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Senate Judiciary Committe Holds Hearing on Bill to Bar the Indefinite Detention of U.S. Citizens and Permanent Resident Aliens
Without Due Process


By Micheal E. Hill
Wednesday, February 29, 2012  -- 1:55 pm EST
--Updated on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 2:55 pm EST--

 


The Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing on February 29, 2012, titled, the "Due Process Guarantee Act: Banning Indefinite Detention of Americans."  The hearing was, more specifically, on S. 2003, the "Due Process Guarantee Act of 2011", introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).  

As introduced, S. 2003 would
amend the federal criminal code to specify that an authorization to use military force, a declaration of war, or any similar authority shall not authorize the detention without charge or trial of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident apprehended in the United States, unless an Act of Congress expressly authorizes such detention.

Witnesses at the hearing included:
  • Representative John Garamendi (D-CA)
  • Representative Jeff Landry (R-LA)
  • Lorraine K. Bannai, Professor of Legal Skills and Director, Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, Washington
  • Stephen I. Vladeck, Professor of law and Associate Dean for Scholarship, American University Washington College of Law
  • Steven G. Bradbury, Former Acting Assistant Attorney General, Principal Deputy for the Office of Legal Counsel, Department of Justice.


Click on the play button, above, to watch video of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Due Process Guarantee Act of 2011

 

Hearings on Various Immigration and Refugee Aspects of the Obama FY '13 Budget, a Markup of an Israeli Investor Visa Nonimmigrant Bill, and a Possible Senate Floor Vote on the Nominee to Head PRM Highlight This Week's Immigration and Refugee Activity


By Micheal E. Hill
Monday, February 27, 2012 -- 12:01 am EST

--Original Version Posted on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 6:05 pm EST--

The Administration's fiscal year 2013 budget submission, which was released on Monday, February 13, 2012, has become the reference point for all of Congress's budget and appropriations actions in 2012, as well as for immigration and refugee advocacy organizations that are seeking to influence fiscal year 2013 appropriations.  Not surprisingly, then, the highlight of this week's immigration and refugee legislative activity will be a multitude of hearings on the immigration- and refugee-related aspects of President Obama's fiscal year 2013 budget submission, including hearings featuring Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., and the Chief of the Department of Homeland Security's Border Patrol. 

Other actions of note that are occurring this week include a hearing on a controversial Senate bill that would bar the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens and permanent resident aliens as a result of a Congressionally enacted authorization of U.S. military action against a foreign country; a markup of a bill relating to nonimmigrant investor visas for Israelis; and a possible vote on the Senate floor on the President's nominee to head the Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.


On-the-Hill Activity

This week's on-the-Hill immigration- and refugee-related activity includes seven hearings, one markup, and one possible Senate floor action.

The following lists the highlights of this week's anticipated immigration- and refugee-related legislative-related action:
  • Possible Full Senate Floor Action on Nominee to Head State Department Refugee Bureau.  The full Senate could at any time take up the nomination of Anne Claire Richard to be Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration.  The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved the nomination of Assistant Secretary-Designate Richard on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, by a voice vote.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) attempted to bring the nomination before the Senate on Friday, February 17, 2012, as part of a larger list of nominees.  However, the Senator was blocked from bringing up the nominations by Republican opposition.
  • House Judiciary Committee Markup of Israeli Nonimmigrant Investor Visa Bill. The House Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a markup for this week of H.R. 3392, a bill to allow otherwise eligible Israeli nationals to receive E-2 nonimmigrant visas if similarly situated United States nationals are eligible for similar nonimmigrant status in Israel.  The E-2 Visa allows an individual to enter and work inside of the United States based on an investment he or she will be controlling.
  • Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on the Indefinite Detention of U.S. Citizens and Permanent Resident Aliens. The Senate Committee on the Judiciary is planning a hearing for this week week on S. 2003, the "Due Process Guarantee Act: Banning Indefinite Detention of Americans." As introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the measure would bar the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens and permanent resident aliens.  At the time of this writing, the witness list for the hearing had not yet been released.
  • House Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing on the President's FY '13 Department of Justice Budget Proposal. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies has scheduled a hearing for this week to examine President Obama's proposed fiscal year 2013 budget for the Department of Justice, an entity that is the parent agency for the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Office of Immigration Litigation, and the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices.  Testifying at the hearing will be Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.
  • Two Appropriations Subcommittee Hearings on the President's FY '13 Foreign Affairs Budget Proposal. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs have scheduled separate hearings for this week to examine President Obama's proposed fiscal year 2013 budget for the Department of State, which includes the Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM).  Testifying at the hearings will be Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
  • Two Authorizing Committee Hearings on the President's FY '13 Foreign Affairs Budget Proposal.  The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs have scheduled separate hearings for this week to examine President Obama's proposed fiscal year 2013 budget for the Department of State, which includes the Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM).  Testifying at the hearings will be Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
  • House Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing on the President's FY '13 CBP Budget Proposal. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security has scheduled a hearing for this week to examine President Obama's proposed fiscal year 2013 budget for the Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency.  Testifying at the hearing will be Michael Fisher, Chief, U.S. Border Patrol; Kevin McAleenan, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations; Mark Borkowski, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition; and Michael Kostelnik, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Air and Marine.

"Off-of-the-Hill" Activity

In addition to the schedule of immigration-related action taking place this week on Capitol Hill, a number of significant "off of the Hill" immigration-related activities also could occur.

The following lists several highlights of this week's "off-of-the-Hill" immigration- and refugee-related legislative-related action:
  • Briefing on Refugee Situation in South Sudan. Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA), Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA), who is Co-Chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, has scheduled a briefing for this week on the Yida refugee camp in South Sudan, following a trip that he recently made there.  Chairman Wolf is expected to on the Yida refugee camp in South Sudan following a recent trip he made there.  Chairman Wolf is expected to on the Yida refugee camp in South Sudan following a recent trip he made there.  Chairman Wolf is expected to has scheduled a briefing for today to come on the Yida refugee camp in South Sudan following a recent trip he made there.  Chairman Wolf is expected to show video of what he saw at the camp, including interviews with several women.  He also will release a detailed “trip report” about his visit and make a number of recommendations. 
  • Report on Improving Immigration Adjudications. The Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) has scheduled a web meeting for this week of the Committee on Adjudication for discussion of a research report prepared by Professor Lenni B. Benson (New York Law School) and Russell Wheeler (The Governance Institute and Brookings Institution) for ACUS's "Immigration Adjudication" project.
  • Telephonic Press Conference on Mitt Romney and Immigration. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D-NV), Representative Charlie Gonzalez (D-TX), and Dolores Huerta have scheduled a telephonic press conference for this week in light of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s endorsement of Mitt Romney; Governor Romney's promise to veto the DREAM Act, Governor Romney's endorsement by Kris Kobach, the architect of the immigration enforcement laws in Arizona and Alabama; Governor Romney's crowning of former Governor Pete Wilson, (R-CA), a pioneer of anti-immigrant legislation, as an honorary co-chair of his campaign; Governor Romney's call for undocumented immigrants to self-deport; and Governor Romney's labeling of Arizona as a model for a national immigration law; to discuss why they believe former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) would be the most extreme presidential nominee of our time on immigration.


Detailed Listing of the Likely Immigration Actions For the Week of February 27, 2012


 

The Subject of Immigration Discussed on the Weekend's
Sunday Public Affairs Programs



By Micheal E. Hill

Sunday, February 26, 2012  -- 3:50 pm EST
--Updated on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm EST--



There were substantial discussions on immigration during the Sunday, February 26, 2012 public affairs programs, with comments on the controversial subject coming from ABC's Cokie Roberts and former Governor Jennifer Granholm (D-MI) on ABC's "This Week" program; former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MI) on Fox's "Fox News Sunday" program, and from Senator Rick Santorum, Governor Jan Brewer (R-AZ), and Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA) on NBC's "Meet the Press" program.


