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  1. PROPOSED RULE TO EXTEND TN VISAS TO THREE YEARS COMING SOON

    by , 04-24-2008 at 05:31 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    The Office of Management and Budget has cleared a proposed USCIS rule to allow TN visa holders to stay in the US for three years instead of the current one year limit. That's great news for Canadians and Mexicans who use this professional worker visa.
  2. WHARTON SCHOOL STUDY: SKILLED WORKER SHORTAGE CONTRIBUTES TO OFFSHORING

    by , 04-24-2008 at 05:01 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Despite Lou Dobbs' twin attacks on H-1B visas and on offshoring, the actual connection between the two is the opposite of what Dobbs contends. A lack of access to skilled workers actually drives many companies to move jobs overseas where adequate numbers of skilled workers are available. We saw this a few months back with the big news that a lack of H-1B visas was the primary reason Microsoft decided to put a major research center in Vancouver rather than Seattle.

    Now a new study from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and Careerbuilder.com confirms this. In the study, 27% of companies said the lack of needed skilled workers is the major reason behind offshoring of jobs.
  3. LET THEM EAT CAKE

    by , 04-23-2008 at 06:31 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Tom Tancredo isn't the only anti-immigrant politician embarrassing Colorado. Representative Doug Bruce (R-Colorado Springs) has stirred up a hornet's nest of controversy when he criticized a proposed pilot program for legal temporary farm workers by saying Colorado does not need "5,000 more illiterate peasants." Bruce garnered headlines not too long ago when he was censured for kicking a photographer for the Rocky Mountain News, one of Denver's two main papers.  Whether Bruce will face any sanction is not clear.
  4. DHS ANNOUNCES AIR EXIT TRACKING COMING IN 2009

    by , 04-23-2008 at 04:33 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    The Department of Homeland Security has announced it plans to release a rule that will extend the US-VISIT entry/exit tracking system to exits from the US at airports and seaports around the country. Previously, the ability of DHS to implement an exit tracking system was considered doubtful given the costs and complexities involved.

    The announcement was met with mixed reactions. The proposal would require airlines and cruise lines to collect the biometrics and pay the expense themselves. The cost for this would cost an estimated $2.3 billion over a ten year period, according to DHS, but airline industry spokespersons believe the number will be much higher and is a cost the airlines cannot afford right now while they struggle with high fuel costs, increased safety concerns and more and more passenger complaints. The Washington Post reports


    Doug Lavin, regional vice president for the International Air Transport Association,
    which represents major U.S. and international carriers, said the
    government, not airlines, should collect fingerprints. "This is
    ludicrous," Lavin said. "We can't afford anything in the billions to
    support a program that should be a government program."


    Fingerprinting an estimated 33 million departing foreign passengers
    a year will result in "delayed departures, missed connections here and
    around the world," Lavin said. The Travel Industry Association which represents the entire travel industry including the airlines, issued a more conciliatory statement that acknowledges the need for the exit tracking system while noting that the cost should be borne by the government and not the travel industry:The Travel Industry Association is committed to working with the
    Department of Homeland Security and other interested parties to ensure
    that a biometric air exit system is developed as expeditiously as
    possible.  TIA believes that an air exit system will encourage and
    enforce compliance with U.S. immigration laws and allow the Department
    of State to develop meaningful data on visa overstay rates. 

        

    A stalemate between government and airlines - which threatens to end
    expansion of the Visa Waiver Program in 2009 - is not an acceptable
    outcome. Therefore, TIA will rally the travel community to support the
    quick implementation of a biometric air exit plan that meets homeland
    security goals and does not add new burdens to an already challenging
    air travel process. 
  5. CALIFORNIA LAWMARKER SEEKS TO RAISE AWARENESS OF DEPRESSION ERA DEPORTATIONS

    by , 04-22-2008 at 12:49 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about US history, but knew nothing about this story. It's important that we learn this history since mistakes resulting in the deportation of US citizens is becoming more and more common.
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