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    Published on 04-17-2013 01:05 PM

    Senate Immigration Bill – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

    by Prerna Lal

    The U.S. Capitol dome and U.S. Senate in Washington

    The Senate immigration bill dropped last night and I’ve finally done a quick-read through. These are my initial thoughts about the legislation -

    The Good

    • DREAM Act - No age cap on the DREAM Act and DACA grantees would be grandfathered into the RPI program
    • Asylum – No one-year asylum bar and the ability to file a motion to reopen if asylum claim was denied merely due to one-year bar issues. Permits qualified stateless individuals to apply for lawful permanent resident status
    • A two-track merit-based system, which takes into account family, employment, length of residence education and skills, to be implemented five years after enactment of the bill.
    • Child Status Protection: Clarification on retention of priority date for all children who age-out of family, employment and diversity-based visas. This overturns Matter of Wang and better put an end to the ongoing litigation now at the Supreme Court.
    • International adoption harmonization allows adoption of foreign-born children till age of 18 (as opposed to 16)
    • Relief for orphans and widowed spouses who were deported prior to abolition of “widow penalty” can now be paroled into the U.S. and considered for adjustment of status
    • Equal treatment for all stepchildren, as in the age until which step-children can be considered child is amended from 18 to 21.
    • New family V Visa - Creates a new nonimmigrant visa for families with approved petitions to work and live in the U.S. while waiting for their green card. Allows other familymembers including siblings to visit the U.S. for up to 60 days per year
    • Lawful ...
    Published on 04-16-2013 03:56 PM

    Bolour for AILA Board of Governors Campaign Statement

    by Ally Bolour


    Published on 04-16-2013 03:53 PM

    Lindt for AILA Board of Governors Campaign Statement

    by Marketa Lindt


    Published on 04-16-2013 03:51 PM

    Peterson Stensrud for AILA Board of Governors Campaign Statement

    by Sarah K. Peterson Stensrud

    One year ago I embarked on my journey to be elected as a Director to the AILA Board of Governor’s (BOG) because I wanted to effectuate transparency and contribute to the public policy debate on immigration reform.

    As I reflect on the past nine months, I have taken small steps aimed to encourage open communication between AILA members and leadership. For example, on a local level I sent ...

    Published on 04-16-2013 03:44 PM

    Wagreich for AILA Board of Governors Campaign Statement

    by Ian D. Wagreich

    I am honored to be selected by the nominating committee as a candidate for a Director Position in AILA’s Board of Governors. As a Director, I would hope to serve AILA membership effectively, to foster open communication between the Board and AILA members and to add to the vibrancy of the organization.

    History ...

    Published on 04-16-2013 03:33 PM

    Siskind for AILA Board of Governors Campaign Statement

    by Greg Siskind

    My name is Greg Siskind and I am a candidate for your Board of Governors. I am running for a second term on the BOG. Many of you know me from the blog I have been writing regularly on this site for the last seven years. Some of you may not know me very well, if at all. So I appreciate the opportunity to introduce myself.

    I have been a member of AILA since I was in my early 20s and have now been in the organization for half my life. I entered the organization ...

    Published on 04-16-2013 03:14 PM

    Rinzler for AILA Treasurer Campaign Statement

    by Kenneth Rinzler

    Rinzler for Treasurer Campaign Statement

    What AILA Needs

    I do not know Annaluisa Padilla, but I do not question the quality of her legal services, her substantial pro bono work, or her contributions to the community. She has won awards, served in AILA leadership positions, and presented at AILA conferences. As an immigrant herself, she brings unique personal experience to the practice of immigration law and presents to the public a positive image of which any organization would be proud.

    While the ...

    Published on 04-16-2013 03:04 PM

    Bloggings On EB-5

    by EB5Investors.com Staff

    GreenTech Automotive’s Involvement in the EB-5 Program Brought into Question By Virginia State Senator

    Thomas A. Garrett, State Senator of Virginia, publicly addressed a letter on Thursday, April 11th, 2013, to Alejandro Mayorkas, the director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration ...

    Published on 04-16-2013 02:16 PM

    The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013

    by Greg Siskind

    This is the Gang of Eight's summary. The actual bill text is supposed to be released today and I'll be posting more detailed information as it arrives as well as analyzing this summary. ...

    Published on 04-15-2013 04:46 PM

    First Senate Hearing on Immigration Bill Delayed Until Friday

    by Greg Siskind

    First Senate Hearing on Immigration Bill Delayed Until Friday

    The bill is still expected to be introduced on Tuesday, but the initial Senate hearing on the bill has been pushed back a couple of days to give Senators more time to read the bill. A second hearing will happen next Monday.

    New Poll Confirms Legalized Immigrants Likely To Easily Assimilate

    Latino Decisions and America's Voice have a new polling that should help make the argument that the millions of people who would be helped by a legalization program are likely to quickly integrate in to American culture once they have the chance.

    From America's Voice:

    Today, Latino Decisions released an initial installment of this poll, showing the undocumented community’s deep ties to American citizens, their reasons for migrating to the United States and their strong desire to become full-fledged American citizens.  As Latino Decisions lays out in a blog post about the poll, “85% of undocumented immigrants have a family member who is a US citizen” and “77% came to the United States for better economic opportunity or to create a better life for their family.”  Additionally, “When asked what they would do if the law changed to allow a process for them to eventually apply for citizenship, an overwhelming 87% indicated their intention to become a U.S. citizen.”


    The antis for years have tried to paint those here without status as invaders who don't embrace our values. But that is really not the case at all.

    Watch "The Dream is Now" if you Need to Be Reminded Why Immigration Reform is So Important

    I just finished watching Davis Guggenheim's beautiful documentary The Dream is Now which premiered yesterday on MSNBC and which can now be streamed online. The documentary film follows several young people all trapped in the same situation - growing up in the United States but having no legal immigration status. The stories are moving and there is, of course, a feeling of optimism as the narrator talks about developments over the last few months. But until we pass immigration reform, ...

    Published on 04-15-2013 04:44 PM

    Immigration Reform is Coming. But Will it be Reform?

    by Roger Algase

    The long awaited bipartisan Senate Gang of Eight ("GOE") immigration reform bill may be introduced as early as this week, according to most news reports. Hearings in Senator Patrick Leahy's (D. VT) Judiciary Committee are expected to begin shortly.

    A key member of the GOE, Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, was all over the Sunday talk shows promoting the bill (along with, many suspect, his own 2016 presidential prospects). ...

    Published on 04-15-2013 04:33 PM

    EB-5 Perspective: First Quarter Review

    by H. Ronald Klasko

    This blog provides my perspective on the state of the EB-5 program based upon what we have seen in the first quarter of 2013.

    For prospective regional centers, the first quarter of 2013 has been more productive than the entirety of 2012.  This was both predicted and predictable.  For pending regional center applications, 2012 was almost a total void.  From February 2012, when USCIS announced that it was reevaluating all ...

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