The following is a summary of the immigration-related comments made on the February 26, 2012, Sunday public affairs programs:
  • ABC - This Week.  The guest list for the February 26, 2012, edition of ABC's "This Week" program included ABC's Cokie Roberts and former Governor Jennifer Granholm (D-MI) of CurrentTV, both of whom alluded to immigration as an issue on which the Republicans' posture could spell trouble for them in the 2012 elections.
  • FOX - FOX News Sunday.  The guest list for the February 26, 2012, edition of FOX's "FOX News Sunday" included former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA), a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidenital nomination, who touted his enforcement of federal immigration law and his promotion of English immersion classes in Massachusetts while governor there as a defense of his conservative credentials.
  • NBC - Meet the Press.  The guest list for the February 26, 2012, edition of NBC's "Meet the Press" program included former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination; Governor Jan Brewer (R-AZ); and Governor Jerry Brown  (D-CA).  All three either alluded to the subject of immigration (in the case of Senator Santorum)  or addressed the issue directly (in the case of Governors Brewer and Brown).  During his appearance, Senator Santorum suggested that he stood with Governor Brewer in her court battle with President Obama over Arizona's S.B. 1070 immigration enforcement law.  During his joint appearance with Governor Brewer, Governor Brown touted his signing of the DREAM Act in California and his support for comprehensive immigration reform.  In her appearance, Governor Brewer defended her state's S.B. 1070 immigration enforcement law as being necessary to fight drug cartel violence along the U.S. border with Arizona, as well as to prevent prostitution, kidnappings, and torture that was occurring in Arizona as a result of illegal immigrants coming into the state from Mexico.  Governor Brewer also indicated during her appearance that she intends to turn down an invitation from Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security, to testify before the Subcommittee on Arizona's S.B. 1070 in April; criticized the Obama Administration's border security performance; and responded to critics who have accused her of being disrespectful to President Obama because of their differences over immigration.

Click on the play button, above, to immigration-related view video clips from the February 26, 2012, public affairs programs.



Discussions on the Subject of Immigration Are Almost Certain to Occur During the Coming Weekend's Sunday Public Affairs Programs


By Micheal E. Hill

Friday, February 24, 2012  -- 4:05 pm EST


 

An appearance by Governor Jan Brewer (R-AZ) on the airways almost guarantees that the subject of immigration will be discussed during the coming weekend.  Other appearances during the upcoming weekend's public affairs programs will include former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA), former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), and Senator John McCain (R-AZ).  Given the closeness of the Arizona primary and the role that the subject of immigration plays in Arizona politics, their apperances, too, could prompt questions about immigration.


The following is a guide to what can be expected on the coming weekend's public affairs programs:
  • ABC - This Week.  The guest list for the February 26, 2012, edition of ABC's "This Week" program includes former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), who is a candidate for the 212 Republican presidential nomination.  Also appearing on the program will be Governor Rick Snyder (R-MI), a supporter of former Governor Mitt Romney's bid for the 2012 Republican nomination, and Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA), who is supporting President Obama's bid for reelection.  Appearing during the roundtable segment of the program will be ABC's George Will and Cokie Roberts, plus former Governor Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), host of Current TV's "The War Room," and former Governor John Engle (R-MI), President of the Business Roundtable.   Given the lineup of guests, it is uncertain whether the subject of immigration will be discussed during the program.
  • CBS - Face the Nation.  The guest list for the February 26, 2012, edition of CBS's "Face the Nation" program includes Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) and Governor Martin O'Malley (D-MD).  Given the lineup of guests, it is unlikely that the subject of immigration will be discussed during the program.
  • CNN - State of the Union. The guest list for the February 26, 2012, edition of CNN's "State of the Union" includes Senator John McCain (R-AZ), the 2008 Republican nominee for president and a supporter of Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA); and Senator Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).  Also appearing on the program will be Robert Gibbs, a senior campaign advisor to President Barack Obama, who served for two years as President Obama's White House press secretary. Given the lineup of guests, it is very possible that the subject of immigration will be discussed during the program.
  • FOX - FOX News Sunday.  The guest list for the February 26, 2012, edition of FOX's "FOX News Sunday" will include former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA), who is a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidenital nomination.  Also appearing on the program will be Mitch Daniels (R-IN), who flirted with running for president in 2012 but decided against doing so.  Appearing during the roundtable segment of the program will be Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard and a Fox News Contributor; former Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN), a Fox News Contributor; Ed Gillespie, former Counselor to President George W. Bush and founder of Quinn Gillespie & Associates, a bipartisan lobbying firm; and Juan Williams, Fox News Political Analyst.   Given that the lineup of guests had not been fully set at the time of this writing, it is not possible to predict with accuracy whether the subject of immigration will be discussed during the program.
  • NBC - Meet the Press.  The guest list for the February 26, 2012, edition of NBC's "Meet the Press" program will include former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), who is a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  Also appearing on the program will be Governor Jan Brewer (R-AZ) and Governor Jerry Brown  (D-CA).  Appearing during the political roundtable segment of the program will be Republican strategist and former McCain '08 senior strategist Steve Schmidt, former Representative Harold Ford, Jr., (D-TN), The Washington Post's Kathleen Parker, and NBC's Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd.  Given the appearance by Governor Brewer on the program and the program's proximity to the 2012 Arizona presidential primary, it is almost a certainty that the subject of immigration will be discussed on the program.

Check Back with MicEvHill.Com late on Sunday afternoon for video clips of any immigration-related discussions that occur during the programs

 

Candidates Engage the Issue of Immigration During Arizona GOP Presidential Candidates Debate


By Micheal E. Hill

Thursday, February 23, 2012  -- 1:30 am EST





No major differences on immigration were aired as the four remaining candidates for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination participated in what likely will be the final Presidential candidates debate that will be held  before the crucial 2012 Arizona and Michigan presidential primaries.  The candidates took turns expressing opposition to the the Obama Administration's border and immigration policies and support for Arizona's S.B. 1070 immigration enforcement law during the debate.  But the hotbed issues of comprehensive immigration reform, legalization, and the DREAM Act either never came up or were only obliquely referred to during the Wednesday, February 22, 2012, debate, which was held in Mesa, Arizona and aired live by CNN.


First and Second Blood
Former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) got things started by bringing up the subject of immigration while answering a question from debate moderator John King about just what it is that he meant when he recently described himself as having been "severely conservative" during his time as governor of Massachusetts.  Governor Romney responded that the word "severely" was a synonym for strict and, by way of example, the Governor bragged about his decision to permit the Massachusetts State police to enforce federal immigration law and boasted that as governor, he had "campaigned and fought for English immersion in our schools" and that he "had that successfully implemented" in Massachusetts schools.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) drew second blood on the subject of immigration when, without prompting, he responded to a question about the federal debt by saying that a modern system of government would take control of the border and asserted that the inability of the United States to do so was a failure of will and a failure of enforcement.  He said that it was "utterly stupid to say that the United States government cannot control the border" and asserted that if the United States had a president who, instead of suing Arizona over its controversial immigration enforcement law, worked with the governor and helped and worked with the state, the fiscal reality in three years would be that emergency rooms, schools, and prisons in Arizona swould be less expensive to run.


