Review of Immigration Problems: Hearings before the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and International Law of the Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, Ninety-Fourth Congress, First and Second Sessions on Immigration and Nationality Act Waivers, Foreign Students, Consular Functions Abroad, and Immigration Benefits to Illegitimate Children, June 11, 12; December 10; and July 28, 1976 [open pdf - 7MB]
From the opening statement of the Hon. Joshua Eilberg: "The second half of this morning's hearing will be concerned with the operation of section 212(d) (3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. As such, this portion of the hearing represents a continuation of oversight hearings which have been held to review the general administration of various provisions of the Immigration Act by the Department of State and the Department of Justice, and we will continue to hold such hearings throughout this Congress. 212(d)(3) provides a broad grant of discretionary authority to the Attorney General to waive most of the grounds of excludability set forth in section 212 for aliens who are applying for temporary admission to the United States. The waiver authority extends to every ground for exclusion except those set forth in section 212(a) (27) and section 29 relating to national welfare, safety, or security. In conferring this authority on the Attorney General, Congress clearly recognized that certain circumstances could justify the temporary admission of an inadmissible alien for the purpose of promoting international trade, furthering the national interest, or for example, to enable an alien to obtain medical care in the United States which was not available in his native country. At the same time, Congress expressed its intent to closely monitor the implementation of this section of law under section 212(d)(6) which requires the Attorney General to submit detailed reports to the Congress on waivers which are granted for criminals and members of the Communist Party."
Serial No. 62
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