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October 31, 2005

USCIS Provides Update on H-1B/H-2B Usage

USCIS has updated its website with respect to current usage of H-2B numbers for the first half of fiscal 2006 and H-1B U.S. advanced degree exception numbers for fiscal 2006. For the H-1B Advance Degree Exemption there are still 6,607 visas available for fiscal year 2006.

For more information go to; http://uscis.gov/graphics/services/tempbenefits/cap.htm

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October 30, 2005

Interfaith group calls for immigration reform

ASSOCIATED PRESS: October 27, 2005

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 40 national religious groups and 100 clergy and local faith organizations are calling on President Bush and Congress to reform U.S. immigration laws.

The interfaith group said elected officials should normalize the status of the many immigrants who already work in the United States so they can become permanent legal residents and reunite their family members in this country. Some undocumented immigrants must wait years for authorization to bring their relatives to the United States, the faith group said.

Go to AP.org for more of the article.

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October 29, 2005

Senator Hagel Reintroduces Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation

AILA's brief summary of Sen. Chuck Hagel's 4-part comprehensive immigration reform package. Introduced on 10-25-05, the 4 bills would : provide a path for undocumeted workers to earn their way to permanent status, create a new robust temporary worker program, reunite families by reducing the lengthy backlogs, and enhance enforcement efforts.

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October 28, 2005

Statue of Liberty dedicated on Oct. 28 1886; 119 years ago

On Oct. 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Cleveland. The statue of Liberty yesterday was seen through a mist darkly. Piercing winds blew around Bedlow's Island, and the numerous workmen, who were not in any way protected from the weather, worked uncomfortably. The speakers' stand, and that for the use of musicians above it, were in readiness yesterday. Planks were removed and a semblance of tidiness was given to the island. A big barge, which looked extremely dismal, with its legend in red characters, "Eat, drink, and be merry," stood at the Bedlow's Island dock to land visitors. It will be used for that purpose that purpose this afternoon. For the rest of the article go to the New York Times at; .http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/1028.html#article

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USCIS Officers Instructed to Allow Recapture for H-1Bs

An AAO decision, which USCIS has designated as an "Adopted Decision", and thus to be considered policy guidance binding on all USCIS personnel, indicates that time spent outside the U.S. may be recaptured for purposes of the maximum period of admission.

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October 27, 2005

Reminder: USCIS fee increases took effect yesterday

Yesterday on October 27, 2005 USCIS increased the fees for most applications. Over the last 18 years filing fees have increase almost every year. The high cost of filing fees keeps many people from applying or having to wait long periods before having the money to file their applications.

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October 26, 2005

American Businesses Call for a Reasonable Solution to H-1B Blackouts and Lengthy “Green Card” Backlogs

Here is the letter that you can send to your member of Congress;

October XX, 2005


We are writing to urge Congress to take immediate steps to address the crisis currently facing American businesses as a result of lengthy visa backlogs and an H-1B “blackout.” The Senate Judiciary Committee’s bipartisan budget reconciliation package would provide a reasonable and workable solution to both of these problems, and we urge you to give it your strong support, while opposing any attempts to weaken it.

As you are likely aware, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, on August 12, announced that the FY 2006 numerical cap limiting the H-1B program for temporary professional workers had been exhausted, nearly two months prior to the start of the fiscal year. This means that our companies will lose access for over a year to highly educated foreign professionals vital to our businesses. This is the third year in a row that the cap has been reached, and the seventh time since 1997.

In a parallel phenomenon, highly educated and skilled workers are currently faced with lengthy “green card” backlogs that will prevent them from becoming U.S. permanent residents in the foreseeable future. These employment-based immigrants already have been found to serve the U.S. national interest as a result of their achievements and skills. Our inability to hire them on a permanent basis as a result of these backlogs severely hinders our ability to remain competitive with foreign businesses, which are actively recruiting these talented professionals to the disadvantage of the American economy.