The Main Exchange
But the most lively exchange on immigration did not occur until more than an hour into the two hour-long debate, when an audience member referred to the Federal government's challenge of Arizona's S.B. 1070 immigration enforcement law and asked the candidates what they would do to secure the U.S. border. 
  • Ron Paul.  Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) asserted that funding for border fencing is probably not well spent, but he declared that "we reward illegal immigration," pointing to "benefits" they get from hospitals and schools, which he said were being bankrupted in Texas as a result.  He decried "Obama's restraints on the states."  But in an apparent reference to mandatory E-Verify system, which he opposes, the longtime Congressman said "there should be no mandates from the federal government about what you must do."  He said we should have more immigration services provided on the border, because backlogs invite illegal immigration.
  • Newt Gingrich.  Former Speaker Gingrich bragged that he helped in the legislative effort to build fencing along the U.S. border in the San Diego area, which he said was enormously successful.  He criticized the fact that environmental and other considerations have caused fencing to not be built across the entire border.  He said that, as President, he would "finish the job" of building fencing along the U.S. border with Mexico by January 1, 2014.  He said he would move waive all federal regulations, requirements, and studies in relation to building fencing; deputize the governors of the border states to become the co-leaders in their states in the effort; and move up to half of the 23,000 Department of Homeland Security personnel to the border to help complete the job.
  • Mitt Romney.  Former Governor Romney said he sees a model in Arizona for immigration enforcement.  He touted the E-Verify mandate in Arizona's law, and he said that as a result of that system, "the number of people in Arizona that are here illegally has dropped by some 14 percent while the national average has only gone down 7 percent."  He declared that "the right course for America is to drop these lawsuits against Arizona and other states that are trying to do the job that Barack Obama isn't doing."  He said he'd "drop those lawsuits on day one."  He said he'll also "complete the fence, make certain that we have enough Border Patrol agents to secure the fence, and I will make sure we have an E-Verify system and require employers to check the documents of workers and to check E-Verify, and if an employer hires someone who has not gone through E-Verify, they're going to get sanctioned just like do for not paying their taxes."
  • Rick Santorum.  Asked about efforts to make the E-Verify system mandatory for all employers, including homeowners who employ the services of nannies, babysitters, and gardeners, former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) said, "I am not going to require homeowners to do E-Verify.  I think that's one step too far."  He said that he would, however, that "we need to give law enforcement the opportunity to do what they're doing here in Arizona -- what Sheriff Arpaio was doing here before he ran into some issues with the Federal government, which was to allow folks to enforce the law here in this country ... to allow people who are breaking the law or who are suspicious of breaking the law to be able to be detained and deported if they are found here in this country illegally, as well as those who are trying to seek employment."  He said that enforcement should not just be upon the employer but on those who are here illegally and trying to do things that are against the law like seeking employment here."

The Concluding Exchange
John King brought the immigration segment of the debate to a close by asked Speaker Gingrich about comments that he said were recently made by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), who King quoted as saying that he "worries that some of the rhetoric used by Republican politicians on this issue has been harsh, intolerable, and inexcusable."

Speaker Gingrich declined to comment on the Rubio statement with specificity.  But he acknowledged that "somebody somewhere" has done that.  He responded further, though that it was "intolerable for President Obama to go to El Paso and make a totally demagogic speech" about immigration reform.  The former Speaker said he voted for the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) in 1986 and felt that he and the other legislators who voted for that bill were "shortchanged on everything we were supposed to get."  He said he thought that "you cannot pass a single, large, comprehensive bill" and that "you have to go one step at a time" in reforming the immigration laws, with the first step being controlling the border.


The Democratic Response
The Democratic National Committee responded with a "rapid response" missive just after the debate ended, asserting that the remaining 2012 Republican presidential candidates were the "most extreme candidates ever on immigration" and forwarding an article from Univision that blasted the GOP candidates for their "embrace of Arizona's immigration law" and said accusatorily that "Romney calls it a model."

There are signs that the immigration restrictionist community disagrees with the Democrats' assessment, however.  Roy Beck, founder of NumbersUSA, said of the debate, "
[o]ne would have hoped for better, given that the debate was in Arizona.  But the Republican Presidential candidates once again squandered a chance to show how their positions on immigration could be of great assistance to the millions of American families who are struggling without jobs or with stagnant wages. Nonetheless, there were some bright spots, and hardly a stumble."


Click on the "Play" button, above, to see an extended video excerpt of the exchanges on immigration during the February 22, 2012, Arizona Republican presidential debate.

 

Congress is in the Midst of its Week-Long
President's Day Recess


By Micheal E. Hill
Monday, February 20, 2012 -- 1:15 am EST

--Updated on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 12:01 am EST--
--Original Version Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 11:00 am EST--


Congress has begun its week-long President's Day recess.  Upon its return on Monday, February 27, it will remain in session through Friday, March 30, after which it will begin a two week-long Spring recess.

Budget issues will dominate the Congressional agenda during the work period to come, including issues relating to the federal government's immigration enforcement, border security, refugee admissions, overseas refugee assistance, refugee resettlement, and immigration service functions.

In the meantime, while Congress will not be in Washington during the week of February 20, much will still be happening, including a CNN-sponsored 2012 Republican presidential candidates debate taking place in Arizona, during which the subject of immigration is expected to be discussed.  Also occurring this week will be a trip to the U.S. border with Mexico by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.  And it is possible that
a ruling will be handed down in Salt Lake City, Utah on the constitutionality of Utah's immigration enforcement law.


This Week's On-the-Hill Activity

With Congress in recess, there is no on-the-Hill immigration- and refugee-related activity anticipated this week.


This Week's "Off-of-the-Hill" Activity

A number of significant "off of the Hill" immigration-related activities are scheduled for this week.

The following lists several highlights of the coming week's "off-of-the-Hill" immigration- and refugee-related legislative-related action:
  • Secretary Secretary Napolitano Tour of the U.S. Border with Mexico:  Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has scheduled a two day-long trip to the U.S. border with Mexico this week, during which she will tour Customs and Border Protection operations at the Southwest border, receive briefings on the Homeland Security Department's efforts to secure the border while facilitating lawful travel and trade, and meet with state and local law enforcement officials.
  • Report on Improving Immigration Adjudications. The Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) has scheduled a meeting of the Committee on Adjudication for this week to consider a draft report and a draft recommendation examining ways to improve procedures for immigration adjudication.
  • 2012 Presidential Candidates Debate. CNN and the Republican Party of Arizona are sponsoring a debate for this week among the four remaining major candidates for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  Given its location (in Arizona), it is highly likely that the candidates will be asked to address the issue of immigration during the course of the debate.  The debate will be moderated by CNN's John King.
  • Conference on Human Trafficking. Catholic University School of Social Work has scheduled a day-long conference this weekon Human Trafficking.  Presenters at the conference will include Tiffany Williams, Advocacy Director of the Break the Chain Campaign.
 


Detailed Listing of the Likely Immigration Actions For the Week of February 20, 2012

 

Immigration Makes a Brief Appearance on the Weekend's
Sunday Public Affairs Programs



By Micheal E. Hill

Monday, February 20, 2012  -- 1:26 am EST




After a two week absence from the Sunday public affairs programs,
the subject of immigration made a brief and tangential return to the Sunday, February 19, programs, with the appearance of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) on ABC's "This Week" program.

The following is a summary of the immigration-related comments made on the February 19, 2012, Sunday public affairs programs:
  • ABC - This Week.  The guest list for the February 19, 2012, edition of ABC's "This Week" program included Senator John McCain (R-AZ), the 2008 Republican nominee for president, who was asked about an immigration and sex scandal involving controversial Pinal County, Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu, with whom the Senator filmed his most famous reelection television campaign ad in 2010.

Click on the play button, above, to view the video clip from the February 19, 2012, edition of ABC News' This Week Program, as well as video of the controversial 2010 McCain reelection campaign ad.


 

Discussions on the Subject of Immigration Could Occur During The Coming Weekend's Sunday Public Affairs Programs


By Micheal E. Hill

Friday, February 17, 2012  -- 12:00 Noon EST
--Updated on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:40 pm EST--


 

After an absence from the last two weeks' programs, will the subject of immigration return to the coming weekend's Sunday public affairs programs?  The lineup of guests for the coming weekend's programs -- which include Senator John McCain (R-AZ) opinion journalist Lou Dobbs, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA), former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), Representative Ron Paul (R-TX), House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Budget Committee Ranking Minority Member Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Former Advisor to President George W. Bush Karl Rove -- seems to indicate that the subject could well return during the coming programs.


