Thursday, December 16, 2010

Family-Sponsored Visa Categories Massively Retrogress

The January 2011 Visa Bulletin was issued this week showing significantly retrogressed cut-off dates for family-sponsored preference categories.  By way of example, the family sponsored preference 2A category (spouse and children of Lawful Permanent Residents) retrogressed from August 1, 2010 to January 1, 2008.  This development came not even a week after the Dream Act was tabled by the lawmakers.  This was not a banner week for immigrants.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

DREAM Act Much Closer to Reality

Last night the Dream Act finally passed in the House by a vote of 216 to 198.  The Senate will vote on the law today.  If the Dream Act becomes law, it will provide a way for certain young undocumented aliens to become lawful permanent residients.  They will be eligible if they were brought to the US as children, complete high school, demonstrate good moral character, and complete at least two years of higher education or serve for at least two years in the US military.  My article in ILW.com includes a story of a young person who will benefit.  Please call your Senator and urge passage ASAP.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Dream Act Now

This week one of my students at the CUNY SPS immigration law program made the below comment on the website.  I encourage anyone interested in the Dream Act to contact their congressional representive; it's critical to the passage of this act: 

Late last night, Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) filed a new version of the DREAM Act (S. 3992) with the aim of attracting broader support for DREAM to get the requisite 60 votes to pass the Senate. With the filing of this new bill, the anticipated date for bringing DREAM to a vote will be delayed. The earliest Reid could file a cloture motion on the new bill would be this coming Thursday. After waiting out the requisite 30 hours post-cloture, it could "ripen" over the weekend, and effectively come up for a vote on Monday at the earliest. The new version addresses many of the concerns raised by Republicans and tightens the restrictions on eligibility in several respects. BUT, in order for this to happen, we must keep the pressure on Members of Congress. It's more important than ever that you take action TODAY by writing and calling your member of Congress and urging them to support this common-sense and urgently needed immigration measure.