Happenings On The Hill
Congress is hard at work - members and their staff are burning the midnight
oil in DC currently. Not all of this is about the usual year-end
appropriations battles, some of the issues apparently hovering in the
background are immigration-related. H-1B cap relief and other immigration
matters may be part of the last minute compromises that are being worked on
by immigration advocates in DC. Whether we get relief in 2003 or not, there
is now good reason to believe that some relief on essential workers may
finally come in 2004. The reason for our optimism is that even Rep.
Tancredo (R-CO) - no friend of immigration he - has now introduced a guest
worker bill (see item below). Interestingly, his proposal would (i) apply
to all workers - professional and unskilled; (ii) effectively abolish body
shops; and (iii) would tie visas to the unemployment rate. It remains to be
seen how popular his views prove with his colleagues on the Hill. Should there be any immigration issues in the massive appropriations bills that Congress may pass in the next few days, Immigration Daily will be sure to
keep you advised.
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Immigration Law News
Rep. Tancredo Introduces Guest Worker Program Legislation
Rep. Tancredo (R-CO) issued a press release along with a detailed statement regarding his introduction of legislation which would authorize the hiring of an unprecedented number of border patrol agents and creating a guest worker programs.
Rep. Sensenbrenner Speaks On Employment Verification And Investment
Rep. Sensenbrenner (R-WI) in a debate on proposed legislation discussed the extension of the employment eligibility verification pilot program and also discussed the immigrant investor program.
Derivative Citizen, Waffen SS Member, Did Not Act Voluntarily
In Breyer v. Ashcroft, No. 02-4226 (3rd Cir. Nov. 19, 2003), the court in deciding a case involving the government's efforts to strip the citizenship of a Waffen SS member who had served at Buchenwald and Auschwitz and who had acquired citizenship as a consequence of being born to a US citizen mother, agreed with the District Court's findings that Petitioner's actions did not paint a picture of a person committed to serve in the Nazi armed forces.
USCIS Announces Program To Ease Procurement Of Child Citizenship Certificates
The USCIS announced plans to launch the Child Citizenship Act Program (CCA) which is intended to eliminate the backlog of N-643 forms (Application for Certificate of Citizenship in Behalf of an Adopted Child) relating to children affected by the CCA.
Walmart Investigation - Layering Strategy At Large Companies Avoids Violation Of Immigration Law
Forbes magazine reports "Whatever happens in the Wal-Mart case, the abuse of workers will continue until immigration law recognizes that cleaners need labor from abroad and makes the hiring of them legal."
DHS Employee Allegedly Sold EAD Cards To Undocumented
The Bradenton Herald of Florida reports "A Department of Homeland Security employee was arrested on charges of selling work documents to illegal aliens for as much as $12,000, the US Attorney's Office announced Thursday."
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Letters to the Editor
Recently I submitted three questions about who is eligible to obtain a Texas drivers license
to Texas State Representative Mike Wise. The following answers that Rep. Wise obtained form the Texas Department of Public Safety might be of interest. 1. Is it possible now for an undocumented person to obtain a Texas driver license? No. Licensing requirements call for the applicant to have positive identification in order to receive a driver license. Please refer to our website at http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/administration/driver_licensing_control/IdRequirements.htm for detailed information about this. 2. Does a person presently need a social security number in Texas to obtain a drivers license? No. Only those persons who possess a social security number have to provide it to our licensing personnel, as required by the Texas Family Code. The intent of this requirement is to prevent a person from receiving a Texas driver license if they owe back child support. Please refer to our web site at http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/administration/driver_licensing_control/license_issuance/ssn.htm for detailed information about this, as well. 3. If a person is legally in the US as a visitor, is he/she eligible to obtain a Texas drivers license even though he/she is not eligible to obtain a social security number? Yes. Refer back to my response to your first question, in that if an applicant possesses an accepted form of documentation, such as a visa or passport, then can apply for and receive a Texas driver license. Again, this information is found at: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/administration/driver_licensing_control/IdRequirements.htm.
Paul Parsons, Chairman
State Bar of Texas Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration & Nationality
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