The following is a guide to what can be expected on the coming weekend's public affairs programs:
  • ABC - This Week.  The guest list for the February 19, 2012, edition of ABC's "This Week" program includes Senator John McCain (R-AZ), the 2008 Republican nominee for president and a supporter of Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA), who is seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  Also appearing on the program will be Robert Gibbs, a senior campaign advisor to President Barack Obama, who served for two years as President Obama's White House press secretary.  Appearing during the roundtable segment of the program will be ABC's George Will, ABC News senior political correspondent Jonathan Karl, FOX Business Network host Lou Dobbs, Vanity Fair contributing editor and former Clinton White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers, and Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page.   Given the appearances by Senator McCain and Lou Dobbs, it is possible that the subject of immigration will be discussed on the program.
  • CBS - Face the Nation.  The guest list for the February 19, 2012, edition of CBS's "Face the Nation" program includes Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), who is a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  Appearing during the reporters roundup segment of the program will be Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post, Todd Spangler of The Detroit Free Press, CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Norah O'Donnell, and CBS News Political Director John Dickerson.  Given the lineup of guests, it is uncertain whether the subject of immigration will be discussed during the program.
  • CNN - State of the Union. The guest list for the February 19, 2012, edition of CNN's "State of the Union" will Representative Ron Paul (R-TX), who is a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, and Governor Mitch Daniels (R-IN).  Given that the lineup of guests had not been fully set at the time of this writing, it is not possible to predict with accuracy whether the subject of immigration will be discussed during the program.
  • FOX - FOX News Sunday.  The guest list for the February 19, 2012, edition of FOX's "FOX News Sunday" will include new Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA), who is a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA).  Appearing during the roundtable segment of the program will be Kimberley Strassel of The Wall Street Journal; Joe Trippi, a Former Howard Dean Campaign Manager and current Fox News Contributor; Karl Rove, Former George W. Bush White House Senior Adviser and current Fox News Contributor; and Kirsten Powers of The Daily Beast, who also is a Fox News Contributor.  Given the lineup of guests, it is uncertain whether the subject of immigration will be discussed on the program.
  • NBC - Meet the Press.  The guest list for the February 19, 2012, edition of NBC's "Meet the Press" program will include House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and House Budget Committee Ranking Minority Member Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).  Appearing during the roundtable segment of the program will be Bloomberg’s Al Hunt, The NY Times’ Helene Cooper, GOP strategist Ed Gillespie, and NBC’s Andrea Mitchell.  Given the lineup of guests, it is unlikely that the subject of immigration will be discussed on the program.

Check Back with MicEvHill.Com late on Sunday afternoon for video clips of any immigration-related discussions that occur during the programs

 

Secretary Napoliano Spars With Members of Both Parties During Hearings on the DHS FY '13 Budget


By Micheal E. Hill

Thursday, February 16, 2012 -- 9:50 am EST



Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano appeared before two House committees yesterday to defend the Obama Administration's fiscal year 2013 budget submission for the Department of Homeland Security.

While much of both hearings concentrated on issues having nothing to do with immigration, both hearings also featured a significant amount of discussion on immigration and border security matters, including discussions on detention policy, the Secure Communities program, and the Department's initiative on prosecutorial discretion.

The video above is of the February 15, 2012, hearing in the House Committee on Homeland Security.  The other hearing at which the Secretary appeared was a hearing in the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security.



Text of Secretary Napolitano's Prepared Statement for House Homeland Security Committee
Text of Secretary Napolitano's Prepared Statement for House Appropriations Subcommittee
Transcript of February 15, 2012, House Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing
Transcript of February 15, 2012, House Homeland Security Committee Hearing


Click on the play button, above, to view video of the February 15, 2012, House Homeland Security Committee hearing on the Obama FY '13 budget submission for the Department of Homeland Security

 

Conference Agreement on Payroll Tax Cut Extension Bill Rejects House-Passed Child Tax Credit Provision that Targeted the
Children of Undocumented Aliens



By Micheal E. Hill

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 -- 9:10 am EST

--Updated on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST--

An agreement has finally been reached on a controversal payroll tax cut extension bill and, as previously reported, the agreement rejects a provision that was included in the House-passed version of the bill that would have denied the child tax credit to tax filers without social security numbers. 

Conferees have been meeting for weeks in an attempt to resolve differences between the
House-passed and the Senate-passed versions of H.R. 3630, the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011 had conducted four meetings at week's end last week. 

The most significant immigration-related difference between the two versions of the bill has been a provision contained in the House-passed version of the bill that was stripped from the Senate-passed version of the measure.  The provision, found in Section 5201 of the House-passed version of the measure, would have paid for the cost of the payroll tax cut, in part, by requiring that at least one parent have a Social Security Number to qualify for either the refundable (Child Tax Credit) or nonrefundable (Additional Child Tax Credit) version of the child care tax credit, even if the children who is the subject of the credit are U.S. citizens. 

It has been estimated that the House-passed provision would have resulted in the loss of $9.4 BILLION in tax credits to low-income immigrant families over the next ten years.  There was no comparable version of the provision in the Senate-passed version of the measure.

Conferees were struggling late in the evening to cross all of the t's and dot all of the i's on the deal so papers can be filed in the House of Representatives before Midnight.  If that goal is met, the House of Representatives could consider the conference report as soon as Friday, February 17. 

In addition to extending the temporary payroll tax cut through the end of 2012, the final version of H.R. 3630 also provides for an extension of federal unemployment compensation benefits and a fix for Medicare reimbursement rates for medical providers.

Congress must act by February 29, 2012, or the temporary payroll tax cut will expire.


 

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves Nomination of Anne Claire Richard to Head State Department Bureau of
Population, Refugees, and Migration


By Micheal E. Hill

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 -- 9:15 pm EST

--Updated on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:00 am EST--
--Original Version Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 12:15 Pm EST--




The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has approved the nomination of Anne Claire Richard to be Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), a step that brings her to within striking distance of being confirmed for the position.  Committee action occurred on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, approving the nomination by a voice vote.

President Obama announced the nomination of Ms. Richard to head PRM on November 8, 2011.  She appeared at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on December 8, 2011.

Background on PRM
The Department of State operates several programs and utilizes several accounts that assist in the protection of refugees. The Department operates these programs through its
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), which has primary responsibility for formulating policies on population, refugees, and migration, and for administering U.S. refugee assistance and admissions programs. PRM is headed by an Assistant Secretary of State, who is appointed by the President, with the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate.

Through PRM, the Department of State works in close conjunction with international organizations, such as the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), to provide life-sustaining assistance to refugees in countries of asylum. The Department also works closely with international organizations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to admit a relatively small number of refugees into the United States through its Refugee Admissions Program.


Confirmation Hearing
During her confirmation hearing, Assistant Secretary-Designate Richard asserted that, if confirmed, she would bring to the position "years of practical experience in government and in a leading refugee agency, an absolute dedication to my country and to the life and death humanitarian issues that are the responsibility of this assistant secretary."

She sad that she has been involved in the issues that PRM deals with for much of her professional ife and that over the past decade, she has traveled to countries suffering from conflict and its aftermath, including South Sudan, Afghanistan, Burma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, and Liberia.  She also said, "I have talked to refugees where they have sought safe haven, meeting Somalis in Kenya, Burmese in Thailand, Iraqis in Jordan and Syria, and Afghans in Pakistan."  She said that in her trips abroad, she is "repeatedly impressed by the courage and resilience of refugees and other uprooted people," adding that "despite all that they have endured, most of them long to regain control of their lives and become self-sufficent again."  She said, "they ask only for a little bit of help and a small share of our attention."  She added, "I have seen how modest investments of our know-how and resources can, indeed, bring about major improvements in their lives."

Assistant Secretary-Designate Richard said that she would place special emphasis on three priorities if she is confirmed to the position:

  • Persistent humanitarian diplomacy to yield results in crisis zones, such as needed now in the horn of Africa
  • Working with other parts of the U.S. government to ensure that our country sustains a vibrant refugee admissions program while carrying out effective screening
  • Continuing to emphasize the need to protect vulnerable populations, particularly women and children.
Secretary-Designate Richard responded to several questions during her confirmation hearing, including questions on Iraqi Special Immigrants and refugees, as well as on human trafficking.


