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Round-Up of Immigration Related Legislation (Sept-Oct 2009)

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 09110264 (posted Nov. 2, 2009)"

The following immigration-related bills were introduced into the House of Representatives and the Senate in September and October:

New IDEA (Illegal Deduction Elimination Act) (H.R. 3580)
Introduced by Rep. King (R-IA) on 9/16/09
Summary: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify that wages paid to unauthorized aliens may not be deducted from gross income, and for other purposes.

Improving Methods to Promote Regular Occurrences of the Verification of Employability Status Act of 2009 (H.R. 3676)
Introduced by Rep. Broun (R-GA) on 9/30/09
Summary: To amend the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to make permanent the E-Verify Program, and for other purposes.

H.R. 3687
Introduced by Rep. Issa (R-CA) on 10/1/09
Summary: To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the diversity immigrant program and to re-allocate those visas to certain employment-based immigrants who obtain an advanced degree in the United States

Dairy and Sheep H-2A Visa Enhancement Act (H.R. 3744)
Introduced by Rep. Arcuri (D-NY) on 10/7/09
Summary: To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide a special rule for the period of admission of H-2A nonimmigrants employed as dairy workers and sheepherders, and for other purposes.

Fairness in Representation Act (H.R. 3797)
Introduced by Rep. Foxx (R-NC) on 10/13/09
Summary: To prevent congressional reapportionment distortions by requiring that, in the questionnaires used in the taking of any decennial census of population, a checkbox or other similar option be included for respondents to indicate citizenship status or lawful presence in the United States.

Every Person Counts Act (H.R. 3855)
Introduced by Rep. Baca (D-CA) on 10/20/09
Summary: To amend title 13, United States Code, to make clear that each decennial census, as required for the apportionment of Representatives in Congress among the several States, shall tabulate the total number of persons in each State, and to provide that no information regarding United States citizenship or immigration status may be elicited in any such census.

Note: Each week hundreds of bills are introduced into the House and Senate, and the likelihood of any particular bill moving is usually very small. The bills posted on this page represent all immigration-related legislation introduced this week, not legislation AILA believes is important or likely to succeed.

Stay tuned to AILA's News from the Hill page for updates on pressing legislative activity.

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