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2003

Includes AILA's and other organizations.

Organizations Support Suspension of Aspect of Special Registration

12/18/2003
In a 12/18/03 letter to Secretary Tom Ridge and Under Secretary Asa Hutchinson, a wide cross-section of advocates expressed support for the recent suspension of certain aspects of the Special Registration Program. The organizations also urged that the program be terminated in its entirety.
AILA Doc. No. 03122316

Organizations Express Concerns Over Possible Changes to the ITIN Program

10/22/2003
In a 10/22/03 letter to the IRS Commissioner and other officials, a wide cross-section of organizations, agencies and advocates expressed concern over the significant changes currently being contemplated by the IRS to the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) program.
AILA Doc. No. 03102342

Sign-On Letter Urges BCIS Not to Contract Out the Immigration Officer Function

9/4/2003
A letter from AILA and other interested organizations to Tom Ridge and Eduardo Aguirre, Jr., urging them not to contract out the BCIS Immigration Officer Function.
AILA Doc. No. 03090540

Sign-On Letter Urges BCIS to Restore Direct Phone Access to Service Centers

9/4/2003
A letter from AILA and other interested organizations to BCIS Director Eduardo Aguirre, Jr., urging him to restore direct telephone access to the Service Centers and to discontinue the recent policy change that prohibits access and contracts out much of this function.
AILA Doc. No. 03090541

AILA Objects to Reported DOJ Reversal on Gender-Based Asylum

2/21/2003
Letters to Attorney General Ashcroft and President Bush express AILA's objections to a reported reversal by the Justice Department regarding its regulations on gender-based asylum and on Matter of R-A-.
AILA Doc. No. 03030441

Letter to INS Commissioner Urging Modification of Proposed B Visa Rule

2/14/2003
A letter from AILA and other interested organizations to the Acting INS Commissioner, urging the Service to modify the proposed rule that would, among other things, eliminate the minimum admission period for B-2 visitors and reduce the maximum admission period for both B-1s and B-2s.
AILA Doc. No. 03021444

Groups Address Proposed Regulations to Limit Duration of Visitor Visas

2/12/2003
Letter from AILA, business, and tourism groups to INS Acting Commissioner Michael Garcia regarding concerns with proposed regulations to limit periods of admission for visitors on B visas.
AILA Doc. No. 03021442

Groups ask DOS and DHS to Address Visa Processing Concerns

1/31/2003
Letter from AILA and business, health care, education, and cultural groups to Colin Powell and Tom Ridge regarding the negative impact of visa issuance slow downs over the past year.
AILA Doc. No. 03021441

Groups Raise Immigration Issues With DHS Secretary-Designate Ridge

12/30/2002
Letter from ethnic and immigration groups, including AILA, to DHS Secretary-Designate Tom Ridge, regarding immigration issues.
AILA Doc. No. 03011632

Groups Ask President to Address Special Registration Issues

1/13/2003
Letter from ethnic and immigration groups, including AILA, to President Bush, urging elimination or review of the Special Registration program.
AILA Doc. No. 03011640

AILA Urges House Members to Vote to Suspend Funding for NSEERS

1/30/2003
Letter from AILA to leaders in the House of Representatives urging adoption of the Senate version of the omnibus budget bill, H J Res 2, that restores $165 million in funding for border security and suspends funding of NSEERS special registration.
AILA Doc. No. 03013040

Advocacy Groups Ask Congress to Address DHS Issues

1/16/2003
Letter from ethnic and immigration groups, including AILA, to members of Congress regarding the creation of Department of Homeland Security and oversight issues.
AILA Doc. No. 03011631
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