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Weekly Round-Up of Immigration Related Legislation (2/20/09)

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 09022030 (posted Feb. 20, 2009)"

The following immigration-related bills were introduced into the House of Representatives and the Senate this week:

H.R. 182
Introduced by Rep. Serrano (D-NY) on 1/6/09
Summary: Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act, in the case of an alien subject to removal, deportation, or exclusion who is the parent of a U.S. citizen child, to authorize an immigration judge to decline to order such removal if the judge determines that such action is against the child's best interests. States that such discretion shall not apply with respect to an alien whom the judge determines: (1) is excludable or deportable on security grounds; or (2) has engaged in sex trafficking or severe forms of trafficking in persons.

The Loophole Elimination and Verification Enforcement (LEAVE) Act (H.R. 994)
Introduced by Rep. Miller (R-CA) on 2/11/09
Summary: This bill aims to remove the incentives and loopholes that encourage illegal aliens to come to the United States to live and work, provide additional resources to local law enforcement and Federal border and immigration officers, and for other purposes.

English Language Unity Act of 2009 (H.R. 997)
Introduced by Rep King (R-IA) on 2/11/09
Summary: To declare English as the official language of the United States, to establish a uniform English language rule for naturalization, and to avoid misconstructions of the English language texts of the laws of the United States, pursuant to Congress' powers to provide for the general welfare of the United States and to establish a uniform rule of naturalization under article I, section 8, of the Constitution.

Nursing Relief Act of 2009 (H.R. 1001)
Introduced by Rep. Shadegg (R-AZ) on 2/11/09
Summary: To create a new nonimmigrant visa category for registered nurses, and for other purposes.

Uniting American Families Act of 2009 (H.R. 1024/S.424)
Introduced by Rep. Nadler (D-NY) and Sen. Leahy (D-VT) on 2/12/09
Summary: A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate discrimination in the immigration laws by permitting permanent partners of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents and to penalize immigration fraud in connection with permanent partnerships.

Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification and Illegal Immigration Control Act (H.R. 1096)
Introduced by Rep. Marshall (D-GA) on 2/13/09
Summary: A bill to create an electronic employment eligibility verification system to ensure that all workers in the United States are legally able to work, and for other purposes.

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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