Congress is supposed to adjourn in two weeks so that members can run their campaigns for the November elections. Having decided that most appropriations bills should be shelved till after the elections, Congress is left with only two major items on its plate - the authorization for the use of force against Iraq, and the Homeland Security Bill. Given the realities of how the US Senate works, even this abbreviated agenda will be tough to pull off in time. It appears to us that there is insufficient time for the Senate version of the Homeland Security Bill to be sent into conference for reconciliation with the House version. So, if there is to be a Homeland Security Bill before Congress goes home for the elections, then the House will have to adopt whatever version the Senate finally ends up with. Presuming this is true, the next week or so will see hectic behind-the-scenes maneuvering on immigration matters before the votes are taken week after next. This will be an opportunity to observe whether pro-immigration advocates retain their usual advantage over their opponents on the Hill. The anti-immigration advocates will continue to benefit from their control of the immigration debate outside the Beltway. So, while the news from Congress for this week will likely be dominated by Iraq, on immigration it will probably be the calm before the storm of the week after.
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H-1B Series: The H-1B Beneficiary's Required Qualifications, Part 2
George N. Lester IV continues the H-1B series with a discussion on the qualifications of the H-1B beneficiary.
ABA Series: A Legal Guide For INS Detainees
The Commission on Immigration Policy, Practice and Pro Bono of the American Bar Association provides the 4th of 8 parts of its Legal Guide for INS Detainees.
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Immigration Law News
Sen. Kennedy Offers Amendments To Bill To Abolish INS
Sen. Kennedy (D-MA) offered two amendments to the bill to abolish the INS, aka the Homeland Security Bill.
BIA Finds Exceptional And Extremely Unusual Hardship For Single Mother Of Six
In re Recinas, 23 I&N Dec. 467 (BIA, Sep. 19, 2002), the Board of Immigration Appeals granted cancellation of removal to the respondent and said that the heavy financial and familial burden on her as the single parent of six children, the lack of support from the children's father, the US citizen children's unfamiliarity with the Spanish language, the lawful residence in this country of all the respondent's immediate family and the comcomitant lack of family in Mexico combined to render the hardship in this case sufficient to be exceptional and extremely unusual.
President Bush Memo On FY 2003 Refugees
President Bush sent a memorandum to Secretrary of State Powell regarding Fiscal Year 2003 refugee numbers.
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Ambiguous Immigration Policy Is Foundation Of Our Economy
A columnist for the Denver Post says "ambiguous immigration policy is more than just good politics - it's the foundation of our high-tech, service-oriented economy."
GOP Distances Itself From Rep. Tancredo
The Denver Post reports that the national Republican party is distancing itself from Rep. Tancredo on immigration.
Conservatives Split On Immigration
The Denver Post reports on Rep. Tancredo's positions on issues other than immigration - positions which conservatives like Jack Kemp and Bill Bennett would applaud.
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