Couple these two crises and you have the makings of a “perfect storm” confronting American businesses. The Senate Judiciary Committee’s budget reconciliation package seeks to mitigate the impact of this storm. It would provide for the modest recapture of both unused employment-based visas from prior years and unused H-1B numbers dating back to FY 1991. Although we believe the annual recapture of 60,000 H-1B visas proposed in the Chairman’s mark would have more effectively addressed the current shortages, we nonetheless strongly support the compromise provision approved by the Committee allowing annual recapture of 30,000 H-1B visas. In addition to the visa recapture provisions, the proposal would impose new fees on employment-based immigrant visas, on the recaptured H-1B nonimmigrant visa numbers, and on L-1 visas.

While we remain concerned about escalating fees, we believe these increased fees represent a measured approach that, while satisfying the reconciliation target, would be implemented in the context of increased access to H-1B professionals and green cards for employment-based immigrants. We are more concerned about the increased fee on L visas because it is unaccompanied by any changes in service or access and we would be particularly concerned about a reconciliation approach that rested on steep fees, with no relief from today’s crisis-level shortages.

While these measures are in no way a substitute for comprehensive solutions, we urge their swift passage as important first steps toward creating an immigration system that channels the forces of the marketplace to America’s competitive advantage.


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Message to clients who did sign the H-1B letter

Dear Client,

Thank you for signing the letter to Congress calling for increased access to H-1B visas. Due in no small part to your efforts and those of the nearly 500 other companies who signed that letter, the Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a proposal to provide temporary relief from the H-1B visa blackout and the employment-based immigrant visa backlogs in exchange for increased fees on some petitions.

But the fight is not over! This measure, part of the budget reconciliation process, still must pass the full Senate and then be reconciled with the House’s alternative proposal, which imposes a $1,500 fee increase on L visas.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association is organizing a sign-on letter for U.S. companies to urge key Members of the House and Senate involved in reconciling these bills to support the Senate proposal.

As you know, there are no H visa numbers available until October 1, 2006. The visa cap was filled on August 10, 2005, 14 months before the end of the next fiscal year. Moreover, the backlog on employment-based green cards will prevent your employees from obtaining green cards for the foreseeable future. Lending your entity’s name to the attached letter would significantly improve the prospects of the Senate Judiciary proposal becoming law. Only your company’s name, city, and state need appear on the letter. Individual responsible persons need not be named.

Please let me know as soon as possible whether your company is willing to sign on to the letter. The Senate could vote on this measure next week, and the House and Senate could meet to reconcile the different approaches within the next two weeks. Congress needs to hear from you now! Thank you in advance for your help on this critical issue!

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Message to clients and supporters who did NOT sign the H-1B letter

Here is a sign on H-1B letter from AILA;

Dear Client,

Thanks in large part to the tremendous advocacy efforts of American companies, the Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a proposal to provide temporary relief from the H-1B visa blackout and the employment-based immigrant visa backlogs in exchange for increased fees on some petitions.

But the fight is not over! This measure, part of the budget reconciliation process, still must pass the full Senate and then be reconciled with the House’s alternative proposal, which imposes a $1,500 fee increase on L visas.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association is organizing a sign-on letter for U.S. companies to urge key Members of the House and Senate involved in reconciling these bills to support the Senate proposal.

As you know, there are no H visa numbers available until October 1, 2006. The visa cap was filled on August 10, 2005, 14 months before the end of the next fiscal year. Moreover, the backlog on employment-based green cards will prevent your employees from obtaining green cards for the foreseeable future. Lending your entity’s name to the attached letter would significantly improve the prospects of the Senate Judiciary proposal becoming law. Only your company’s name, city, and state need appear on the letter. Individual responsible persons need not be named.

Please let me know as soon as possible whether your company is willing to sign on to the letter. The Senate could vote on this measure next week, and the House and Senate could meet to reconcile the different approaches within the next two weeks. Congress needs to hear from you now! Thank you in advance for your help on this critical issue!

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October 25, 2005

USCIS Refuses to Recapture Fiscal 2005 Chile/Singapore H-1B Numbers

Bad news for the thousands of employers and employees wanting to start work in the U.S.; USCIS responds to a letter from Senators on the Immigration Subcommittee, refusing to follow their request to add unused fiscal 2005 Chile and Singapore H-1B1 numbers back into the H-1B pool.

