Archive for March, 2006

TPS Extended for Hondurans for 12 Months

March 31, 2006

The DHS has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Hondurans for an additional 12 months.  Employment authorization is extended until January 5, 2007.
 TPS is granted to eligible nationals of designated countries suffering the effects of an ongoing-armed conflict, environmental, disaster, or extraordinary and temporary conditions.

Senate Judiciary Completes Immigration Work

March 28, 2006

The Senate Judiciary Committee completed their debate on a more comprehensive immigration bill. The criminal penalties included in H.R. 4437 did not pass and the committee provided for some form of guest worker program. The Senate will continue to debate tomorrow. People from all sides are still encouraged to call their legislators and voice their opinion.

Supreme Court Hears Immigration Retroactivity Issue

March 24, 2006

The Supreme Court granted certiorari to decide if an immigration federal law should apply to someone who entered the United States illegally 10 years before the law was enacted. The case rises from the 10th Circuit, Fernandez-Vargas v. Gonzales, No. 03-394 (10th Cir. Jan. 12, 2005).

President’s Remarks On Immigration Reform

March 23, 2006

“The immigration debate is a vital debate for our country. It’s important that we have a serious debate, one that discusses the issues. But I urge members of Congress and I urge people who like to comment on this issue to make sure the rhetoric is in accord with our traditions. I look around the table and I recognize that we’ve got people from different backgrounds, different heritages. We all may have different family histories, but we all sit around this table as Americans.

And, therefore, when we conduct this debate it must be done in a civil way. It must be done in a way that brings dignity to the process. It must be done in a way that doesn’t pit one group of people against another. It must be done in a way that recognizes our history. I think now is the time for the United States Congress to act to get an immigration plan that is comprehensive and rational and achieves important objectives.”
– March 23, 2006; Remarks by the President after a meeting on immigration reform with the agricultural community, the faith community, and the concerned citizen community about immigration.

USCIS Director Gonzalez’s Immigrant Experience

March 22, 2006

USCIS Director Gonzalez’s immigrant ties, including his family’s arrival to the US and service in the US military are reported in this article, here.

Scary Tuesday Causes Fear and Paranoia

March 22, 2006

The Washington Post is reporting that on January 31, dubbed Scary Tuesday, many immigrants stayed home believing that they would be deported. According to this piece, Scary Tuesday forced businesses to shut down due to the fear and paranoia among the undocumented workers. 

Congress Debates On Immigration Reform

March 16, 2006

This week, the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee started the controversial debate on immigration reform. The debate on the 12 million undocumented population started, but the committee deferred any votes on the subject until after next week’s congressional recess.

Salvadoran Immigrants Return Home

March 14, 2006

Salvadorans immigrants are returning to their home country and make significant impacts in more than financial ways. Here’s the story from the Washington.

TPS Extended for El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua

March 2, 2006

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) was extended for an additional 12 months for El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The decision was made to assist these countries in recovering from the natural disasters that have affected them.

Senate to Begin Debate on Comprehensive Immigration Reform on Thursday

March 1, 2006

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to begin debating comprehensive immigration reform tomorrow, March 2. Please call, fax, and write the Senate Judiciary Committee today and tell them:

(1) Any workable immigration reform bill MUST provide the current undocumented population with the opportunity to earn permanent legal status. (2) Limitations on judicial review and due process for noncitizens deny our democracy’s deeply held values and are an affront to the rule of law, which is founded on fundamental principles such as the right to a day in court, checks and balances, and freedom from unjust and arbitrary detention.

Senate Judiciary Committee (by state):

Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Phone: (202) 224-4124
Fax: (202) 224-3149

Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
Phone: (202) 224-4521
Fax: (202) 224-2207

Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Phone: (202) 224-3841
Fax: (202) 228-3954

Joseph Biden (D-DE)
Phone: (202) 224-5042
Fax: (202) 224-0139

Charles Grassley (R-IA)
Phone: (202) 224-3744
Fax: (202) 224-6020

Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Phone: (202) 224-2152
Fax: (202) 228-0400

Sam Brownback (R-KS)
Phone: (202) 224-6521
Fax: (202) 228-1265

Edward Kennedy (D-MA)
Phone: (202) 224-4543
Fax: (202) 224-2417

Charles Schumer (D-NY)
Phone: (202) 224-6542
Fax: (202) 228-3027

Mike DeWine (R-OH)
Phone: (202) 224-2315
Fax: (202) 224-6519

Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Phone: (202) 224-5754
Fax: (202) 224-6008

Arlen Specter (R-PA)
Phone: (202) 224-4254
Fax: (202) 228-1229

Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Phone: (202) 224-5972
Fax: (202) 224-3808

John Cornyn (R-TX)
Phone: (202) 224-2934
Fax: (202) 228-2856

Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Phone: (202) 224-5251
Fax: (202) 224-6331

Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Phone: (202) 224-4242
Fax: (202) 224-3479

Herbert Kohl (D-WI)
Phone: (202) 224-5653
Fax: (202) 224-9787

Russ Feingold (D-WI)
Phone: (202) 224-5323
Fax: (202) 224-2725