Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 00100459 (posted Oct. 4, 2000)"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 4, 2000
AILA Public Affairs Manager
APPLAUD HOUSE VOTE ON H-1B;
CONGRESS NEEDS TO
PASS OTHER IMMIGRATION MEASURES
WASHINGTON, D.C. ─ The American Immigration Lawyers
Association (AILA) hailed House approval on a voice vote of a measure allowing
employers to retain temporary foreign professionals. But AILA also called upon
Congress to approve other vitally needed immigration bills.
extraordinarily pleased that both Republicans and Democrats together stood in
support of a measure that will help sustain our economic growth, and will help
American workers prepare for well-paying, high-tech jobs by funding training programs
for current employees and education programs for American students,” said
Margaret A. Catillaz, AILA’s President. “We thank Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL)
and Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-MO) for quickly taking up and passing
S. 2045. We call on President Clinton to just as quickly sign the bill into
“Congress cannot lose sight of
the fact that, before adjournment, it must address four other important
immigration matters: due process reforms of the overly harsh 1996 laws, the
restoration of Section 245(i), NACARA parity and updating the registry date.
These measures do not merely make technical changes in a complicated law. The
inequities of our nation’s immigration system are hurting people trying to
reunite with their families and fleeing civil strife,” Catillaz said.
“Passage of these measures also
are central to continuing our current economic expansion, because they will
help alleviate the dire and long-term worker shortages that are affecting
businesses in all economic sectors –shortages that Federal Reserve Chairman
Alan Greenspan has said are the greatest threat to our economic growth.
“We urge Congress to restore
American values of law, justice and fairness to our nation’s immigration system
by passing much-needed reforms. By restoring American values, we also will be
helping to ensure that the longest economic expansion in U.S. history continues