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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

FIVE IDEAS THAT MIGHT APPEAL TO REASONABLE REPUBLICANS

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Philip Wolgin lists on Huffington Post his ideas for smaller items Congress could consider since CIR is effectively dead. Some are obvious, but others less so. They are


1. DREAM Act


2. AgJobs


3. Make the EB-1 category more reasonable.


4. Create a more reasonable bar on those accused of providing material support to terrorists to cover those essentially involuntarily providing the support.


5. Eliminate the one year bar on asylum claims.

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  1. Another Voice's Avatar
    The key word is reasonable there is a shortage of that in that party....
  2. beppe's Avatar
    hi, other 2 ideas
    6)extend the deadline of the 2459i)
    7)hold the 10 years ban for 6 months, and give a penalty if you want to reenter 2000 K minimum.

    What do you think?
  3. F's Avatar
    What kind of math this guy was taught in school, How did he come up with 95000 eb1 visas being wasted. He is just another PRO CIR shill just want to throw something in there for legal immigration reform.
  4. George Chell's Avatar
    Interesting article:

    http://blogs.forbes.com/shikhadalmia/2010/11/04/immigrant-bashing-goes-ethnic/

    "Consider, Florida's Marco Rubio, the Tea Party-backed Republican for Senate. After initially issuing a statement on immigration that would have warmed the heart of the Statue of Liberty, this Cuban American did a complete flip-flop, positioning himself on the restrictionist-right of both his white opponents. Not only did he eventually endorse the Arizona law after criticizing it for racial profiling, he also backed away from the DREAM Act, noting that it is "gonna feel weird" to deport minor undocumented kids but America needs "an immigration policy that works" - whatever that means!"

    Throws cold water.

    "But Palin-backed Nikki Haley, the daughter of Sikh migrants from India, didn't even bother to pay lip service to the plight of undocumented workers who have no legal way to permanently live and work in the country. She embraced the Arizona law right off the bat, even boasting on the campaign trail about co-sponsoring legislation as state legislator that "entirely matched the state of Arizona.""

    Nikki "I look as white as anyone else" Nikki Haley. The fact is many whites disagreed and voted against her based on race and they did not let her into an all-white country club. Not white enough! She can try skin whiteners like some Indian women do, but that will maker look like a Hispanic!

    "But the worst of the GOP's ethnic stars from the standpoint of immigration reform are New Mexico's Susana Martinez and Nevada's Brian Sandoval, both Hispanics who won the governorship. Even though New Mexico has a history of welcoming Mexican immigrants, Martinez was so unrelenting in her opposition to them that she even forced her (white) Democratic opponent to harden her stance. She opposed "amnesty" for undocumented aliens, pledged to revoke their driver's licenses and ban them from college scholarships. And she endorsed Arizona's "your papers please" law."

    I wonder why she did not change her last name to Martin!

    "And she endorsed Arizona's "your papers please" law. Sandoval, a Tea Party darling, wasn't quite as unflinching as Martinez, but he too ultimately praised the Arizona law and adopted a far harsher stance toward Hispanic immigrants.:

    Brian "my kids look white" Sandoval.

    Overall as of right now, only VA and CA may be the best places in the country to live if you take into consideration the weather and attitudes towards immigrants!

    GOP is in the driver's seat in re-districting..chances of getting the House back are very slim unless there is another catastrophic Dem wave...not going to happen if the economy is strong. Coattails will get you about twenty seats at most. Right now the lead is 20, but with re-districting the lead is effectively 25-27. Senate is a different story. Had the GOP reached 50 or won control of the Senate, you would have seen a lot of Dem retirements effectively leading to a long term majority. But, with 53 seats in the Senate that is highly unlikely. Olympia Snowe will get teabagged, Dan Heller in NV will get teabagged, Tommy Thomson will get teabagged (too moderate), Scott Brown will get teabagged and the Obama landslide in MA will take Brown or anyone else down particularly if Ed Markey is running. All this may change if the economy collapses but that will only happens if the Asian growth decelrates over the next 12-18 months and as an economist let me tell you that is an unlikely proposition.

    So dont expect any changes for the next several years. Standoff and stalemate will continue..they will focus on illegals and hence they will have no time to restrict legal immigration...that is the good side!

  5. Jim's Avatar
    This just shows that there is real momentum for piece-meal bills. I don't know about his bit about EB1, though.

