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House Proceeding 06-10-09 on Jun 10th, 2009 :: 4:17:45 to 4:19:35
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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

4:17:41 to 4:18:01( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: i urge my colleagues to support both this amendment and the underlying bill. i thank you, mr. chairman, and i reserve the balance of my time. the the gentlelady from florida rise? ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you. claiming time in opposition, madam chair. th recognized.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

4:17:45 to 4:19:35( Edit History Discussion )
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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

4:18:02 to 4:18:22( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you. i thank the gentleman from massachusetts for his helpful and constructive amendment and i rise in support of this amendment and i had the opportunity to travel to these areas with the gentleman a few years back. madam chair, the congress has recognized the debt owed to iraqi and afghans who work at great personal risk in support

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

4:18:23 to 4:18:43( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: of our troops and responded by creating two special immigrant visas, s.i.v. programs. one, an s.i.v. program for iraqi and afghani translators and interpreters and, a second s.i.v. program for contractors and their families along with

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

4:18:44 to 4:19:05( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: benefits. hour, as of 2008 report by the state department inspector general stated, the current process resulted in applicants receiving s.i.v.'s who, one, did not meet the program's criteria of working primarily as an interpreter or translator or, two, in the o.i.g. team's

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

4:19:06 to 4:19:28( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: opinion, appear to be outside the legislative intent of the program. as a result, a number of s.i.v.'s that could have been allocated to other qualified applicants were not. this amendment seeks to address a number of those issues by requiring our state department to, among other actions, develop clear guidance on eligibility

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

4:19:29 to 4:19:36( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: for adjudicaters, maintain a high level of vigilance due to the high level of fraud and abuse and many other items.

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