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  • Congress Passes Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act (H.R. 7311) (12/15/2008)
    On 12/11/08, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA) which includes provisions to protect trafficking survivors, and new standards for how immigrant children will be treated in custody. AILA Doc. No. 08121565.
    AILA Doc. No. 08121565.
  • President Signs Religious Worker Program Extension(46 KB - 10/15/2008)
    On 10/10/08, President Bush signed into law a bill to extend the religious worker program (S. 3606) through March 6, 2009. AILA Doc. No. 08101563.
    AILA Doc. No. 08101563.
  • President Signs Conrad 30 Program Extension(37 KB - 10/10/2008)
    On 10/8/2008, President Bush signed into law an extension of the Conrad 30 program (H.R. 5571 / P.L. 110-362) through 03/06/09. AILA Doc. No. 08101063.
    AILA Doc. No. 08101063.
  • President Signs the Child Soldiers Accountability Act of 2008 (10/9/2008)
    On 10/3/2008, President Bush signed into law the Child Soldiers Accountability Act of 2008 (PL 110-340). The law amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to render any alien who has recruited or used child soldiers inadmissible or deportable. AILA Doc. No. 08100969.
    AILA Doc. No. 08100969.
  • President Signs FY09 Continuing Resolution Into Law (Updated 10/01/08) (10/1/2008)
    On 09/30/08, President Bush signed into law the FY2009 continuing resolution (H.R. 2638) which will extend funding for all government operations through March 6, 2009. The law also includes an extension of the Basic Pilot/E-Verify & the EB-5 Regional Center Pilot programs. AILA Doc. No. 08092830.
    AILA Doc. No. 08092830.
  • President Signs Military Personnel Citizenship Processing Act (10/10/2008)
    On 10/09/08, President Bush signed into law the Military Personnel Citizenship Processing Act (S. 2840/ PL. 110-382), intended to speed up the naturalization process for military personnel and veterans. AILA Doc. No. 08100168.
    AILA Doc. No. 08100168.
  • President Bush Signs SSI Extension for Elderly and Disabled Refugees Act (9/18/2008)
    On 09/17/08, the House passed H.R. 2608, a bill that would provide a two-year extension of benefits under the Supplemental Security Income Program for elderly and disabled refugees, asylum seekers, and victims of trafficking who are younger than 18 or older than 70. AILA Doc. No. 08091868.
    AILA Doc. No. 08091868.
  • Text of the Enrolled Version of HIV Travel/Immigration Ban Repeal (H.R.5501/ S.2731)(150 KB - 7/31/2008)
    Final text of the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Reauthorization Act (H.R.5501/ S.2731), which repeals the HIV travel and immigration ban. The bill was signed into law by President Bush on 7/30/08. AILA Doc. No. 08073164.
    AILA Doc. No. 08073164.
  • President Signs Bill Repealing HIV Travel/Immigration Ban Into Law (Updated 7/31/08) (7/28/2008)
    On 07/24/08, the House passed H.R. 5501, which includes a provision that would repeal the HIV travel/immigration ban by amending the current health-related ground of inadmissibility to exclude any reference to HIV. The Senate passed the same bill a week earlier. The bill will now be sent to the president for his signature. AILA Doc. No. 08071867.
    AILA Doc. No. 08071867.
  • Text of the Enrolled Version of S. 2829/H.R.5837(37 KB - 6/3/2008)
    Final text of S. 2829/H.R.5837, which makes special immigrant visas available for certain Iraqis and Afghans who worked directly with the U.S. Armed Forces; or who were employed by the U.S. Government. The bill was signed into law by President Bush on 6/3/08. AILA Doc. No. 08060359.
    AILA Doc. No. 08060359.
  • Text of Enrolled Version of DOD Authorization Bill(42 KB - 2/4/2008)
    Text of the immigration provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 (H.R. 4986), regarding military family naturalization, and Iraqi refugees and special immigrants. It was signed into law on January 28, 2008. AILA Doc. No. 08020464.
    AILA Doc. No. 08020464.
  • Amendments to "Terrorism Bars" and Related Waivers Enacted(1396 KB - 2/1/2008)
    Newly enacted amendments to the "terrorism bars" and related waivers contained in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008, signed into law on December 26, 2007. AILA Doc. No. 08020135.
    AILA Doc. No. 08020135.
  • Section-by-Section Analysis of the "OPEN Government Act of 2007" (S. 2488) (12/19/2007)
    Section-by-section analysis of the "OPEN Government Act of 2007" (S. 2488), prepared by office of Sen. Leahy (D-VT). Passed in the Senate 12/14/07; passed in the House 12/18/07. AILA Doc. No. 07121940.
    AILA Doc. No. 07121940.
  • Text of the Enrolled Version of Passport Backlog Reduction Act (S.966)(31 KB - 8/6/2007)
    Text of the enrolled (final) version of the Passport Backlog Reduction Act (S. 966), a bill to allow for the temporary rehiring of Foreign Service retirees to assist in reducing the backlog in passport applications. President Bush signed the bill into law on 7/31/07 (PL 110-50). AILA Doc. No. 07080667.
    AILA Doc. No. 07080667.
  • Senate Votes to Deny Funding for Real ID and H-2B Regulations (7/30/2007)
    On 7/26/07, the Senate voted to deny funding to implement the Real ID Act and changes to H-2B regulations as part of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill for 2008 (H.R. 2638). AILA Doc. No. 07073064.
    AILA Doc. No. 07073064.
  • Text of the Enrolled Version of S. 1104(34 KB - 6/18/2007)
    Text of the enrolled (final) version of S. 1104, a bill to increase the number of Iraqi and Afghani translators and interpreters who may be admitted to the United States as special immigrants. President Bush signed the bill into law on 6/15/07 (PL 110-36). AILA Doc. No. 07061868.
    AILA Doc. No. 07061868.
  • President Signs Physicians for Underserved Areas Act(504 KB - 1/12/2007)
    President Bush signed H.R. 4997, the "Physicians for Underserved Areas Act," reauthorizing the J-1 waiver program for physicians to work in medically underserved areas.
    AILA Doc. No. 07011667.
 
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