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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
October 20, 2000
Editor's Comments of the Day
Federal Register News of the Day
Congressional News of the Day
INS News 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

Doris Meissner, Commissioner of the INS, has announced her plans to depart the agency in mid-november. The press release from the INS notes that during her tenure the INS workforce nearly doubled from 18,000 to 32,000 and the agency's budget grew almost four fold (not exponentially as the press release claims) from $1.58 billion in 1993, to $4.3 billion in 2000. These are cited as testaments to the "mounting demands being placed on the agency in both its enforcement and immigration benefits responsibilities." What is not cited is the failure of the enforcement efforts to diminish the number of illegal aliens in the United States. According to the INS's own estimates in its draft response to a subpoena duces tecum from the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims the number of unauthorized immigrants is over two million and by some estimates much higher. Also omitted are the examples of typical bureaucratic inefficiency. The Vermont Service Center was able to process H-1B petitions in sometimes as little as 10 days to 2 weeks compared to 2-3 months at the other Service Centers. The INS response to the differences in processing times was not to adopt whatever allowed Vermont to process the petitions more quickly, but to penalize employers in the jurisdiction of the Vermont Service Center by requiring it to keep its processing times in line with the slower Service Centers. The departing Commissioner is an obvious target for criticism of the agency's shortcomings. Instead of worrying about placing blame, the out-going Commissioner should be thanked for the contributions she has made. At the same time the opportunity for the appointment of a new commissioner who will take advantage of the vast opportunities for improvement should be welcomed.

Federal Register News of the Day

Exchanges and Training Programs for the New Independent States
The Office of Citizen Exchanges, Europe/Eurasia Division, announces an open competition for assistance awards in the areas of Media Training, Women's Leadership, Public Advocacy Training, and Prevention of Trafficking in Women and Girls and invites applicants to submit proposals that encourage the growth of democratic institutions in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine and Russia.

Congressional News of the Day

House Asks Senate to Pass Child Citizenship Act of 2000 and Visa Waiver Permanent Program Act
The House of Representatives has sent a message to the Senate stating that it has passed H.R. 2883, "Child Citizenship Act of 2000" and H.R. 3767, "Visa Waiver Permanent Program Act," and now requests the concurrence of the Senate.

Sen. Gramm Comments on Amnesty
During Senate's consideration of the conference report accompanying H.R. 4461, a bill making appropriations for certain agencies, Sen. Gramm discussed the issue of amnesty and stated that he believes, "if we keep granting amnesty to people who came to the country illegally, we are in essence putting up a neon sign on all of our borders saying: violate our law; come into the country illegally. Then we will later pass laws making it all right and you will be able to stay."

House Files Reports on Secret Evidence Act and Agricultural Opportunities Act
The House of Representatives filed reports on H.R. 2121, the "Secret Evidence Act of 1999" and H.R. 4548, the "Agricultural Opportunities Act."

INS News of the Day

INS Commissioner Doris Meissner Announces Departure
After seven years as INS Commissioner Doris Meissner has announced her plans to depart the INS in mid-November and return to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

EOIR Releases Names of Accredited Representatives
The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has released for the current quarter an alphabetical listing of recognized organizations (long download) authorized to represent people before the INS and EOIR including dates of recognition, names of designated accredited individuals, restrictions on practice, and dates of accreditation.
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Immigration News of the Day

Judge Tough Despite Tales of Horror
An article in the San Jose Mercury News analyzed asylum decisions by the nation's immigration judges and found extraordinary disparities from one judge to the next. The analysis, part of a two-year examination of the nation's asylum system, studied 176,465 cases that came before the 219 administrative immigration judges from 1995 through most of 1999.

ACLU in Berkeley Landlord Case Lawyers to Assist Teenagers Brought Over From India
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the American Civil Liberties Union will help represent those who may have been victimized by a Berkeley landlord accused of smuggling teenage girls from India for sex and cheap labor by submitting false visa applications that allowed the girls to be imported.

ILW Highlights of the Day

Your Story Could be the Chosen for Publication in Our Soon to be Launched "Immigrant Life" Section
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ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat About Canadian Immigration Law
On Wednesday, November 1, 2000, Canadian immigration attorney Catherine Kerr will answer questions about Canadian immigration law. Questions will be accepted beginning 15 minutes before the start of the chat.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,
I am a new Immigration attorney, and I cannot tell you how much I enjoy your e-mail. It is very helpful to keep us lawyers ahead of the constant changes in the immigration law. Just this week I had a client that had a problem that I read about in your "Cases of the Day" section. I was able to help the client with confidence and great assurance. Thank you and keep up the good work.

P.S. I did not save a copy of the case, do you keep the "Cases of the Day" on file, and how can I get copy?

Berj L. Massmanian, Esq.

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