AILA Doc. No. 01043059 | Dated April 30, 2001
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President and Congress Need to Act
on Important Immigration Issues
WASHINGTON – The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) today released letters to President Bush and Congress, calling on both to take action on vital immigration issues.
“We are issuing these letters because today, April 30, is an important date, marking the first 100 days of both the Bush Administration and the 107th Congress, and the last day immigrants can file to maintain their eligibility for an important immigration provision. During these 100 days, both the Administration and Congress did not address issues of vital importance to immigrant communities nationwide,” said Jeanne A. Butterfield, AILA’s Executive Director.
“We urge both the President and Congress to take concrete, positive steps during the second 100 days to support extension and permanent restoration of Section 245(i), reorganizing the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), implementing due process reforms, and supporting essential workers.”
The letters specifically call upon the President and Congress to take the following actions:
“We urge Congress to immediately pass, and President Bush to immediately sign, an extension of this urgently needed provision. While vitally important, extending 245(i) only is a temporary solution. We urge the President and Congress to support the permanent restoration of Section 245(i),” Butterfield said.
Butterfield explained that immigration advocates expect that bills that seek to reorganize the INS shortly will be introduced in Congress. “We urge you to base your support for these measures on their fulfilling the criteria noted above,” she said.
AILA urges both the President and Congress to support measures that address these harsh laws and prevent families from being torn apart.
“We urge the President and Congress to support legislation that would create workable and new temporary nonimmigrant visa programs, additional green cards for essential workers, as well as earned adjustment for undocumented workers who are in the labor force, paying taxes, and contributing to our economy,” Butterfield said.
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 01043059.