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A Brief History of U.S. Immigration Policy

A Brief History of U.S. Immigration Policy

Date: December 22, 1980
Creator: Vialet, Joyce
Description: U.S. immigration policy has been shaped not only by the perceived needs of this country, but by the needs and aspirations of the immigrants themselves. This report reviews the major streams of immigration to the United States in the context of the country's changing views of immigration.
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The Immigration and Nationality Act: Questions and Answers

The Immigration and Nationality Act: Questions and Answers

Date: March 11, 1982
Creator: Vialet, Joyce
Description: The basic United States law governing immigration and naturalization is contained in the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, as amended (8 U.S.C. 1101 -- et seq.). This report provides questions and answers to explain the way in which the Immigration and Nationality Act as amended through 1981 regulates the entry of aliens for permanent and temporary residence in the United States, and other major provisions of the law. Emphasis is placed on subjects which have been of particular interest to the Congress in recent years. This supersedes CRS Report No. 81-65 EPW.
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Social Security: Alien Beneficiaries

Social Security: Alien Beneficiaries

Date: November 1, 1983
Creator: Koitz, David Stuart
Description: None
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Refugee Act Reauthorization: Admissions and Resettlement Issues

Refugee Act Reauthorization: Admissions and Resettlement Issues

Date: November 22, 1983
Creator: Vialet, Joyce
Description: None
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Immigration Issues and Legislation in the 98th Congress

Immigration Issues and Legislation in the 98th Congress

Date: December 2, 1983
Creator: Vialet, Joyce
Description: This report discusses Immigration reform, which continues to be of concern in the '96th Congress, and legislation has been moving quickly. Specific issues include illegal immigration, temporary workers, legalization, asylum adjudications, and legal immigration. The legislation under consideration is the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1983, popularly referred to as the Simpson-Mazzoli bill, introduced in the House and Senate on Feb, 17, 1983 as H.R. 1510 and S. 529.
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Basic Questions on U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization

Basic Questions on U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization

Date: March 3, 1992
Creator: Eig, Larry M.
Description: U.S. citizenship is conferred at birth under the principle of jus soli (nationality of place of birth) and the principle of jus sanguinis (nationality of parents). The U.S. Constitution states as a fundamental rule of jus soli citizenship that "all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside." The exceptions to universal citizenship comprehended by the requirement that a person be born "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" include: (1) children born to a foreign sovereign or accredited diplomatic official; (2) children born on a foreign public vessel, such as a warship; (3) children born to an alien enemy in hostile occupation; and (4) native Indians.
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Haiti: Efforts to Restore President Aristide, 1991-1994

Haiti: Efforts to Restore President Aristide, 1991-1994

Date: May 11, 1995
Creator: Taft-Morales, Maureen
Description: This report tracks the efforts to restore to office President Aristide of Haiti between the years 1991-1994. During this period, the main U.S. foreign policy concern was the restoration of the democratic process to Haiti. Closely related to this was the issue of Haitians attempting to flee to the United States by boat. Congressional concerns focused on human rights, Haitian migration, socioeconomic conditions, and drug trafficking.
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Immigration: Reasons for Growth, 1981-1995

Immigration: Reasons for Growth, 1981-1995

Date: February 12, 1997
Creator: Vialet, Joyce
Description: None
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Central American Asylum Seekers: Impact of 1996 Immigration Law

Central American Asylum Seekers: Impact of 1996 Immigration Law

Date: November 21, 1997
Creator: Wasem, Ruth Ellen
Description: This report discuses issues related to the significant portion of the Central Americans affected by the IIRIRA revisions still have asylum cases pending and may obtain legal permanent residence by that avenue if they demonstrate a well-founded fear of persecution. The Attorney General also has the discretionary authority to grant blanket relief from deportation, but the discretionary forms of relief do not entail legal permanent residence. There is considerable interest in this issue in the 105th Congress, and the Senate passed by a vote of 99 to 1 an amendment to provide relief for certain Central Americans to the D.C. appropriations bill (S.1156).
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Immigration: The New Affidavit of Support - Questions, Answers, and Issues

