LeMieux appears likely to steer clear of Martinez's controversial attempts to overhaul immigration law, which would include a path to citizenship for the undocumented. 'We need tosecure our borders,' LeMieux said. 'After we do that, we can figure what happens to people already here.'
CBP Confirms EB-5 Visa Holders to be Admitted After September 30th
The regional center EB-5 program expired on September 30th and despite the fact that the Senate has passed an extension as part of the DHS spending bill, final passage remains stalled. It is likely Congress will pass a continuing resolution extending the program, but just in case, EB-5 advocates are asking questions regarding what happens while we wait.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association asked officials at Customs and Border Protection how they intend to handle these cases:
Question: Based on the October Visa Bulletin, the Department of State will be issuing EB-5 visas for the full validity period up to close of business on September 30, 2009. Could you confirm that CBP will be admitting these EB-5 visa holders on or after September 30, 2009?
Answer: If the visa is valid and the applicant is otherwise admissible, there should not be an issue with CBP admitting as an EB-5.
Did “You Lie!” Congressman Lie about Immigration Law Background?
There has been an interesting alliance of antis in both the health care and immigration arenas to scare people in to believing that illegally present immigrants will be eligible for subsidies to secure health insurance under the health care reform proposal being pushed by President Obama. That claim is patently false. But that did not stop one extremist in the Congress, Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC) from screaming "You lie!" when President Obama addressed that myth. This appalling lack of respect has already led the GOP to go in to damage control mode and Wilson issued an apology within minutes of the President's speech ending. The apology was really one of those non-apology apologies where he didn't apologize for making a false claim, just for the outburst.
Wilson later tried to save face by telling reporters that he was actually an immigration attorney in the past. The NY Times:
“I’m for immigration,” [Wilson] said, adding that he had been an immigration lawyer, although he did not specify exactly what he had done. “But people who come to our country and violated our laws, we should not be providing full services.”