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Editor's Comments of the Day
In a letter to the editor Betty Prudent asks, "If a person
is a pending resident, waiting for their visa is there
any way you could work as an adult without going against
the law?" The
"Restoration of Fairness in Immigration Law Act of 2000"
introduced by Rep. Conyers includes a provision visas
for spouses and children of permanent residents temporarily
waiting for visa numbers. In fact, it is a veritable wish
list of pro-immigrant measures. Given Congress's inability
to act on measure which enjoy vocal support such as increasing
the cap, on H-1Bs, amending NACARA and advancing the registry
date, there is no possibility that an wide ranging immigration
bill of measures which enjoy less support will actually
be passed. If Mr. Conyers is serious about reforming the
immigration laws he would do well to spend more time educating
his colleagues and the public about why change is needed
and building support for the proposals. Cobbling together
a list of immigration "nice-to-haves" smacks of politics
rather than a genuine desire to ameliorate the harsher
provisions of IIRIRA.
Federal Register News of the Day
Competition for Grants under Walsh Visa Program
The Department of State announces an open competition for an assistance award for
Q-2 visa programs under
the "Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998." The IPPCTPA supports
the peace process by offering young people from Northern Ireland and the border counties of the Republic of
Ireland who have been subjected to decades of sectarian conflict the opportunity to obtain a
and come to the United States temporarily to gain valuable work skills and to experience a multi-cultural
Congressional News of the Day
Senate Passes "Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000"
The Senate passes H.R. 3244 with Amendments Nos. 4027 and 4028 and appoints from the Committee on the Judiciary,
Mr. Hatch, Mr. Thurmond, and Mr. Leahy; from the Committee on Foreign Relations, Mr. Helms, Mr. Brownback, Mr. Biden,
and Mr. Wellstone, as conferees on behalf of the Senate.
Senate Discuss the "Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000"
Sens. Brownback and Wellstone discuss the provisions and effects of the "Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000,"
and thank the Senate for passing this legislation.
Senate Passes Intercountry Adoption Act
The Senate passes H.R. 2909, Intercountry Adoption Act, to provide for implementation by the United States of the Hague
Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, after agreeing to
Amendment No. 4023.
Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims Approves Agricultural Opportunities Act
The Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims approved for full Committee action, as
amended, H.R. 4548, Agricultural Opportunities Act and also approved private immigration bills.
Sen. Durbin's Support of "Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act of 2000"
Sen. Durbin speaks in favor of the "Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act of 2000" and requests the Senate to
timely consider this legislation.
Sens. Reid and Kennedy ask Senate to Proceed with S. 2912, "Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act of 2000''
Sens. Reid and Kennedy ask unanimous consent for the Senate to proceed on the consideration of S. 2912, "Latino and
Immigrant Fairness Act of 2000.'' The bill advances the date for registry from 1972 to 1986, and provides equal
treatment for Central American and Haitian immigrants.
INS News of the Day
This is the fourth in a series of four decisions regarding the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program provided by
Katherine Lorr, Business and Trade Services Branch, Office of Adjudications provided to
INS Questions Specifics in Pilot Program Proposal
The INS Business and Trade Services Branch, Office of Adjudications in evaluating the proposal of the California Trade
and Commerce Agency that the State of California be designated as a regional center under the Immigrant Investor
Pilot Program accepted that the state satisfied the requirement of focusing on a geographical region of the United
States and contained sufficient documentation regarding domestic and foreign market research, but found the proposal
did not contain verifiable detail on how indirect jobs would be created, did not address directly the amount and
source of capital committed to the regional center and failed to provide specific predictions on the impact on the regional
or national economy.
Reminder of Extension of EADs for Hondurans and Nicaraguans with TPS
The INS reminds all employers that all EADs for Hondurans and Nicaraguans with TPS have automatically
been extended from July 5, 2000, to December 5, 2000.
President Renews Call to Advance Registry Date, Amend NACARA and Increase H-1Bs
President Clinton releases a statement in support of advancing the registry date, amending NACARA and asking
Congress not to stand in the way of a reasonable bipartisan bill to increase the number of H-1Bs.
ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day
DOL Announces New Conversion Regulation For Expediting Labor Certification Applications
Cyrus D. Mehta, Esq. discusses the recent proposal by the Department of Labor to allow regular labor certification cases pending at the SESAs to be converted to RIR cases.
Immigration News of the Day
Europe 'Should Accept' 75 Million New Migrants
The Guardian Unlimited UK reports that according to a paper drawn up by France, the European Union could admit up
to 75 million immigrants over the next half-century and must be prepared to become a racially hybrid society.