Text of the Anne Claire Richard's Statement before Senate Foreign Relations Committee


Click on the play button, above, to view refugee-related video excerpts of Assistant Secretary-Designate Richard's appearance at her Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing

 

President Proposes Cuts in FY '13 Funding for Refugee Admissions and Overseas Refugee Assistance,  Increases in Funding for Refugee Resettlement and Immigrant Integration, and Roughly Level
Funding for Immigration Enforcement


By Micheal E. Hill
Monday, February 13, 2011  -- 9:52 pm EST

--Updated on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 8:00 am EST--

President Barack Obama has submitted his fiscal year 2013 budget to Congress. Much of the details of the Administration’s plans were revealed in a 1478-page long Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Appendix, which contains detailed information about proposed fiscal year 2013 spending for all federal programs and agencies. In addition to the Budget Appendix, the Administration also submitted even more detailed breakdowns and budget justifications for each of the federal government's departments. The Administration submitted the budget materials on Monday, February 13, 2012, thus, kickstarting the fiscal year 2013 budget cycle.


Refugee Admissions and Overseas Refugee Assistance
With respect to spending for refugee protection and assistance, the President’s fiscal year 2013 budget submission proposes an appropriation of $1.626 BILLION for the Department of State's Migration and Refugee Assistance (MRA) account, a reduction of $250 MILLION relative to the fiscal year 2012 appropriation for the account.  This would represent a cut of 13.3 percent.

Within the proposed budget for the MRA account, the Obama Administration proposed cutting fiscal year 2012 funding for refugee admissions to $310 MILLION, a dramatic reduction from the fiscal year 2012 appropriation of $417 MILLION.  The Administration's fiscal year 2013 budget would appropriate $1.450 BILLION for overseas refugee assistance.


Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance
With respect to spending for the Department of State's Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance (ERMA) account, the President’s fiscal year 2013 budget submission proposes an appropriation of $50 MILLION for the Department of State's Migration and Refugee Assistance (MRA) account.  This compares to an appropriation of $27.2 MILLION for the ERMA account in fiscal year 2012.


Refugee Resettlement
With respect to fiscal year 2013 spending for the programs operated by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the Obama fiscal year 2013 budget submission proposed an appropriation of $805 MILLION for ORR’s programs. This would represent an increase of $37.4 MILLION relative to fiscal year 2010, an increase of 4.9 percent.

Within the proposed fiscal year 2013 ORR budget request, the Administration proposed an appropriation of $175 MILLION for the care of unaccompanied alien children, which would represent a $6.3 MILLION or 3.7 percent increase relative to the amount appropriated for that purpose in fiscal year 2012.  It proposed an appropriation of $609.5 MILLION for ORR’s resettlement services, which would represent a $30.7 MILLION or 5.3 percent increase relative to fiscal year 2012.

The Administration's budget submission for refugee admissions is based on 72,500 refugee admissions in fiscal year 2013, which would be 3,500 fewer admissions than the President set in his ceiling for fiscal year 2012.


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
With respect to fiscal year 2012 spending for the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Obama fiscal year 2012 budget submission proposed an appropriation of $142.974 MILLION in directly appropriated funds. This would represent an increase of $40.5 MILLION relative to fiscal year 2012, an increase of 39.6 percent.  However, it is dramatically lower than the amount that the Administration asked for in fiscal year 2012.

Within the proposed appropriation for USCIS, the Obama Administration proposed to spend $11 MILLION for "integrating new immigrants into our American family" and to be used "to promote citizenship though education and preparation programs, the replication of promising practices in integration, for use by communities across the country, and the expansion of innovative English-language tools."

The remaining $131.972 MILLION that the Administration is seeking in direct appropriations would be for "immigration verification" spending, including $111.924 MILLION for the E-Verify program and $20.048 MILLION for the SAVE program.  The Administration's request for the E-Verify program would represent an increase of $9.5 MILLION in fiscal year 2013 relative to fiscal year 2012.

The Adminstration did not request any directly appropriated funding for refugee and asylum adjudications, which represents a setback for the refugee advocacy community.  The Administration has proposed substantial direct appropriations for these functions in previous years.  For instance, it proposed an appropriation of $205 MILLION for
those functions in fiscal year 2012, none of which was appropriated by Congress.


Interior Immigration Enforcement
With respect to fiscal year 2013 spending for the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau, the Obama fiscal year 2013 budget submission proposes an appropriation of $5.644 BILLION, which would be cut of 3.7 percent below the $5.862 BILLION that was appropriated for ICE in fiscal year 2012.

Within the Administration's proposed fiscal year
2013 appropriation for ICE, the Administration has requested the following notable amounts--
  • Detention and Removal Operations.  $2.8 BILLION for Enforcement and Removal Operations (previously called Detention and Removal Operations), including $1.6 BILLION for the identification and removal of criminal aliens;
  • Increased Funding for Alternatives to Detention.  $111.6 MILLION for alternatives to detention programs, an increase of $39.2 MILLION above the $72.4 MILLION appropriated for alternatives to detention in fiscal year 2012.  If approved by Congress, this would represent an incresae of 54.1 percent for alternatives to detention in fiscal year 2013 relative to fiscal year 2012;
  • Reduction in Detention Beds.  $1.461 BILLION for ICE Custody Operations (detention), which would represent a cut of $53 MILLION below the $1.514 BILLION appropriated for detention in fiscal year 2012.  If This would represent a cut of 3.5 percent, and it would support a reduction in ICE detention beds from 34,000 to 32,800; and
  • Cut in Spending for the 287(g) Program.  $51.3 MILLION for the 287(g) Program, which would be a cut of $17 MILLION below the $68.3 MILLION appropriated for the 287(g) Program in fiscal year 2012.  This would represent a cut of 25 percent, and it would support DHS's intention to reduce reliance on the program as it fully implements the Secure Communities Program.

Border Security and Enforcement
With respect to fiscal year 2013 spending for the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) component, the Obama fiscal year 2013 budget submission proposed an appropriation of $11.979 BILLION, which would be a slight 2.1 percent increase in spending relative to fiscal year 2012.  However, all of that increase (and more) is comprised of the Administration's proposed transfer of the US-VISIT System to CBP.  When that transfer is not included, funding for CBP in fiscal year 2013 would be just below the amount appropriated for that purpose in fiscal year 2012.

According to budget documents, the President's budget submission "includes funding to support 21,370 Border Patrol agents."



Executive Off
ice for Immigration Review
With respect to fiscal year 2013 spending for the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), the Obama fiscal year 2013 budget submission proposes an appropriation of $313 MILLION, which is a slight increase of 3.6 percent over the fiscal year 2012 appropriation of $302 MILLION. 

Included in the Administration's fiscal year 2013 budget submission is a proposed $2 MILLION increase in the Legal Orientation Program, which provides legal orientations for detained aliens.  The Administration's proposed increase would bring funding for the program to $8 MILLION.



Immigration Policy Provisions

The Obama budget plan included a number of policy provisions.  From an immigration perspective, among the most significant is a proposal to extend Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid eligibility for elderly and disabled refugees whose eligibility for the programs expired on September 30, 2010.


Next Steps
Now that the President has submitted his detailed budget proposals for fiscal year 2012, Congress will begin to consider it in the following steps:
  • The Administration will set out in force this week and in the weeks to follow defending the Administration’s budget proposal in House and Senate hearings on the Administration’s proposals;
  • The House and Senate Budget Committees will shortly produce draft budget resolutions for fiscal year 2013 for the full House and full Senate to consider, with final action hoped for by mid-April;
  • Once the full House and full Senate have completed consideration of the fiscal year 2013 budget resolution, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees will allocate fiscal year 2013 discretionary spending among their 12 subcommittees; and
  • The House and Senate Appropriations committees will begin in late May or early June to produce bills appropriating fiscal year 2013 funds for the various immigration-, refugee-, border security-, and visa security-related agencies, program, projects, and activities of government.
All of these actions are anticipated, even while Congress is facing the prospect of massive across-the-board sequestrations in virtually all discretionary spending in January of 2013 and while one-third of the U.S. Senate, all of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the President are facing contentious elections in November.

