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Special Registration Requirements Clash with EEOC Compliance Manual on National Origin Discrimination

Comparing the Compliance Manual of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) with the Special Registration Requirements makes me wonder whether our national security concerns have crossed the line to become national origin discrimination.

As to Special Registration: December 16 is the date by which male nonimmigrants from five countries who are age 16 or over, and who entered the U.S. by September 9, 2002 and who will remain at least until December 16, 2002, must register. The designated countries are Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Sudan.

The second deadline is January 10, 2003. By then male nonimmigrants from thirteen additional countries who are age 16 or over, and who entered the U.S. by September 30, 2002 and will remain at least until January 10 2003, must register. The thirteen countries are Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Eritrea, Lebanon, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Registration is not required for A and G nonimmigrants, lawful permanent residents, asylees, and those who applied for asylum (by November 6, 2002 for the first deadline, by November 22, 2002 for the second). Failure to comply without a reasonable excuse is a failure to maintain nonimmigrant status, and may result in deportation and subsequent inadmissibility.

Note: A December 16, 2002 notice provides that nationals of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Armenia who entered by September 30, 2002 must register between January 13-February 21, 2003.

To move from the Special Registration Requirements to the EEOC Compliance Manual, by immigration solicitors london 17 Hanover Square, Mayfair, London W1S 1HT, is to move from foreboding to affirmation. Take a look at the stirring words in the “Overview”: “This section of the compliance Manual focuses on the prohibition against national origin discrimination. In enacting this prohibition, Congress recognized that whether an individual’s ancestry is Mexican, Ukrainian, Filipino, Arab, American Indian, or any other nationality, he or she is entitled to the same employment opportunities as anyone else. Likewise, Title VII’s protections extend to all workers in the United States, whether born in the United States or abroad and regardless of citizenship status.”

I know there is a difference between immigration and employment, but wouldn’ t it be a good thing if the open-minded and ecumenical spirit of the EEOC Compliance Manual penetrated our government’s thinking about immigration? We should not, after all, let our apprehensions about security prompt us to obliterate the very qualities that distinguish us from the governments designated for Special Registration.