Congress Adjourns Without Enacting H-1B and EB Relief, AILA Looks to 2007

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 06121169 (posted Dec. 11, 2006)"

Despite behind-the-scenes efforts by immigration advocates and legislators, Congress adjourned on Saturday, 12/9/06, without passing measures to provide relief from the restrictive H-1B visa cap and employment-based (EB) green card backlogs.

However, Congress’s failure to act on H-1B and EB issues during December does not necessarily reflect congressional opposition to the relief provisions. Rather, the political constraints of the lame duck session, and a desire on the part of Republican leadership to adjourn quickly, left advocates without an appropriate legislative vehicle for the H-1B and EB measures. When the 110th Congress convenes in January 2007, AILA National and its coalition partners plan to renew their efforts to secure immediate temporary relief, as well as a long-term fix through comprehensive immigration reform.

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