 

The Submission of the Obama FY '13 Budget and Associated Hearings, a Hearing on the Integrity of USCIS Adjudications, and a Committee Vote on the Nominee to Head PRM Highlight This Week's
Immigration and Refugee Activity


By Micheal E. Hill
Monday, February 13, 2012 -- 1:30 am EST

--Original Version Posted on Sunday, February 13, 2012 at 10:00 am EST--

The highlight of this week's immigration and refugee legislative activity is the scheduled submission by the White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of President Obama's fiscal year 2013 budget proposal; hearings involving Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and ICE Head John Morton on the proposed fiscal year 2013 budget for DHS and ICE; a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the integrity of USCIS's immigration benefits adjudications featuring USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas; and a vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the nominee to head the Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugee, and Migration (PRM). 

The Administration's fiscal year 2013 budget submission, scheduled for today, will be the reference point for all of Congress's budget and appropriations actions in 2012, as well as for immigration and refugee advocacy organizations that are seeking to influence fiscal year 2013 appropriations. 

The bulk of the budget's immigration- and refugee-related provisions will be contained in the proposals for four federal departments.  They are the Department of Homeland Security, the department that houses the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) bureaus; the Department of Justice, a department that includes among its agencies the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), which operates the federal government's immigration court system;
the Department of State, a department that includes among its agencies the bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), the bureau that administer's the United States refugee admissions and overseas refugee assistance programs; and the
Department of Health and Human Services, a deparrment that includes among its agencies the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the office that administers the United States refugee resettlement, trafficking victim assistance, torture victim assistance, and unaccompanied alien child programs and activities.



This Week's On-the-Hill Activity

This week's on-the-Hill immigration- and refugee-related activity includes two hearings, one markup, no House or Senate floor ation, and one possible conference committee action.

The following lists the highlights of this week's anticipated immigration- and refugee-related legislative-related action:
  • Submission of President Obama's FY '13 Budget Proposal. The White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is scheduled this week to submit President Obama's fiscal year 2013 budget proposal to Congress.

  • Senate Foreign Relations Committee to Vote on Confirmation of Nominee to Head PRM.  The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is scheduled this week to vote on the nomination of Anne Claire Richard to be Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration.
 
  • House Appropriations Panel to Hold Hearing on the President's FY '13 DHS Budget Proposal. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security has scheduled a hearing for this week  to examine President Obama's proposed fiscal year 2013 budget for the Department of Homeland Security.  Testifying at the hearing will be Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.
 
  • House Judiciary Panel to Hold Hearing on the Integrity of the Immigration Benefits Adjudication Process. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement has scheduled a hearing for this week on the integrity of the immigration benefits adjudication process.  Testifying at the hearing will be USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas.
  • House Homeland Security to Hold Hearing on the President's FY '13 DHS Budget Proposal. The House Committee on Homeland Security has scheduled a hearing for this week to examine President Obama's proposed fiscal year 2013 budget for the Department of Homeland Security.  The witness list for the hearing had not yet been officially released at the time of this writing.  However, it is anticipated that the witness will be Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.
  • House Appropriations Panel to Hold Hearing on the President's FY '13 ICE Budget Proposal. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security has scheduled a hearing for this week to examine President Obama's proposed fiscal year 2013 budget for the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.  Testifying at the hearing will be Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Immigration and Customs Enforcement John Morton.


This Week's "Off-of-the-Hill" Activity

In addition to the schedule of immigration-related action taking place this week on Capitol Hill, a number of significant "off of the Hill" immigration-related activities also could occur.

The following lists several highlights of the coming week's "off-of-the-Hill" immigration- and refugee-related legislative-related action:
  • Panel Discussion on Alabama's Immigration Enforcement Law. The Center for American Progress (CAP) has scheduled a panel discusson for this week titled, "Is This Alabama?" on Alabama's enactment of a state-level anti-immigration bill."  Participants in the discussion will include Chris Weitz, director of "A Better Life;" Jose Antonia Vargas, writer and founder of Define American; Tom Baxter, columnist with SaportaReport; and Angela Kelley, vice president for immigration policy and advocacy at CAP.  


Detailed Listing of the Likely Immigration Actions For the Week of February 13, 2012

 

Discussions on the Subject of Immigration Unlikely During This Weekend's Sunday Public Affairs Programs


By Micheal E. Hill

Friday, February 10, 2012  -- 4:00 pm EST
--Updated on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 11:40 am EST--


 

After an absence from last week's programs, will the subject of immigration return to this weekend's Sunday public affairs programs?  The lineup of guests for this weekend's programs -- which include former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), Representative Ron Paul (R-TX), White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew, former Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK), and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) --  seems to indicate that the subject is unlikely to return this week.  But anything is possible.


The following is a guide to what can be expected on this weekend's public affairs programs:
  • ABC - This Week.  The guest list for the February 12, 2012, edition of ABC's "This Week" program includes former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), who is a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  Also appearing on the program will be new White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI).  Appearing during the roundtable segment of the program will be ABC's George Will; political strategist and ABC News contributor Donna Brazile; Fox News contributor and co-founder of Keep America Safe Liz Cheney; and Washington Post columnist David Ignatius.  Given the lineup of guests, it is uncertain whether the subject of immigration will be discussed on the program.
  • CBS - Face the Nation.  The guest list for the February 12, 2012, edition of CBS's "Face the Nation" program includes Representative Ron Paul (R-TX), who is a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  Also appearing on the program will be Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and new White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew.  Given the lineup of guests, it is unlikely that the subject of immigration will be discussed during the program.
  • CNN - State of the Union. The guest list for the February 12, 2012, edition of CNN's "State of the Union" will include former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), who is a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  Also appearing on the program will be new White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Operations Chairman Joseph Lieberman (I-CT).   Appearing during the reporters roundup segment of the program will be CNN's Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash and Time Magazine's Washington Bureau Chief Mike Duffy.  Given the lineup of guests, it is unlikely that the subject of immigration will be discussed during the program.
  • FOX - FOX News Sunday.  The guest list for the February 12, 2012, edition of FOX's "FOX News Sunday" will include new White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew. Also appearing on the program will be former Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK), the 2008 Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States.  Appearing during the roundtable segment of the program will be Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard and Fox News; Mara Liasson of National Public Radio and Fox News Channel; Kimberley Strassel of the Wall Street Journal; and former Senator Evan Bayh (R-IN), a Fox News Contributor.  Given the lineup of guests, it is uncertain whether the subject of immigration will be discussed on the program.
  • NBC - Meet the Press.  The guest list for the February 12, 2012, edition of NBC's "Meet the Press" program will includes former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), who is a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  Also appearing on the program will be new White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew.  Appearing during the roundtable segment of the program will be Bill Burton, who is leading a "Super Pac" supporting President Barack Obama's reelection; Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal; EJ Dionne of the Washington Post; and MSNBC's Joe Scarborough.  Given the lineup of guests, it is uncertain whether the subject of immigration will be discussed on the program.

Check Back with MicEvHill.Com late on Sunday afternoon for video clips of any immigration-related discussions that occur during the programs

 

Hearing on Agricultural Guest Worker Programs, Markup of Vietnam Human Rights Bill, and Possible Action on the Immigration Provisions in the Payroll Tax Cut Extension Bill Highlight the Coming Week's
Immigration and Refugee Activity


By Micheal E. Hill
Monday, February 6, 2012 -- 12:01 am EST
--Updated on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 9:30 am EST--
--Original Version Posted on Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm EST--

A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee markup of a Vietnam human rights bill, a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the agricultural guest worker programs, and possible conference committee action on the payroll tax cut extension bill highlight the coming week's immigration- and refugee-related legislative action on Capitol Hill.


The Coming Week's On-the-Hill Activity

The coming week's on-the-Hill immigration- and refugee-related activity includes two hearings, one markup, no House or Senate floor ation, and one possible conference committee action.

