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January 26, 1990 - Image 28

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-01-26

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28 FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 1990 ,

New INS Chief Backs Down
After Hearing From Activists

JAMES D. BESSER

Washington Correspondent

T

he new commissioner
of the Immigration
and Naturalization
Service (INS), Gene McNary,
got a quick education in the
strong passions of Soviet
Jewry activists recently
when new INS guidelines for
implementing critical Soviet
Jewry legislation provo. led
an instant volcano of opposi-
tion.
By midweek, amid cries
that the immigration agency
had violated its promises to
consult with Soviet Jewry
activists, McNary backed
down and began intensive
efforts to rebuild relations
with major Jewish groups.
The uproar involved re-
cently released INS
guidelines on implementing
last year's Morrison-
Lautenberg legislation,
which was passed in
response to new INS policies
making it harder for Soviet
Jews and others to qualify
for refugee status.
The new INS guidelines,
according to outraged
Jewish activists, sidestepped
the basic intent of the
legislation—to make it
easier for Soviet Jews and
others to prove refugee
status.
The reaction was instan-
taneous and intense. Jewish
groups bombarded the ad-
ministration with com-
plaints about the new
guidelines. House and

Artwork from the Los Angeles Tunes by Berbers Cummings. Copyright 0 1989. Berbera Cummings. Distnbuted by Los Angeles Tones Syndicate.

Senate offices were notified
in the strongest terms that
their legislation was being
ignored.
INS Commissioner
McNary, according to
several people involved in
the process, seemed taken
aback by the ferocity of the
response.
Late last week, INS issued
a memo accepting the key
provisions of the conference
report. At a meeting with
Jewish groups, McNary con-
ceded that his agency had

erred in not consulting with
Soviet Jewry organizations.
Soviet Jewry activists here
were pleased with the vic-
tory, but remain wary.
"It is not at all clear
whether INS was trying to
pull a fast one, or whether
this was a bureaucratic
screw-up, plain and simple,"
said one leading Jewish ac-
tivist here. "Only time will
tell. But you can say that
we'll be watching INS very
closely in the months to
come."

Jews Keeping Sharp Eye
On Jackson's Moves

District of Columbia
mayor Marion Barry's dra-
matic arrest last week on co-
caine charges drastically
changes the political equa-
tion for the Rev. Jesse
Jackson — a fact that Jewish
politicos are watching with
avid interest.
In recent weeks, Jackson
appeared to be moving away
from a mayoral bid, in part
because of his earlier pledge
not to oppose his old friend
Marion Barry, in part
because polls in Washington
show that the "carpet bagg-
ing" issue was an important
factor with District voters.
Instead, Jackson appeared
to shift to a long-term
strategy emphasizing the

drive for statehood for the
District of Columbia; some
political observers suggested
that Jackson had his eye on
a Senate seat if the move-
ment was successful.
Barry's arrest radically
altered the political equa-
tions for the Chicago
preacher. With Bany in his
political death throes and a
city clamoring for renewal,
the pressure on Jackson to
run has increased
significantly.
But some Jewish activists
insist that despite the surg-
ing emotions stirred up by
Barry's downfall, Jackson
will ultimately opt out of the
race.
"This arrest puts Jesse in

Jesse Jackson:
Criticism mystifies.

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