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  1. DACA Work Permits Starting to Get Approved

    by , 10-29-2012 at 01:28 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    The San Antonio Express-News reports on a medical student who just got his DACA work card. Most applicants for DACA still haven't received their initial approvals, much less their work cards so people should not read too much in to this news. Still, it's nice to start hearing some of these stories emerge.
  2. Latest Latino Decisions Poll Shows Obama Lead Expands Again

    by , 10-29-2012 at 08:01 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    The President's lead over Mitt Romney with Hispanic voters has reached its widest point in the ten weekly tracking polls Latino Decisions has conducted this year. He is up 73 to 21% a 2 point improvement over last week and 18 points better than after the Republican National Convention. 8% of Hispanic voters have already cast their votes and only 2% of those polled say they will probably not vote. The number saying they are more enthusiastic this year than in 2008 also jumped from 40% to 45%, the highest point this cyclehttp://www.latinodecisions.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Tracker-toplines-week-10.pdf, indicating that Latino voter turnout will be high.
  3. Napolitano: 200,000 DREAM Cases Filed

    by , 10-25-2012 at 01:53 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    The slow start has picked up, but we also are hearing from many who are waiting to see who wins the election. DHS also just announced that only about 5000 cases have been approved.
  4. USCIS Still Can't Get H-1B Numbers Straight

    by , 10-25-2012 at 01:08 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    When David Rubman pinned USCIS down on how many H-1Bs were being issued each year and learned that they were dramatically undercounting, the appropriate next step would be for USCIS to figure out why this has been happening and explain what they will do to ensure it doesn't continue to happen. Instead they've responded by just issuing new numbers which don't make a lot of sense. I understand USCIS is now including amendments in their data which are completely irrelevant and will skew the approval data to make it sound like the approval rate is a lot higher than it is.
    Here is David's latest correspondence with USCIS.
     

    H-1B FOIA follow-up.Andoh.Oct 22
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  5. Obama: First Deficit Deal and Then Immigration Reform

    by , 10-25-2012 at 07:48 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Yesterday, the media started hyperventilating over President Obama's interview with the Des Moines Register Editorial Board. The President wants the newspaper's endorsement in the critical swing state of Iowa. He wanted to have a frank discussion so asked that his remarks be kept off the record. Probably not smart politically and the President later in the day was forced to release a transcript of his remarks. There was nothing embarrassing in the remarks so I'm not sure why it was not on the record initially, but there was a VERY intriguing discussion on immigration.
    The long and short of it is that the President plans on working on a grand bargain on the deficity and having that accomplished in the first six months of the new term. No surprise. With the fiscal cliff coming based on the sequestration deal, there is no way to ignore that issue and it will no doubt require all of the President's attention.
    But then what? According to the National Journal, here's what the President had to say:

    The second thing I'm confident we'll get done next year is
    immigration reform. And since this is off the record, I will just be very
    blunt. Should I win a second term, a big reason I will win a second term is
    because the Republican nominee and the Republican party have so alienated the
    fastest-growing demographic group in the country, the Latino community. And
    this is a relatively new phenomenon. George Bush and Karl Rove were smart
    enough to understand the changing nature of America. And so I am fairly
    confident that they're going to have a deep interest in getting that done. And
    I want to get it done because it's the right thing to do and I've cared about
    this ever since I ran back in 2008.

    I'm sure Romney will say that this sounds familiar and that the President promised accomplishing immigration reform in the first year of his first term. But this is a little different. First, he was not talking to a Latino group. He was telling a general audience in a critical swing state that this is the plan. Second, he was not saying immigration reform is one of many goals he wants to accomplish in the first year. He was saying it was THE most important goal after the deficit deal and it will come up just 180 days after the inauguration. Finally, the President's actions in the last year and a half are an indicator that he's serious about immigration. I believe the man.
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