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NFIB Backs “Enforcement-First” SAVE Act

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small-business organization, has announced its support for the enforcement-heavy Secure America through Verification Enforcement (SAVE) Act bill, which, as reported in a previous post, has been introduced into the House by Rep. Heath Shuler (D,NC).
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Federal Government to Revise No-Match Rule and Delay Crackdown on Employers in Face of Pressure, Lawsuit

The Bush administration, faced with a lawsuit and mounting political pressure, has announced plans to revise its previously announced no-match rule and to delay its implementation. The new regulation, promulgated by the Department of Homeland Security, was intended to force the firings of illegal aliens and is the subject of a lawsuit brought […]

Spotlight on Unfair Treatment of Same-Sex Couples by US Immigration Law

Under US Immigration law, same sex couples consisting of a US citizen or permanent resident and a foreign national do not enjoy any of the legal rights or benefits afforded to opposite sex couples. Currently, if a same-sex couple has been united in a civil union or marriage in a jurisdiction or foreign country where […]

Spitzer Abandons Plan for Driver’s Licenses

A few days ago this blog featured a posting about NY York Governor Eliot Spitzer’s plan to have New York State issue three types of driver’s licenses and make one such type available to individuals regardless of immigration status. Spitzer, who came under intense pressure after unveiling his plan, announced yesterday that he was abandoning […]

Legislators Urge Chertoff to Extend Optional Practical Training (OPT) to 29 months

Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff is being urged by a group of 19 US Senators, led by Joe Lieberman (I, CT) to extend the maximum period for Optional Practical Training (OPT) to 29 months from its current maximum of 12 months.
“Extending the maximum OPT period to 29 months would be an important first […]

Frustration with Slow Speed of Immigration Abounds Among High-Tech Workers

High tech workers, many in software, IT, and biotechnology experience a very high level of frustration with the slow pace of the US immigration system. Some claim that the economies of their home countries (particularly India and China) are being nourished by returning workers who have given up on the US immigration system, in […]

Editorial: “Attrition” Becoming Strategy of Anti-Immigration Forces

It seems that the stalling of the DREAM Act is one more example demonstrating that with mass deportation off the table as an option, and with measures to deputize local law enforcement and put in place regulations intended to force mass firings the undocumented being resisted (at times successfully), those segments of society […]