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Pending and Enacted Legislation
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2006 - 2005
2006 - 2005
President Signs Physicians for Underserved Areas Act
On 1/12/2007, President Bush signed into law the Physicians for Underserved Areas Act (PL 109-477). The bill extends for two years a visa waiver program, often referred to as Conrad 30, which allows foreign doctors who work in underserved areas to remain in the country after completing their medical training. AILA Doc. No. 06120764.
AILA Doc. No. 06120764.
President Signs into Law Expanded Visa Access for Athletes
On 12/22/06, President Bush signed into law the Creating Opportunities for Minor League Professionals, Entertainers, and Teams through Legal Entry (COMPETE) Act of 2006 (PL 109-463). The bill expands P-1 nonimmigrant visa access to allow certain categories of athletes to perform or compete in the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 06121167.
AILA Doc. No. 06121167.
Congress Passes Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas Reauthorization Act of 2005
On 12/6/06, the Senate passed the Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas Reauthorization Act of 2005 (H.R. 1285). Passed by House on 6/20/06, the bill provides H-1C visas for up to 500 foreign nurses annually to work in medically underserved areas. AILA Doc. No. 06102762.
AILA Doc. No. 06120762.
President Signs Defense Authorization, Enacting H-2B Relief
On 10/17/06, President Bush signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (H.R. 5122) into law. Section 1074 of the bill includes a one year extension of the returning worker exemption to the H-2B visa cap. H.R. 5122 provides for the extension to take effect beginning October 1, 2006.
AILA Doc. No. 06100265.
Text of the Enrolled Version of the FY 2007 DHS Appropriations Act (H.R. 5441, PL 109-295)
(290 KB - 10/13/2006)
Text of the enrolled (final) version of H.R. 5441, the DHS Appropriations Act for FY 2007. President Bush signed the bill into law on 10/4/06 (PL 109-295). AILA Doc. No. 06101314.
AILA Doc. No. 06101314.
Senate Passes Military Tribunal Legislation, Rejects Habeas Corpus Amendment
On 9/28/06, the Senate voted to pass military tribunal legislation (S. 3930) that would strip the habeas corpus rights of certain non-citizens. Sen. Specter (R-PA) offered an amendment that would have reinstated these rights, but the Senate rejected his amendment. AILA Doc. No. 06092864.
AILA Doc. No. 06092864.
Senate Appropriators Block Harsh Enforcement Provisions from Conference Agreement on DHS Funding
On 9/25/06, House and Senate conferees agreed on a $34.8 billion conference report to fund the DHS in FY07. A group of Senate appropriators prevented the inclusion in the report of harsh immigration enforcement measures that House Republicans attempted to attach to it. AILA Doc. No. 06092663.
AILA Doc. No. 06092663.
House Passes Secure Fence Act of 2006
On 9/14/06, the House passed the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (H.R. 6061) which calls for the construction of 700 miles of 2-layer reinforced fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as other measures intended to achieve “operational control” over land and maritime borders. AILA Doc. No. 06091467.
AILA Doc. No. 06091467.
Summary of the Secure Fence Act of 2006, Passed by the House on September 14, 2006
On 9/13/06, the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (H.R. 6061) was introduced as the first in a series of border security initiatives Republicans are working to send to President Bush this year. GOP leaders are expected to unveil additional border security measures in the coming days. AILA Doc. No. 06091368.
AILA Doc. No. 06091368.
Senate Passes Defense Spending Bill with Funding for Border Security
On 9/7/06, the Senate passed a $469.7 billion defense spending measure (H.R. 5631) that includes nearly $2 billion in emergency funding for border security measures. The House passed its version of the bill on 6/20/06, but did not include border-related funding. AILA Doc. No. 06091169.
AILA Doc. No. 06091169.
Text of the Enrolled Version of S. 3693 (PL 109-271)
(88 KB - 8/21/2006)
Text of the enrolled (final) version of S. 3693, a bill to make technical corrections to the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005. President Bush signed the bill into law on 8/12/06 (PL 109-271). AILA Doc. No. 06082160.
AILA Doc. No. 06082160.
Senate Votes to Add Money to Defense Spending Bill for Border Fence Construction
On 8/2/06, the Senate adopted by a 94-3 vote an amendment offered by Sens. Sessions (R-AL) and Kyl (R-AZ) to the FY 2007 Defense spending bill that would add nearly $2 billion in emergency funding to the bill for construction of a fence along the Southwest border. AILA Doc. No. 06080276.
AILA Doc. No. 06080276.
Text of the Enrolled Version of H.R. 4472 (PL 109-248)
(183 KB - 7/31/2006)
Text of the enrolled (final) version of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (H.R. 4472; PL 109-248). Drafted to strengthen penalties against child predators, the Act also bars convicted sex offenders from having family-based petitions approved and makes failure to register as a sex offender a deportable offense. Signed 7/27/06. AILA Doc. No. 06073110.