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TV special on Rodi Alvarado

National Immigration Project urges you to tune in to PBS TV on Oct. 26 to watch the story of Rodi Alvarado, the courageous asylum seeker who fled Guatemala after suffering ten years of brutal domestic violence. Rodi's story will be featured on "Destination America," a four-part series examining an array of immigration and refugee issues. The fourth episode, airing Oct. 26 (check local listings for times), features a segment on Ms. Alvarado's claim for refugee protection, entitled "Breaking Free: A Woman's Journey." Rodi Alvarado's highly publicized case is at the center of the push for protecting women who flee serious violations of their human rights.

More information is available here: http://cgrs.uchastings.edu/campaigns/rodi/

* Check local listings here http://www.pbs.org/destinationamerica/

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October 24, 2005

AILA MidSouth Chapter Fall CLE Conference

The 2005 AILA MidSouth Chapter Fall CLE Conference will take place November 4 - 5 at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN. The conference program is now available and registration is now open.

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October 23, 2005

Committee-Approved Bill Would Allow Danes to Enter

Committee Report from the House Judiciary Committee, including 10/18/05 legislation (H.R. 3647) that would permit Danish nationals to enter the U.S. temporarily as nonimmigrant investors or traders if Denmark extends reciprocal treatment to U.S. nationals.

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October 22, 2005

Seventh Circuit Finds Landowning Class of Cattle Farmers in Colombia Constitutes a Particular Social Group

The Court found that Petitioners belonged to the particular social group of the educated, landowning class of cattle farmers. The Court found that they suffered past persecution including the murder of a family member, death threats and extortion. The Court also held that relocation was not a realistic possibility. (Tapiero de Orejuela, 9/8/05)

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October 21, 2005

McCain: Deporting illegal immigrants won't work

"Somebody is going to have to explain how that is workable," McCain said of a bill that would deport illegal immigrants. "My friends, that's not what the lady who holds the lamp beside the golden door is all about."

John McCain was quoted in an article in the Associated Press by Jennifer Talhelm, Associated Press Writer October 19, 2005 for more go to; http://www.ap.org/

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October 20, 2005

Bush vows to oust 'every single' illegal

President Bush stated his goal while signing the homeland security spending bill yesterday as reported in the WASHINGTON TIMES; by Stephen Dinan and Bill Sammon, published on October 19, 2005; "President Bush said yesterday that his goal is eventually to expel "every single" illegal alien from the United States as his administration pressed Congress to pass a guest-worker program.

Although conceding that the administration cannot immediately deport the estimated 11 million illegal aliens who are here, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao told Congress that a temporary-worker program would give aliens an incentive to come out of hiding and let them work legally for six years before being forced to return home". For more of the article go to http://www.washtimes.com

Commenty; The U.S. government estimates that the cost of returning a single undocumented worker is $1,700.00. So if you seek to return 11,000,000 workers the cost to the taxpayer will be $18,700,000,000.00. This does not include the loss to the U.S. economy of 11,000,000 taxpaying workers.

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October 19, 2005

Action Alert: Educate Your Legislators About the Importance of Comprehensive Immigration Reform!

AILA posted this action alert on Oct. 18, 2005. I sent my letters to Senators Frist and Alexander and Congressman Cooper. Sending the letter by e-mail is fast it took less that 10 seconds. Here is the action alert;

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Comprehensive Immigration Reform on October 18. The Committee heard testimony from experts representing a range of opinions about the best way to legislate immigration--the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Immigration Forum, and groups opposed to immigration such as the Center for Immigration Studies. Committee members are evaluating policy alternatives before taking decisive action on immigration reform. Now is the time to educate your legislators about the benefits of comprehensive reform, and the harms of enforcement-only policies!

