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  1. CONDOLEEZA RICE URGES GOP TO EMBRACE IMMIGRATION REFORM

    by , 11-19-2008 at 08:33 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Another prominent figure in the Republican Party urges her party to change its ways on immigration. Rice tells the New York Times:
    IMMIGRATION POLICY IS FOREIGN POLICY.

    We didn't get comprehensive immigration reform. . . . I think
    everybody knows that this president tried. I remember the first
    foreign-policy meeting that I went to with the then-governor, before he
    was inaugurated, was with the then-governor, soon to be president of
    Mexico, Vicente Fox,
    and they talked about the need to fix this problem. I am a firm
    believer in defending our laws and defending our borders. . . . But
    it's also true that there are a lot of hardworking people in this
    country who live in the shadows.
    IMMIGRANTS ARE CENTRAL TO AMERICAN IDENTITY.

    I was a major proponent of the temporary-worker program and
    finding some way to normalize the status for these people. I think that
    it goes to the core of who we are. I hear some people talking about,
    well, maybe there should be a timeout on legal immigration, check your
    last name and see whether or not it came over on the Mayflower.
    WHY SOME IMMIGRANTS SHOULD STAY -- AND SOME SHOULD STAY HOME.

    Improving the economic conditions that would allow people who
    are clearly ambitious -- if they're going to walk across the desert to
    get here, they're ambitious people -- improving the capability of those
    people to stay home and contribute is the last piece of that puzzle.
    Comprehensive immigration reform is the one thing I wish we'd been able
    to do, and it's going to have to be done, and I hope it's done soon.
  2. ROVE: GOP NOT SUPPORTING COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM OR RISK IS "SUICIDAL"

    by , 11-18-2008 at 11:17 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Karl Rove warned the GOP about this years ago and it is why he banned Tom Tancredo from the White House. Here's what he writes this week in Newsweek:Hispanics dropped from 44 percent Republican in 2004 to 31 percent in
    2008. The GOP won't be a majority party if it cedes the young or
    Hispanics to Democrats. Republicans must find a way to support secure
    borders, a guest-worker program and comprehensive immigration reform
    that strengthens citizenship, grows our economy and keeps America a
    welcoming nation. An anti-Hispanic attitude is suicidal. As the party
    of Lincoln, Republicans have a moral obligation to make our case to
    Hispanics, blacks and Asian-Americans who share our values. Whether we
    see gains in 2010 depends on it.
  3. VISA WAIVER PROGRAM NOW OFFICIALLY OPEN TO SEVEN NEW COUNTRIES

    by , 11-17-2008 at 09:34 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Welcome news for a country that needs as many tourist dollars as we can get right now. Effective today, the new countries on the list are the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Republic of Korea and the Slovak Republic. 
  4. Lame Duck Session

    The Senate begins its lame duck session today. The House apparently is unwilling to tackle issues unless the viciously divided Senate acts first, although plans are in order for the House to begin on Wednesday.

    At the top of the list is the proposed automakers bailout bill and other legislation aimed at jump-starting the weak US economy. It is not expected that Congress will consider too many amendments. The lobbying effort has been centered on convincing our champions and co-sponsors of the urgency of the issue; whether that argument falls on deaf or active ears remains to be seen.
  5. PERM Practice Tips: ILW Teleconferences Scheduled

    by , 11-17-2008 at 04:43 AM (Joel Stewart on PERM Labor Certification)
    Our next round of PERM teleconferences is scheduled for November 26, December 18, and January 8. The topic covers a large number of specific issues that are confusing and troublesome for practitioners.
    The first session on November 26, 2008,  includes the following topics:
    Powers and Duties of Agent or Attorney
    Area of Intended Employment
    Types of Employment entities
    Full-Time Employment
    Job Opportunity
    Professional and Non-Professional Occupations
    Tax Exempt Entity
    All About O*Net
    Specific Vocational Preparation Update
    United States Worker
    Role of State Workforce Agency
    The second session is on December 18, 2008

    What Does "Or Equivalence Mean" ?
    Foreign Equivalences
    Combinations of Experience and Education
    Current View of DHSWhat is Training?
    2nd Preference National Interest Waivers
    2nd Preference Exceptional Ability Petitions
    A Close Look at Schedule A
    Tips on 1st Preference Alternatives:

    persons of extraordinary ability,
    outstanding professors and researchers, and
    multinational executives and managers


    Investors and closely held companies
    Comparison of Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate or Beyond

    The third session is on January 8, 2009
    Attorney Representation in PERM Applications
    Dangers in Attestations
    Review of Notice Requirements
    Preparing and Retaining Record Files
    Substitution of Employers
    On-Line Registration of Employers
    Business Necessity for Job Level Four
    Gaining Experience on the Job
    Alien Influence and Control
    Post Denial Options: Reconsideration or Appeal to BALCA   
    The teleconferences offer a good opportunity to focus on details and questions that are important to PERM practice, but hard to find answers. After each session, there is ample opportunity to ask additional questions from the experts. In fact, if you see an important issue that I left out, drop me an e-mail and I will include it!                       
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