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Access Washington - Weekly Immigration Update

New America Media, News Digest, Wendy Sefsaf Posted: Apr 21, 2008

Editor's Note: NAMs Access Washington Weekly Immigration Update is a column summarizing key developments in the immigration debate. This column is produced by New America Medias Washington, D.C., office.

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ICE Raids Poultry Plants

After recent immigration raids at Pilgrims Pride poultry plants in five states, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents processed more than 300 foreign workers who they allege committed identity theft and other criminal violations in order to obtain their jobs. ICE has established a toll-free number for family members to get their relative's detention status and removal process. The toll-free hotline number is 1-866-341-3858.

Naturalization Interviews to be Conducted on Evenings and Weekends

Due to the high number of naturalization applications (Form N-400), USCIS is expanding its hours in order to complete the filings. Therefore, if you receive a notice from USCIS that your naturalization interview has been scheduled for a Saturday, Sunday, or after regular business hours, the notice is correct and you should appear at the scheduled time.

New Immigration Related Bills Introduced in Congress

H.R. 5750, The Senior Citizenship Act of 2008 would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act and exempt some elderly persons from taking the test on history, principles and form of government, as well as English language requirements, in order to naturalize. It allows other elderly persons to take the history and government examination in their native languages.

H.R. 5761 is a companion bill to the The Accountability in Immigrant Repatriation Act of 2008 S. 2720, which was introduced by Senator Arlen Specter, R-Penn., in the Senate in March. The legislation punishes countries who do not take back their nationals once the U.S. has decided to deport them. The bill would make countries ineligible to receive any federal financial assistance from the United States, as well as suspend visa issuances.

H.R. 5732, The Securing the Homeland Through Agency Reporting Enhancement Act would establish procedures for Social Security to send "no match" letters normally sent just to employers, to the Department of Homeland Security.

H.R. 5728, Border Fence Trust Fund Act of 2008 introduced by six congressmen including Tom Tancredo, amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow individual taxpayers to designate a portion of income taxes to fund the improvement of barriers at the United States border, and for other purposes.

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