The statistics for the final month of 2001 are in. Here are the most popular articles in the month of December:
- Never Say "i" (Unless You Must): Employment-Based Options for Adjustment of Status that Avoid INA § 245(i) by Angelo A. Paparelli and John C. Valdez
- I Lost My H-1B Job...What Now? by Steven Riznyk
- Tips for Traveling in Uncertain Times by Ellen H. Badger
- 180 Day Portability Rule: Clearing Up Common Misconceptions by Carl Shusterman
- Practical Tips for Noncitizens in a Post-September 11 World by Cyrus D. Mehta, and
- The ABCs of Immigration - Consular Processing for Nonimmigrant Visas by Greg Siskind and Amy Ballentine
Also very popular was the schedule of new INS fees.
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Law Firms Play Catch-Up: Key Legal Technology Trends for 2002
Dennis Kennedy, a lawyer in the Intellectual Property and Information Technology Department of Thompson Coburn, LLP, writing in Law Library Resource Xchange (LLRX), LLC, offers what he considers to be the ten clear trends for law and technology for 2002.
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Tyson Indictments Expose Flaws in US Immigration System
Greg Siskind and Amy Ballentine commenting on the recent indictment of Tyson foods, note that, "if the charges are true, Tyson certainly crossed the line by actually smuggling immigrants into the country. But the Congress shares the blame for failing to create a system that allows employers facing worker shortages to recruit foreign workers."
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Comment Request on J-1 Waiver Application
The Department of State has published an information collection request on the DS-3035, J-1 Visa Waiver Review Application.
Immigration in the Press
Visa Revocation of Student from Pakistan Called Unfair
The Las Vegas Sun reports on the case of a Pakistani student with a valid visa denied admission because his sister had overstayed her authorized period of stay.
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This Day in Immigration
From January 5, 2001
"Drug Conviction Not Aggravated Felony
In Steele v. Blackman, No. 00-3116 (3rd Cir. Jan. 2, 2001), the court found that to be subject to the consequences of an aggravated felony under immigration law, there must be a judicial determination beyond a reasonable doubt of every element of the felony offense. Misdemeanor drug convictions under state law are not aggravated felony convictions unless every element of the felony offense has been established."
Letters to the Editor
Will there be amnesty in 2002? I believe so. How? First, the government can not ignore those that have been here for many years with strong family and community ties. Second, the government is understanding that not knowing who is here, why, how, since when, and what they were doing before arriving in the US, will not help us to keep track of people. We can not afford to find 10 million people on the streets of the US, because most of them are working to keep our country going, but we can make them come to us! Those that do not show up to be identified and legalized, if qualified to be so, after the deadline period, will be considered WANTED for questioning. That will open the door for a national ID system and the right to stop anyone on the streets (blond or not) and ask for identification as it is being done in certain European countries. Those that do not show up, probably did not come here to work hard, pay their taxes and be integrated to the American society. Time will tell !
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In his letter in the editor in the January 3, 2002, issue of Immigration Daily DC gives the emotional argument that we should protect our constitutional rights from the "whim" of this President. Problem is, who's taking away American citizens' rights? Is President Bush or Attorney General Ashcroft proposing to use these military tribunals to try citizens or immigrants? No, I didn't think so. I thought the tribunals are designed for POWs. Ah, yes, those al-Qaida members and terrorists captured while fighting against our country. Is there a law that demands that these folks have the same constitutional rights as US citizens or even immigrants? No, I didn't think so either.
Most likely, DC is putting forth the slippery-slope argument. After the tribunals used during World War II which I pointed out in my December 28, 2001, letter has the situation deteriorated and do we have fewer constitutional rights? Looking back, it is clear that after WWII, we have had an explosive expansion of constitutional rights starting in the 50s through the 60s and 70s to the point where today we have more rights than ever before. So if there was a slippery slope, it sure wasn't slippery nor much of a slope.
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HELP WANTED: LEGAL POSITIONS
Paparelli & Partners LLP is currently recruiting for the following positions: 1) Paralegal - Under supervision of attorneys, perform legal research and draft various employment-based and family-based immigration-related petitions, applications and supporting documentation. Use computer software extensively (research databases, Internet, MS Word, MS Outlook, Excel, ProLaw, etc.). Maintain client files. Monitor case progress. Communicate with clients and internal staff. Qualifications: College degree and paralegal certificate or substantial and relevant experience required. Excellent writing ability. Strong research and communication skills. Detail oriented. Ability to work as a team member in a fast paced environment. Experience in employment-based immigration law preferred, but not required. 2) Client Services Assistant - Under attorney supervision, use computer software extensively (MS Word, MS Outlook, ProLaw, Excel, etc.) to assist attorneys and paralegals in providing legal services to clients; maintain computerized databases; maintain documentary files; collect, organize, index and copy documents required to demonstrate clients' eligibility for immigration benefits; may have limited client contact. Qualifications: Must have at least two years' experience as a secretary or a college degree, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work as a team member in a fast paced environment. Fax resumes to Kim Watkins at 949-955-5599 or e-mail to email@example.com.
IMMIGRATION LEGAL TRAINING SEMINAR
Des Moines, Iowa. Basic intensive immigration legal training seminar to be held January 14-18, 2002, at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Des Moines. Sharply discounted room rates of $49/night plus tax for single or double at the downtown Marriott. Call 800/228-9290 for room reservations and mention the immigration legal training seminar. Sponsored by the Midwest Legal Immigration Project and the Immigrant Legal Resources Center. For more information, call Cyndy Bolsenga, 515/271-5730 or fax 515/271-5757 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMMIGRATION PROGRAM AND RECEPTION
The American Bar Association, Immigration and Nationality Committee of the Section of International Law and Practice, and the ABA Immigration Pro Bono Development and Bar Activation Project invite you to attend the following program and reception on Tuesday, January 22, 2002, "What Consular Officials Should Know About Recent U.S. Immigration Developments: A Dialogue With The Consular Corps And Legal Community," at the Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 5:30-7:30 p.m. For details and registration form click here.
On January 31st & February 1st 2002, the National Immigration Forum will host its inaugural conference “A Nation of Immigrants in the 21st Century: Moving Forward in a Time of New Challenges.” The conference will be held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. For details, click here. For registration form, click here.
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