As an AILA advocate, you know that enforcement is only part of the immigration equation, but many U.S. Senators and Representatives don’t see it that way. You can help educate your Senators and Representative about comprehensive immigration reform and the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act (S. 1033/H.R. 2330). Also, be sure to tell them that recent poll data shows that 78% of registered “likely” Republican voters would support a comprehensive reform bill including increased border security, a temporary worker program, and earned legalization for undocumented immigrants already here!

Remind Congress that only comprehensive immigration reform can provide America with the tools to benefit from immigration! Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121, or click here to send a letter or go to ; http://capwiz.com/aila2/mail/oneclick_compose/?alertid=7614761

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Destination America

"Destination America," a four-part series airing on PBS examining an array of immigration and refugee issues, premieres on October 19, 2005.

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October 18, 2005

"Interfaith Statement in Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform."


Coalition Calls for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Institute Seeks Justice and Mercy for New Arrivals in America

Washington, D.C. - A coalition of organizations and faith leaders from across the religious and political spectrum has issued an "Interfaith Statement in Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform."

"As immigration continues to become a more and more important - and heated topic in American politics, the faith community must encourage government leaders in the Executive and Legislative branches to find a bipartisan solution to address this pressing national dilemma," commented Institute on Religion and Public Policy President Joseph K. Grieboski, a signatory to the Statement.

Specifically, the statement urges creation of a reform proposal that includes the following:

* An opportunity for hard-working immigrants who are already contributing to this country to come out of the shadows, regularize their status upon satisfaction of reasonable criteria and, over time, pursue an option to become lawful permanent residents and eventually United States citizens;

* Reforms in our family-based immigration system to significantly reduce waiting times for separated families who currently wait many years to be reunited;

* The creation of legal avenues for workers and their families who wish to migrate to the U.S. to enter our country and work in a safe, legal, and orderly manner with their rights fully protected; and

* Border protection policies that are consistent with humanitarian values and with the need to treat all individuals with respect, while allowing the authorities to carry out the critical task of identifying and preventing entry of terrorists and dangerous criminals, as well as pursuing the legitimate task of implementing American immigration policy.

Led by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, World Relief and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, numerous national organizations, local groups and individual religious leaders have endorsed the Statement in Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

In addition to faith-based and community organizations, political leaders at the national, state and local levels have been engaged in developing plans to address undocumented migration and to achieve Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Among the leaders who have raised the necessity of solving this problem are President George W. Bush; Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.), Edward

Kennedy (D-Mass.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.); Representatives Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Luis Gutierrez

(D-Ill.); and Governors Bill Richardson (D-N.M.), Janet Napolitano (D-Ariz.), Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.) and Rick Perry (R-Texas).

"The American political establishment must seek a solution that provides both justice and mercy for the immigrant community," Mr. Grieboski continued. "This Statement speaks clearly and effectively to the needs of both the immigrant community, to the concerns of political leadership in the

United States, and to the responsibilities of religious leaders and organizations."

A copy of the "Interfaith Statement in Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform" can be found on the Institute's website at www.religionandpolicy.org. The statement remains open for endorsement.

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Republican Voters Favor Earned Legalization and Increased Border Security, According to New Poll

Republican voters strongly favor earned legalization for all illegal immigrants, and enacting this reform would have a positive impact on their view of Congress and President Bush, according to a new poll of 800 registered "likely" Republican voters conducted by the Tarrance Group for the Manhattan Institute on October 2-5, 2005.

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October 17, 2005

Update and Action Alert: Senate Hearing on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

I just received this from Maurice Belanger, Director of Public Information, National Immigration Forum, at; mbelanger@immigrationforum.org

To: Interested Immigration Advocates
1)Senate Hearing on Comprehensive Immigration Reform October 18
2)Action Alert: Commend Senator Specter for Focusing on Comprehensive Reform
3)Resources on the Forum’s Web Site
4)Sample Letter to Senator Specter

Senate to Hold Hearing on Comprehensive Reform

On Tuesday, October 18, the Senate Judiciary Committee will conduct its second hearing on comprehensive immigration reform. Testifying at this hearing will be Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff; Labor Secretary Elaine Chao; our own Frank Sharry; Douglas Massey of Princeton University (who recently wrote a paper for the Cato Institute, “Backfire at the Boarder: Why Enforcement Without Legalization Cannot Stop Illegal Immigration”); and Mark Krikorian, Director of the restrictionist Center for Immigration Studies.

