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    by , 12-09-2013 at 10:17 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    The November issue of Health Affairs includes a Reform Proposal co-authored by to researchers at the RAND Corporation, a post-doctoral fellow at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and two faculty members at the Yale School of Heath.

    The extensively researched article explains the substantial size of foreign-born healthcare workers in the United States. The Abstract to the article explains that the authors:

    Review the distribution of these workers and their countries of origin, and we summarize the literature concerning their contributions to US health care. We also report on these workersíexperiences in the United States and the impact their migration has on their home countries.

    Finally, we present policy strategies to increase the benefits of health care worker migration to the United States while mitigating its negative effects on the workersí home countries.

    The authors' strategies include:

    attracting more people with legal permanent residency status into the health workforce, reimbursing home countries for the cost of educating health workers who subsequently migrate to the United States, improving policies to facilitate the entry of direct care workers into the country, advancing efforts to promote and monitor ethical migration and recruitment practices, and encouraging the implementation of programs by US employers to improve the experience of immigrating health workers.

    The article is a must-read for those who are serious about attending to US health care worker supply shortages.

    Read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at or You can also visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. 29 Democrats to Obama: You have the Power to "Pause" Deportations and Should Use it.

    by , 12-06-2013 at 07:59 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Twenty-nine Democratic members of Congress have written a letter to President Obama urging him to take "the sensible and moral step" to "pause" deportations for undocumented immigrants.

    Rep. Gutierrez has specifically called for "a cessation on deportations for the parents of young people who have received DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and those who would be eligible for legal status under the terms of the Senate bipartisan immigration bill (S. 744) passed in June of this year."

    Here is the full text of the letter:

    December 5, 2013

    President Barack Obama
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20500
    Dear Mr. President,

    The undersigned Members of Congress respectfully request that you suspend any further deportations and expand the successful deferred action program to all those who would be potential citizens under immigration reform.

    We stand by the 543 faith-based, labor, neighborhood, legal, and civil rights organizations, including the AFL-CIO, MALDEF, United We Dream, and NDLON that support this proposal, and agree that this is the best way to advance the path to citizenship for undocumented individuals across the country.

    We appreciate your commitment to reforming our nationís broken immigration policies for the benefit of all. In the context of the intransigence of a small number of legislators that are willing to hold the legislation hostage unless we pass a series of incredibly extreme proposals, a cessation of the deportation of the 1,100 potential citizens expelled daily would do a great deal to set the parameters of the conversation.

    Let us not take these policies lightly. Every deportation of a father, a sister, or a neighbor tears at our social consciousness; every unnecessary raid and detention seriously threatens the fabric of civil liberties we swore to uphold. We are talking about American families and American communities. Criminalizing American families or giving local law enforcement the responsibility to choose who stays and who goes, is not the right option.

    Our efforts in Congress will only be helped by the sensible and moral step of stopping deportations.

    As we have seen with deferred action for childhood arrivals, such relief brings with it the benefit of active participation in the debate by undocumented people themselves. When their stories are known and voices are heard, we have witnessed how the debate shifts. The fear and xenophobia that block progress only shrink in the display of their courage. But left unchecked, the threat of deportations will prevent so many from coming forward and contributing to the national conversation. Instead, the specter of deportation removes the human and grounding element in any political discussionóthose individuals who are most directly impacted.

    The senseless opposition that neither reflects the public will, nor the moral responsibility we hold, should not allow us to prolong the needless suffering of those who could so soon have their place in our society fully recognized. In fact, taking a strong step toward granting relief would move us in the direction of where the immigration debate rightfully should start, with the legalization of eleven million men and women who call the United States their home.

    As the debate proceeds, it is necessary to expand the protections of our future citizens that were established by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and grant it to the family and neighbors and all of those who have made their lives here but are yet to be fully recognized.

    We cannot continue to witness potential citizens in our districts go through the anguish of deportation when legalization could be just around the corner for them. We look to you to firmly contribute to advancing inclusion for immigrants by suspending deportations and expanding DACA.


    The undersigned

    Raķl M. Grijalva
    Yvette Clarke
    Madeleine Bordallo
    Tony CŠrdenas
    John Delaney
    Lloyd Doggett
    Eni Faleomavaega
    Sam Farr
    Alan Grayson
    Luis Gutiťrrez
    Alcee L. Hastings
    Filemon Vela
    Eleanor Holmes-Norton
    Rush Holt
    Michael Honda
    Sheila Jackson-Lee
    Barbara Lee
    John Lewis
    Alan Lowenthal
    Gwen Moore
    Grace Napolitano
    Beto OíRourke
    Mark Pocan
    Charles Rangel
    Bobby L. Rush
    Jan Schakowsky
    Mark Takano
    Dina Titus
    Marc Veasey
  3. Rachel Maddow and Erika Andiola Talk about the Impact of Obama's Record Deportations

    by , 12-04-2013 at 10:41 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The following segment from the December 3, 2013, Rachel Maddow Show includes Erika Andiola, co-founder of the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, addressing the human impact of President Obama's record deportations, and the advocacy that is necessary to keep families together.

