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

The trial is over. Effective December 1, 2000, Eastern time, the new pricing policy for ILW.COM case tracking goes into effect. During the trial period the number of cases entered into the system exceeded our estimates by an order of magnitude. The comments of those who have tried case tracking have been enthusiastic. Case tracking is valuable to attorneys because it facilitates communication between their offices and their clients and reduces the number of phone inquiries about the status of cases. It is valuable to employers because it allows them to view all thier employees's immigration cases on one screen and assures them of timely notification of changes in their immigration status. Case tracking is invaluable for aliens. It cannot speed processing with the INS, but it can guarantee that as soon as an attorney has news it can be conveyed at Internet speed by e-mail. Case tracking is one of the ways ILW.COM fulfills its goal of facilitating communication.

Attorney Daniel Retter has provided a copy of the minutes of the recent liaison meeting between the US Consulate in Moscow, Russia, and the private bar. Mr. Retter asks that suggested questions for future liaison meetings be sent to him at ILW.COM encourages the submission of immigration related cases, correspondence with governemnt agencies, minutes of meetings, articles and letters. With almost 5,000 subscribers to the e-mail version of Immigration Daily, ILW.COM is in a unique position to help educate people. Send submissions to

Federal Register News of the Day

Delegation of Authority to INS to Terminate Deportation and Initiate Removal
This proposed rule changes the delegation of authority to terminate certain deportation proceedings and initiate removal proceedings from the Attorney General to the INS. Written comments must be submitted on or before January 29, 2001.

Cases of the Day

Ignorance of Immigration Laws is an Excuse
In Liu v. Phillips, No. 99-2336 (1st Cir. Nov. 28, 2000), the court upheld qualified immunity for a police officer who had unlawfully arrested a seventeen-year-old permanent resident for violation of a statute that requires aliens age eighteen and older to carry their green cards with them at all times. The court found that since local police do not ordinarily enforce federal immigration laws there was nothing unnatural about the officer's ignorance of the complex immigration laws.

Filing of Notice to Appear Commences Deportation Proceedings
In Costa v. INS, No. 99-2357 (1st Cir. Nov. 28, 2000), the court agreed with the Immigration Judge (IJ) and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) that proceedings commenced when a Notice to Appear was filed with the Immigration Court and not when the INS issued an Order to Show Cause.

DOS News of the Day

Minutes of Meeting with Moscow Consul General
Minutes from the Sept. 29, 2000, liaison meeting with between the US Consulate in Moscow and the private bar. Covered topics inlcude the issuance of visas for dependents of H and L beneficiaries and attorney representation at the Consulate. Provided by Daniel Retter, Esq., who asks that suggested questions for future liaison mettings be sent to him at

Immigration News of the Day

Foreign Workers Shore Up Harvest
The Denver Post reports that labor shortages have forced Colorado farmers to hire dozens of Australians and New Zealanders and South Africans to bring in the harvest this year and skilled foreign workers are becoming commonplace on traveling harvest crews that work Colorado and the rest of America's farm belt.

ILW.COM Highlights of the Day

Would You Like to Find out How to Get a Drivers License or Auto Insurance?
Read how to get a social security card, open a bank account, get a credit card and more....

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Special Chat with INS
Participate in a special chat with Linda Dodd-Major, Acting Director of DOJ/INS Office of Business Liaison, on Tuesday, December 19, 2000, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New Yok) time. Questions will be accepted beginning 15 minutes before the start of the chat.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

First, I want to thank all of you for the fabulous service this newsletter is to the profession and to the immigrant community. My immigration law class is also subscribing.

Second, I have a question about documents that we print from the links in the newsletter. When I link to a document cited in the newsletter, I can see the entire document on my screen, but when I print out a copy, the right-hand side is cut-off. Can you offer any guidance on how I could correct this problem?

Thanks for your help.

Elizabeth J. Bedient
Carter & Alterman
Denver, Colorado

Editor's Note: Technological limitations in our site cause the side of the pages to be cut off when printed on 8.5 x 11 paper. Until we fix the problem here are two suggestions for work arounds:

1. Print in Landscape mode: Your print dialog should have a 'Properties' button. Click on it and change the orientation of the paper to landscape. Hit OK and print.

2. Paste into your word processor: Place your mouse over the start of the article you want to print. Click down and drag your mouse to the end of the article while keeping the mouse pressed down. This should highlight the entire article. Now select the 'Copy' menu item from the 'Edit' menu of your browser. Start your word processor with an empty document, select paste. Now use the print function of your word processor.

Classifieds of the Day

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