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President Bush’s Plan For Comprehensive Immigration Reform January 28, 2007

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During his State of the Union Address, President Bush Called On Congress To Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform.  The President believes that America can simultaneously be a lawful, economically dynamic, and welcoming society.  We must address the problem of illegal immigration and deliver a system that is secure, productive, orderly, and fair.  The President calls on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform that will secure our borders, enhance interior and worksite enforcement, create a temporary worker program, resolve – without animosity and without amnesty – the status of illegal immigrants already here, and promote assimilation into our society. All elements of this problem must be addressed together – or none of them will be solved.  

For more detail information aour President Bush’s plan for imigration reform go to:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/stateoftheunion/2007/initiatives/immigration.html

House Immigration Subcommittee Members Announced January 25, 2007

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On Wednesday, January 24, 2007, leaders of the House Committee on the Judiciary announced the membership roster of the newly named Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law (formerly the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims). Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) will chair the sixteen-member subcommittee, and Representatives Steve King (R-IA) and Elton Gallegly (R-CA) will serve as Ranking Member and Deputy Ranking Member, respectively.

Immigration Subcommittee members will also include: Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA), Artur Davis (D-AL), William Delahunt (D-MA), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Randy Forbes (R-VA), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Daniel Lungren (R-CA), Marin Meehan (D-MA), Linda Sanchez (D-CA), and Maxine Waters (D-CA). Representative Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who served on the Immigration Subcommittee during the 109th Congress and has been an outspoken supporter of comprehensive reform, was not reappointed to the Judiciary Committee by the Republican leadership.

The Immigration Subcommittee is part of the larger House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction not only over matters related to immigration, but also over a range of judicial issues such as judicial proceedings, federal courts, civil liberties, interstate compacts, and patents. In addition to the members of the Immigration Subcommittee, members of the House Judiciary Committee include: Committee Chair Representative Conyers (D-MI), Ranking Member Representative Smith (R-TX), and Representatives Boucher (D-VA), Cannon (R-UT), Chabot (R-OH), Coble (R-NC), Cohen (D-TN), Feeney (R-FL), Franks (R-AZ), Issa (R-CA), Johnson (D-GA), Jordan (R-OH), Keller (R-FL), Nadler (D-NY), Pence (R-IN), Schiff (D-CA), Scott (D-VA), Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Sherman (D-CA), Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Watt (D-NC), Weiner (D-NY), and Wexler (D-FL).

SENATOR HARKIN CALLS FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM FOLLOWING SWIFT RAIDS December 20, 2006

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WASHINGTON D.C. —- In the wake of the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids on Swift & Co., Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to express concern about alleged humanitarian and civil rights abuses against detainees, and to urge the agency’s cooperation with Congress in implementing comprehensive immigration reform.

The complete text of the letter is as follows.

The Honorable Michael Chertoff

Secretary of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

3801 Nebraska Avenue Center, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20528

Dear Secretary Chertoff:

I am writing to express my deep concern about the handling of workers of the Swift & Co. meat processing facilities detained throughout the nation last week. As you know, Swift has a plant in Marshalltown , Iowa and close to one hundred workers were arrested at this facility.

Your Department has an obligation to fully enforce our nation’s immigration laws and these raids have provided a very clear illustration of just how broken our current system is.

However, I am appalled by the process that has apparently been used to detain and deport the workers. First, according to both media reports and information my office has received, the hotline by which family members and others were supposed to obtain information has at times been unanswered by ICE officials, and at other times provided no information of any use.

Second, your Department has apparently made it almost impossible for lawyers and even clergy to obtain access to those detained and has transported workers to other states without granting them access to counsel.

Third, although assurances were provided to my staff that any individuals with small children who would otherwise go without care would be released to make alternative arrangements, there continue to be reports of numerous single mothers remaining in custody.

I continue to be concerned that the process in the wake of such raids lacks transparency and is being conducted without even the most basic fairness. I hope you share my belief that the failure to ensure that basic legal rights and humanitarian protections are afforded to individuals in our immigration system reflects poorly on the principles that have made the United States strong.

Finally, this incident highlights the need for comprehensive reform to our antiquated immigration system. Only when we bring the 12 million illegal workers out of the shadows and into the legal system will both industry and employees benefit. These improvements must include increased security at our borders and a means to legal citizenship for immigrants already in the country, which would include fines, learning English, passing a background check and paying back taxes. I hope that your agency will pledge to work with Congress next year to bring about this change.

