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  1. July 2013 Visa Bulletin Out

    by , 06-10-2013 at 10:29 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Here is the latest (courtesy of Bailey Hutchison from my firm):
    July Visa Bulletin Summary:
    1st - World numbers, China and India advanced 5 weeks to 01 June 06;
    Mexico advanced 1 week to 22 August 93; the Philippines jumped 6 months to 01 July
    Family 2A - World numbers, China, India, and the Philippines advanced 4
    months to 08 October 11; Mexico moved 3 months and 3 weeks to 01 September 11.
    Family 2B - World numbers, China and India moved 3 months and
    3 weeks to 01 November 05; Mexico moved forward 4 months and 2 weeks to 01 November
    93; the Philippines advanced 1 month and 3 weeks to 22 December 02.
    Family 3rd - World numbers, China and India moved forward 1
    month to 01 October 02; Mexico moved 2 weeks to 22 April 93; the Philippines
    moved forward 1 week to 22 November 92.
    Family 4th - World numbers, China and India advanced 3 weeks 22
    May 01; Mexico advanced 1 week to 22 September 96; the Philippines advanced 5
    weeks to 15 December 89.
    Employment 1st - still current in all categories.
    Employment 2nd - World numbers, China moved forward 3 weeks
    to 08 August 08; India remains stalled at 01 September 04; Mexico and the Philippines
    are still current.
    Employment 3rd - World numbers, China and Mexico advanced 4
    months to 01 January 09; India moved forward 2 weeks to 22 January 03; the Philippines
    moved forward 1 week to 01 October 06.
    Employment 3rd Other Workers - China jumped 5 months to 22
    March 04; India advanced 2 weeks to 22 January 03; Mexico advanced 4 months to
    01 January 09; the Philippines moved forward 1 week to 01 October 06.
    Employment 4th - still current in all categories.
    Certain Religious Workers - still current in all categories.
    Employment 5th - still current in all categories.
  2. Letters of the week: Jun 10 - Jun 14

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  3. House Working on an Immigration Schedule That is a Month Behind Senate

    by , 06-10-2013 at 07:22 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    House Speaker John Boehner is apparently doing a lot of work behind the scenes to get things moving on immigration reform legislation in that body. According to a report in Politico, Boehner wants legislation passed by the Judiciary Committee before the July 4th recess (the same deadline as Harry Reid has put to pass the entire bill in the Senate). He then wants a full House vote before the August recess. 
    Boehner still hasn't decided whether it will be the House bipartisan bill or the Judiciary Committee's Republican-written piecemeal bills that will get to the House floor. Part of that will depend on what sort of reaction the bipartisan bill gets when it is released in a few days. Part may also depend on just how big a margin the Senate bill gets.
    Hat tip to reader Sagar for the link.

    by , 06-10-2013 at 06:10 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)

    by Chris Musillo

    The Department of State has just released the July 2013 Visa Bulletin.  This is the first of the three fiscal-year fourth quarter Visa Bulletins.  The US Fiscal Year ends on September 30, 2013.

    This Visa Bulletin continue to show steady progress in the EB-3 numbers for All Other and China.  We are now into 2009 for both categories.   

    India's EB-3 remained in January 2003. India EB-2 remained frozen at September 2004.  The Philippines EB-3 modestly improved to October 2006.

    As MU Law mentioned earlier, we expect the Philippine EB-2 number to remain Current or near Current until Spring/Summer 2013, when it should become unavailable as it does most Summers.

    July 2013 Visa Bulletin

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  5. Bloggings: Reid Calls Cornyn Out On Border Security CIR Poison Pill, While Defense Industry Lobbyists Push For More Border Spending. By Roger Algase

    The Democratic Congressional leadership has finally spoken out against the anti-immigrant wing of the Republican party for trying to whip up hysteria over the Mexican border in order to gut CIR. On June 9, Politico (whose superb coverage of the immigration reform battle puts all the other media that I have come across in the shade) ran an article entitled: Harry Reid blasts John Cornyn 'poison pill'. Here is the link:
    Politico quotes Reid (D-NV) as telling Univision's Al Punto:
    "We have a Senator from Texas, Senator Cornyn, who wants to change border security, a trigger, saying it has to be 100 per cent border security, or [there will] be no bill. That's a poison pill."
    Politico continues:
    "Reid argued that significant heft, including Border Patrol officers as well as drones, have been added to the nation's border with Texas [sic - Politico obviously meant 'Mexico' instead] in recent years and that Republicans who are arguing for increased border security as a condition of supporting the Senate legislation are only trying to upset the delicate bill negotiations."
    What is in the Cornyn amendment exactly? According to a June 5 news release from the office of Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), the amendment would require the following, inter alia, before Registered Provisional Immigrants (RPI) can adjust to Lawful Permanent Resident (green card) status:
    1. 100 % Situational Awareness - monitoring capability at every segment of the Southern border
    2.Full operational control - defined as at least 90% apprehension rate along Southern border
    How realistic are these goals? Could they ever be met? Would there be a way to verify whether they have been met?
    According to a Washington Post editorial: Measure US border security by progress (April 20), while the General Accounting office states that in two of the three sectors of the border involved, the apprehension rate of people trying to cross the border into the US illegally is already close to 90 per cent (will Congressional Republicans ever believe that?), this is not true for the third sector, where the apprehension rate is between 50 and 70 per cent. The link to this editorial is:
    Therefore, the Cornyn bill may be setting impossible targets. Gang of Eight Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) warns, according to the Washington Post: Intense Debate in Senate over immigration bill, June 8:
    "One principle is that the trigger has to be both achievable and specific." 
    The Cornyn bill, as well as other calls for more Border Security (BS) from the Republican anti-immigrant wing, seem to be designed only to frustrate this principle and to derail CIR.
    Another disturbing feature of the anti-immigrant right's addiction to more BS is the interest in this issue by big military contractors looking for more dollars as the nation's involvement in overseas wars winds down.
    A June 6 New York Times article: As Wars End, a Rush to Grab Dollars Spent on the Border, begins:
    "The nation's largest military contractors, facing federal budget cuts and the withdrawals from two wars, are turning their sights to the Mexican border in the hopes of collecting some of the billions of dollars expected to be spent on tighter security if immigration legislation becomes law."
    The Times article can be accessed at:
    This is not to say that America now has total "security" along the Mexican border, even though, as the Times points out, the number of Border Patrol agents has doubled to 21,000 since 2005, and border fencing has increased from 135 miles to 651.
    We have not yet arrived at the type of border separating the two Koreas, or the Berlin Wall. Nor would a free country like America want to have such a border with a friendly neighbor such as Mexico.
    Therefore, does it make any sense to hold the lives and hopes of 11 million people for legal status in the US hostage to Border Security (BS) proposals from defense contractor profiteers, or avowed immigration foes whose only interest is in killing reform by using any tactic available?

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