Congress, in a typical last minute flurry of action before adjourning last week, passed a lot of legislation including a few bills which could change immigration laws. The Senate passed H.R. 2277, to provide for work authorization for nonimmigrant spouses of treaty traders and treaty investors, and H.R. 2278, a bill to provide for work authorization for nonimmigrant spouses of intracompany transferees, and to reduce the period of time during which certain intracompany transferees have to be continuously employed before applying for admission to the United States. These measures have were already approved by the House and now await the President's signature to become law. The Senate also passed a version of H.R. 1892, providing for the acceptance of an affidavit of support from another eligible sponsor if the original sponsor has died and the Attorney General has determined for humanitarian reasons that the original sponsor's classification petition should not be revoked, adding sister-in-law, brother-in-law to the list of people who can become sponsors. The administration was not successful in getting an extension of 245(i). But there is always the next session of Congress.
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Subject of Detainer Not "In Custody"
In Morales v. INS, No. 01-1441 (10th Cir. Dec. 20, 2001), the court determined that the Petitioner, against whom the INS had filed a detainer, was not in the custody of the INS so the court had no jurisdiction to hear his habeas petition.
INS on New Fees
The INS News Release on the new fees effective February 19, 2002, has information on seeking a waiver of the fees.
Work Authorization for E Visa Spouses
The Senate passed H.R. 2277, already approved by the House, which provides for work authorization for nonimmigrant spouses of treaty traders and treaty investors.
Work Authorization for L Spouses
The Senate approved H.R. 2278, already passed by the House, which provides for work authorization for nonimmigrant spouses of intracompany transferees, and reduces the period of time during which certain intracompany transferees have to be continuously employed before applying for admission to the US.
Sen. Hatch Supports Work Authorization for Spouses
Sen. Hatch spoke in favor of H.R. 2277 and H.R. 2278 authorizing employment for spouses of E and L visa holders as a way to makes it easier for foreign countries and multinational companies to persuade highly qualified employees, who are used to having both spouses actively employed, to relocate to the US.
Senate Passes Extension for Biometric BCC
The Senate passed S.1400 which extends the deadline for aliens to present a border crossing card that contains a biometric identifier matching the appropriate biometric characteristic of the alien.
Senate Approves Substitute on Affidavits of Support
The Senate passed with and amendment H.R. 1892 which provides for the acceptance of an affidavit of support from another eligible sponsor if the original sponsor has died and the Attorney General has determined for humanitarian reasons that the original sponsor's classification petition should not be revoked.
House Adopts Defense Bill Conference Report
The House adopted the Defense Appropriations Bill conference report which includes for emergency expenses to respond to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and for all costs associated with the reorganization of the INS, for `Salaries and Expenses', $449,800,000, to remain available until expended, of which $10,000,000 shall be for additional border patrols along the Southwest border, of which $55,800,000 shall be for additional inspectors and support staff on the northern border, and of which $23,900,000 shall be for transfer of and additional border patrols and support staff on the northern border.
$3.5 billion for INS
The Senate passed an amended version of H.R. 2215, the "21st Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act," providing more than $3.5 billion for the INS with $2,737,341,000 for salaries and expenses of enforcement and border affairs.
National Border Security Agency
Rep. Tancredo introduced H.R. 3600, a bill to establish a National Border Security Agency.
Enhanced Border Security Act of 2001
Sen. Cantwell speaks in favor of the "Enhanced Border Security Act of 2001," which address border security by increasing the number of border patrol and immigration personnel at the borders; improving the quality and sharing of identity information; improving the screening of foreign nations seeking to enter the US on visas; and improving awareness of the comings and goings of these foreign nationals as they enter or exit our country.
Sen. Feingold Seeks Info on INS Detainees
According to Sen. Feingold, "the Department of Justice has given flimsy and contradictory excuses but no convincing legal justification for keeping secret the identities of the over 550 people it now holds in custody for minor immigration violations."
Immigration in the Press
Congress Adjourns Without Immigration-Reform Bill
The Washington Times reports that a bill to tighten the screening of legal immigrants to the United States and to restrict student visas stalled in the Senate, and Congress adjourned without passing any immigration reform in the wake of September 11.
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This Day in Immigration
From December 26, 2000
"Final Rule on Immigrant Religious Workers
This final rule extends until September 30, 2003, the Department of State's existing regulation regarding the validity of an immigrant visa issued to an alien worker coming to the US to perform work in a religious occupation."
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IMMIGRATION LEGAL TRAINING SEMINAR
Des Moines, Iowa. Basic intensive immigration legal training seminar to be held January 14-18, 2002, at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Des Moines. Sharply discounted room rates of $49/night plus tax for single or double at the downtown Marriott. Call 800/228-9290 for room reservations and mention the immigration legal training seminar. Sponsored by the Midwest Legal Immigration Project and the Immigrant Legal Resources Center. For more information, call Cyndy Bolsenga, 515/271-5730 or fax 515/271-5757 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
On January 31st & February 1st 2002, the National Immigration Forum will host its inaugural conference “A Nation of Immigrants in the 21st Century: Moving Forward in a Time of New Challenges.” The conference will be held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. For details, click here. For registration form, click here.
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