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Immigration Boom Continues 11/27/02
Despite slow economy and edgy political climate, immigrants are moving in at record pace according to the Boston Globe.
Boy Found Off
"Three years to the day after Elian Gonzalez was found clinging to an inner tube off the Florida coast, the U.S. Coast Guard found a 14-year-old Cuban boy hiding on a boat Monday, raising legal issues reminiscent of the earlier case." From CNN.
Registration of Foreigners Broadens to 18 Countries� 11/25/02
from 18 different countries must now register if they enter or are staying in
Ashcroft Says No Special Status for Canadians Entering
Canadians will be treated like everyone else CBC reports.
Washington Post reports that officials are pressing for fingerprinting of all
Muslims who enter the
Haitians Detained at Sea Being Returned� 11/05/02
at sea, a group of would-be illegal immigrants will be returned home. From the
American plan to make it tougher for Canadian residents from Commonwealth
countries to enter the
NY Times Readers: Illegal Guinea Immigrant Sues Over Conditions in Detention� 11/02/02 - free registration required/fee for archives: Lawyers claim pattern of abuse and neglect toward mentally retarded, juvenile detainee.
The northeastern state is a popular destination for migrant group. AP/Yahoo.
DMV Worker Charged in Scam� 10/24/02
"Employee Allegedly Helped Illegal Immigrants Obtain Licenses." That employee has been charged reports the Washington Post.
Times Readers: Police Investigate Killings of Illegal Immigrants in Desert� 10/23/02 -
free registration required/fee for archives: "The police are investigating
whether armed vigilantes, self-appointed guardians of the border with
Hijackers Got Visas With Little Scrutiny, GAO Reports� 10/23/02
There were gaping holes in the process that allowed those responsible for the 9/11 attacks to secure visas. The Washington Post has details.
Canadian Deported by
8 Years of Cheating Immigrants 10/19/02
key figure in a scheme by an
AAO Issues Opinion Stating O-1 Positions Do Not Have to Require Extraordinary Ability� 10/19/02|
From Siskind, Susser, Haas & Devine.
INS Issues New Healthcare Worker Regulation 10/18/02
From Siskind, Susser, Haas & Devine.
Times Readers: Where 11 Were Found Dead, Much to Draw Them
10/17/02 - free registration required/fee for archives: The bodies of 11
Mexican migrants--4 women and 7 men--were found in a rail car just days ago.
Latino Community Aches for Migrants Who Died in Boxcar Los Angeles Times - registration required
Dehydration Killed 11 in
Bodies Removed From Rail Car
Bodies Found in
House OKs Visa For Border Students� 10/15/02
Mexican and Canadian students who commute across the border to attend American universities will now gain a new student visa status that will end years of red tape and frustration for this group that has thus far fallen between the cracks and faced border crossing challenges. The new measure was approved by the House on Tuesday says AP/Yahoo.
Immigrant Issues Urged in Elections� 10/15/02
After a year filled with difficult immigration issues that have either stemmed from or been waylaid by 9/11, immigration laws, including proposals to legalize undocumented immigrants, have become a hot campaign topic AP/Yahoo.
LA Times Readers: Push to Ease Immigration Rules Is Finished for Now 10/15/02 - free registration required/fee for archives: Efforts to extend 245(i) and pass other pro-immigrant legislation that would make applying for a green card easier for seem, seem to be on hold indefinitely, in part due to terrorism concerns.
minor brushes with the law over--at least in part--democratic activism--Hasan Hasan has faced nothing but
trouble, interrogation and humiliation in the
Spouse of WTC Victim Allowed to Stay� 10/14/02
Vasily Ryjov, an undocumented Georgian immigrant whose wife Tatiana was killed in the WTC attack, will be allowed to stay in the U.S with his two young sons AP/Yahoo discloses.
NY Times Readers: Slowdown on U.S. Visas Stalls Business, Science and Personal Travel Plans� 10/13/02 - free registration required/fee for archives: As a result of post 9/11 regulations requiring detailed analysis of all visa applications, visa processing has slowed down considerably, causing people to miss weddings, be stranded abroad, reschedule medical treatments, miss business meetings and more.
Q-2 Visa for Irish Nationals, 6-Year Limit on H-1B Visas, Investor Visa Program
Read legislative updates from SSHD.
State Department Raises Non-immigrant Visa Fee 10/11/02
New fees have been implemented for non-immigrant visa applications. From SSHD.
