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12/17/2021 Issue
Happy Holidays!

    On Thursday, 12/16/2021, the Senate’s Parliamentarian issued her decision that Plan “C” – to grant parole status to non-citizens who arrived and stayed in the U.S. since before January 1, 2021 – is not acceptable as part of a BUDGET RECONCILIATION law.
           This means that the Democrats should not include these immigration provisions in the big spending Bill (Build Back Better) they still hope to pass.
           In theory, the Democrats could bypass the Parliamentarian’s decision because legally it is only a RECOMMENDATION.  They could revive Plan “C” and make it law. But for this, to ignore the Parliamentarian’s decision, they must have unity of all 50 Democratic senators. The chance for such unified vote is very, very, very small.
           It seems that for some time more, we have to live with the present Immigration Law.

           The Biden administration can concentrate their efforts on improving LEGAL immigration under the present law.
           Mainly, this requires to speed up processing. Actually, to return processing to the schedules it had before the Trump era:
           Eliminate the huge backlogs in consular processing. Schedule more interviews, issue more immigrant visas to those eligible.
           Speed up USCIS PETITION processing. A petition to remove condition from residency (Form I-751) should not take 2 – 3 years. A family-based immigrant petition (Form I-130) should not take 1 – 2 years.
           Process Labor Certification by U.S. Department of Labor, all done electronically, in three (3) months.
           Issue employment authorizations (Form I-765) in 2 months.
           Produce and mail Green Cards and Social Security numbers for people who arrive with IMMIGRANT VISAS in 30 days.

           One consolation can be found in the PRIORITIES memorandum published recently by the Department of Homeland Security.           
           They say they will not rush to start REMOVAL PROCEEDINGS against persons only because they are in the U.S. illegally. If a person is not a terrorist or a criminal, deportation proceedings can wait.


           The last major change in immigration law happened at the end of 2000, beginning of 2001.
           Additional attempts to achieve a reform in immigration laws are going back to at least 2007.
           Sooner or later, a REFORM will take place. Sooner or later, the two parties in Congress, Republicans and Democrats, will agree that the best interests of the U.S. require a legal solution to the status of the millions of people who live, work, establish families and pay taxes in the U.S. – but have no “PAPERS”.
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