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  • Summary of the Significant Provisions of the AgJobs Act (9/24/2003)
    A summary of the significant provisions of the bipartisan agricultural reform bill—the Agricultural Jobs, Opportunity, Benefits, and Security (AgJobs) Act. Sponsors include Senators Larry Craig (R-ID) and Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Representatives Chris Cannon (R-UT) and Howard Berman (D-CA).
    AILA Doc. No. 03092441.
  • Chart Comparing Current H-2A Program with the New AgJOBS Act of 2003(107 KB - 9/24/2003)
    Chart comparing the current H-2A program with the new AgJobs Act of 2003. AILA Doc. No. 03092440.
    AILA Doc. No. 03092440.
  • Summary of the L-1 Visa (Intracompany Transferee) Reform Act of 2003 (9/22/2003)
    AILA’s section-by-section analysis of the L-1 Visa (Intracompany Transferee) Reform Act of 2003 (S. 1635). AILA Doc. No. 03092247.
    AILA Doc. No. 03092247.
  • USA Jobs Protection Act of 2003 Introduced in House and Senate (7/28/2003)
    Rep. Johnson (D-CT) introduced H.R. 2849, a bill that would substantially alter the L and H-1B visa programs. Sen. Dodd (D-CT) introduced S. 1452, the Senate companion bill. A brief summary of the bill is included in addition to the text. AILA Doc. No. 03072812.
    AILA Doc. No. 03072812.
  • DREAM Act, with Weakening Provisions, Voted Out of Full Senate Judiciary Committee (10/24/2003)
    By a 16-3 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee, on October 23, passed S.1545, the bipartisan DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2003), with the restrictionists on and off the Hill failing to stop the bill’s movement. AILA Doc. No. 03102440.
    AILA Doc. No. 03102440.
  • L-1 Legislation and Floor Statement by Senator Chambliss (9/22/2003)
    On 9/17/03, Sen. Chambliss (R-GA) introduced the “L-1 Visa (Intracompany Transferee) Reform Act of 2003.” This bill would modify only the L-1B visa program, re-instate the 1 year work requirement for blanket applicants, and mandate collection of L-1 program statistical data. AILA Doc. No. 03092246.
    AILA Doc. No. 03092246.
  • Summary of H.R. 2702, the L-1 Nonimmigrant Reform Act (7/18/2003)
    AILA’s section-by-section summary of the ‘Nonimmigrant Reform Act' (H.R. 2702), as introduced in the House on 7/10/03.
    AILA Doc. No. 03071841.
  • Text of L-1 Nonimmigrant Reform Act (H.R. 2702)(65 KB - 7/15/2003)
    Rep. De Lauro (D-CT) introduced legislation (H.R 2702) to place restrictive limits on the L-1 visa, including a 35,000 per year visa cap, DOL attestation requirements and an abolishment of blanket Ls. AILA opposes this bill. AILA Doc. No. 03071540.
    AILA Doc. No. 03071540.
  • Senator Cornyn Introduces Guest Worker Legislation (7/11/2003)
    On 7/10/03, Judiciary Committee member Sen. Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2003 (S. 1387), which would create guest worker programs, including provisions to give guest worker status to certain foreign unlawfully present nationals. AILA Doc. No. 03071145.
    AILA Doc. No. 03071145.
  • Justice Department Drafts Expanded PATRIOT Act (2/20/2003)
    Recently leaked draft legislation from the Justice Department would expand the USA PATRIOT Act and would grant government authorities unprecedented powers. AILA Doc. No. 03022040.
    AILA Doc. No. 03022040.
  • Section-by-Section Summary of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (11/15/2002)
    AILA’s section-by-section summary of the immigration-related provisions of the Homeland Security Information Sharing Act of 2002 (H.R. 5710), as passed by the House on 11/13/02. AILA Doc. No. 02111532.
    AILA Doc. No. 02111532.
  • Border Student Commuter Act of 2002(26 KB - 11/5/2002)
    President Bush, on 11/2/02, signed the "Border Student Commuter Act of 2002" (H.R. 4967, P.L. 107-274). The new law creates a border commuter nonimmigrant classification under the F and M visa categories for Canadian and Mexican nationals who maintain residence in their country of nationality and commute to the U.S. for full- or part-time study. Attached is the full-text of the law.
    AILA Doc. No. 02110543.
  • DOJ Authorization Legislation Includes Immigration Provisions (10/7/2002)
    Justice Dept. authorization legislation, enacted last week by the House and Senate, includes provisions regarding H-1Bs, J-1 physician waivers, EB-5, child citizenship and posthumous citizenship. Immigration-related provisions are at sections 11018 and 11030 through 11037.
    AILA Doc. No. 02100743.
  • President Signs DOJ Authorization Act into Law (11/4/2002)
    President Bush, on 11/2/02, signed into law the "21st Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act" (H.R. 2215; PL 107-273). The new law contains immigration provisions impacting, among other things, H-1B status, J-1 physician waivers, and EB-5 entrepreneurs.
    AILA Doc. No. 02110441.
  • Congress Recesses Until After November Elections (10/21/2002)
    The House and Senate have decided to recess until after the November elections. In the Senate, the DHS legislation and 11 appropriations bills will be left undecided until the post election lame-duck session. The DOJ Authorization legislation should be unaffected. AILA Doc. No. 02102150.
