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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
August 22, 2000
Editor's Comments of the Day
Federal Register News of the Day
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Immigration News of the Day
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Editor's Comments of the Day

Lal Varghese has been kind enough to write and send information that the Texas Service Center has begun approving H-1B cases for the year 2001 with the start date of 10/01/2000 since 08/07/2000. ILW.COM is a platform for the exchange of information. This is the kind of information exchange we are eager to encourage. The most accurate gauge of processing time is not the figures released by INS, which are sometimes optimistic, but dates of notices actually being received. Sharing the dates of receipts and approval notices actually received helps everyone have realistic expectations and gives a clearer picture of what the INS is really doing. Please send receipt dates and dates of approval notices to

Federal Register News of the Day

Extention of Comment Request for Form I-643
The Adjudications Division of the Immigration and Naturalization Service has extended the date of submissions for comments on Form I-643, Health and Human Services Statistical Data for Refugee Asylee Adjusting Status. Comments will be accepted until September 18, 2000.

Cases of the Day

No Collateral Attack on Expedited Removal
In US v. Lopez-Vasquez, No. 99-50918 (5th Cir. August 16, 2000), Defendant was found guilty of being found in the US without obtaining the consent of the Attorney General after expedited removal. The court rejected his argument that the expedited removal was fundamentally unfair and a violation of due process because in the exclusion or inadmissibility context only the process afforded by the Congress and the Executive is required, and Defendant did not argue that these procedures had not been followed.

Court Revokes Citizenship of Nazi Concentration Camp Guard
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In US v. Negele, No. 99-3522 (8th Cir. August 17, 2000), the court affirmed the District Court's revocation of Negele's US citizenship since he misrepresented his war record as a Nazi concentration camp guard. The Eighth Circuit concluded that Negele's service in the German Waffen SS Death's Head unit constituted membership and participation in a movement hostile to the US which made him ineligible for an immigration visa under the Displaced Persons Act. Since he was ineligible to receive a visa, he was not lawfully admitted for permanent residence.

Immigration News of the Day

Ailing Felon is Fighting Deportation
According to the New York Daily News a Guyanese woman, crippled from polio and suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, is fighting deportation. She was convicted last year of wire fraud and is being held in INS custody in Texas even though her family resides in New York.

INS Takes Heat Over Colombian Drug Sting
The Star-Ledger reports that earlier this summer, federal agents and prosecutors snared illegal immigrants in Operation Wild Card, a sting that offered foreign nationals green cards in exchange for drugs or cash. Now, defense lawyers and even the judge hearing the cases are questioning the fairness of luring immigrants into criminal behavior with the promise of permanent residence.

ILW.COM Highlights of the Day

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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, held a chat session on Tuesday, August 1, 2000. If you were not able to join the sessions and want to see what she said, or if you did join and want to re-read the answers, the transcript has now been posted.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,
My name is Lal Varghese and I am practicing immigration law for more than 10 years in Dallas. The Texas Service Center has begun approving H-1B cases for the year 2001 with the start date of 10/01/2000 since 08/07/2000. I have received couple of approval notices already in the mail. If you think this is worth to publish in your Daily news please do. Thank you.

Lal Varghese
Attorney at Law

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