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December 04, 2005

White House Outlines Proposal for Immigration Reform; Immigration Reform Debate Continues to Sizzle

The President reentered the debate over immigration reform this week with a significant speech and two border visits. In a White House press release issued November 28, 2005, President Bush outlined his three-part plan regarding comprehensive immigration reform. Addressing CBP agents along the border in Arizona, President Bush focused on stategy to "secure the border, prevent illegal crossings, and strengthen enforcement of immigration laws." The President also discussed the creation of a new "Temporary Worker Program." A transcript of the President's speech on the plan is located on AILA InfoNet at document # 05112964: http://www.aila.org/content/default.aspx?docid=18013. The full text of the White House press release is posted to AILA InfoNet at document #05112878: http://www.aila.org/content/default.aspx?docid=18008 (PDF, 95 KB). To read AILA's press release on the President's plan, visit AILA InfoNet at document #05112879: http://www.aila.org/content/default.aspx?docid=18009.

On a related note, the House Judiciary Committee is expected to "mark up" interior and border enforcement legislation next week with full House consideration of such legislation scheduled for the week of December 12. Please contact your Representatives and let them know that "enforcement only" legislation is not a solution and demand that they adopt a realistic, comprehensive approach to reforming our failing system. To send a letter to your Members of Congress, click here: http://capwiz.com/aila2/issues/alert/?alertid=7614761&type=CO.

On the Senate side, we expect the Judiciary Committee to take up comprehensive immigration reform in late January after the Alito confirmation hearings conclude. In addition, Senator Frist reaffirmed his commitment this week to schedule floor time early next year for a full Senate debate on immigration reform. Such debate likely will occur in late February or early March. We will keep you posted every step of the way.

Posted by VisaLawyer at December 4, 2005 11:47 AM


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