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  • Rep. Braley Seeks More Information on DOL/ICE Coordination in Postville Raid (7/18/2008)
    In May, Rep. Braley (D-IA) sent letters to the DOJ, DOL and DHS requesting further information about a possible investigation into labor practices at Agriprocessors facility in Postville, Iowa. On 07/17/08, after receiving contradictory responses from ICE and the DOL about coordination before the ICE raid, Braley issued a follow-up letter. AILA Doc. No. 08071876.
    AILA Doc. No. 08071876.
  • Senator Kennedy’s Comment on the No-Match Rule(1793 KB - 5/28/2008)
    Comment from Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) on the DHS proposed rule “Safe Harbor Procedures for Employers Who Receive a No-Match Letter.”(73 FR 15944, 3/26/08).
    AILA Doc. No. 08052861.
  • Letter from Sen. Kennedy to DHS Secretary Chertoff and HHS Secretary Leavitt on ICE Raids(1746 KB - 5/20/2008)
    Letter from Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) to DHS Secretary Chertoff and HHS Secretary Leavitt urging them to adopt an interagency agreement, issue guidelines, and take other appropriate steps to reduce the impact of ICE enforcement actions on children participating in Head Start and other federally-assisted child development programs. AILA Doc. No. 08052062.
    AILA Doc. No. 08052062.
  • Letter from CBO on the Cost of Implementing the SAVE Act(46 KB - 4/8/2008)
    Letter from CBO Director, Peter R. Orszag, to Representative John Conyers Jr. (D-MI), Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary, estimating the cost to the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration if the SAVE Act (H.R. 4088) were implemented.
    AILA Doc. No. 08040861.
  • Letter from Reps. Rangel and McNulty to House Democrats Outlining Employment-Verification Flaws(141 KB - 3/27/2008)
    A March 27, 2008 letter from Representatives Chuck Rangel (D-NY) and Michael McNulty (D-NY) to House Democrats outlining the flaws in current legislation aimed at expanding the “E-Verify” pilot system, and urging House Democrats not to support the Republican discharge petition on the SAVE Act (H.R. 4088). AILA Doc. No. 08032766.
    AILA Doc. No. 08032766.
  • Letter from Reps. Lofgren and Conyers to Attorney General Mukasey (1/31/2008)
    A letter cosigned by Representative Lofgren (D-CA) and Chairman Conyers (D-MI) to Attorney General Mukasey expressing concern over a recent BIA decision that appears to reverse U.S. policy regarding the protection of women subjected to severe human rights abuses.
    AILA Doc. No. 08013161.
  • Lofgren Letter to USCIS Regarding Adjustment of Status Under VAWA(126 KB - 12/13/2007)
    Representative Lofgren’s letter expressing concern to USCIS about a possible memorandum that would deny adjustment of status to certain domestic violence victims who have approved self petitions under VAWA.
    AILA Doc. No. 07121368.
  • Senator Kennedy and Congressman Delahunt Release Statement on Humanitarian Concern Guidelines for Worksite Raids (11/16/2007)
    Senator Kennedy and Congressman Delahunt issued a statement following DHS’s release of "Guidelines for Identifying Humanitarian Concerns among Administrative Arrestees When Conducting Worksite Enforcement Operations."
    AILA Doc. No. 07111632.
  • Sign-On Letter from 19 Senators to DHS Secretary Chertoff(2782 KB - 11/9/2007)
    Sign-on letter from 19 Senators to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff applauding his commitment to pursue potential administrative reforms to the H-1B visa program, and urging the DHS to extend the Optional Practical Training (OPT) period permitted to foreign students from 12 to 29 months. AILA Doc. No. 07110965.
    AILA Doc. No. 07110965.
  • Immigration Principle Statements of Various House Caucuses (11/8/2007)
    A summary of the immigration principle statements of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC).
    AILA Doc. No. 07110871.
  • Rep. Lofgren on Resolution of Visa Bulletin Debacle (7/17/2007)
    On 7/17/07 Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) issued a statement on the resolution to the "Visa Bulletin fiasco."
    AILA Doc. No. 07071732.
  • Congresswoman Lofgren on Visa Bulletin Debacle (7/11/2007)
    Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) announced that USCIS has been returning unused visa numbers to DOS, & that she has requested certain specified written information from DHS Secretary Chertoff regarding USCIS' actions in connection with the July 2007 Visa Bulletin. A copy of the letter is provided.
    AILA Doc. No. 07071165.
  • Senator Patrick Leahy Comments on WHTI Land and Sea Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (6/21/2007)
    Senator Patrick Leahy comments on WHTI Land and Sea Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which requires a passport or other secure document denoting citizenship and identity for all land and sea travel into the United States.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062161.
  • Representatives Berman and Roybal-Allard Announce Introduction of American Dream Act(17 KB - 3/2/2007)
    On 3/1/07, Representatives Berman (D-CA) and Roybal-Allard (D-CA), along with Representative Diaz-Balart (R-FL), announced the introduction of the American Dream Act. The Act would provide a path to legal status for qualified students who have lived much of their lives in the U.S. but do not have legal immigration status. AILA Doc. No. 07030263.
    AILA Doc. No. 07030263.
  • Rep. Davis Asks DHS for REAL ID Implementation Strategy (2/2/2007)
    On 1/31/07, in the wake of Maine’s decision not to implement the digital ID standards established under the REAL ID Act, Representative Tom Davis (R-Va) issued a press release and letter to the Department of Homeland Security asking for information on how it plans to implement the program.
    AILA Doc. No. 07020263.
  • Judiciary Committee Members Express Concern over Naturalization Fee Increase(36 KB - 1/30/2007)
    On 1/22/07, Rep. Conyers (D-MI), Sen. Leahy (D-VT), Rep. Lofgren (D-CA) and Senator Kennedy (D-MA) sent a letter to the Director of USCIS questioning a possible fee increase for naturalization and immigration applications.
    AILA Doc. No. 07013060.
  • Senate Judiciary Committee Finalizes Immigration Subcommittee Membership (1/30/2007)
    On 1/25/07, the Senate Judiciary Committee finalized the membership of the newly named Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Refugees. The nine-member Subcommittee will be chaired by Sen. Kennedy (D-MA), and Sen. Cornyn (R-TX) will serve as Ranking Member.
    AILA Doc. No. 07013064.
  • House Immigration Subcommittee Members Announced (1/25/2007)
    On 1/24/07, leaders of the House Committee on the Judiciary announced the membership roster of the newly named Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law (formerly the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims).
    AILA Doc. No. 07012565.
  • Gutierrez Joins House Judiciary Committee, Flake to Depart (1/12/2007)
    On 1/11/07, Speaker Pelosi announced the appointment of Rep. Gutierrez (D-IL) to the House Judiciary Committee. This followed the unexpected announcement on 1/10/07 by Republican leadership that Rep. Flake (R-AZ) would lose his seat on the committee.
    AILA Doc. No. 07011273.
  • 110th Congress Convenes, Senate Prioritizes Immigration Reform (1/5/2007)
    The 110th Congress convened on 1/4/07, and during its first meeting the Senate emphasized bipartisanship and the Majority and Minority Leaders stressed the need for CIR. The House made history by electing Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as the first woman Speaker of the House.
    AILA Doc. No. 07010562.
  • Rep. Smith Chosen as Judiciary Ranking Member (12/7/2006)
    On 12/6/06, the House Republican Steering Committee chose Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) to lead House Republicans as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee.
    AILA Doc. No. 06120767.