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 Decade: 2000-2009
 Year: 2003
 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
The Alien Tort Statute: Legislative History and Executive Branch Views

The Alien Tort Statute: Legislative History and Executive Branch Views

Date: October 2, 2003
Creator: Elsea, Jennifer K
Description: The report provides a historical overview of court decisions interpreting the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), also known as the Alien Tort Claims Act (ACTA). The report then provides an overview of the positions taken by the U.S. government in published opinions of the Attorney General and in court briefs related to ATS claims.
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Consular Identification Cards: Domestic and Foreign Policy Implications, the Mexican Case, and Related Legislation

Consular Identification Cards: Domestic and Foreign Policy Implications, the Mexican Case, and Related Legislation

Date: September 30, 2003
Creator: Bruno, Andorra & Storrs, K. Larry
Description: The debate about consular identification cards in the United States has centered around the matrícula consular, the consular identification card issued by Mexican consulates to Mexican citizens in the United States. In May 2003, the Treasury Department issued regulations allowing acceptance of the cards as proof of identity for the purpose of opening a bank account, and the cards are accepted for other purposes as well, including issuance of drivers’ licenses.
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Expedited Citizenship Through Military Service: Policy and Issues

Expedited Citizenship Through Military Service: Policy and Issues

Date: September 30, 2003
Creator: Lee, Margaret Mikyung
Description: This report discusses the interest in legislation to expand the citizenship benefits of aliens serving in the military. Multiple bills provide for expedited or posthumous citizenship as the result of military service (H.R. 1275, H.R. 1588, H.R. 1685, H.R. 1691, H.R. 1714, H.R. 1799, H.R. 1806, H.R. 1814, H.R. 1850, H.R. 1953, H.R. 1954, H.R. 2887, S. 783, S. 789, S. 897, S. 922, and S. 940). Variously, these bills would, among other things, reduce or eliminate the 3-year requirement for peacetime service, permit proceedings to be conducted abroad, waive processing fees, modify posthumous citizenship procedures, and provide some type of immigration benefit to surviving immediate relatives of citizens (including posthumous citizens) who die as a result of serving in active duty or, more narrowly, in a combat zone during wartime.
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Immigration: Legislative Issues on Nonimmigrant Professional Specialty (H-1B) Workers

Immigration: Legislative Issues on Nonimmigrant Professional Specialty (H-1B) Workers

Date: August 8, 2003
Creator: Wasem, Ruth Ellen
Description: None
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Visa Issuances: Policy, Issues, and Legislation

Visa Issuances: Policy, Issues, and Legislation

Date: August 4, 2003
Creator: Wasem, Ruth Ellen
Description: None
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Authority to Enforce the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) in the Wake of the Homeland Security Act: Legal Issues

Authority to Enforce the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) in the Wake of the Homeland Security Act: Legal Issues

Date: July 16, 2003
Creator: Viña, Stephen R
Description: None
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Immigration: Legislative Issues on Nonimmigrant Professional Specialty (H-1B) Workers

Immigration: Legislative Issues on Nonimmigrant Professional Specialty (H-1B) Workers

Date: June 17, 2003
Creator: Wasem, Ruth Ellen
Description: None
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Immigration: A Guide to Internet Sources

Immigration: A Guide to Internet Sources

Date: June 11, 2003
Creator: Salazar, Barbara A
Description: None
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Immigration and Naturalization Fundamentals

Immigration and Naturalization Fundamentals

Date: May 20, 2003
Creator: Wasem, Ruth Ellen
Description: None
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Immigration: Legislative Issues on Nonimmigrant Professional Specialty (H-1B) Workers

Immigration: Legislative Issues on Nonimmigrant Professional Specialty (H-1B) Workers

Date: May 16, 2003
Creator: Wasem, Ruth Ellen
Description: None
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