The Gauntlet Is Thrown
In a bold, decisive and long overdue action, the Senate responded today to
President Bush's historic immigration reform initiative. Sen. Hagel, a Republican
and Sen. Daschle, a Democrat joined forces to introduce a bipartisan bill
for comprehensive immigration reform. What the legislation proposes would
amount to a mini-revolution in immigration law. While the actual text of
the bill is not yet available, a close reading of the press releases from
the two senators (see items below) suggests that the bill would mean the
end of the 3 and 10 year bars - these bars are one of the fundamental
causes of the dysfunctionality of our immigration system today. The bill would
also mean the end of registry and 245(i) by substituting a rolling
registry-cum-245(i)-like provision for which millions of the undocumented
would be eligible. The bill would also at long last increase the permanent
immigration quotas. With a vision quite different from the President's, the
Senate bill will ensure that there will at least be a true debate on
immigration reform this election year - it will not be possible for the
White House to get political brownie points on immigration unless concrete
action follows the President's sweeping and moving words on immigration reform
earlier this month. The Senate bill also sets the stage for a major battle
with the House - the House's vision on immigration reform will likely be
very different from the Senate's. The Senate bill will likely be the
immigration story of the year. Perhaps the best way to end this comment is
with Senator Hagel's words from his press release "... It is not in our
security interest to have 8-10 million people undocumented and unaccounted
for in our country. Congress must reform the patchwork of immigration laws
that have created an underground, black market labor force. The legislation
we introduce today is responsible immigration reform. This is a debate that
we have deferred for too long. President Bush deserves credit for the
leadership he has shown in putting this issue back on the agenda. Congress
must now meet that leadership by having a courageous debate on the tough
issues of immigration reform."
The Approaching H-1B Cap And What To Do About It
With increased hiring by employers, H-1B numbers are steadily
being used up, and the cap will likely be reached in a couple of months.
With a legislative fix still up in the air, this is an opportune time to
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J-1 Waiver Flowcharts
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Immigration Law News
Senators Hagel And Daschle Introduce Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation
Senators Hagel (R-NE) and Daschle (D-SD) introduced "The Immigration Reform Act of 2004: Strengthening America’s National Security, Economy, and Families". For Sen. Hagel's press release, see here. For Sen. Daschle's press release, see here.
EOIR Announces Latest Disciplinary Actions
The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced its latest disciplinary actions including: the final order of discipline for two attorneys and the reinstatement of one attorney. (This announcement is different from the announcement which we carried in our January 21, 2004 issue.)
President Bush Speaks On Immigration In State Of Union Address
President Bush spoke about immigration during his State of the Union address.
Senators Daschle And Hagel Announce Bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Bill
The Contra Costa Times reports "Legislation to be unveiled today takes President Bush's immigration reform plan a step further by granting permanent residency to some undocumented workers, an immigrant advocate said Tuesday."
President Bush's Guest Worker Proposal Is Step In Right Direction
An Atlantic Monthly op-ed says "Bush's guest-worker proposal strikes me as a step in the right direction because it is more generous to illegals than the status quo while seeming unlikely to touch off a massive new influx."
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