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Immigration Daily October 13, 2004
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Party Platforms On Immigration

Today, we highlight the immigration-related portions of both party platforms. Below are excerpts from the Democratic and Republican party platforms respectively.

Democratic Platform: A Strong American Community

We will extend the promise of citizenship to those still struggling for freedom. Today's immigration laws do not reflect our values or serve our security, and we will work for real reform. The solution is not to establish a massive new status of second-class workers; that betrays our values and hurts all working people. Undocumented immigrants within our borders who clear a background check, work hard and pay taxes should have a path to earn full participation in America. We will hasten family reunification for parents and children, husbands and wives, and offer more English-language and civic education classes so immigrants can assume all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. As we undertake these steps, we will work with our neighbors to strengthen our security so we are safer from those who would come here to harm us. We are a nation of immigrants, and from Arab-Americans in California to Latinos in Florida, we share the dream of a better life in the country we love.

Republican Platform: Supporting Humane and Legal Immigration

The Republican Party supports reforming the immigration system to ensure that it is legal, safe, orderly and humane. It also supports measures to ensure that the immigration system is structured to address the needs of national security. America is a stronger and better nation because of the hard work and entrepreneurial spirit of immigrants, and the Republican Party honors them. A growing economy requires a growing number of workers, and President Bush has proposed a new temporary worker program that applies when no Americans can be found to fill the jobs. This new program would allow workers who currently hold jobs to come out of the shadows and to participate legally in America's economy. It would allow men and women who enter the program to apply for citizenship in the same manner as those who apply from outside the United States. There must be strong workplace enforcement with tough penalties against employees and employers who violate immigration laws. We oppose amnesty because it would have the effect of encouraging illegal immigration and would give an unfair advantage to those who have broken our laws. To better ensure that immigrants enter the United States only through legal means that allow for verification of their identity, reconnaissance cameras, border patrol agents, and unmanned aerial flights have all been increased at the border. In addition, Border Patrol agents now have sweeping new powers to deport illegal aliens without having first to go through the cumbersome process of allowing the illegal alien to have a hearing before an immigration judge. We support these efforts to enforce the law while welcoming immigrants who enter America through legal avenues.

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Putting A Cap On Competitiveness: Arbitrary Limits On H-1B Visas Undermine US Science And Engineering
The Immigration Policy Center writes "Arbitrary congressional limits on the number of H-1B visas that can be granted annually to highly skilled foreign professionals may undermine the international competitiveness of U.S. science and technology."

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USCIS Announces TPS Extension For Burundi
The USCIS announced a one-year extension for nationals of Burundi thru November 2, 2005. For the press release, see here. For the FAQs, see here.

Text Of H.R. 10
We carry the text of H.R. 10, the 9/11 Recommendations Implementation bill.

Statement of Administration Policy On 9/11 Recommendations
The Executive Office Of The President issued a statement of administration policy on the 9/11 recommendations, excerpts are as follows: "The Administration also supports those provisions of Titles II and III that will better protect our borders from terrorists, while still maintaining our traditions as a welcoming Nation. In particular, the Administration supports efforts to allow visa revocations as a basis for deportation and provisions concerning the judicial review of immigration orders, as in Section 3009. The Administration strongly opposes the overbroad expansion of expedited removal authorities. The Administration has concerns with the overbroad alien identification standards proposed by the bill that are unrelated to security concerns. The Administration welcomes efforts in Congress to address the 9/11 Commissions recommendations concerning uniform standards for preventing counterfeiting of and tampering with drivers licenses and birth certificates, but believes that additional consultation with the States is necessary to address important concerns about flexibility, privacy, and unfunded mandates. Section 3001 acts to close a security gap by eliminating the Western Hemisphere exception for U.S. citizens. The Administration intends to work with the Congress to ensure that these new requirements are implemented in a way that does not create unintended, adverse consequences. The Administration strongly opposes section 3032 of the bill. The Administration remains committed to upholding the United States obligations under the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Consistent with that treaty, the United States does not expel, return, or extradite individuals to countries where the United States believes it is more likely than not they will be tortured. The Administration is willing to work with the Congress on ways to address the Supreme Courts decision in Zadvydas v. Davis, 533 U.S. 678 (2001), insofar as it may constrain the detention of criminal aliens, while they are awaiting removal, or limit the governments authority to detain dangerous aliens who would be removed from the United States but for the fact that they are afforded protection under the Convention Against Torture."

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Dear Editor:
It may surprise "frustrated immigrant", but there will no doubt be plenty of businesses here in the US to replace the one he takes off-shore. For that matter, if he has enough to personally pay millions of dollars in taxes, why doesn't he apply for an investor's visa? Business executives are a dime a dozen in the US, and we really don't need to import them. For truly exceptional ones, well, "frustrated immigrant's" company could and should have brought him on a green card (or an L-1) if they valued him that highly. They apparently didn't, or preferred to delay applying for a green card to try him out. Or possibly he took his chances changing companies and found himself out of time. He knew, or should have known, going in that getting an H1-B is no guarantee of getting a green card.

Ali Alexander


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New Appointment
Matthew I. Bernstein, formerly a partner with the law firm of Mandel, Lipton and Stevenson Limited, is pleased to announce his appointment as a clinical professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology where he will head a new immigration clinical program.

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