support the permanent extension of Section 245(i).

Under Section 245(i), certain immigrants who are eligible for permanent residency visas because they are sponsored by close family members or by employers can be processed for their green cards here in the US, so long as they are present here and satisfy certain conditions. This provision permits certain individuals who can demonstrate that their visa number is current and that they are eligible for an immigrant visa to proceed to a final determination here in the US, rather than abroad.


The House of Representatives last week voted to extend by two weeks the Continuing Resolution (CR) that includes a temporary extension of Section 245(i) (through November 7). Thanks to Republican leadership, the rule that governed how the CR was debated today protected Section 245(i). However, Representative Dana Rohrabacher (D-CA) has indicated that he will continue to work against Section 245(i) and that he has been promised a separate vote Wednesday, October 29. Accordingly, this Wednesday is D-day!


Talking/Writing Points:

* Section 245(i) is available only to people who already are eligible to become permanent residents.

* Section 245(i) permits those eligible to adjust status in the US.

* Section 245(i) does not change the order in which a persons application is adjudicated.

*People adjusting status under Section 245(i) are screened to make sure that they are not barred by any ground of inadmissibility from obtaining a green card (criminal offenses, health problems, the potential of becoming a public charge, fraud, misrepresentation, or any of the many other grounds of inadmissibility).

* Section 245(i) raises badly needed funds for the government (about $200 million in FY 97), at least 80% of which is used for detention.

*Section 245(i) is not a "green card" giveaway. It is not an amnesty program. It is not a loophole that lets criminals avoid a background check. It does not allow people to jump in line in front of others.


Please contact your representatives in Congress, both the House and the Senate, to ask them to support the permanent extension of Section 245(i).


Congressional switchboard:
(202) 224-3121 or 1-800-972-3524.

House Leader Newt Gingrich's number is
(202) 225-4501.

Majority Leader Dick Army's number is
(202) 225-7772.


To send an e-mail:

U.S. Senate


U.S. House of Representatives




Please forward copies of your correspondence to ADC at


Anti-Discrimination Committee


4201 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 300

Washington, D.C. 20008, U.S.A.

Tel: (202) 244-2990, Fax: (202) 244-3196


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