AILA Doc. No. 06073110.
President Signs Sex Offender Bill with Immigration Implications
Legislation signed by President Bush on 7/27/06 to strengthen penalties against child predators also bars convicted sex offenders from having family-based petitions approved (H.R. 4472; PL 109-248).
AILA Doc. No. 06073171.
Senate Approves $32.8 billion Homeland Security Spending Bill, Difficult Conference Expected
On 7/13/06, the Senate approved a $32.8 billion Homeland Security spending bill for FY07 (H.R. 5441). The Senate-passed measure would provide $350 million less than the version passed by the House on June 6. AILA Doc. No. 06071760.
AILA Doc. No. 06071760.
Senate Appropriations Committee Approves $32.8 billion Homeland Security Spending Bill
On 6/29/06, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to approve a $32.8 billion Homeland Security spending bill for FY07 (H.R. 5441). The measure, which the House passed on June 6, is scheduled to come to the Senate floor on July 10. AILA Doc. No. 06063012.
AILA Doc. No. 06063012.
House Passes Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas Reauthorization Act of 2005
On 6/20/06, the House passed H.R. 1285 by voice vote. It would extend for three years the Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas Act of 1999. AILA Doc. No. 06062110.
AILA Doc. No. 06062110.
Senate Votes to Increase Border Security Funding
On 4/26/06, the Senate adopted an amendment to the FY 2006 supplemental appropriations bill (HR 4939) that would increase border security funding by $1.9 billion. AILA Doc. No. 06042669.
AILA Doc. No. 06042669.
President Signs Bill Containing VAWA 2005 Provisions
President Bush, on 1/5/06, signed into the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (H.R. 3402). Public Law Number 109-162.
AILA Doc. No. 06010666.
Text of Enrolled Version of H.R. 3402, Containing VAWA 2005
(445 KB - 1/6/2006)
Text of the enrolled (final) version of the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (H.R. 3402), signed by the President on 1/5/06. AILA Doc. No. 06010665.
AILA Doc. No. 06010665.
Summary of the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (H.R. 3402)
(213 KB - 12/23/2005)
A summary of the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (H.R. 3402), prepared by Senate staff. Congress cleared the measure for the President on 12/17/05. AILA Doc. No. 05122311.
AILA Doc. No. 05122311.
Senate Passes Budget Reconciliation Bill Without H-1B and EB Visa Provisions
On 12/20/05, the Senate approved a conference report on the budget reconciliation bill (S. 1932) that did NOT include the Senate Judiciary Committee’s provisions to recapture unused H-1B and employment-based visa numbers. The bill must return to the House for final passage. AILA Doc. No. 05122215.
AILA Doc. No. 05122215.
Summary of VAWA 2005’s Immigration Provisions, Prepared by Legal Momentum
(106 KB - 12/21/2005)
A summary of the immigration provisions of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005), prepared by Legal Momentum. AILA Doc. No. 05122110.
AILA Doc. No. 05122110.
House Adopts Budget Bill Without H-1B and EB Visa Provisions
Early on 12/19/05, the House passed the budget reconciliation bill without the Senate provisions for H-1B blackout and retrogression relief. We will keep you updated on the bill’s progress in the Senate. AILA Doc. No. 05121966.
AILA Doc. No. 05121966.
House Passes Budget Reconciliation Bill, Continued Advocacy Needed as Bills Move Toward Conference
On 11/18/05, the House passed a $49.9 billion budget reconciliation package. A conference committee will resolve differences between the two bills. The Senate bill provides H-1B relief and EB immigrant visa retrogression, while the House bill imposes a $1,500 fee on L visas. AILA Doc. No. 05112168.
AILA Doc. No. 05112168.
Reconciliation Bill Dropped From House Schedule
On 11/10/05, House Republican leaders abandoned plans to vote on their version of a budget reconciliation package (H.R. 4241) that would make roughly $50 billion in spending cuts. Lawmakers said they would try again next week. AILA Doc. No. 05111461.
AILA Doc. No. 05111461.
Senate Defeats Attempt to Eliminate H-1B, Backlog Relief from Budget Reconciliation Bill
On 11/3/05, the Senate rejected by an overwhelming vote of 85-14 an amendment offered by Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) that would have eliminated from the Senate’s budget reconciliation package relief from the H-1B blackout and the immigrant visa backlogs. AILA Doc. No. 05110340.
AILA Doc. No. 05110340.
Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Proposal to Provide H-1B Visa and Employment-Based Immigration Relief
The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a proposal to provide temporary relief from the H-1B visa blackout and the EB visa backlogs, in exchange for increased fees on some petitions. This proposal must be reconciled in conference with the House’s budget reconciliation bill. AILA Doc. No. 05102160.
AILA Doc. No. 05102160.