I look forward to your prompt response.

Sincerely,

Tom Harkin

United States Senator

H-1B & EB Advocates Continue to Push for Relief December 6, 2006

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As the House and Senate reconvene today for the final days of the 109th Congress, the chances of enacting H-1B visa and employment-based (EB) green card relief look increasingly slim. Despite behind-the-scenes efforts by immigration advocates and sympathetic members of Congress, reports suggest that the lame duck session is unlikely to offer an appropriate legislative vehicle for measures that would alleviate the caps and backlogs faced by high-skilled immigrants and their American employers.Plans by Republican leadership to pass a continuing resolution instead of completing appropriations legislation would preclude passage of H-1B and EB relief as part of fiscal 2007 spending bills. However, Congress may vote on a number of authorization bills this week, opening up a small possibility that H-1B and EB relief could be passed as part of authorization legislation.

Court of Appeal Finds U.S. Violated Asylum Applicant’s Right to Confidentiality September 19, 2006

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that BIA ( Board of Immigration Appeal) misinterpreted the scope of Federal Regulation (8 CFR §208.6) when it held that sensitive information had not been revealed to the applicant’s home government. The government breached the confidentiality owed to the asylum applicant when it submitted a document for authentication to the Chinese Prison Bureau.

-source AILA

Church leaders speak out against immigration sweeps September 15, 2006

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Here is a summary of an article published in The San Francisco Chronicle…

Leaders of four different religious faiths spoke out Wednesday near Santa Cruz on behalf of families of scores of immigration violators deported last week as controversy continued over federal immigration sweeps that have netted thousands of people since May.

The religious leaders who spoke out Wednesday acknowledged that the government has a right to enforce immigration law. But they said enforcement can tear apart families in which some members are illegal and others are U.S. citizens.

“It is clear that we have reached a point where we need legislation that will produce a viable path to citizenship for undocumented persons residing in our nation and one (law) that protects the integrity of families and the safety of children,” Roman Catholic Bishop Sylvester Ryan said at a press conference at the Resurrection Catholic Community Church in Aptos.

A San Francisco immigration attorney representing two children whose parents were deported to Mexico, criticized the operation as much more aggressive than in the past.

“Don’t deport them the same day,” she said. “Give them access to counsel. You’re ripping them away from their families. It’s really malicious.”

Michael Cutler, a former immigration agent in New York now associated with the Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank in Washington that supports tighter restrictions on immigration, said a better name for the current effort would be “Operation Backrub.”

“The administration has administered warm milk and a backrub to the American people to inspire a false sense of confidence,” he said. “The president has an agenda, which appears to be open up the border between the U.S. and Mexico and the U.S. and Canada. … He’s been doing this to be able to sell his package.”

“You can deport the people, but if employers are still hiring illegal workers, you’re not going to solve the problem,” she said. “They’re tackling the symptom of the problem, which is that people are here. But are they tackling the employment magnet? Are they tackling the fact that there’s no way for these workers to come legally? It’s not clear.” …said Deborah Meyers, a senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

The message is clear that a comprehensive immigration reform is absolutely necessary…

Intro to CIS “Paperwork Reduction Act Resource Center” September 15, 2006

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Before USCIS can extend, revise, or create a new public use form or reporting requirement, it must first notify the public through notice of USCIS’ intent and allow the public to provide comments on the new or revised requirements. To that end, USCIS, via this webpage, provides interested parties with links to the following documents that will or are being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

  • Agency Form or Reporting Requirement
  • OMB Forms Clearance Request
  • Justification Statement
  • Federal Register Notices (60 day and 30 day final FR Notices)
  • Applicable Federal laws and Regulations and other related documentation

Please note that the proposed new or revised forms on this webpage are in draft form and cannot be used by the public until the forms are approved by OMB.

Here is the USCIS Link: http://www.uscis.gov/graphics/formsfee/forms/pra/index.htm

Attorney General Outlines Reforms for Immigration Courts and Board of Immigration Appeals September 14, 2006

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Recently, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales announced that the Department of Justice will implement new measures to improve the Immigration Courts and Board of Immigration Appeals. The measures include performance evaluations, an immigration law exam, a proposal for the authority to sanction, budget increases, technological improvements and streamlining practices.

For the complete announcement go to:  http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2006/August/06_ag_520.html