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Editor's Comments of the Day
The Senate has just passed eleven private relief bills granting permanent resident status. Unlike public bills
that affect the general public, a private bill is legislation that affects a particular individual, private
corporation or specific part of the country. The beneficiaries of many private bills are people seeking
help with immigration. Before a Congressman can initiate a private bill on behalf of an immigrant, all
administrative and judicial remedies must be exhausted. Private bills are usually introduced in cases
with compelling humanitarian factors where the INS has not, will not or cannot grant relief. Until a
scandal several years ago campaign contributions were the major means used to encourage Senators to
introduce private bills. In these days of closer scrutiny and talk of campaign reform it may be easier
to persuade a Senator to take up the cause by reminding him that getting a green card for a sympathetic
case makes better copy than kissing babies.
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Congressional News of the Day
Passes "An Act for the Relief of Certain Persian Gulf
The Senate amended and passed H.R.
"An Act for the Relief of Certain Persian Gulf Evacuees,"
which waives certain grounds for inadmissibility and adjusts
the status of Persian Gulf evacuees named in the Act.
Passes Private Bills
Senate passed private relief bills granting permanent
residency to Wei
Khalina and her son, Jacqueline
Salinas and her children , M.S.
Elizabeth Eka Bassey and her children , Saeed
Vahedi Notash, Jose
Gadalupe Tellez Pinales and Guy
Passes H.R. 5062
Rep. Filner thanked the House for unanimously passing
5062 , to establish the eligibility of certain aliens
lawfully admitted for permanent residence for cancellation
of removal under section 240A of the Immigration and
Nationality Act, and encouraged the Senate to quickly
pass this bill that would help restore fairness to families
split apart by the 1996 immigration legislation.
to H-1B Bill and Visa Waiver Bill in
Amendments submitted on September 28 to S.
2045, the H-1B bill, include provisions to exempt
from the H-1B cap J-1s granted a waiver of the two year
home residency requirement and provisions for regular
reports on INS backlogs to Congress. The amendments
3767, which would make the visa waiver pilot program
permanent, include measures to extend the G status for
employees of INTELSAT beyond its privatization.
on the H-1B Bill
Debate over S.
H-1B bill, continued on the floor of the Senate
with Sen. Kennedy stressing the need to devote resources
to the education and training of US workers instead
of continuing to rely on labor from abroad. Debate is
scheduled to resume Tuesday, October 3, 2000, at 9:30
Cloture Vote on Amendment to H-1B Bill
The roll call vote to end debate on amendment 4177 to
H-1B bill, was 92 in favor, 3 against and 5 not
Feingold Comments on the Debate in Senate of the H-1B
Sen. Feingold addressed the Senate and expressed his
opposition to the way that the majority leader sought
to prevent Senators from offering amendments on the
H-1B visa bill and his effort to stifle debate by repeatedly
filing cloture on the bill. Sen. Feingold went on to
discuss campaign finance and racial profiling and how
they relate to the H-1B visa bill.
Heard for H.R. 5285, the "Serial Human Rights Abusers
Accountability Act of 2000"
Testimony presented to the Committee on the Judiciary,
Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims, during the September
28, 2000, legislative hearing on H.R.
5285, the "Serial
Human Rights Abusers Accountability Act of 2000,"
includes statements from Lamar
Jackson Lee, Mark
Augustin, and Dan
3139 Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
S. 3139, a bill to ensure that no alien is removed,
denied a benefit under the Immigration and Nationality
Act, or otherwise deprived of liberty, based on evidence
that is kept secret from the alien was introduced in
the Senate and referred to the Senate Committee on the
on Fingerprinting Rule Sent to Senate Committee on the
A communication from the Director of Policy Directives
and Instructions Branch, INS, states that a rule entitled
"Fingerprinting certain applicants for a replacement
permanent resident card (Form I-551)" was laid before
the Senate on September 26, 2000, and sent to the Senate
Committee on the Judiciary.
Family Contribution to Immigrants
In an address in the House, Rep. Kucinich of Ohio acknowledged
former City of Cleveland Councilman Michael Zone and
his family who were among the early Italian families
to settle in Ohio. Rep. Kucinich commentated that "as
a councilman, Michael Zone worked hard for the Italian-American
residents and assisted many of them with immigration
and government services."
Schedule for Upcoming Week
The Congressional program for the week of October 2-6
includes a vote on S.
H-1B bill in the Senate and mark up by the House
Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims of H.R.
5285 , the "Serious
Human Rights Abusers Accountability Act of 2000,"
5293, a bill to improve provisions relating to inadmissibility
and detention of, and cancellation of removal for, aliens
who have committed crimes, and to consider INS reports
for private relief bills.
INS News of the Day
President Extends DED for Liberians
In a memorandum to the Attorney General the President has instructed her to implement deferral of enforced
departure for one year from September 29, 2000, and make provisions for work authorization.
Immigration News of the Day
Hispanic Vote Unlikely To Swing Election
According to an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, despite early speculation on their impact, Latinos make up a small fraction of voters in most states that are too close to call.
Unequal Success in the Quest for Asylum
The Los Angles Times reports that Iraqi Christians get virtual VIP treatment as they arrive from Mexican custody while other smuggled groups are often turned away. Experts concede US policy has many gray areas.
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