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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

April 2012 State Department Visa Bulletin Run Down

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Sorry for the delay in posting this and thanks to Michael Portillo at our office for putting this together.


April Visa Bulletin Summary:


Family 1st - World numbers, China and India jumped 14 months to 01 April 05; 1 week advance for Mexico to 08 May 93; Philippines stalled at 22 June 97.


Family 2A - World numbers, China, India, and the Philippines jumped eleven weeks to 08 October 09; Mexico advanced 2 months to 01 September 09.


Family 2B - World numbers, China, and India jumped two months to 15 January 04; Mexico remains stalled at 01 December 92; Philippines stalled at 08 December 01.


Family 3rd - World numbers, China, and India moved forward six weeks to 15 February 02; one week advance for Mexico to 15 January 93; Philippines remain stalled at 22 July 92.


Family 4th - World numbers, China, and India jumped one month to 08 November 00; Mexico advanced a week and a half to 01 June 96; Philippines advanced two and a half weeks to 08 January 89.


Employment 1st - still current in all categories.


Employment 2nd - World numbers, Mexico, and Philippines still current, China and India stalled at 01 May 10.


Employment 3rd - World numbers, Mexico, and Philippines advanced three weeks to 08 April 06; China jumped two months to 01 March 05; India moved a week and a half to 01 September 02.


Employment 3rd Other Workers - World numbers, Mexico, and Philippines advanced three weeks to 08 April 06; China remains stalled at 22 April 03; one and a half week advance for India to 01 September 02.


Employment 4th - still current in all categories.


Employment 5th - still current in all categories.

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  1. gg's Avatar
    Republicans giving final touches to DREAM ACT 2.0 - LEGALIZATION WITH NO PATH TO CITIZENSHIP

    http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/320241/20120327/dream-act-rubio-republicans-romney-santorum-immigration.htm
  2. gg's Avatar
    "I'm going to do everything in my power to stop a watered-down version of the DREAM Act," he said. "That's what they're pushing now." - Reid

    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/218307-republicans-seeking-out-hispanics

    (Bill likely to pop after Romney clinches nomination. Question is this to little to late to compete for Hispanic vote ?)
  3. Another Voice's Avatar
    I think the Dems argument of creating nation-less people is a good argument.... You want people to be proud to represent America, it seems that this would not get people there and you are still punishing people for something they did not choose on their own free will.
  4. gg's Avatar
    "I think the Dems argument of creating nation-less people is a good argument.... "

    While a path to citizenship would be nice, i think its a tough sell in the current political environment. Also it is wrong to assume that all these people actually want to become US citizens. A look at the numbers of long time GC holders in US proves this point. In fact the administration came out with a memo sometime ago asking long time GC holders to become US citizens. As for nation-less people, these kids were not born in the US so this argument does not arise. I think people need to make realistic decisions and the most important being legalization.
  5. Jack's Avatar
    "The efforts have unnerved Democratic leaders, who are watching warily -- Democrats see their advantage over Republicans among Hispanic voters as one of the party's greatest strengths in November."

    The Democratic sweet spot is talk a good pander game but never deliver so that they can blame Republicans for inertia. This proposal upsets their cynical gameplan and it's hilarious for them now warning "to not buy into GOP efforts on immigration and other issues ahead of the election" before they even know what the proposal is. Their biggest concern seems to be Republicans getting credit, not a lack of action.



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    Frank Sharry thinks Romney has already blown the election:

    "Unless the Etch-a-Sketch comes with a time machine that let's him go back a year, I think he's toast," Mr. Sharry said. "I don't know how he gets out the corner he painted himself into."

  6. Jack's Avatar
    This an interesting albeit biased article which highlights how our banking system could be used as a deterrent to illegal presence:

    Commentary: In battle against Bank of America, undocumented immigrant loses

    http://www.kansascity.com/2012/03/28/3513939/commentary-in-battle-against-bank.html



  7. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "Martinez had been a client of BofA for 14 years. He had a mortgage and two other accounts with the bank and had lived a quiet, hardworking life as a cook and gardener in Sacramento."

    Yes, Jack, that's the kind of people US needs to destroy. BoA is inviting its own misfortune by calling cops on their own long time customers.
  8. Another Voice's Avatar
    "While a path to citizenship would be nice, i think its a tough sell in the current political environment. Also it is wrong to assume that all these people actually want to become US citizens. A look at the numbers of long time GC holders in US proves this point. In fact the administration came out with a memo sometime ago asking long time GC holders to become US citizens. As for nation-less people, these kids were not born in the US so this argument does not arise. I think people need to make realistic decisions and the most important being legalization."

    I disagree specially if some of these individuals would gain status by serving in the military and risking their lives yet they still do not get to be citizens....how can the swear to defend the flag and the country that technically is making them less that others. I think as opposed to many immigrants that come here on their own free will these folks were brought here by their parents and this country is all they know... I think the stats that you cite do not apply to them. As to the political climate I think Hispanics should be more mad at the Repuks for presenting them with a choice of 1/2 or nothing and should motivate them to vote the repuks out of office.
  9. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Taxation without representation? Was not that what started the American Revolution? (No, not the Tea Party verision of taxation only)
  10. Another Voice's Avatar
    EDITORIAL
    A Dream Act Without the Dream
    Published: March 27, 2012

    The only Dream Act worth passing is simple. It tells high schoolers who want to make something of themselves, for the good of the country, to go ahead. Join the military or go to college and take your place as full-fledged citizens in the only country you know. That Republicans reject this shows how far they have strayed from American ideals of assimilation and welcome.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/28/opinion/a-dream-act-without-the-dream.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120328
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