    Key is doing it during the lameduck session.

    After the Defense appropriation bill and extending the Bush tax cuts across the board, small legal immigration bills should be the priority. Everything else can be done in the next Congress.
  6. My 2 cents's Avatar
    Most of the skilled worker fall under the EB 2 or 3. Why not fix the categories where there is a backlog. EB 1 has been current for years. Why not get a visa recapture bill or excluding the beneficiary visa count from EB category? I this the last two are sensible legislation which will help reduce the backlog.
  7. Jim's Avatar
    "Most of the skilled worker fall under the EB 2 or 3. Why not fix the categories where there is a backlog. EB 1 has been current for years. Why not get a visa recapture bill or excluding the beneficiary visa count from EB category? I this the last two are sensible legislation which will help reduce the backlog"

    I Agree. He must think that the reason why only a few apply under EB1 is because it required too high requirements and that few are only getting approved.

    Maybe he didn't consider that some are just too smart that they would rather go back to their home countries as well or other countries are offering more incentives than the US. China is telling their countrymen to go back to China after studying in the US. Same with India, I believe. Then there are countries like Singapore that just opens their doors to everyone.

    However, that will happen to EB2 and EB3 very, very soon as well when the backlogs on those EB classification doesn't get fixed via a visa recapture or similar bills You can;t expect them to wait more than 5 yrs for their visas specially those waiting in line outside the US.

  8. Jim's Avatar
    Since we are talking about ideas....

    I would like to suggest one that I haven't read much.

    Why not give people that are waiting in-line outside the US (consular processing) an EAD as well so that they can go to the US and work while waiting for their visas. Why do they have to wait for 5 yrs or so when a person already in the US who have filed an Adj. of Status are given an EAD and work while their cases are still pending??

    This will also discourage people abusing their US visitor's visa or resort to finding a US citizen to file a fiancee visa for them (ahem). Win-win.

    Majority of those waiting outside the US are what is called 'documentarily qualified' and just waiting for visa numbers to be given to them when their priority dates are current.
  9. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    I am upder impression that Greg as a leading immigration lawyer has a slightly better perspective of what really needs to fixed. You may disagree with his opinion, but it seems like your objections are mostly driven by what you are personally familiar with, which may not be comprehensive.
  10. Jim's Avatar
    "I am under impression that Greg as a leading immigration lawyer has a slightly better perspective of what really needs to fixed. You may disagree with his opinion, but it seems like your objections are mostly driven by what you are personally familiar with, which may not be comprehensive."

    Sure. But we are talking about Philip Wolgin's ideas on the Huff not Greg's.
  11. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    The same goes to Philip - he has his own perspective as an immigration historian.
  12. SG's Avatar
    Nothing is going to happen about backlogs in Eb-2/3. Other bills will pass, and the people who are waiting in line for so many yrs will still have to wait. I know 6 friends personally who have left as they were tired of waiting and waiting and waiting. Guess I will be the 7th in the group soon.
  13. Jim's Avatar
    "The same goes to Philip - he has his own perspective as an immigration historian. "

    Sure. However, I don't see Philip telling the commentators on his article/blog that his perspective and ideas are the only way to go. He's even having decent discussion with some of the commentators. Nor Greg point out to us here that we can't chime in our ideas.

    I also don't see commentators from Philip's article saying Philip's perspective is way better than the comments there.

    Otherwise, what's the point really? Maybe we should turn off the comments.
  14. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    I only pointed out that some people are coming from a perspecitve heavily colored by their personal experience. Some even say that 95K visas were being wasted (we all know they are transfered to EB2 category). I can't assess the validity of his argument regarding EB1 criteria, but what I know for sure, should the criteria be relazed, the majority of those who can advance to EB1 are going to come from EB2 category. It is not a solution to the backlogs, in my mind, but it is something to consider.
  15. Roberto's Avatar
    "Reasonable Republicans" Ay, there's the rub. With Steve King as chair of the Immigration Subcommitte I think we can forget about anything positive for the time being.
  16. George Chell's Avatar
    ""Reasonable Republicans" Ay, there's the rub. With Steve King as chair of the Immigration Subcommitte I think we can forget about anything positive for the time being."

    Be thankful that Senate did not go GOP and that Jeff "the racist" Sessions did not take over as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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