Major Immigration Changes Coming Through HR10 Conference
H.R. 10 - ostensibly the 9/11 Commission bill dealing with security - has been saddled by the House with numerous anti-immigration provisions unrelated to security. One of the House Republican leadership's reasons to do this was to help defeat some Democratic candidates in the close Congressional races in some parts of the country. Be that as it may, the bill is now in conference with the Senate where Republican Majority Leader Frist has promised a bipartisan approach. The Executive Office of the President has issued a statement of administration policy agreeing with some parts of H.R. 10 while disagreeing with others. Here is our reading of the crystal ball as to how some of the more contentious immigration provisions in H.R. 10 will fare in conference.
It should also be borne in mind that the conference committee hasn't even met yet and when it does meet, the discussions are likely to be both lengthy and acrimonious. That's why it is unlikely that the conference report will be ready for a vote before the election. All the above represents our best current speculations on what will likely happen, Immigration Daily will keep you on top of these important matters.
- The Elimination of the "Western Hemisphere" exception for citizens will likely happen. What this means is that US citizens will probably be required to carry additional documents while traveling to Canada and Mexico, resulting in significant inconvenience to American citizens (this is an example of how immigration law affects Americans).
- Standards for obtaining asylum will likely be raised substantially.
- Congress will likely do an end-run around Zadvydas and some form of lengthy detention will likely return.
- Judicial review will likely be tightened up, especially habeas review (keeping in mind Magana-Pizano, it is likely that at least some circuits will eventually find this fantasy of Congress unconstitutional).
- Attempts to restrict the matricula consular through this bill will likely fail.
- "Drive-by deportations", vide expansion of expedited removal, will likely fail.
- The provisions of the bill in contravention of CAT will likely fail.
- The chapters dealing with "improved security for drivers' licenses and personal identification cards" and "improved security for birth certificates" will likely fail in this bill (these provisions would amount to a national id card).
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USDOJ Issues Final Rule On 212(c) Relief
Christina B. LaBrie, Esq. writes "The long-awaited final regulations create procedures and clarify certain problematic issues, taking into consideration the Supreme Court's decision in INS v. St. Cyr."
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BCIS Officially Changes To USCIS
The DHS announced that the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) has been officially to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Employer Information Bulletin On The Office of Business Liaison
The Office Of Business Liaison released an updated Employer Information Bulletin on the services of its office, the Office of Business Liaison.
DOS Briefing On Renunciation Of Citizenship
During a Department of State press briefing, DOS Spokesman Boucher said, "Loss of nationality is a complicated matter subject to Section 358 of the [INA]."
Text Of H.R. 4567
The enrolled version text of H.R. 4567, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2005 has numerous immigration-related provisions directly specific actions by the Executive Branch as it uses the appropriated funds.
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What happens to detained deportees? Here's my story: My husband is currently detained at Clinton County Correctional Facility. He has served his time and is waiting to be deported or released. He is among the few Haitians waiting for an answer or some correspondence as to what the future holds for them. To my understanding, outgoing prisoners remain in custody at the US Bureau of Prisons until they can be returned over to foreign corrections officials - a wait time of at least three months. My husband has been waiting 4 months and their are others who have been waiting eight months or more. The INS Agent, avoids him and others at all cost and refuses to speak with him. By the time you receive and read this email him and other Haitians have band together and will have implemented a hunger strike at the Correctional Facility. He writes to tell me they are treated like caged animals by the administration and the warden allows this mistreatment. As an American, I'm distraught to read, and learn this is happening and I'm reaching out for direction. I have an attorney, I'm told the INS Agent hasn't gotten back to them - and they have left several messages. When I called the Correctional Security I was directed to Homeland Security - I have yet to speak someone, and am transferred from one person to another.
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We are pleased to announce the promotion of Irene M. Scharf, Director of the Immigration Law Clinic at Southern New England School of Law in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. She has been promoted to Dean for Clinical Programs while continuing to direct the Immigration Law Clinic and teach Torts. Professor Scharf has been a Professor at the Southern New England School of Law for fifteen years. The Immigration Law Clinic specializes in representation for those in detention, especially asylum and cancellation cases for indigent clients. She can be reach at 508-998-9600, ext. 123.
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