The Washington Times reported today that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) said he thinks that any immigration legislation that comes before the Senate this year should focus first on border security, and possibly interior enforcement as well.

With scandal swirling around top Republican leaders—including Mr. Frist—and with other issues causing restlessness among conservatives in particular, it will be very tempting for Republican leaders to support an enforcement-only approach to immigration, in order to satisfy the small but vocal group of conservatives who are loudly and forcefully calling for a crackdown on undocumented immigrants.

In this context, it is remarkable that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) is going ahead with a hearing that will consider a comprehensive approach to immigration reform.

What You Can Do;

We are asking organizations to send letters of support to Senator Specter thanking him for holding the hearing and asking him to continue showing leadership on the issue by passing comprehensive reform legislation out of the committee this year. If your Senator is on the Committee, you can target your letter to him or her (or to both your Senator and the Chairman). A sample letter can be found below. You can modify your letter to address the stance of your Senator, as you understand it.

Here are the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee:

Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE), Sam Brownback (R-KS), Tom Coburn (R-OK), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike DeWine (R-OH), Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), Russell D. Feingold (D-WI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Charles E. Grassley (R-IA), Orrin G. Hatch, (R-UT), Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), Herbert Kohl (D-WI), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Jeff Sessions (R-AL).

You can find contact information for all of these Senators (and connections to their Web forms) through the links to their Web sites that are on the Judiciary Committee site at:


Additional Resources

For more information on how this issue is progressing, as reported in the press, see the Featured News items linked on our home page at:


Remember that we archive a collection of immigration news stories every day on our News Clips page:


Finally, we comment on themes in the news and editorials in our Facts on Immigration series:


Sample Letter

Dear Senator Specter,

The [YOUR ORGANIZATION] would like to thank you for focusing your Committee on the issue of comprehensive immigration reform. We believe that our immigration system is broken, but will not be fixed by simplistic efforts to simply spend more money to enforce laws that do not work. We firmly believe that only comprehensive reform will be effective in reducing illegal immigration and reducing the number of immigrants who are currently living in the shadows.

Such reform must include:

§ A solution to the problem of the undocumented population, now estimated to be approximately 11 million, which includes a chance for them to earn their way out of the shadows and gain a path to permanent residence and eventual citizenship.

§ Legal channels for the future flow of immigrant workers, many of whom are needed in our rapidly-growing service industries. If these workers are given legal opportunities to immigrate, they will not have to risk their lives to cross our border.

§ More visas for families, so that the backlog for family visas that has built up in the last 10 years can be reduced.

§ More legal visas for temporary workers, so that employers who face seasonal spikes in labor needs that cannot be met by available American workers will be able to hire enough workers.

§ Enforcement that smartly puts a priority on keeping us safe from those who intend us harm.

§ Programs aimed at speeding up the integration of newcomers into American society.

Of the proposals that have so far been introduced in this Congress, the bill introduced by Senators Kennedy and McCain—the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act—is the most comprehensive and is the most likely to work.

Enforcement of laws that are broken can only lead to more frustration for those who want Congress to act on immigration. We all want an immigration system that is safe, legal, and orderly. To get there, enforcement must be paired with reforms that will make our immigration laws enforceable. We look forward to your continued leadership on this issue, and urge you to work with your colleagues in the Judiciary Committee to pass legislation that is comprehensive, humane, and effective.


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October 16, 2005

Contact Congress

Click on the link below and send emails to your senators, congressmen, and the President opposing REAL ID. It only takes about 30 seconds to go through this exercise and it can make a huge difference to the outcome of this legislation.

