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AILA Carolinas Expresses “Disappointment and Embarrassment” Over Senator Hagan’s Opposition to the DREAM Act

(GREENSBORO) In a press release issued today the Carolinas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) said it was disappointed and embarrassed that, after successful passage in the House, Democratic Senator Kay Hagan chose to block the bipartisan DREAM Act from an up-or-down vote. The DREAM Act would have helped hundreds of thousands of  Read more→

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AILA: USCIS Will Be Suspending Export Controls/ITAR Questions on New I-129

The American Immigration Lawyers Association reports that USCIS will be suspending the requirement that H-1B, H-1B1, L, and O-1A petitioners complete the export controls/ITAR questions on Part 6 of the new I-129 form (Nov. 23, 2010 revision). An announcement is expected shortly. The suspension is in response to requests from AILA and other stakeholders, the  Read more→

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Thursday Evening: Reid Files Cloture For DREAM Act–Saturday Vote Expected

Congressional Quarterly reports: "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has filed cloture motions setting up weekend votes on two year-end priorities for Democrats: a proposal (HR 5281) that would provide legal status and a pathway to citizenship for some young, undocumented immigrants first brought to the United States illegally by their parents…"

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Napolitano Notes DHS Support for State and Local Law Enforcement

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano today held a conference call with sheriffs and police chiefs from 30 jurisdictions along the Southwest border to discuss the "vital" role played by state and local law enforcement agencies in securing the U.S.-Mexico border and emphasized DHS’ commitment to working with them to confront ongoing border challenges.  Read more→

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AILA Explains Upcoming Regression in Family Immigrant Visas

The Department of State (DOS) has significantly retrogressed cut-off dates for family-sponsored preference categories (F-1 to F-3) effective with the January 2011 Visa Bulletin. The level of demand for visa numbers in the family-sponsored preference categories was very low from early 2009 through September 2010. Accordingly, the cut-off dates for most family preference categories were  Read more→

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Analysis: DREAM Act – Still Alive

The DREAM Act remains alive in the 111th Congress and is still expected to be considered by Congress before it adjourns and the session is ended. If passage is unsuccessful, the bill must be reintroduced and considered anew in the 112th Congress come January. The following is the status of this ameliorative immigration legislation: On  Read more→

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2 Illegal Aliens Sentenced for Transporting, Harboring an Alien Resulting in Death

HOUSTON – Two illegal aliens from Mexico were sentenced on Wednesday to 27 and 51 months imprisonment, respectively, for conspiring to transport and harbor an illegal alien within the United States resulting in his death. Aburto-Gamino, 48, and Guzman-Villa, 28, pleaded guilty to the felony immigration offense on June 16.Guzman-Villa was identified as having been  Read more→

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Leading Professors Again Urge Congress to Pass DREAM Act

Today, leading scholars re-issued a national sign-on letter in support of the DREAM Act; the letter currently has 288 signatories representing scholars in 38 states. To launch the letter and discuss their support of the DREAM Act, several leading immigration scholars joined a national teleconference. Their collective view, after decades of research, is that punishing  Read more→

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