Statement by Al Gore: Ensuring Fairness and Equity for Immigrants
Postnet.com carries a press release in which Al Gore announced his support for the recently introduced
"Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act of 2000." Al Gore calls upon George W. Bush to make clear his
stance on this bill.
Courts Burdened by Immigration Crackdown
According to the New York Law Journal, a green card-for-cash-and-drugs sting by federal authorities has led to a
backlog of alien cases in the federal court in the Northern District of New York, crowding in the local
jails and a logistical nightmare for probation authorities.
Immigrants Become Easy Target for Abuse, Harassment on the Job, Workers Arrive for Employment, Find Exploitation Instead
An article in USA Today discusses recent cases and statistics that reflect the discrimination and harassment which
many immigrants, who speak little English and are unaware of their legal rights, face in their jobs.
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ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day
Chat with Robert Hollander, Esq.
Attorney Robert Hollander will answer questions on all aspects of immigration law Monday,
July 31, 2000, at 9:00 p.m. ET.
INS Officer Linda Dodd-Major will hold a chat session
on Tuesday, August 1, 2000, at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Letters to the Editor
I would like to thank Gary Endelman, Esq. for his latest
The Cap: Why America Needs More Essential Workers)
and and for pointing out his previous articles that raised
the US's aging population as a factor requiring continued
immigration. (See: Gary
Endelman Responds) I hope that his response was
not made from the impression that my previous Letter to
the Editor was made as a flame. To the contrary, it was
a fan's request - but a fan who was on the road during
the release of his previous articles! (-;
As a warning on the consequences of not having replacement immigration, Japan is aging rapidly because near-zero intake
is not moderating their aging. It has been projected actuarially that Japan will see a shrinking population in just
a few years. Their present population plateau is preventing growth as Japan enters a tenth year of recession.
An article from the New York Times (registration required) a year back covers some of these issues,
"Empty Islands are signs Japan's Sun Might Dim." With
its large baby boom demographic bulge more than Japan's, the US would be a much older and less economically vibrant
nation without reinforcement of its ranks.
Thanks again to Mr. Endelman for raising key issues.
Gary L. Dare
Some time ago, I wrote a column for the website
called This in Not Our Issue in which I took issue
with a statement by Sandy Boyd, legislative director for the National Association of Manufacturers, that measure
to bring equity to Central American newcomers, restore Section 245(i), and update the registry date as a de facto
amnesty were "not our issue." Recently the whole question of raising the H- 1B cap, so urgently needed by our
economy, has become stalemated by the seeming conflict between the business coalition/ GOP who want a "clean" H-1B
bill, but do not want to alienate the increasingly important Hispanic voting bloc that GOP Nominee George Bush
will court in the fall presidential election.
Had the high tech lobbyists embraced the more generous and sweeping strategy I outlined in my column, they would not find themselves in the fix they are now. The reality is that Silicon Valley, despite its fundraising prowess, needs more than campaign dollars to win lasting legislative victories. They must make common cause with other forces in American society that feel left behind on the wrong side of the digital divide.
To the Editor:
I've enjoyed the articles you write. I read them on a daily basis. I am interested because I know of a lot of people in this situation. I'll pass the word around.
There is a couple, moved in the US in 1983 or 1984. Their children came on a visiting visa in 1985. The couple decided to keep the children here because of political problem that started in their country back then.
In 1985 the youngest started first grade and the oldest started fifth grade. It is now year 2000, and they still cannot get their papers.
Now this was just an example. There are others just like this family, where parents are legal residents, or in the case above, American citizens. What do we do for these now adults? What do you suggest these children, now adults, do? Under the law, they are not supposed to work, they are not supposed to go to school since they cannot afford it and they cannot even afford the basic human rights such as health insurance.
In the case mentioned above the US has invested in the lives of all these kids by educating them. Now we have young adults willing and able to work, but the law does not allow them to. What options do these people have? They will have kids, but how will they feed this new generation? Some will try to lie to get a job, isn't that against the law? Should they go in the streets and beg? Become panhandlers?
Please let me know, if you have any information regarding this. I will do my best to pass the word around. Has there been an amnesty for these people? Is there any law that we're not aware of that allows one to work and stay quiet in this country without breaking any law? If a person is a pending resident, waiting for their visa is there any way you could work as an adult without going against the law?
I will be reading your issue on a daily basis. Let me know what's going on and I will forward it to the people I know who are in dire need of this information.