Here is the link to Contact Congress: http://capwiz.com/aila2/home/

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October 15, 2005

Migrants face long wait for green card

This article illustrates the failure by the U.S. Congress to deal adequately with the economic needs of U.S. employers. Too many politicians use immigration as a scapegoat. Take time to contact Congress and express you interest in having immigration laws which allow for economic growth and fairness. Here is the article by Edward Alden in Washington, published October 12 2005;

"Scientists, engineers and other skilled professionals seeking emigration to the US could f

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October 14, 2005

FAQ: adjustment and failure to register

Free Question: Respected Sir my question is if a person entered to united state with B2 visa but presently He is over stayed OR out of Status plus never appears for registration. Now if he marries to some American citizen. Is he still eligible to do that and get the green card without leaving United State?

Free Answwer: There is a memo called the Devine memo which states that if a person seeks to adjust status and did not register they can still received the permanent residency. This memo is not widely known and many persons are rejected for adjustment. Nonetheless, it is current in effect and valid.

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October 13, 2005

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Chamber of Commerce is having a meeting on "Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Fixing a Broken System". The meeting will take place October 18, 2005 in Washington, DC. Registration is now open. AILA is a co-sponsor of this event. On the USCC website the Issues Center; lists as an Immigration Policy Priorities for 2005-2006; As the federal government reorganizes to fight terrorism, work with the administration and Congress to ensure that immigration policies and procedures remain responsible, efficient, and fair. Continue to respond to ill-advised, albeit well-intentioned, policies directed at terrorism that will seriously impact border trade and business immigration without achieving increased national security.

Urge Congress and the administration to address current and potential delays, backlogs, and disruptions in our immigration and border management systems that impede the movement of legitimate cargo and travelers across U.S. borders. Continue to advance long-term immigration objectives to secure additional workers to counteract demographic trends and provide for earned legalization of essential workers. Ensure the continuity of H-1B and L-1 visas for professionals and highly valued workers. Push for continuation of employers’ ability to access needed talent and meet global workforce needs.

For more information go to http://events.uschamber.com

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October 12, 2005

Guatemala fears 1,400 buried in mudslide

This came in yesterday from Meredith Brown at mbvisa@sbcglobal.net. She is the Immediate Past Chair, Immigration Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association ;

"Actually the figure might be over 5,000 killed in Guatemala, and the devastation is pretty serious. We are organizing a formal request through the Guatemalan government Guatemalan leaders and various NGOs for the official designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Guatemala, given the degree of devastation in that country in particular. Anyone with special ties to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales or to the Bush Administration, please let us know.

Please let me know if you are interested--we will be circulating a petition, doing press, and other activities in support of TPS for Guatemala. Finally, please let's support the reconstruction efforts there (more details to come)".

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October 11, 2005

H-1B need for more visas

Last week a letter was presented to the U.S. Congress seeking more H-1B visas. Thousand of employers have not been able to apply for highly skilled employees. The H-1B blackout has affected the business plans for the coming year. If you as an employer want to join the lobbying effort contact me.

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October 10, 2005

Immigrants Rush to New Orleans as Contractors Fight for Workers

NEW ORLEANS-As many evacuees stay away, Latin American workers move in, lured by soaring pay. They could change the face of the city. By Peter Pae at;

This article describes the rebuilding effort in New Orleans. "Word has gotten out and each morning day laborers — who come from Central America and Mexico by way of California, Texas and Arizona — gather on street corners in the Kenner and Metairie neighborhoods on the western edge of the city". The rebuilding could not be done without the Hispanic workers.

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October 07, 2005

FAQ; como podria conseguir una visa de trabajo

Free Question: como podria conseguir una visa de trabajo para trabajar y vivir en los estados unidos yo y mi familia

Free Answer: Gracias por su correo electrónico acerca de una visa para trabajar en los Estados Unidos. Ya se puede aplicar por una visa H-1B1, primero tendrá que conseguir una oferta de trabajo. Una visa H-1B1 se puede conseguir en menos de 15 días si usted aplica usando el sistema de Procesamiento Rápido. Busque una oferta de trabajo en la cual usted pueda poner en práctica su carrera o estudios universitarios. La compañía firmará los papeles de la visa H-1B1 por parte del trabajador. Para recibir la Residencia Permanente o la “Tarjeta Verde”, se debe aplicar por una certificación de labor. Regularmente los abogados no ayudan a buscar ofertas de trabajo, usted puede hacerlo en las siguientes páginas de Internet: http://www.job-hunt.org; http://www.monster.com; http:/www.dice.com; http://whohasjobs.com; http://www.latpro.com; http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/; http://www.ajb.dni.us/; http://www.Tennessean.com/; http://www.nashvillechamber.com/

