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USCIS has just announced both the regular and masters H-1B caps were hit. More details to follow.
Hat tip to my buddy Sam for this link. Roll Call reports that the Club for Growth and FreedomWorks will not take positions on the immigration debate this year sending a signal to many on the right wing of the GOP that they are free to take the positions of their choice on an immigration bill. The article reports, however, that the third of the big three advocacy groups, Heritage Action, still is on record opposing comprehensive immigration reform
This is a blog about appeals, and ordinarily, I examine appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals and in the federal courts and the Supreme Court.
Today, I write about an appeal to those in another branch of government - Senator Schumer and the Gang of 8. It's no secret that comprehensive reform of our immigration laws presents both an enormous challenge and an unique opportunity in relation to economic, social and humanitarian conditions in the United States. And the initial reform proposal is expected any day.
In anticipation of the announcement, hundreds of thousands of citizens, residents and immigrants have placed their hopes in an appeal to Senator Schumer to ensure that families are permitted to remain together and that the harsh and damaging pattern of family separation, leaving children without one or more of their parents, will finally come to an end.
Even more, all over the country voices are raised in an urgent, heartfelt, humanitarian appeal to Senator Schumer to ensure that any proposal unequivocally puts an end to the inhumane treatment of non-citizens in detention, namely, the arbitrary and deleterious use of solitary confinement in immigration detention facilities. Such punitive treatment of civil detainees is only the tip of the ICEburg in a failed detention system that must be thoroughly reformed in favor of alternatives to detention and the discretionary evaluation of each individual with respect to whether he poses any threat to public safety, as well as arrangement for competent legal representation for most detainees.
The current state of our immigration laws - both in content and the manner in which they are implemented - cries out for change and improvement. And none more so than those aspects related to the safety, family and liberty of those within our borders. Safety concerns are receiving more than enough attention in the context of improving border security. Now it is time to step up for our family and humanitarian values.
I was just followed on Twitter by @TheDreamisNow, an organization that is advocating for common sense immigration reform that includes the principles of the DREAM Act. They filmed a documentary consisting of a collection of stories of undocumented immigrants in America that are desperate to become citizens of the only country they have even called home.
The documentary is set to premiere this month in Washington DC, and will then be screened on college campuses and in communities to raise awareness in the hope of garnering support for immigration reform.
Pretty moving stuff.
I'll be watching.
An April 4 Politico article reports that according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released on Wednesday April 3, eight in ten Americans support increased "border security". Among Republicans, this number goes up to 93 per cent. However, among Latinos, only 61 percent agree. (Poll: Border security a top priority).
These figures indicate that the Republicans are on the wrong side of a serious racial divide. Will they succeed in re-writing the results of last November's election? Or are they on the way to extinction as a political force, as America becomes more diverse?
There are some encouraging results in the same poll, however. 72 percent of Americans support more visas for high skilled immigrants. 57 percent support a pathway to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants.