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Thanks to Nicollette Davis at our firm for summing up the latest Visa Bulletin:
June Visa Bulletin Summary:
1st - World numbers, China and India advanced 3 weeks to 22 April
06; Mexico advanced 1 week to 15 August 93; the Philippines jumped 7 months to 01
Family 2A - World numbers, China, India, and the Philippines advanced 3
months and 1 week to 08 June 11; Mexico moved 3 months and 1 week to 08 May 11.
Family 2B - World numbers, China, and India moved 1 month and
3 weeks to 08 July 05; Mexico moved forward 1 month and 2 weeks to 15 June 93;
the Philippines advanced 1 month and 3 weeks to 01 November 02.
Family 3rd - World numbers, China, and India moved forward 3
weeks to 01 September 02; Mexico moved one week to 08 April 93; the Philippines
moved forward 3 weeks to 15 November 92.
Family 4th - World numbers, China and India remain stalled at
01 May 01; Mexico advanced 1 week to 15 September 96; the Philippines advanced 5
weeks to 08 November 89.
Employment 1st - still current in all categories.
Employment 2nd - World numbers, Mexico and the Philippines
are still current; China moved forward 2 months to 15 July 08; India remains
stalled at 01 September 04.
Employment 3rd - World numbers, Mexico advanced 9 months to 01
September 08; the Philippines moved forward one week to 22 September 06; China
moved 9 months to 01 September 08; India advanced 2 weeks to 08 January 03.
Employment 3rd Other Workers - World numbers, Mexico advanced
9 months to 01 September 08; the Philippines moved forward one week to 22 September
06; China moved 5 weeks to 22 October 03; India advanced 2 weeks to 08 January
Employment 4th - still current in all categories.
Employment 5th - still current in all categories.
There have been multiple news reports in multiple well-regarded publications painting different pictures on the state of play with the House negotiators on a comprehensive reform bill. But a picture is starting to emerge.
The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday "Bipartisan House Group Reaches Broad Immigration Deal." The report indicates that most of the provisions for a deal have been worked out except some details on guest workers and health care for immigrants. But they also indicated that if they couldn't work out a deal, Republicans might introduce a bill without the Democrats. Also, several media outlets reported that Speaker Boehner is voicing concerns that the House negotiators have not yet finished a bill. And the House Judiciary Committee appears to be moving forward with its own plan to consider immigration reform in multiple bills rather than a single bill.
The New York Times published a report yesterday that says that the health care benefits question was resolved though how remains unclear. The Times also reported on the issue of W guest workers. Democratic negotiators wanted to use the Senate deal, but Republicans thought the deal favored unions too much. The two sides, according to the Times, will offer competing guest worker plans and allow House members to decide which version makes it. However, it is still possible a negotiated deal can be reached on this issue as well.
According to The Hill,
"We have an agreement in principle," Rep. John Carter (R-Tex.) said as
he and five other members of the group emerged from a two-hour meeting
late Thursday afternoon.
Democrats confirmed the deal, and lawmakers said they would meet again
next week to put the finishing touches on the legislative text.
The Hill reports that the path to citizenship in the House version would be 15 years compared to 13 in the Senate bill. Representative Carter also indicated he hoped a bill would be introduced in the first week of June.
So it appears that the HG8 is going in to drafting mode on their bill and will have something ready to show the world in about two to three weeks which should be the time the Senate begins debating on the floor whatever is approved the Judiciary Committee. So far so good as far as the goal of having a bill by the August recess.
I fully agree with my distinguished colleague Harry DeMell's recommendation in his May 16 ID article Immigration Reform and Student Visas that the US should encourage American students to study in STEM areas where they are most needed.
But I have to take issue with his assertion that too many Americans study political science, literature, and other subjects in the humanities that "will not assist us in competing globally in the future".
America was founded by people who were well versed in the humanities but had no knowledge whatsoever of modern technology. Our political structure, our values and our greatness as a nation have, from the beginning, depended on our humanistic ideals, including the equality and inherent value of all people.
Yes, we need homegrown as well as foreign technologists, but we also need both American and immigrant philosophers, historians, linguists, poets and sociologists who can enable us to use the wisdom of the western and many other traditions from around the world, present and past, to build a more humanistic, caring and, above all, peaceful society here at home and throughout the planet.
I predict that if we follow this path, we will also be able to solve most of the problems which bedevil our immigration policy today, by developing greater respect for diversity and differences among people from different backgrounds and cultures, and for the dignity of all human beings
Yes, we need the best scientists, engineers and other technologists from America and abroad. But we also need humanists.
Title IV was finished and the Senate Judiciary Committee moved on to Title III dealing with interior enforcement. The EB-5 amendment was passed with little discussion, but is fairly massive - 31 pages - and will profoundly change that program. Here's my summary of the changes passed in today's markup. Next week, the markup will be all week and possibly evenings as well. The goal is to get the bill finished in the Judiciary Committee before the Memorial Day recess.
Summary of S. 744 amendments from 5-16-2013
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