We live in a fast-changing world, where immigration is deeply integrated
with many issues, many more than most people realize. Take, for example,
recent news reports about the birth of a cloned baby. The Deputy Spokesman of
the Department of State was questioned about the citizenship status of this
rumored baby, since some in the press understand that the mother has US
citizenship. Here are some quotes from the DOS press briefing: "In the
hypothetical situation of a cloned baby, this would be a new situation and
therefore, at this time, we would be unable to determine how US laws
regarding nationality would apply to this child ... in the case of a
cloned baby, lawyers would have to take a look at the Immigration and
Naturalization Act and determine whether the single parent in question
transmitted citizenship ... A cloned baby would be a case of first
impression and therefore we're unable at this time to determine how US law
would apply." Please scroll down and click on the item to see the entire
briefing. If you have any thoughts on the legal status of this rumored
baby, please feel free to send us a letter to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Immigration Law News
INS Seeks Comments
The INS sought comments on: Fee remittance form for certain
F-1, J-1, and M-1 nonimmigrants; Form I-901.
INS To Require Detailed Passenger Manifests
The INS announced that, effective January 1, 2003, it will require all commercial carriers to submit detailed passenger data to the agency electronically before an aircraft or vessel arrives in or departs from the US.
DOS Speaks On Hypothetical Situation Of A Cloned Baby
Department of State Deputy Spokesman Reeker responded to several questions, including one on US laws regarding nationality in the hypothetical situation of a cloned baby.
Grijalva Standards Overturned Since Statute Now Requires Notice By Regular Mail Instead Of Certified Mail
In Salta v. INS, No. 01-71537 (9th Cir. Dec. 30, 2002), the court held that the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and the Immigration Judge abused their discretion when they denied Petitioner's motion to reopen while applying the standards of proof of delivery laid down In re Grijalva, 21 I&N Dec. 27 (BIA 1995), since the Grijalva standards made sense in the context of certified mail and the statute has since been amended.
California Legislature Responds To Hoffman Plastics Supremes Decision
The San Francisco Chronicle reports "With little fanfare, a state law takes
effect Wednesday with the goal of protecting tens of thousands of illegal
immigrants from abuse at the workplace -- where it's unlawful to employ
them but, advocates say, common to exploit them."
Bush 2004 Campaign To Court Hispanic Voters, Immigration Is
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports on an internal White House document
which "reflects plans to rejuvenate the debate in 2003 in an effort to
court Hispanic voters in 2004."
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Letters to the Editor
I have noticed that many of the letters you published
which favor the more "restrictionist" view of
immigration are anonymous. This is just my own
personal observations and not a scientific sampling.
I acknowledge the value of anonymous letters. There
was even a debate within the past year on ILW.COM
regarding that. However, to those who feel the same
way as I do on immigration, it is my opinion that in
order to push our side of the debate vigorously and
credibly, we should have the courage of our conviction
and be proud to include our names. The other side is
certainly not timid in including their names in their
letters, and in fact, seem do so with enthusiasm. My
theory is that some of us on the so-called
restrictionist side have bought into the labels pinned
upon us by the p.c. thought police such as
"intolerant", "racist", "cruel", etc. Thus, we feel
guilty when expressing our opinions in a public forum
such as here. These labels are manifestly unfair and
are simply tactics to obfuscate true debate of ideas.
One can be in favor of legal immigration and yet be
against illegal immigration at the same time. Let's
assert our belief bravely with no fear, as only with
an honest discussion of ideas will the immigration
system be improved.
Liem Doan, Esq.
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