FEDERAL IMMIGRATION REFORM

WHEREAS, on July 20, 1995, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Immigration passed HR 2202, known as the House Immigration Bill;

WHEREAS, HR 2202 will bar U.S. citizens from sponsoring married adult sons and daughters, an entire category of family members eligible under current law;

WHEREAS, HR 2202 will prevent U.S. citizen parents from sponsoring most of their unmarried children over age 21;

WHEREAS, HR 2202 will bar most undocumented immigrants from admissibility for 10 years;

WHEREAS, HR 2202 will allow summary exclusions of asylum seekers based on screening of their claims by airpost or other port of entry officers without a hearing;

WHEREAS, HR 2202 will cap annual refugee admissions at 50,000, a reduction of more than one half of current levels;

WHEREAS, HR 2202 proposes a national computerized registration for all American workers based on the combined databases of the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Social Security Administration;1

WHEREAS, the national computerized database's confidentiality can be fatally compromised by allowing all employers, legitimate or otherwise, to have access to check on the status of prospective employees;

WHEREAS, HR 2202 proposes exclusion of immigrants from all federal means-tested programs by deeming the sponsor's income as being available to the immigrant for at least seven years;

WHEREAS, HR 2202 will require hospitals to report undocumented persons seeking emergency services before allowing reimbursement of those services;

WHEREAS, HR 2202 will mandate inflexible work experience requirements for international personnel, even where the skills are certified to be unavailable in the United States;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association opposes HR 2202 and the above-enumerated restrictions on legal immigration and legal immigrants;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association authorizes its Chancellor to communicate its opposition to restrictions on legal immigration, such as those contained in HR 2202, to its members, legislators, the public at large and the media.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: November 16, 1995


(1) In pilot projects of the INS and SSA, over 50% of the persons not verified by the system turned out to be legally authorized workers. The INS database has an error or missing information 28% of the time. The Social Security Administration database has faulty data 17% of the time. At a 1% error rate, approximately 650,000 Americans could be wrongly denied, or delayed in starting, work each year (National Immigration Law Center).