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November 03, 2005

Your efforts and the efforts of thousands of AILA Members, companies, and advocates have paid off!

Just in from AILA;

Dear Colleagues,

The Byrd Amendment to eliminate relief from the H-1B blackout and the immigrant visa backlogs was rejected overwhelmingly by an 85-14 vote. This is a tremendous victory for immigrants and a glaring defeat for the restrictionists.

Unfortunately, our elation over this interim victory has to be tempered by a healthy dose of reality; this battle is far from over. In fact, as hard as we have pushed, the fight that we have been anticipating has really just begun. We always understood that the true battle would be in conference when the Senate and House seek to resolve the differences between their bills. As that Senate/House conference approaches (the House has yet to pass its reconciliation package but is expected to take it up for consideration within the next two weeks), we need to redouble our efforts in securing support for the Senate approach and opposition to the House approach.

For starters, we need to thank the Senators who voted against the Byrd amendment and express our disappointment to those who voted in support. Please encourage your clients to do the same. To that end, we will be sending out a Contact Congress link (probably tomorrow) that will allow you to send the appropriate message to your senators. For those of you who want to see right now how your senators voted, please click here:

We will keep you posted on the conference timing and process as it comes into focus. In the meantime, we need to maintain the pressure on Congress and the momentum we have generated for meaningful relief.

Please urge clients who have NOT signed on to the attached letter to do so now (almost 400 are on the letter now!). Please encourage those clients who already have signed on to the letter to remain active and continue communicating directly with their Members of Congress about the importance of this issue.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Kind regards,

Marshall Fitz, Esq.
Director of Advocacy
American Immigration Lawyers Association

Posted by VisaLawyer at November 3, 2005 01:58 PM


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