Immigration-Related Provisions Excerpted from the Conference Report on the DHS Appropriations Bill
(92 KB - 10/6/2005)
The conference report (H. Rept. 109-241) on H.R. 2360, the DHS Appropriations Act of 2006, which provides $31.9 billion for the DHS for FY 2006, including nearly $6 billion for the CBP, $3.2 billion for ICE, and $115 million for USCIS. AILA Doc. No. 05100668.
AILA Doc. No. 05100668.
Text of DHS Appropriations Bill for FY 2006
(93 KB - 10/19/2005)
Text of the DHS Appropriations Act of 2006 (H.R. 2360; PL 109-90). The $31.9 billion spending bill boosts funding for border security, including 1000 new Border Patrol Agents. The $30.8 billion in discretionary spending in the bill represents an increase of nearly 5 percent over fiscal 2005. AILA Doc. No. 05101965
AILA Doc. No. 05101965.
House Passes Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization with Two Immigration-Related Amendments
On 9/28/05, the House passed the Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act, FY 2006 through 2009 (H.R. 3402), which includes the House version of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2005, and two objectionable immigration-related amendments. AILA Doc. No. 05092961.
AILA Doc. No. 05092961.
INA § 242 As Amended by REAL ID Act
(235 KB - 5/20/2005)
This document is an unofficial red-line version of INA § 242, which governs judicial review of orders of removal, as amended by the REAL ID Act. AILA Doc. No. 05052061.
AILA Doc. No. 05052061.
Text of the ‘‘Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami
(258 KB - 5/12/2005)
Text of Public Law 109-13, ‘‘Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, 2005’’ (H.R. 1268) which includes the REAL ID Act. AILA Doc. No. 05051243.
AILA Doc. No. 05051243.
President Signs Emergency Supplemental into Law
The President signed into law H.R. 1268 on May 11. The following immigration provisions were included in the bill: REAL ID, Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act, New Professional Visa for Australian Nationals, Recapture of Unused Employment-Based Immigrant Visas for Schedule A Occupations
AILA Doc. No. 05051261.
Reciprocal Visas for Nationals of Australia: Summary of the Provision Included in the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Package (H.R. 1268)
(72 KB - 5/5/2005)
AILA’s summary of the provision creating new E-3 visas for Australian nationals contained in the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Package (H.R. 1268) as provided in the conference report filed on May 3, 2005. AILA Doc. No. 05050516.
AILA Doc. No. 05050516.
Alert: Restrictions on Judicial Review Imminent
The REAL ID Act, which seems likely to pass through Congress and the White House by next, contains a new set of severe limitations on judicial review. Find out how these new provisions will affect you and your clients.
AILA Doc. No. 05050512.
The REAL ID Act of 2005: Summary and Selected Analysis of Provisions Included in the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Package (H.R. 1268)
(94 KB - 5/4/2005)
AILA’s summary and analysis of selected immigration provisions of the REAL ID Act (H.R. 418) contained in the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Package (H.R. 1268) revised to reflect the information provided in the 5/3/05 conference report. AILA Doc. NO. 05050420.
AILA Doc. No. 05050420.
Analysis of the Asylum-Related Provisions of the REAL ID Act (H.R. 418)
(770 KB - 3/17/2005)
An analysis of the asylum-related provisions of the REAL ID Act (H.R. 418), drafted by AILA Members Jonathan Nelson and Annigje Buwalda on behalf of Just Law International, P.C. AILA Doc. No. 05031711.
AILA Doc. No. 05031711.
Brief Summary of REAL ID Act (H.R. 418) Provisions
AILA’s brief summary of the provisions of the REAL ID Act of 2005 (H.R. 418). AILA Doc. No. 05022461.
AILA Doc. No. 05022461.
Summary and Selected Analysis of Provisions of the REAL ID Act (H.R. 418), as Passed by the House
(127 KB - 2/23/2005)
Summary and selected analysis of provisions of the REAL ID Act of 2005 (H.R. 418), as passed by the House on 2/10/05. AILA Doc. No. 05022361.
AILA Doc. No. 05022361.
AILA Endorsed Report: Faithful but Forsaken: REAL ID Act Harms Victims of Religious Persecution
(264 KB - 2/1/2005)
A report produced by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society analyzing the effects of the REAL ID Act on the already dire situation faced by asylum seekers fleeing religious persecution. AILA, along with 25 other organizations, endorsed the report. AILA Doc. No. 05020165.
AILA Doc. No. 05020165.
The REAL ID Act of 2005: Summary and Selected Analysis of Provisions
AILA’s summary of the REAL ID Act of 2005 (H.R. 418), together with an analysis of selected provisions. The bill, introduced by Rep. James Sensenbrenner on 1-26-05, purports to enhance security through already failed anti-immigration proposals. AILA Doc. No. 05012772.
AILA Doc. No. 05012772.
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