TITLE

Demands and Anxiety: The Effects of the New Immigration Law

AUTHOR(S)
Wolchok, Carol Leslie
PUB. DATE
March 1997
SOURCE
Human Rights;Spring97, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p12
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the effects of the new U.S. immigration law approved on September 30, 1996. The U.S. Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act authorizes the summary rejection of arriving asylum seekers and international travelers, eliminates due process protections from the deportation process, lays the foundation for a national computerized worker registry to enforce employer sanctions and restricts federal court review and oversight of agency decisions and practices. The legislation also erects new barriers to legal immigration and imposes significant financial obligations on the sponsors of immigrants. Proposals to reduce legal immigration and eliminate existing family preference and employment-based categories were overwhelmingly rejected by both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, but may be revisited during the 105th congress. The law contains numerous provisions intended to reduce or, in some instances, eliminate review of individual removal orders and judicial oversight over the activities of the U.S. immigration and Naturalization service. There are bars to review by any court of final deportation orders based on criminal convictions and or any discretionary relief decisions of the Attorney General, except asylum. The law requires the sponsor of a relative seeking admission under the family-based immigration system to sign a legally enforceable affidavit promising to support the family member at an income 125 percent of poverty level. Non residents who have overstayed their authorized period of stay in the U.S., will be barred from reentry, unless they apply for a new visa at the consulate in their home countries and prove exceptional circumstances.
ACCESSION #
9705291477

 

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