[Congressional Record: September 6, 2001 (Extensions)]
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PROVIDING WORK AUTHORIZATION FOR NONIMMIGRANT SPOUSES OF TREATY TRADERS
AND TREATY INVESTORS
HON. JOHN CONYERS, JR.
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, September 5, 2001
Mr. CONYERS. Mr. Speaker, I support passage of this legislation,
which was sponsored by Chairman Gekas, Ranking Member Jackson-Lee, and
Congresswoman Lofgren. Even though current law permits spouses of E
visa holders to come to the United States, those same spouses are not
allowed to work here. The effect is to limit a household to one income
for no apparent reason.
H.R. 2277 reverses that by simply allowing the spouses to work in the
United States. Not only is this good for immigrant families, which now
would be able to rely on two incomes, but it also will increase the
labor pool and increase tax revenues. For these reasons, the bill
passed both the Immigration Subcommittee and the full Judiciary
Committee by voice votes.
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