Bush, who Thursday began a four-day tour of Latin America, intends gave details of his border security plans during a stop in El Paso, Texas, before continuing on to Mexico. The border security plan is far short of a 245(i) extension or a plan to legalize Mexican workers which President Bush might have hoped to be able to present to Mexican President Vicente Fox. The National Immigration Forum in its article The Way Forward on Immigration Policy urges President Bush and President Fox to "use the occasion of their meeting in Monterrey, Mexico on March 22nd to jumpstart the US-Mexico migration talks and commit their Administrations to 1) reaching agreement on a specific framework for a far-reaching migration accord by the end of the summer, and 2) concluding a signed accord no later than the end of this year. This will set the stage for Congressional action in 2003." Before September 11 of last year there was considerable momentum towards a plan for legalization of Mexican workers in the US. Supporters of such a plan look to the reality of millions of people in the US whom the INS is unwilling and unable to remove and who contribute to national economy. Opponents point out the potential political motives of attracting Hispanic votes. Whatever the motives for a legalization plan, now that the world is adjusting to a post-September 11 reality, it is likely that the ball will start rolling again.
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The Way Forward on Immigration Policy
The National Immigration Forum presents its goals for immigration policy in 2002.
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Immigration Bills Introduced in House
H.R. 4009, a bill to increase the authority of the Attorney General to remove, suspend, and impose other disciplinary actions on, employees of the INS, H.R. 4058, a bill to amend IIRIRA to require the INS to verify whether an alien has an immigration status rendering the alien eligible for service in the Armed Forces and to achieve parity between the immigration status required for employment as an airport security screener and the immigration status required for service in the Armed Forces, and to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit naturalization through active-duty military service during specified military operation, and H.R. 4074, a bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to reaffirm the United States historic commitment to protecting refugees who are fleeing persecution or torture were introduced in the House
House Mark up of Posthumous Citizenship Bill
The House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims had a mark up of, among others, H.R. 2623, a bill to extend the deadline for granting posthumous citizenship to individuals who die while on active-duty service in the Armed Forces.
Sen. Brownback Honors Korean Immigration
Sen. Brownback was added as a cosponsor to S. Res. 185, a resolution recognizing the historical significance of the 100th anniversary of Korean immigration to the United States.
INS Testimony before Congress
Joseph R. Greene, INS Deputy Executive Associate Commissioner for Field Operations, gave testimony on March 21, 2002, before the House Subcommittee on Immigration and the House Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs, and International Relations.
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Immigration in the Press
Bush Unveils US-Mexico Border Plan
The Washinton post reports that President Bush unveiled a new security plan for the US-Mexico border that he said would allow goods and people to move smoothly but "weed out those who we don't want in our country – the terrorists, the coyotes, the smugglers, those who prey on innocent life."
Letters to the Editor
Ms. Pavla Cervova speaks to an understandable frustration when she justifies the 245(i) amnesty in her recent letter, but she really crosses the line when she impugns the motives of Mr. Ali and other opponents of the program.
My wife and I are Slavic immigrants, as I assume Ms. Cervova is, but we both played by the rules in getting here and my wife especially has paid the price in delays, an inability to work when we really needed the money and the tremendous stress of waiting for her forms to arrive years late. It does not take a racist to resent queue jumpers getting special rules made for them so that they can avoid the consequences of their own illegal acts.
I realize that illegal has different connotations for those of us from socialist societies because the law there was something imposed on us by "them" and anyone who did not try to steal back some of what the state extorted from him was an idiot, but it should not be that way here. This is a government that we ran to for shelter and opportunity. American residency and citizenship are a privileges that should be earned.
For that reason I go even further than opposing the queue jumping aspects of 245(i) and humbly submit that family reunification is not the best criteria for our immigration policy. Most immigrants should be admitted based on what they can offer the country in skills and talents and the majority of the remainder should be admitted if they have humanitarian grounds more significant than wanting to live with one's brother, namely flight from real persecution. There are enough skilled immigrants straining to fill our needs and enough people living in hellish conditions that I find it hard to summon the high levels of sympathy Ms. Cervova expects from me. Several of my relatives would rather live here and are nice people. That and a fraudulent tourist visa should not be enough to get them residency.
"Honza" Jan Prchal
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