    Updated 12-04-2013 at 11:12 AM by MKolken

  4. Boehner Hires McCain's Immigration Expert. A Good Sign for Reform? By Roger Algase

    Update, December 4, 10:40 pm:

    And here is a more cynical possibility. Could Boehner's hiring a key staffer with such a pro-immigrant reputation be meant purely as window dressing, or as a bone to pro-reform advocates, while he continues his do-nothing policies toward reform? In this interpretation, FAIR's angry tirade against Tallent might have been staged managed in order to help insulate Boehner against criticism from the pro-immigrant forces.

    But probably I may be reading too much into all of this.

    Update, December 4, 5:25 pm:

    Judging by the vitriolic email from FAIR which Greg Siskind quotes in his December 4 Immigration Daily blogging, my comment that the anti-immigrant lobby would be apoplectic over John Boehner's hiring of Rebecca Tallent, John McCain's former immigration reform point person, appears to have been accurate.

    I hope that my expectation that Boehner will stand his ground and keep her in this new position will also turn out to be accurate. I very much doubt that FAIR's email will be the last time that America's right wing bigots will be attacking Tallent.

    To the contrary, it may the opening salvo in a protracted war aimed at intimidating the Speaker, whose anxiety to protect whatever is left of his right wing is well known, into firing her.

    My original post follows:

    Could House Speaker John Boehner be preparing a Christmas surprise for immigration reform advocates? Politico's Seung Min Kim reports that the Speaker has hired a new immigration policy staffer, Rebecca Tallent, currently the director of immigration policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

    Kim also reports that Tallent is a former chief of staff to Senator John McCain and was his point person on immigration policy during the last major immigration reform effort in 2007.

    Meanwhile Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass), grandson of Robert Kennedy and great nephew of Ted Kennedy, is joining the immigration reform fast on the National Mall.

    For both of her stories, see Politico: Rep. Joe Kennedy joins immigration fast (December 3).

    I suspect that the kill reform, deport 'em all Tea Party/Heritage Action crowd will be apoplectic over the announcement that Boehner is hiring McCain's former top immigration aide. I wouldn't be surprised if we see some explanations by Boehner in the next few days that Tallent will just "one of many" staff members involved in immigration, and that no one should "read too much" into the fact that she has been hired.

    Nor would it be out of character if there were behind the scenes right wing efforts to get Boehner to dump Tallent, or at least demote her after she begins work on December 4.

    One hopes not, but if there are any such efforts, it could be a good sign for reform, perhaps the most positive sign since last June, if Boehner holds fast to his decision to give Tallent this critically important responsibilty.

    Hiring Tallent might also mean that the dedication and determination of the brave pro-reform fast participants are having some effect.

    Updated 12-04-2013 at 10:46 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  5. Boehner Hires Highly Respected Pro-Immigration Advocate as Immigration Point Person

    by , 12-03-2013 at 04:25 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Rebecca Tallent of the Bipartisan Policy Institute and a former John McCain staffer who helped the Arizona Senator lead on immigration reform on 2006-2007 is joining Speaker John Boehner's staff to help as a special assistant to deal with immigration policy. At BPI, Tallent has served at the helm while the organization has promoted comprehensive immigration reform. With the announcement of Tallent joining the Boehner team, the conventional wisdom on the Hill has been instantly transformed and reform looks like it might again be getting ready to advance. That certainly seems to be the case if you look at the email I got from the anti-immigrant group FAIR which is in hysterics over the news:

    Speaker Boehner Hires Amnesty and Open Borders Advocate to Spearhead Immigration Effort in the House

    If it wasnít already clear where the House Republican leadership stood on immigration, it is now. On Tuesday, Speaker John Boehner announced the hiring of Rebecca Tallent to be his immigration policy advisor. Tallent was most recently the director of immigration policy for the Bipartisan Policy Center, a business oriented group promoting amnesty and massive increases in permanent and temporary immigration. Prior to that she worked for Sen. John McCain and helped draft the McCain-Kennedy amnesty bills of 2006 and 2007.

    Tallentís hiring indicates that the only real difference between the Senate sell-out of American workers and taxpayers, S.744, and the approach we are likely to see taken by the House in 2014, is the number of times President Obama will be required to sign his name. It is evident that the Speakerís step-by-step approach to immigration reform does not entail waiting for empirical evidence that our borders are secure and that immigration laws are being enforced before the demands of the illegal alien and cheap labor lobbies are considered.

    In fact, Tallentís prescription for ending illegal immigration is legal admission on demand. In an interview on C-SPAN in March, Tallent said, ďThe best things we can do for our border security is to have a realistic guest worker program that reflects the number of people who want to come every year.Ē In other words, immigration policy should be regulated only by the desire of people from other countries who want to work here and the desire of American businesses to employ them, without regard for the impact on American workers and taxpayers.

    The hiring of Tallent confirms that Boehnerís refusal to conference on S.744 is purely a matter of procedure, not a repudiation of the Senate bill itself.
    President Obama and Senate leaders have already said that they do not care what bill serves as the vehicle to get them to their desired objective of amnesty and massive immigration increases, just as long as they get there. It is clear, as a result of Tuesdayís announcement by Boehner, that the legislative vehicle will be different, but the destination will be the same.
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