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  1. AMENDMENTS DELAY CONSIDERATION OF BILLS IN HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

    by , 09-17-2008 at 03:13 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Ugh! No movement today on bills to increase nurse visas and recapture wasted immigrant visa numbers. HR 6020, a bill to improve visa processing for soldiers and their families did pass and that's certainly great news. But there were so many amendment proposals on that bill that there was no time for anything else. And there is no word yet on when the committee will reconvene.
  2. BREAKING NEWS: NINTH CIRCUIT UPHOLDS ARIZONA SANCTIONS LAW

    by , 09-17-2008 at 02:03 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    The Ninth Circuit has ruled with the state in a complaint arguing that an Arizona law calling for the revocation of business licenses for companies employing illegal workers and requiring employers to use e-Verify will stand, at least for now. The court indicated that it would wait and see how the law was enforced and might entertain future challenges, according to experts. No word yet on whether the case will be appealed to the Supreme Court.
  3. OBAMA HITS BACK IN ADS AIMED AT LATINO VOTERS

    by , 09-17-2008 at 11:50 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    According to Politico:

    The Washington Post gets some new Spanish-language spots from Obama, reminding voters of the anti-Immigration wing of the Republican Party.


    "They want us to forget the insults we've put up with, the intolerance," says the narrator, in Spanish, over a picture of Rush Limbaugh and quotes of him saying, "Mexicans are stupid and unqualified" and "Shut your mouth or get out."


    Ironically, a Michigan reader tells me Obama's ad promising he'll let voters keep their guns is running on Rush Limbaugh's program there.

    "John McCain and his Republican friends have two faces. One that says lies just to get our vote and another, even worse, that continues the failed policies of George Bush that put special interests ahead of working families," according to the Post's translation.



    The radio ad also includes the line:

    "Don't forget that John McCain abandoned us rather than confront the leaders of the Republican Party."

  4. SURPRISE! DOJ HAS FAILED TO KEEP PROMISE TO WEED OUT BAD IMMIGRATION JUDGES

    by , 09-17-2008 at 04:44 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Remember former Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez issuing 22 reforms to clean up a number of well-documented problems with immigration judges around the country. They included a new disciplinary system, improvements to the appeals process and additional oversight. According to a study released this week by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. The report concluded that the Department of Justice"failed to complete key improvement measures that go to the heart of
    ensuring that the immigration courts are staffed by capable, skilled
    judges that have sufficient time and resources to accurately do their
    job"The Executive Office for Immigration Review has failed to conduct any performance evaluations of immigration judges
    or appeals board members and has not implemented a code of judicial
    conduct, according to the report.

  5. NURSE BILL MARKUP DUE TO BE COMPLETED TOMORROW

    by , 09-16-2008 at 08:50 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Press releases notwithstanding, HR 5924, the bill to allocate 20,000 green cards for nurses, is set to be completed tomorrow (it was supposed to be done last week). I'll let you know when it has happened.
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