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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
Gary Endelman, Esq., Columnist
Joel Stewart, Esq., Columnist
August 1, 2000
Editor's Comments of the Day
Federal Register News of the Day
Congressional News of the Day
Immigration News of the Day
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Editor's Comments of the Day

The Department of State has released instructions for the Diversity Immigrant (DV-2002) Visa Program. The DV lottery provides 55,000 immigrant visas to people under-represented in the overall mix of immigrants coming to the United States. Each year several million people apply for the limited number of visas. Only the winners are notified. People born in the countries sending the most immigrants to the United States are not eligible. Ineligible this year are people born in Canada, China (mainland-born or Macau), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, UK (except Northern Ireland) and Vietnam. If you were born anywhere else in the world and seek a green card-apply, but remember that this is a lottery. Do not abandon or neglect other potential avenues to reach your goal.

Federal Register News of the Day

Registration for the Diversity Immigrant (DV-2002) Visa Program
The Department of State releases information on the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) category during Fiscal Year 2002. Entries for the DV-2002 mail-in period must be received at the Kentucky Consular Center mailing address between noon (Eastern Time) on Monday, October 2, 2000, and noon (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, November 1, 2000.

INS Extends Memoranda of Understanding for Fines Mitigation
Carriers may enter into Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with INS which provide for mitigation of fines related to transporting passengers without passports or visas. By signing these MOUs, the carriers agree to perform measures aimed at intercepting improperly documented aliens at foreign ports-of-embarkation. The notice extends the expiration date of the MOUs until September 30, 2001.

INS Comment Request on Updates to Deportable Alien Control System
The INS requests comments on updates to the Deportable Alien Control System (DACS) which would amend the list of those authorized to receive the information.

Congressional News of the Day

Rep. Conyers Introduces "Restoration of Fairness in Immigration Law Act of 2000'' in the House of Representatives
Rep. Conyers read a summary of H.R. 4966, the "Restoration of Fairness in Immigration Law Act of 2000," to the House of Representatives. This bill would reverse many of the changes made by IIRIRA including restoring judicial review, allowing discretionary waivers for minor felonies, reducing the length of bars to inadmissibility, making 245(i) permanent, restoring discretionary determination for voluntary departure, and eliminating time limits on asylum applications.

Sen. Leahy Comments on the H-1B Visa and Urges the Senate to Pass S. 2912
Sen. Leahy urges the Senate to increase the number of H-1B visas and to take up and pass S. 2912, the "Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act," which would extend NACARA to cover other Central Americans, restore 245(i) and advance the registry date.

Sen. Wyden Explains His Objection to the Visa Waiver Pilot Program
Sen. Wyden explains the reasons for his objection to a unanimous consent request for the Senate to adopt H.R. 3767, legislation to make the Visa Waiver Pilot Program permanent.

Two Immigration Bills Introduced and Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
Two bills, H.R. 5061, to provide for the appointment of a guardian ad litem to protect the interests under Federal immigration law of certain alien minor children present in the US without a parent or other legal guardian and H.R. 5062, to establish the eligibility of certain aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence for cancellation of removal under section 240A of the Immigration and Nationality Act were introduced and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Sen. Warner Asks Senate to Consider S. 2045 Without Unrelated Amendments
Sen. Warner expresses his frustration over the inability of the Senate to reach a unanimous consent agreement on S. 2045, "The American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act," and the fact that this legislation is now being held hostage because some Senators wish to attach unrelated amendments to the bill.

Letter From Carmen Sabria Re: Elian Gonzalez
A constituent letter introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. McKeon provides another perspective on the Elian Gonzalez case and highlights many of the freedoms Americans take for granted.

Immigration News of the Day

INS Should Focus its Efforts on Tourists, Not Students
An opinion piece in the Atlanta Journal argues that even though some foreign students have no intention of returning home, Congress's program that targets foreign students does not make this the best use of INS resources.

Wave of Armenian Immigrants Expected
The Los Angeles Times reports that an influx of about 1,000 Armenian immigrants who were residing in Austria will arrive in Los Angeles next week.

Taft Gets Deportation Case
The Beacon Journal reports that the fate of a 22-year-old man who faces deportation to a country he has not lived in for fourteen years is now in the hands of Gov. Bob Taft of Ohio after the parole board recommended clemency. This case is the fourth clemency case involving deportation that the governor has been asked to decide in the last 18 months.

Politics Blocks Solution to Labor Shortage
According to an opinion piece in the San Francisco Chronicle, the simple act of increasing the number of temporary visas from the 65,000 has become stuck in the politics of immigration. The White House, in addition to asking Congress to approve more H-1B visas, has asked Congress to grant an amnesty to hundreds of thousands of immigrants who have been living in the US illegally for many years.

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ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with INS!
Linda Dodd-Major, Acting Director of DOJ/INS Office of Business Liaison, will hold a chat session on Tuesday, August 1, 2000, at 9:00 p.m. ET. Get the INS answers to your employment related immigration questions.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,
Dear Sir/Madam, I would like to participate in one of your live chats. But the problem is I don't understand the way you specify the time. What is ET? I live in Asia. I understand GMT but not ET. Please help me with this.

Thank you,
Name Withheld Upon Request [ Ed. 08/21/07 ]

Editor's note: ET (Eastern Time) is five hours behind GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

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