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Editor's Comments of the Day
The Senate continued its debate on immigration issues on Wednesday, September 27. A motion by Senate Minority Leader,
a Democrat, to suspend the rules and allow the Latino Immigrant Fairness Act to be added as an amendment to the
H-1B bill did not receive the two-thirds vote required to pass. Cloture has been filed on the bill with the related
amendments. The Republicans seem to have been successful in getting the "clean" H-1B bill they wanted.
The H-1B bill enjoys the support of both Democrats and Republicans.
The debate has not been about the merits of raising the cap on the number of H-1Bs, but whether to take action
on other immigration matters. The Democrats may try to include the extension of NACARA provisions to cover other Central Americans, the advancement of the registry date and the restoration of 245(i) in the budget bill for the Departments of Commerce, Justice and State. President Clinton has indicated that he will veto the spending bill if it does not include these provisions.
Federal Register News of the Day
Responsibility of Certain Entities To Notify the
INS of Illegal Aliens
The INS published a notice in compliance with the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act
of 1996 which requires that certain Federal and State entities, at least four times annually, notify the INS of
any alien the entity "knows" is not lawfully present in the US. Under this notice, an entity is not required to
make quarterly reports to the INS unless it has knowledge of an individual who is not lawfully present in the US.
Congressional News of the Day
Senators Debate Immigration Issues
Sens. Daschle, Reid, Leahy, Reed, Gramm, Kennedy, Graham, Mikulski, Wellstone, Hollings and Dodd debate the H-1B visa bill, the Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act, amnesty provisions, updating the date registry, restoring 245(i) and the situation of Liberians in the US.
Attempt to Attach Kennedy Bill as Amendment to H-1B Bill Fails
A motion to suspend the rules and allow Kennedy Amendment No. 4184, the "Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act of 2000" to be added to the H-1B bill failed to receive the necessary votes to pass in the Senate.
"Unaccompanied Alien Child Protection Act of 2000" Introduced in Senate
S. 3117, the "Unaccompanied Alien Child Protection Act of 2000," a bill to establish an Office of Children's Services within the Department of Justice to coordinate and implement Government actions involving unaccompanied alien children to ensure that their best interests are held paramount in immigration proceedings and actions involving them, to prescribe standards for their custody, release, and detention; to improve policies for their permanent protection was introduced in the Senate and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
"The Immigrant Fairness Restoration Act of 2000" Introduced in the Senate
S. 3120, the "The Immigrant Fairness Restoration Act of 2000," a bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify restrictions added by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 was introduced in the Senate and referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
Markup of H. R. 5293 by Committee on the Judiciary
On September 28, 2000 the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims, is scheduled
to markup H.R. 5293, a bill to improve provisions relating to the inadmissibility and detention of, and cancellation of removal for, aliens who have committed crimes.
Committee on the Judiciary Requests INS Reports on Private Bills
The House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims, is scheduled to request INS
reports on H.R. 2968 for the relief of Imbeth Belay, and H.R. 3551, for the relief of Gui Di Chen.
Sen. Mikulski Added as Cosponsor to S. 2912
At the request of Mr. Kennedy, Sen. Mikulski from Maryland was added as a cosponsor of S. 2912,
"Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act of 2000." This bill extends the provisions of NACARA to Salvadorans, Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Haitians and advances the date for registry.
INS News of the Day
EOIR List of Suspended and Expelled Practitioners
The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) updated list of practitioners suspended or expelled from practice before the Immigration Courts.
EOIR Memorandum on the Attorney Discipline
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The Executive Office for Immigration Review, Office of the Chief Immigration Judge has released an Operation Policy and Procedure Memorandum outlining the procedure for discipline of attorneys including a form of order.
Delegation of Signing Authority
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The Chief Immigration Judge of the Executive Office of Immigration Review has issued a memorandum on the delegation of signing authority within the Immigration Courts.
Immigration News of the Day
Gore Comes Out For Gay Immigration Rights
According to the NYPost.com Democratic presidential candidate, Al Gore, in response to a question about immigration rights for gay couples, stated that gay foreigners who enter a "civic union" with US citizens should have the same immigration rights as heterosexual married couples.
Woman Dies Without Seeing Son Who Was Denied Visa from Cuba
TBO.com reports that a cancer-stricken woman died Wednesday without a visit from her Cuban son whom she had not seen in 32 years and who was denied entry to the US to visit his dying mother. US officials have now granted him permission to attend his 70-year-old mother's funeral.
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