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December 15, 2006

109th Congress Adjourns

The House and Senate adjourned last Saturday, December 9, marking the end of the 109th Congress. Legislators passed three positive immigration measures before the final gavel: the Creating Opportunities for Minor League Professionals, Entertainers, and Teams through Legal Entry (COMPETE) Act of 2006 (S. 3821); the Physicians for Underserved Areas Act (H.R. 4997); and the Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas Reauthorization Act of 2005 (H.R. 1285).

However, despite behind-the-scenes efforts by immigration advocates and legislators, Congress did not have an opportunity to vote on H-1B and EB relief measures. When the 110th Congress convenes in January 2007, AILA National and our dedicated coalition partners intend to renew our collective efforts to secure immediate temporary relief from the H-1B visa cap and employment-based green card backlogs. We will also continue to push for a long-term fix through comprehensive immigration reform.

Posted by VisaLawyer at December 15, 2006 07:42 AM

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