Immigration: The New Affidavit of Support - Questions, Answers, and Issues

Date: December 15, 1997
Creator: Vialet, Joyce
Description: None
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Alien Eligibility for Public Assistance

Alien Eligibility for Public Assistance

Date: December 18, 1997
Creator: Vialet, Joyce & Eig, Larry M
Description: This report discusses the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, which affected alien eligibility for federal, state, and local government assistance programs, both imposing and broadening restrictions on a number of immigration benefits and programs.
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Immigration: Adjustment to Permanent Residence Status under Section 245(i)

Immigration: Adjustment to Permanent Residence Status under Section 245(i)

Date: February 4, 1998
Creator: Eig, Larry M & Krouse, William J
Description: None
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Immigration: Visa Waiver Pilot Program

Immigration: Visa Waiver Pilot Program

Date: March 18, 1998
Creator: Wasem, Ruth Ellen
Description: None
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Immigration: The "H-2A" Temporary Agricultural Worker Program

Immigration: The "H-2A" Temporary Agricultural Worker Program

Date: April 9, 1998
Creator: Vialet, Joyce
Description: None
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Immigration: The “H-2A” Temporary Agricultural Worker Program

Immigration: The “H-2A” Temporary Agricultural Worker Program

Date: April 9, 1998
Creator: Vialet, Joyce
Description: In recent years, there have been various legislative efforts to modify or supplement the existing H-2A temporary agricultural program authorized by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Concern has centered on making the program easier for growers to use while still maintaining protections for domestic labor. Growers have made limited use of the program in the past and a few years ago program usage was in decline. Current trends, however, show an increase due in part to increased demand from tobacco growers. This report provides information on the H-2A program, illustrates current trends, discusses issues raised by the proposed changes, and tracks pending legislation.
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Immigration-Related Provisions of Selected Bills on Religious Persecution

Immigration-Related Provisions of Selected Bills on Religious Persecution

Date: June 4, 1998
Creator: Eig, Larry M & Vialet, Joyce
Description: This report analyzes immigration-related provisions of H.R. 2431, the “Freedom from Religious Persecution Act,” as passed by the House on May 14, 1998, and S. 1868, the “International Religious Freedom Act,” as introduced in the Senate.
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Naturalization Trends, Issues, and Legislation

Naturalization Trends, Issues, and Legislation

Date: June 24, 1998
Creator: Wasem, Ruth Ellen
Description: None
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Food Stamp Benefits for Legal Immigrants in P.L. 105-185

Food Stamp Benefits for Legal Immigrants in P.L. 105-185

Date: June 30, 1998
Creator: Vialet, Joyce
Description: None
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Immigration Fundamentals

Immigration Fundamentals

Date: July 2, 1998
Creator: Vialet, Joyce
Description: This report describes the fundamentals of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which was enacted in 1952 and significantly amended since, most recently by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.
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The Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act: Hardship Relief and Long-Term Illegal Aliens

The Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act: Hardship Relief and Long-Term Illegal Aliens

Date: July 15, 1998
Creator: Eig, Larry M
Description: None
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Alien Eligibility for Public Assistance

Alien Eligibility for Public Assistance

Date: July 22, 1998
Creator: Vialet, Joyce & Eig, Larry M
Description: This report discusses the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, which affected alien eligibility for federal, state, and local government assistance programs, both imposing and broadening restrictions on a number of immigration benefits and programs.
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Immigration: Nonimmigrant H-1B Specialty Worker Issues and Legislation

Immigration: Nonimmigrant H-1B Specialty Worker Issues and Legislation

Date: August 4, 1998
Creator: Wasem, Ruth Ellen
Description: None
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Immigration and Naturalization Service's FY1999 Budget

Immigration and Naturalization Service's FY1999 Budget

Date: August 7, 1998
Creator: Krouse, William J
Description: None
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Immigration: Visa Entry/Exit Control System

Immigration: Visa Entry/Exit Control System

Date: August 26, 1998
Creator: Krouse, William J & Wasem, Ruth Ellen
Description: None
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