The following lists the highlights of the coming week's anticipated immigration- and refugee-related legislative-related action:
  • House Foreign Affairs Panel Markup of Vietnam Human Rights Bill. The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights has scheduled a markup for the coming week of H.R. 1410, the "Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2011".  As introduced, the measure would prohibit U.S. nonhumanitarian assistance to the government of Vietnam in excess of FY2011 amounts unless: (1) the federal government provides assistance, in addition to democracy building assistance under this Act, supporting human rights training, civil society building, and exchange programs between the Vietnamese National Assembly and Congress at levels commensurate with or exceeding any increases in nonhumanitarian assistance to Vietnam; and (2) the President certifies to Congress that the government of Vietnam has made substantial progress respecting political, media, and religious freedoms, minority rights, access to U.S. refugee programs, and actions to end trafficking in persons and the release of political prisoners.  With specific regard to refugees, the introduced version of the measure would declare "it is U.S. policy to offer refugee resettlement to Vietnam nationals (including members of the Montagnard ethnic minority groups) who were eligible for the Humanitarian Resettlement program, the Orderly Departure program, the Resettlement Opportunities for Vietnamese Returnees program, the Amerasian Homecoming Act of 1988, or any other U.S. refugee program, but who were deemed ineligible for reasons of administrative error or who failed to apply because of circumstances beyond their control."
  •  Immigration Provisions of the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Bill. House and Senate conferees are scheduled during the coming week to meet in an effort to iron out differences between the House-passed and the Senate-passed versions of H.R. 3630, the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011. The most significant immigration-related difference between the two bills is a provision contained in the House-passed version of the bill that was stripped from the Senate-passed version of the measure. The provision, found in Section 5201 of the House-passed version of the measure, would pay for the cost of the payroll tas cut, in part, by requiring that at least one parent have a Social Security Number to qualify for either the refundable (Child Tax Credit) or nonrefundable (Additional Child Tax Credit) version of the child care tax credit, even if the children who are receiving the child care are U.S. citizens. It has been estimated that the provision would result in the loss of $9.4 BILLION in tax credits to low-income immigrant families over the next ten years. There is no comparable version of the provision in the Senate-passed version of the measure.
  • Joint Economic Committee Hearing on the Payroll Tax Cut and Unemployment Benefits Extension Bill.  The Joint Economic Committee has scheduled a hearing for the coming week titled, "Bolstering the Economy: Helping American Families by Reauthorizing the Payroll Tax Cut and UI [Unemployment Insurance] Benefits."  Witnesses will include Mark M. Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody's Analytics; James Sherk, Senior Policy Analyst, Heritage Foundation; and Judith M. Conti, Federal Advocacy Coordinator, National Employment Law Project.
  • Hearing on the Agricultural Guest Worker Programs. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Enforcement Policy has scheduled a hearing for the coming week titled, "Regional Perspectives on Agricultural Guestworker Programs".  


The Coming Week's "Off-of-the-Hill" Activity

In addition to the schedule of immigration-related action taking place this week on Capitol Hill, a number of significant "off of the Hill" immigration-related activities also could occur.

The following lists several highlights of the coming week's "off-of-the-Hill" immigration- and refugee-related legislative-related action:
  • Telephonic Discussion on Self-Deportation. The Immigration Policy Center has scheduled a telephonic discussion for the coming week titled "Discrediting 'Self- Deportation' as an Immigration Control Strategy. 
 
 
  • Briefing on the Potential Impact of the Latino Vote on the 2012 Elections. The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) has scheduled a briefing for the coming week titled, "The 2012 Latino Vote: Potential and Impact." 


Detailed Listing of the Likely Immigration Actions For the Week of February 6, 2012

 

Discussions on the Subject of Immigration Possible During This Weekend's Sunday Public Affairs Programs


By Micheal E. Hill

Friday, February 3, 2012  -- 3:30 pm EST
--Updated on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 9:30 am EST--


 

For a second consecutive week, the subject of immigration could be featured on this weekend's Sunday public affairs programs, as several of them are scheduled to include among their guests Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA), a leading advocate on Capitol Hill for pro-immigration policies; former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA), who has differentiated his position on immigration from his rivals for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination; Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NYC); and Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-NYC), who has been an advocate from outside of Washington for generous immigration policies.


The following is a guide to what can be expected on this weekend's public affairs programs:
  • ABC - This Week.  The guest list for the February 5, 2012, edition of ABC's "This Week" program includes Representative Ron Paul (R-TX), a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  Appearing during the roundtable segment of the program will be ABC's George Will, Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, the National Journal's Matthew J. Doud, and conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch.  Given the lineup of guests, it is uncertain whether the subject of immigration will be discussed on the program.
  • CBS - Face the Nation.  The guest list for the February 5, 2012, edition of CBS's "Face the Nation" program includes former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA), who is a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  Also appearing on the program will be Former Mayor Rudy Guiliani (R-NYC).  Appearing during the roundtable segment of the program will be Michael Kranish, the Boston Globe editor and co-author of The Real Romney; CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Norah O'Donnell; and CBS News Political Director John Dickerson.  Given the lineup of guests, it is likely that the subject of immigration will be discussed during the program.
  • CNN - State of the Union. The guest list for the February 5, 2012, edition of CNN's "State of the Union" will include Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA), a supporter of Mitt Romney in he 2012 Repubican presidential nomination race, and Governor Martin O'Malley (D-MD).  Also appearing on the program will be Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX), who heads one of the offshoots of the Tea Party.  Appearing on the program to discuss economic issues will be Former Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Directors Alice Rivlin and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, along with CNN Senior Political Analyst Ron Brownstein.  Given the lineup of guests, it is unlikely that the subject of immigration will be discussed during the program.
  • FOX - FOX News Sunday.  The guest list for the February 5, 2012, edition of FOX's "FOX News Sunday" will include former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), who is a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  Also appearing on the program will be Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA), a supporter of Mitt Romney in the 2012 Republican presidential race, and former Representative J.C. Watts (R-OK), a supporter of Newt Gingrich.  Appearing during the roundtable segment of the program will be Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard and Fox News; Liz Marlantes of the Christian Science Monitor; Liz Cheney, a former State Department Official and Fox News Contributor; and Juan Williams, Fox News Political Analyst.  Given the lineup of guests, it is uncertain whether the subject of immigration will be discussed on the program.
  • NBC - Meet the Press.  The guest list for the February 5, 2012, edition of NBC's "Meet the Press" program will includes former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA), who is a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  Also appearing on the program will be Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA), Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-NYC), and Governor Mitch Daniels (R-IN).  Appearing during the roundtable segment of the program will be Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA); New York Times columnist David Brooks; Republican political strategist Alex Castellanos; and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.  Given the scheduled appearance of Representative Becerra, it is possible that the subject of immigration will be discussed on the program.

Check Back with MicEvHill.Com late on Sunday afternoon for video clips of any immigration-related discussions that appear on the programs

 

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Modified Immigration Provisions in Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Bill


By Micheal E. Hill

Friday, February 3, 2012 -- 12:01 am EST

--Updated on Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm EST--

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has approved a number of changes to immigration law that are designed to protect aliens who are the victims of (or who are in danger of becoming victims of) domestic violence.  Committee action occured on Thursday, February 2, 2012, in connection with S. 1925, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011, a measure that was introduced in the Senate by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT).  The Committee approved the measure on a party-line vote of 10-8 after first agreeing to a
Leahy Substitute Amendment and several perfecting amendments to the Leahy Substitute.


Summary of Immigration Provisions
The bulk of the immigration-related provisions in S. 1925 are found in Title VIII of the measure.


