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Immigration Daily
Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
November 1, 2000
Editor's Comments of the Day
Federal Register News of the Day
Cases 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
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Editor's Comments of the Day

Congress has been talking about immigration a lot in the past week. Senators and Representatives take advantage of debate on all manner of bills to throw in their comments on immigration. President Clinton and most Democrats support the "Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act." Many Republicans favor the Legal Immigration Families Equity Act arguing that it helps unite families with the new V visa category, but does not reward people who have violated the law by entering or staying in the United States illegally. It is easy for Congress and the President to talk about the grand principles behind their proposals. What they are not talking about are people. How do you explain the principle behind removal to a young bride who is separated from her husband because she entered the country with her parents at an age when she had no choice? How do you explain the principle behind removal to a man who has worked and provided for his family for years, paying taxes and putting his children through college, but who once committed a crime for which he has served the time? While all immigrants share certain characteristics, each story is unique. Share you story on the Immigrant's Diary page.

Federal Register News of the Day

Comment Requests from INS
The INS has requested comments on Form I-102, Application for Replacement/ Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document, I-777, Application for Issuance or Replacement of Northern Mariana Card, I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, I-824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition, N-300, Application to File Declaration of Intention, and N-426, Request for Certification of Military or Naval Service.

Cases of the Day

Longer Sentence for Aggravated Felony
In US v. Dabeit, No. 00-10065 (5th Cir. Oct. 30, 2000), the court found that where the Defendant pled guilty to being found in the US after having been deported, the government met its burden of proof for an increase in the sentence based on having been deported following a conviction for an aggravated felony when it introduced a Pre-sentence Investigation Report and Defendant's factual resume which stipulated that he had previously been convicted of an aggravated felony.

Congressional News of the Day

Rep. Owens Pleads for Action on Immigration Issues
Rep. Owens states that the House should remain in session in order to "get a Latino and other immigrant fairness bill, a bill which includes amnesty, a 245(i) adjustment and a blanketing of the categories of Central Americans, Liberians and Haitians, who have been left out there with a questionable status."

House Debates Immigration Issues
During debate in the House over joint resolutions to make further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2001 for a period of 1 day, Reps. Rohrabacher, Jackson-Lee, Bonior, Traficant, Berry, Thomas, DeGette and Linder add their comments on the immigration issues.

Rep. Eshoo Urges House to Support Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act
In an address to the House Rep. Eshoo speaks against the immigration measure proposed in the Commerce, Justice and State appropriations bill and urges her colleagues to reject it and instead support the "Latino Fairness and Immigration Act (sic)."

INS News of the Day

Visa Waiver Program Becomes Permanent
President Clinton has signed the "Visa Waiver Permanent Program Act" which makes permanent the pilot program that for the past twelve years has permitted nationals of many countries to enter the US for business and tourism without the necessity of first obtaining a visa. The bill also extends the EB-5 pilot program for another three years, and clarifies when an amended H-1B petition needs to be filed in a corporate restructuring situation.

President Signs "Child Citizenship Act of 2000"
President Clinton signed the "Child Citizenship Act of 2000" which confers US citizenship automatically upon some foreign-born children, including those adopted by citizens of the US, who do not acquire citizenship at birth.

Clinton Vows to Continue Fight
In remarks from the South Lawn of the White House President Clinton stated he feels very strongly about the Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act and will continue to fight for its enactment.

Immigration News of the Day

Chipping Away at Statue's Myths
According to the New York Times, scholars say that the Statue of Liberty was originally intended to be an anti-monarchy, antislavery symbol. Immigrants, and the Lazarus poem, were not popularly connected with the statue until the 20th century.

INS Starts Deporting Illegals in DUI Cases
The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports that the INS in Atlanta has started deportation proceedings against 64 illegal immigrants caught driving drunk. The INS began the deportations after an illegal immigrant from Mexico was charged with driving drunk and crashing into a car, killing three teens.

ILW.COM Highlights of the Day

Transcript of Special Chat with INS Official
Read the transcript of ILW.COM's special chat with Acting Director of DOJ/INS Office of Business Liaison, Linda Dodd-Major.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Canadian Immigration Law Chat
Attorney Catherine Kerr will answer questions on Canadian immigration law on Wednesday, November 1, 2000, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted starting 15 minutes before the start of the chat.

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