superior court and my automatic application for a pardon is pending in Sacramento, Ca. I have not applied for the amnesty of 1972 for fear of being put on removal notice due to my aggravated felony conviction. I am waiting for bills S. 173 (Moynihan- criminal alien convictions) and H.R. 3272 (to restore title of definition of a felony to what it was before 1996) to pass in Congress. My life depends on them. I have been writing to the senators and representatives asking for support of these bills. I have found out that there are a lot of immigrants like myself that are being affected by old conviction. Could you please make note and try to post more info for us concerning the criminal alien issue. Thank you. You can count on me for support of your association. Look forward to seeing you it prosper.

Best regards,

JM (e-mail address withheld)

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