More specifically, as approved by the Committee --
  • "U" Immigrant Definition.  Sec. 801 of the measure would add a new item to the list of victimizing behaviors that make an alien qualify for a nonimmigrant "U" visa. The new criterion would be if the alien was the victim of "stalking".
  • Annual Report on Immigration Applications Made By Victims of Abuse.  Sec. 802 of the measure would require the Department of Homeland Security to compile an annual report on VAWA self-petitioners, abuse victims who apply for nonimmigrant "U" visas, abuse victims who apply for nonimmigrant "T" visas, and persons granted continued presence under Section 107(c)(3) of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000.
  • Protection for Children of VAWA Self-Petitioners.  Sec. 803 of the measure would permit a derivative beneficiary of a deceased alien who was a VAWA self-petitioner to be considered for immigration relief, notwithstanding the death of his or her parent.
  • Public Charge.  Sec. 804 of the measure would provide that the public charge ground of inadmissibility shall not apply to qualified aliens, as defined by Section 431(c) of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), who are VAWA self-petitioners or who have applied for (or who have been granted) a nonimmigrant "T" or nonimmigrant "U" visa.
  • Recapture of Unused "U" Visas.  Sec. 805 of the measure would maintain the cap in current law of 10,000 nonimmigrant "U" visas per year but would allow for the issuance each year of up to 5,000 additional "U" visas that were authorized between 2006 and 2011 but not used.
  • Hardship Waivers.  Sec. 806 of the measure would expand the hardship waiver available to conditional resident alien spouses who are the victims of bigamy who fail to petition for or interview with USCIS for the removal of their conditional status.
  • Protections for a Fiances of U.S. Citizens.  Sec. 807 of the measure would make current law's requirements for fiance visas more stringent.
  • Regulation of International Marriage Brokers.  Sec. 808 of the measure would make changes to the International Marriage Broker Act of 2005 (IMBRA) to strengthen its provisions.
  • Trafficking Victims in the Northern Mariana Islands.  Sec. 809 of the measure would provide that nonimmigrant "T" and nonimmigrant "U" visa recipients who are residing in the Northern Mariana Islands and who are otherwise eligible for adjustment of status would not be ineligible for such adjustment due to their residency in the Northern Mariana Islands. It would further provide that a permanent resident would not be considered to have abandoned their status if they have traveled to the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • Habitual Drunk Driving an Aggravated Felony.  Sec. 810 of the measure would provide that conviction of a third drunk driving offense would constitute an aggravated felony under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Leahy Substitute Amendment
The Leahy Substitute Amendment contains a number of changes to the introduced version of S. 1925.  Several of those changes were made to the bill's immigration provisions. 

Among the immigration-related changes that were contained in the Leahy Substitute Amendment are those that weakened the bill's new definition of what constitutes victimizing behavior qualifying an alien for a nonimmigrant "U" visa; weakened changes in the introduced version of the bill that would have relaxed the law enforcement certification procedures that a victim is cooperating with the prosecution of her victimizer; struck a proposed change in the original version of the bill that would have permitted the Department of Homeland Security to consider secondary evidence apart from the law enforcement certification that an alien-victim is, has been or will be helpful in an investigation; struck a provision that would have provided for a 5,000 visa increase in the 10,000 visa annual cap on nonimmigrant "U" visas; and struck a provision that would have allowed a VAWA self-petitioner or "U" visa applicant to obtain employment authorization while the alien's petition for status was still pending.


Other Amendments
The Committee agreed to five perfecting amendments to the Leahy Substitute Amendment, two of which would make significant changes in immigration law-- 
  • The second is an amendment, offered by Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Homeland Security Ranking Minority Member John Cornyn (R-TX), would create a federal misdemeanor for a United States client who knowingly and intentionally fails to disclose safety-relevant information and material that international marriage brokers are required to request from the client, such as felony convictions, protection orders, arrests, and misdemeanor convictions.  The Committee agreed to the Cornyn International Marriage Broker Regulation Act Amendment by a vote of 14-2.


Next Steps

Now that the Senate Committee on the Judiciary has ordered S. 1925 reported to the full Senate, the next step in the legislative process is for the Committee to formally report the bill, which will then ready it for Senate floor consideration.  The party-line nature of the vote makes it unlikely that the bill will be taken up soon without further changes being made to it.


 

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Measure Making Three DUIs an Aggravated Felony and, thus, a Removable Offense


By Micheal E. Hill

Thursday, February 2, 2012 -- 11:45 am EST

--Updated on Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm EST--




The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has approved an amendment that would make three DUIs an aggravated felony and, thus, a removable offense.  Committee action occurred on Thursday, February 2, 2012, in connection with an amendment offered by Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Republican Charles Grassley (R-IA) to S. 1925, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011.

The Committee mitigated some of the potential impact of the original amendment that Senator Grassley offered.  His original amendment would have applied the new definition both to new DUI offenses as well as retroactively to all DUIs that occurred prior to the date of enactment of the bill.  However, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) offered a second degree amemdment to the Grassley Amendment removing its retroactive component.  The Committee agreed to the Leahy second degree amendment by a vote of 11-7 and the Grassley underlying amendment, as amended, by a vote of 18-0.

After agreeing to the Grassley DUI amendment, the Committee went on to approve a substitute for the entire VAWA bill that was offered by Chairman Leahy, as it was amended with the Grassley amendment, ordering the bill reported to the full Senate.


Text of the Original Grassley Habitual Drunk Driving Amendment to S. 1925


Click on the play button, above, to view video of the Senate Judiciary Committee Debate on the Grassley Habitual Drunk Driving Amendment

 

The White House Proposes a Number of Legislative and Regulatory Changes in High-Skilled Employment-Based Visas


By Micheal E. Hill

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 -- 2:39 am EST

--Updated on Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm EST--




The White House has announced a combination of legislative initiatives and proposed changes in regulatory practices that are intended to revise the process of granting immigrant and nonimmigrant visas to high-skilled workers and entrepreneurs.  The proposals were announced on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, as part of a larger set of proposals that the White House is billing as its "Startup America legislative agenda."


Legislative Proposal

With regard to immigration legislation, the White House endorsed
H.R. 3012, the "Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2011", which the House of Representatives passed on November 18, 2011, by a vote of 389-15. 

As passed by the House of Representatives, H.R. 3012 would eliminate the annual per-country limitations for employment-based immigrants, and it would increase the annual per-country limitations for family-based immigrant visas from 7.5 percent of the total number of available visas to 15 percent of the total number of available visas.  It would do these things without impacting the total number of employment-based or family-based visas granted each year.


A version of H.R. 3012 has been introduced in the Senate.  At the time of this writing, H.R. 3012 is being held up in the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.


Regulatory Proposals

With regard to proposed regulatory changes, the White House announced that the Department of Homeland Security will be taking several steps "
to streamline existing pathways for immigrant entrepreneurs to enter and create businesses in the U.S., retain more foreign-born science and technology graduates from U.S. universities, facilitate immigration by top researchers, and help U.S. startups and other companies compete for global talent;" and said that the U.S. Department of State will soon announce "a regulatory change which will enable employees who are intercompany transferees to take advantage of longer visas from the outset of their transfer to the United States."

The specific steps that the Department of Homeland Security is planning to take include the following:

  • Expand eligibility for 17-month extension of optional practical training (OPT) for F-1 international students to include students with a prior degree in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
  • Allow for additional part-time study for spouses of F-1 students and expand the number of Designated School Officials (DSOs) at schools certified by DHS to enroll international students.
  • Provide work authorization for spouses of certain H-1B holders.
  • Allow outstanding professors and researchers to present a broader scope of evidence of academic achievement.
  • Harmonize rules to allow E-3 visa holders from Australia and H-1B1 visa holders from Singapore and Chile to continue working with their current employer for up to 240 days while their petitions for extension of status are pending.
  • Launch an "Entrepreneurs in Residence Initiative" that "will bring together high-level representatives from the entrepreneurial community, academia, and federal government agencies to discuss how to maximize current immigration laws' potential to attract foreign entrepreneurial talent."

Awkward Timing? 
The White House proposals come at a somewhat awkward time, given that on the day before,
President Obama fielded a question during his Google+ Hangout from the wife of an American engineer who complained that her American citizen husband, who is a semiconductor engineer, is unemployed while the federal government admits foreign-born engineers through the H-1B program.  The President asked the woman to send him her husband's resume, and the White House press staff spent much of the day dealing with the fallout of her question and the President's response.



Click on the play button, above, to view a video excerpt from the January 31, 2012, White House Daily Briefing, during which White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced the high-skilled visa initiative.

 
 
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