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  • ELECTION RESULTS CLOUD FUTURE IMMIGRATION POLICY

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    Hello Everybody. This is Cyrus Mehta. Welcome to this week's edition of immigration matters.

    After last week's election where the Republicans have gained control of the House and Senate in Congress, the future of immigration policy remains unclear.

    Historically, immigrants and new Americans have supported the Democrats. As a result, Republicans have in the past used immigration to play to white Americans' fears of new immigrants.

    This tendency might be changing as more Republicans are beginning to pay attention to immigration issues.

    President Bush's statements have been the most pro-immigrant among recent presidents. He has been negotiating with Mexican President Vincente Fox about major pro-immigration initiatives that would legalize the status of millions of undocumented immigrants in the US. Although this initiative has been put on the back burner since 9/11, it keeps in resurfacing ever so often.

    Although Republicans continue to control the House of Representatives, the Chair of the Immigration Subcommittee, George Gekas, lost his seat in a tight race leaving the chairmanship of this subcommittee up for grabs. Mr. Gekas is a restrictionist and had recently proposed a bill that would greatly reduce immigration quotas and categories.

    Observers are of the opinion that Chris Cannon, a Republican Congressman from Utah, may take leadership of the Immigration Subcommittee. If this were the case, one could be optimistic. Mr. Cannon has an extremely pro-immigration approach and supports legalization of undocumented workers, Section 245(i) and other badly needed measures.


    In the Senate, it is hoped that Senator Brownback will retake his seat as Chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee. His brief record as Sub-comittee Chairman, when the Republicans last controlled the Senate, has been pro-immigration. He has been vocal in pushing for easing the rules for the immigration of health care professionals.

    In sum, neither of the two parties, Republicans or Democrats, can ignore the votes of new Americans. If they do, it will be to their peril. While the Republican administration has been quite vocal about supporting immigrants, the President has given a lot of leeway to the Attorney General, John Ashcroft, to expand the government's ability to monitor, track and detain noncitizens post 9/11. This has caused a lot of disenchantment among certain immigrant communities.

    Finally, both the Senate and the House recently passed a bill establishing a new Department of Homeland Security. The bill will dismantle the INS and place all the immigration functions within the Department of Homeland Security. The bill also establishes a separate Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services that will be responsible for adjudicating immigrant visa petitions, naturalization petitions, asylum and refugee applications, adjudications at service centers, and all other adjudications currently performed by the INS.

    Unfortunately, the bill still keeps the immigration court system within the Justice Department and under the purview of the Attorney General. It is important for the immigration court system to be more independent and distant from the Justice Department to ensure fairness and impartiality.

    This segment is brought to you by Cyrus D. Mehta & Associates, PLLC. If you have any
    questions on this or related matters, please do not hesitate to contact Law Firm of Cyrus D. Mehta & Associates, PLLC at 212-425-0555. The number once again is 212-425-0555. You can also email us at info@cyrusmehta.com or visit our website at
    www.cyrusmehta.com. We are located at 67 Wall Street, Suite 1801, New York, NY 10005.

    This is Cyrus Mehta wishing you a wonderful weekend. See you again in two weeks.

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    http://www.cyrusmehta.com/tv_cyrus.a...=770&intPage=1

    Hello Everybody. This is Cyrus Mehta. Welcome to this week's edition of immigration matters.

    After last week's election where the Republicans have gained control of the House and Senate in Congress, the future of immigration policy remains unclear.

    Historically, immigrants and new Americans have supported the Democrats. As a result, Republicans have in the past used immigration to play to white Americans' fears of new immigrants.

    This tendency might be changing as more Republicans are beginning to pay attention to immigration issues.

    President Bush's statements have been the most pro-immigrant among recent presidents. He has been negotiating with Mexican President Vincente Fox about major pro-immigration initiatives that would legalize the status of millions of undocumented immigrants in the US. Although this initiative has been put on the back burner since 9/11, it keeps in resurfacing ever so often.

    Although Republicans continue to control the House of Representatives, the Chair of the Immigration Subcommittee, George Gekas, lost his seat in a tight race leaving the chairmanship of this subcommittee up for grabs. Mr. Gekas is a restrictionist and had recently proposed a bill that would greatly reduce immigration quotas and categories.

    Observers are of the opinion that Chris Cannon, a Republican Congressman from Utah, may take leadership of the Immigration Subcommittee. If this were the case, one could be optimistic. Mr. Cannon has an extremely pro-immigration approach and supports legalization of undocumented workers, Section 245(i) and other badly needed measures.


    In the Senate, it is hoped that Senator Brownback will retake his seat as Chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee. His brief record as Sub-comittee Chairman, when the Republicans last controlled the Senate, has been pro-immigration. He has been vocal in pushing for easing the rules for the immigration of health care professionals.

    In sum, neither of the two parties, Republicans or Democrats, can ignore the votes of new Americans. If they do, it will be to their peril. While the Republican administration has been quite vocal about supporting immigrants, the President has given a lot of leeway to the Attorney General, John Ashcroft, to expand the government's ability to monitor, track and detain noncitizens post 9/11. This has caused a lot of disenchantment among certain immigrant communities.

    Finally, both the Senate and the House recently passed a bill establishing a new Department of Homeland Security. The bill will dismantle the INS and place all the immigration functions within the Department of Homeland Security. The bill also establishes a separate Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services that will be responsible for adjudicating immigrant visa petitions, naturalization petitions, asylum and refugee applications, adjudications at service centers, and all other adjudications currently performed by the INS.

    Unfortunately, the bill still keeps the immigration court system within the Justice Department and under the purview of the Attorney General. It is important for the immigration court system to be more independent and distant from the Justice Department to ensure fairness and impartiality.

    This segment is brought to you by Cyrus D. Mehta & Associates, PLLC. If you have any
    questions on this or related matters, please do not hesitate to contact Law Firm of Cyrus D. Mehta & Associates, PLLC at 212-425-0555. The number once again is 212-425-0555. You can also email us at info@cyrusmehta.com or visit our website at
    www.cyrusmehta.com. We are located at 67 Wall Street, Suite 1801, New York, NY 10005.

    This is Cyrus Mehta wishing you a wonderful weekend. See you again in two weeks.

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