    AILA Doc. No. 02102150.
  • Earned Adjustment Legislation Introduced in Congress (10/15/2002)
    On October 10, Representative Richard Gephardt (D-MO) introduced the Earned Adjustment and Family Unification Act of 2002 (H.R. 5600). AILA has expressed it support for this legislation as an important first step toward comprehensive reform of our immigration system. AILA Doc. No. 02101546.
    AILA Doc. No. 02101546.
  • Jordanians Eligible for E Visas (8/14/2002)
    The U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement, which entered into force on December 17, 2001, makes Jordanian citizens eligible for E visas.
    AILA Doc. No. 02081441.
  • President Signs Age-Out Protection Legislation (8/7/2002)
    President Bush on Tuesday, August 6, signed the Child Status Protection Act. The new law addresses the problem of minor children losing their eligibility for certain immigration benefits as a result of INS processing delays.
    AILA Doc. No. 02080740.
  • House and Senate Action on Immigration and Homeland Security (8/1/2002)
    The House and Senate each took up Homeland Security legislation just prior to adjourning for the August recess. AILA Doc. No. 02080170.
    AILA Doc. No. 02080170.
  • House Judiciary Committee Approves Due Process Reform Bill (7/23/2002)
    On 7/23/02, the House Judiciary Committee approved the Family Reunification Act of 2002 (H.R. 1452), a limited due process reform bill that will restore some measure of fairness to our immigration laws.
    AILA Doc. No. 02072304.
  • Text of the ‘SAFER’ Act (H.R. 5013), Sweeping Restrictionist Legislation Introduced by Rep. Gekas(402 KB - 7/10/2002)
    Text of the Securing America’s Future through Enforcement Reform (SAFER) Act (H.R. 5013), sponsored by House Immigration Subcommittee Chairman George Gekas (R-PA). The bill would make sweeping changes to our immigration laws, and contains many anti-immigrant provisions. AILA Doc. No. 02071040.
    AILA Doc. No. 02071040.
  • House Approves Legislation to Extend Waiver Program for Foreign Physicians (7/2/2002)
    On 6/25/02, the House passed legislation (H.R. 4858) that would renew and extend for another two years the “Conrad State 20” program, and increase the number of two-year foreign residency waivers a State may request with respect to J-visa medical graduate aliens. AILA Doc. No. 02070244.
    AILA Doc. No. 02070244.
  • Senate Judiciary Passes Student Adjustment (6/25/2002)
    On 6/20/02, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act (S. 1291). AILA Doc. No. 02062548.
    AILA Doc. No. 02062548.
  • List of Immigration-Related Bills Introduced in the 107th Congress (5/9/2002)
    Hot Bills is a list of immigration-related bills introduced in the current Congress that relate to AILA’s legislative priorities. The bills are divided by topic and include a brief overview and AILA’s position. Full text of a bill is available by clicking on the bill number.
    AILA Doc. No. 02050980.
  • House to Vote on Extension of Section 245(i) (3/12/2002)
    The House of Representatives is expected to vote on Section 245(i) as early as today, as part of the Border Security Bill. AILA Doc. No. 02031280.
    AILA Doc. No. 02031280.
  • AILA Section-by-Section Summary of USA Patriot Act of 2001 (10/26/2001)
    AILA's section-by-section summary of the final version of the anti-terrorism legislation passed by the House and Senate in response to the September 11 events. AILA Doc. No. 01102680.
    AILA Doc. No. 01102680.
  • USA Patriot Act of 2001 with Section-by-Section Review (11/1/2001)
    Final version of the anti-terrorism legislation passed by the House and Senate in response to the September 11 events. Includes a section-by-section summary of the legislation.
    AILA Doc. No. 01110131.
  • USA Patriot Act of 2001(622 KB - 11/1/2001)
    Final version of the anti-terrorism legislation passed by the House and Senate in response to the September 11 events. Includes a section-by-section summary of the legislation.
    AILA Doc. No. 01110131.
  • Legislative Response to Sept. 11 - Anti-Terrorism Measures(403 KB - 10/8/2001)
    Anti-terrorism bill and section-by-section review of the U.S. Senate response to the September 11 events
    AILA Doc. No. 01100859.
  • Legislative Response to Sept. 11 - Anti-Terrorism Measures(622 KB - 10/10/2001)
    Anti-terrorism measures introduced in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House in response to the events of September 11. Includes Section-by-Section Reviews of both measures.
    AILA Doc. No. 01101001.
  • Legislative Response to Sept. 11 - Anti-Terrorism Measures (10/10/2001)
    Anti-terrorism measures introduced in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House in response to the events of September 11. Includes Section-by-Section Reviews of both measures.
    AILA Doc. No. 01101001.
  • Text of, and AILA Information on, Proposed Terrorism Legislation (9/18/2001)
    AILA addresses issues of concern in the proposed Mobilization Against Terrorism Act. Text of the proposed legislation is attached. It is a large pdf file, so it may take a while to open, and you may see a blank screen while it is opening.
    AILA Doc. No. 01091801.
  • Prorroga de la Sección 245 (i) (7/6/2001)
    AILA Doc. No. 01070659.
  • Section 245(i) Extension (7/6/2001)
    AILA Doc. No. 01070658.