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October 06, 2005

FAQ: job in California

Free Question: I have a degree in commercial engineering (Business & administration). I have a american friend that has owns a bar. I want to go to california an work for him and may be work in a ski center.

Free Answer: To seek employment in the U.S the work should be related to your experience or degree. I need to know more information to advise you correctly.

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October 05, 2005

Worldwide Business Visa Center Now Online

Here is a press release from the Office of the Spokesman, Washington, DC, dated October 4, 2005

"The Department of State announces the latest step in our continuing effort to facilitate the issuance of visas for legitimate business travelers worldwide. The Business Visa Center, launched in July 2005 to assist businesses in the United States and their partners, customers, and colleagues around the world, is now accessible on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_2664.html.

The web site outlines the Business Visa Center’s role and the visa application process. It also provides answers to some frequently asked questions and explains how to contact the Business Visa Center.

The Business Visa Center assists businesses in the Unites States by providing information about the visa application process for business-related visitor visa travel to the United States. The Business Visa Center explains the process to companies wishing to invite employees, clients, and business partners to the United States. You can reach the Business Visa Center via e-mail at BusinessVisa@state.gov and via phone at (202) 663-3198.

More comprehensive and up-to-date information for businesses and the public, including wait times for visa interviews, visa processing times, specifics on how to apply, and programs for businesses in-country is available on most embassy web sites and on the travel.state.gov web site. U.S. Embassy web sites can be accessed through the travel.state.gov website. This information assists business travelers in planning for their interview appointment and travel to the United States. The new, online Business Visa Center is one more way the Department of State is encouraging legitimate international business travel and supporting U.S. commerce".

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October 04, 2005

2007 Diversity Visa Lottery

Registration for the 2007 Diversity Visa Lottery will begin at noon October 5th, 2005 until December 4, 2005. Winners will be able to apply for permanent residency in the U.S. There is no fee to apply for the visa lottery.

The DV Lottery will be open to everyone except natives of the following countries: Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Colombia, El Salvador, Haiti, Jamaica, Great Britian including most of its' territories (Northern Ireland is eligible), Poland, Russia, China (mainland born), India, Pakistan, South Korea, Philippines and Vietnam

The website for registering for the DV Lottery is www.dvlottery.state.gov

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October 03, 2005

Beyond the Border Buildup: Towards a New Approach to Mexico-U.S. Migration Immigration--Part II

AILF/IPC’s latest IN FOCUS report concludes that punitive immigration and border policies tend to backfire. Recent U.S. border-enforcement policies have reduced the apprehension rate of undocumented immigrants on the Mexican border to historical lows and helped transform Mexican immigration from a regional to a national phenomenon. For more information go to


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October 02, 2005

Deaths at the border

TUCSON - A record 460 migrants died crossing the U.S.-Mexico
border in the last year, a toll pushed higher by unusually hot
temperatures and a shift of illegal migration routes through
remote deserts. By Richard Marosi.

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October 01, 2005

FAQ; I-140 denial & grandfathering right

Free Question: Hi, My husband's I-140 was denied. Can I apply for H visa. I have a degree in Computer Science. In 2001 we paid that fee for illegal alliens to become legal, or something like that. So what I am actually trying to say is, now that I am in the USA, can I apply for the H visa?

Free Answer: The right to grandfather a petition extends to allow a refiling if the original filing was before April 30, 2001. The orginal filing had to be approvable when filed. This means that it was properly filed, meritorious in fact and non-frivolous. It may be possible for you to file as his right may extend to you. To determine if you may file need to a consultatinon with an immigration attorney. This will help prevent your wasting time and money.

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