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  1. An Irish Commentator Compares Opposing CIR to 19th Century Racism. By Roger Algase

    As I was thinking more about why Tea Party and other far right Republicans are so eager to see their party self-destruct over the immigration issue, I ran across an interesting comment by Cahir O'Doherty on a site called Irish Central: Barely Concealed Racism comes to fore from GOP opponents in immigration debate (July 12). The link is:

    Writing about the Senate-passed CIR bill (S.744) O'Doherty says:

    "Rank and file GOP supporters hate the bill. More than that, they apparently hate the idea that the invisible people who staff our nation's restaurants and bars, who pick our lettuce and recycle our trash, who live in fear of an early morning visit from the Department of Homeland Security, will at last be given some measure of security...

    More and more Congress refuses to compromise on any of its core conservative principles. Stalemate is the result."

    He continues:

    "That's why there are tens of thousands in the Irish community who are still praying for an unlikely change of heart from the GOP.

    Stop being so hardline, we have asked them. Make an exception for us. We're really nice."

    O'Doherty then links Republican intransigence on immigration reform to the Party's extremism on many other issues as well:

    "On women's rights, on health care, on education, on giving tax cuts to the rich, on restricting or banning abortion, on labor unions, on gay rights, on immigration reform, the party has moved so far to the right and so far into the past that it's been out of touch with mainstream opinion for years."

    He then quotes Phyllis Schafly's tirade against Latinos for allegedly having too many illegitimate children - "same as the blacks are" - according to her version of equal opportunity hate - and her claim that Latinos are also incapable of understanding American Constitutional principles such as limited government and the Bill of Rights.

    O'Doherty concludes:

    "Our Irish ancestors used to hear this barely concealed racism directed at them in the 19th century. That kind of high handed language is just as toxic and dismissive of the fondest hopes and dreams of millions in 2013."

    And, finally:

    "It's also an indication of how deep the opposition to a reform bill actually is. It doesn't look good."

    No further comment is necessary.

    Updated 08-08-2013 at 08:26 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. DOL Says Engineering Degrees Not Acceptable for IT Green Card Cases Even Though They

    by , 08-07-2013 at 04:36 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    This post from my friend Mike Hammond epitomizes the nonsense we see from the Department of Labor when it comes to processing labor certification-based green card cases:

    Over the past several weeks, the DOL has been denying PERM cases for IT professionals which allow for engineering degrees as an educational requirement or alternative. This new policy has been widely reported by AILA attorneys and others. The explanation by the DOL is that an engineering degree is not the type of degree that would normally be acceptable for an IT position. For those of you who are currently holding IT positions and have an engineering degree, you must have just gotten lucky in getting your job. Once again, the DOL has demonstrated its uncanny ability to break from the practices of the real world. What is ironic is that the DOL currently has an open position for an IT professional and amazingly it specifically states that an engineering degree is an acceptable educational background. In only approximately 15 minutes, we were able to uncover no less than a half-dozen other Federal government agencies hiring IT professionals and stating that an engineering degree was an acceptable educational background. We are hopeful that DOL HQ will intervene and provide some additional training to its Certifying Office in Atlanta and correct this policy. In the interim, employers are being forced to file BALCA appeals to protect priority dates, insure the ability to extent H-1b’s beyond the 6 year limit, or avoid new costly recruitment campaigns. Even if this clearly erroneous policy position is quickly corrected, a significant amount of unnecessary cost will have been expended by employers and the delay created and the cloud of denial will have affected many foreign nationals.
  3. Obama: Immigration Deal Will Boost Housing Recovery

    by , 08-07-2013 at 03:04 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    This is an argument that economists have widely trumpeted as a major benefit of acting on immigration. But few politicians have been talking about it until the President raised the issue this week during a visit to Arizona. The White House released some data that is certainly bolsters the claim. From The Hill:

    According to data provided by the White House, immigrants accounted for almost 40 percent of new homeowners between 2000 and 2010. In California, immigrants accounted for more than 80 percent of the growth in homeowners, while in New York, more than two-thirds of new buyers were immigrants.

    In Southern states like Georgia and North Carolina, immigrants made up more than a quarter of new homeowners, according to the White House.

  4. Latino USA on NPR talks #DREAM9

    by , 08-07-2013 at 02:44 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
  5. Facebook Founder Embracing Cause of DREAMers

    by , 08-07-2013 at 02:38 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been one of the most visible private sector advocates for immigration reform this year. But, not surprisingly, much of his legislative advocacy has related to skilled worker immigration issues that directly impact Facebook. To the extent he has backed broader immigration reform, it has been seen largely as a way to advance skilled worker immigration. But Zuckerberg has lately been more vocal on the plight of illegally present immigrants and this week showed up for a film premiere of "Documented" which is a documentary on the plight of DREAMers. Immigration advocates are hoping Zuckerberg can help galvanize support in the tech community for other parts of immigration reform.
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