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July 27, 2007

Congress Tackles Appropriations, Immigration Amendments Possible

As both chambers of Congress consider appropriations and authorization legislation this week, and throughout the remainder of the year, these must-pass bills could open up opportunities to advance immigration-related amendments. The process could also place pro-immigrant advocates on the defensive, however, if restrictionist lawmakers attempt to move forward with riders on employment verification or other enforcement-focused measures.

As the Pulse goes to press, it appears that Representative Steve King (R-IA) intends to offer an amendment to the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Appropriations bill (H.R. 3074) currently under consideration in the House that would prohibit the use of federal funds to employ undocumented immigrants. At this point, the details of this amendment are not available, and it remains unclear whether any of the bills under consideration this week could provide suitable vehicles for positive immigration amendments.

Stay tuned to InfoNet at www.aila.org for updates during the coming weeks, as the Senate considers Homeland Security Appropriations (H.R. 2638/S. 1644), and the House considers Transportation-HUD Appropriations (H.R. 3074), Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations (H.R. 3093), and the Farm Bill Extension Act (H.R. 2419).

Posted by VisaLawyer at July 27, 2007 09:40 AM

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