1. State the administrative agency which controls the regulation. Explain why this agency and your proposed regulation interests you (briefly). Will this proposed regulation affect you or the business in which you are working? If so, how?
The subject of immigration is well known among students, workers, and employers, and in fact, to most everyone residing within the United States. For me, this topic is especially significant as I myself was once a foreign student who went through the immigration process. However, from the promulgation of the first immigration law in the 1950s, these laws have evolved and have affected all individuals in one way or another.
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These new regulations were less stringent than the preceding regulations.
3. Write the public comment that you would submit to this proposal. If the proposed regulation deadline has already passed, write the comment you would have submitted. Explain briefly what you wish to accomplish with your comment.
The laws concerning H-2A workers have already been in place, yet one can see that there has been much restriction and control bestowed upon them and their U.S. employers. Enough evidence is provided in the excessive proposal about various conditions that need improvement, thus such revelation suggests that the H-2A visa program has been implemented with unnecessary burdensome restrictions and requires a call for reform. A revised visa program seems to be more comprehensible and more humanitarian in nature (i.e., as seen in the removal of the fees from the workers or in extension of employment authorization), and it also gives more specific rights to H-2A holders. The aim is to avoid any form of exploitation and provide these temporary workers a fair treatment and compensation. My comment agrees with the proposal. After Congress’ failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform, the changes on H-2A regulations need to make a progress to alleviate much pressure and provide specific protection to immigrant workers and their U.S. employers.
4. Provide the "deadline" by which the public comment must be made. The proposal was published on February 13th, 2008. Written comments on this rule had a deadline of March 31st, 2008. The deadline on the Paperwork Reduction Act session of the rule was April 14th, 2008. The final rule was posted on December 18th, 2008. It went into effect on January 17th, 2009.
5.a. Once you have submitted your comment, what will you be legally entitled to do later in the promulgation process (if you should choose to do so)? In 2008, the USCIS published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). Only an agency with statutory authority can propose or amend an administrative regulation. The proposal is published in the Federal Register and available on the regulation’s website for anyone to view. Then, in the public involvement phase, the comment period and the public hearing period take place. If anyone requests a copy of the proposal, the agency must email or mail it to him/her; the list of those who requested information is maintained. The public now has an opportunity to comment on this proposal until April, 2008; all interested parties have a chance to comment for at least a month after the proposal, as is required by law. Also, the agency must hold public hearings (formal and informal), but if it does not receive a letter of intention to attend the hearing, the agency may cancel the hearing. Summary of each public hearing is prepared, signed by the presiding officer, and available on the regulation’s website. A final draft is prepared, and the proposal is...