Jam Music Group has retained lobbyists Fenner Gray
& Associates on behalf of Slick Rick -- Ricky Walters -- the British-born, platinum-record
rapper who is in an Immigration and Naturalization Service detention center in
Bradenton, Fla., pending deportation because he is considered a flight risk by
the INS while he fights his deportation order, which follows his five years in
prison for shooting his cousin. He has been "clean" every since say
his supporters. According to the Washington Post, Walters has lived in the U.S
since he was 11, and has a wife and children who are
Appeals Court OKs Closed Hearings� 10/09/02
Citing national security, a three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that immigration hearings may be closed by the government, a blow to the media and to civil rights groups that have argued for freedom of information. Newsday reports.
See also: Appeals Court Upholds Secret Immigration Hearings Bush Sought� Boston Globe
INS Defends Dealings With Immigrant Who Shot 5� 10/09/02
Hesham Mohamed Hadayet shot and
killed five people at LAX last summer, raising questions about his immigration
status and possible ties to terrorist groups. An investigation had revealed
that Hadayet was denied asylum and ordered deported
years ago, but after his wife won the diversity lottery, he too was granted a
visa. The INS says it acted appropriately despite the original agent's serious
concerns about credibility. This from the
Arrests made in Canada-U.S. Human Smuggling Investigation� 10/08/02
have been arrested as a multi-million dollar human smuggling ring is busted in
a joint effort between "various authorities including the RCMP,
Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization
Service," reports CBC. The illegal Pakistani and Indian immigrants paid as
much as $40,000 for fake papers that got them into
Report Finds Lapses in Program to Deport Criminal Immigrants� 10/08/02 - free registration required/fee for archives: A recent audit finds that the U.S. fails to deport illegal immigrants in a timely fashion, which costs millions in unnecessary detention expenses and also keeps immigrants detained beyond their rightful sentences, a problem that many human and civil rights activists are up in arms about.
Lottery To Draw Millions� 10/07/02
State Department is accepting entries today through noon Nov. 6 for an annual
lottery in which tens of thousands of people will be chosen to apply for 50,000
permanent residency visas to live in the
According to AP/Yahoo, a Sudanese immigrant by the name of Mekki Hamed Mekki Hamed Mekki may have links to terrorist groups, but his official offense is that he lied on his asylum application, including omitting his service in the Sudanese Air Force.
In Herndon, Making Room for Immigrant Workers 10/06/02
Hendron residents complain about Hispanic day workers who gather at 7-11 each day, waiting to be picked up for work. Those who don't luck out with a job end up loitering all day causing "an eyesore" for residents and possibly bringing down property values. A new proposal would establish a formal center for the immigrants to gather and seek work say the Washington Post.
Times Readers: Husband of a 9/11 Victim Is Told He'll Be Deported� 10/05/02 - free registration required/fee for
archives: An illegal immigrant and father of two loses his wife and then faces
deportation because he allegedly applied for a green card under the pretense of
a false marriage, years ago. Now Vasily V. Ryjov (of former Soviet territory, now
Maine Mayor's Letter Upsets Somalis 10/05/02
Times Readers: Contractor Is to Pay $75,000 Owed 18 Immigrant Laborers� 10/04/02 -
free registration required/fee for archives: A
Border Wait to Grow Far Worse, Local Officials Say 10/03/02
As regulations get more complicated and traffic across the border increases, the forecast isn't pretty reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Justice Department Appropriations Bill Allows for Extensions of H-1B Status 10/02/02
a new provision "will grant a seventh year on H-1B status to nonimmigrants for who an application for a labor certification was filed before the end of their fifth year of H-1B status." reports Siskind, Susser, Haas & Devine.
Times Readers: Barring the Gate to a Great Director� 10/02/02 - free registration
required/fee for archives:"Leading film
director, Abbas Kiarostami
has been denied entry to the
NY Times Readers: 2 Agencies Say Silence Prevented Pair's Tracking 10/02/02 - free registration required/fee for archives:The government, by keeping important information a secret, may have hindered investigations that could have caught two 9/11 terrorists.
Malaysian authorities criticize security check methods and say Americans are in a state of anti-Muslim hysteria. The Associated Press reports.
Congressman Won't Talk to Reporters 10/01/02
Known for his extremely conservative immigration views, including his desire to deport an honor role student, Rep. Tom Tancredo refuses to give interviews to the press any longer. The Associated Press has details.
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