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Immigration Daily January 10, 2005
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Bipartisanship In Immigration Reform

The Senate Judiciary Committee for the 109th Congress will feature the colorful and controversial Mr. Coburn from Oklahoma, who is unlikely to be a big friend of immigration in the major immigration debate just on the horizon. This is a departure from the 108th Congress where Senate Republicans and Democrats saw eye-to-eye on many immigration issues. Additionally, a significant majority of the House Judiciary Committee Republicans are anti-immigrationists. If the President wants to translate his immigration vision into legislation, clearly a bipartisan approach will be necessary. Immigration Daily will be closely watching the President's inaugural speech and his State of the Union address for clues as to what is to come. Stay tuned.

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Deadline Is Tuesday, January 11th For Nurse Immigration (In Cooperation With CGFNS)

Consular Processing and Visa Screen issues will be the focus of the January 13th phone session of "Nurse Immigration (In Cooperation With CGFNS)". The speakers include Donna Richardson and Judith Pendergast of CGFNS on Visa Screen matters, and Sylvia Boecker, noted nurse immigration practitioner on consular processing matters (other speakers to be announced). The deadline to register is Tuesday, January 11th. For more info, detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version:


Asylum Resource Series: Saudi Arabia/ Yemen
USCIS Asylum Resource Information Center offers asylum information on Saudi Arabia/ Yemen.

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Atlanta And Chicago Foreign Labor Cert Staff At New National Processing Centers
The Employment and Training Administration of the Department of Labor released information regarding the relocation of foreign labor certification staff in the Atlanta and Chicago Regional Offices to the Atlanta and Chicago National Processing Centers.

DHS Announces TPS 18-Month Extension For Nationals Of El Salvador
The DHS announced an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of El Salvador until September 9, 2006. For the press release, see here. For the Q&A, see here.

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Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: (300-words or fewer preferred).

Dear Editor:
I am a law student writing a column for my school newsletter on gender, sexuality and law. I am trying to learn more about the new Citizenship and Immigration Services re: marriages involving transsexuals, which I read about in Immigration Daily. The new policy states that CIS "shall not recognize the marriage, or intended marriage, between two individuals where one or both of the parties claims to be a transsexual." It is not clear to me whether it is their policy that a transsexual cannot validly marry *anyone*, or simply that they will not recognize marriages between people of the same birth sex regardless of transition. The plain wording suggests the former, but this cannot be constitutional. Can you provide any clarity on this issue? For example, would this policy recognize the marriage of a post-op MTF woman to a woman born female?

Harper Jean Tobin

Dear Editor:
In response to your comments (1/07/05 ID), I would be very disappointed if Bush opens the flood gates to allow more immigration into this country. It is destroying the families and workers of this country. But of course the rich that benefit from this could care less about the people of America. It is all about corporate greed and the elite in this country. Shame on you for selling out your country. You know full well that we are experiencing a jobless recovery, you know full well that we are experiencing the highest bankruptcy, unemployed, underemployed, uninsured that we ever have. Go ahead and justify your actions we all know.


Dear Editor:
Are you aware of any significant changes to the V- visa program or anything related to the spouses of PR who are waiting these long years to get reacquainted with our families? (see comment 1/07/05).


Dear Editor:
Has there been any new news on the Immigration reform front regarding the 5/10 year bars? (see comment 1/07/05 ID). I am happy for all the present illegal's who will have the opportunity to be "legal" once the Worker Program passes. But what about the families that will remain torn apart due to the bars, when no parties have done nothing illegal (i.e. Asylum denial)?

Kim Mensah

Dear Editor:
The Immigration reform (see comment 1/07/05 ID), if it happens, will be beneficial for the country. The economy of US is low; other countries are looking at us with disgust. The devaluation of the dollar in Europe is terrifying. Anti-reform individuals believe that all of the illegal aliens in the country are dubious people. They are mistaken. They are economic refugees; they come to US to look for a brighter future for them and their families. Im sure that all of those anti-reform individuals have, in the background, some aliens also. Tancredo is an Italian last name, and as far as I know, Indians and puritans did not come from Italy. What they do not understand is that all those aliens will be able to pay their taxes, buy cars, pay insurance, etc. Once they have their temporary permit to work, they are going to find a way to obtain their legal status. The fee that they are going to pay to the USCIS Im sure will be higher that the fee for the defunct 241 (e). All are revenues. If their lives improve without the fear of deportation, and with the hope of legalization, they are going to spend money establishing themselves in this country. Some will buy properties. I certainly hope that such reform will be a reality very soon.

Elsa Fernandez

Dear Editor:
I am a columnist with Knight Ridder Tribune, looking for sources to comment about the growing number of private bills in Congress seeking relief on immigration cases. I am interested in speaking with immigration law experts who might have viewpoints on this matter.

Mary Sanchez, Editorial Columnist
The Kansas City Star


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New Offices
Catherine O. Brown announces the opening of the law office of Catherine O. Brown, Attorney at Law specializing in Immigration Law. 7476 E. 29th Ave., Box 160, Denver, CO 80238. Phone: (303) 322-2117. Fax: (303) 322-2118. Toll Free: 1-866-322-2117.

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