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LABOR APPEARS READY TO COMPROMISE ON COMMISSION PROPOSAL

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One of the stumbling blocks in the behind the scenes negotiations to craft a bipartisan immigration reform bill that also has the support of business and labor unions has been a proposal to create a commission that would basically determine quotas for all employment-based immigration categories. The business community and many Republicans have expressed concerns that the commission would be politicized.



Labor unions have not been compromising on this issue and that has caused delays in working out a final deal that will allow Senator Schumer to introduce his bill. According to journalist Jeffrey Kaye, however, a compromise may be near:

A long-promised, bi-partisan U.S. Senate bill aimed at comprehensive immigration reform will be delayed until at least March, according to a lobbyist involved in negotiations over the content of the legislation. "The timeline originally was to have a bill by February," said Sonia Ramirez, legislative representative for the AFL-CIO. "Now I think they're shooting at having a detailed outline of the direction they'd like to go in the bill by the end of February." Once the outline is agreed on, she explained, lawyers will draft the text.

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Labor's Ramirez suggested that the commission proposal would not be a deal breaker. "In terms of creating a system--let's put the word 'commission' aside--that contemplates economic need and makes decisions on visas based on demonstrated need, that's attractive to us both [business and labor]. So I think there is lots of agreement on how to move forward." Ramirez said that labor would want to insist that migrant workers involved in "future flows" be assured worker protections and rights. Labor is also pushing to make sure that recruiters who bring in foreign workers are better regulated. But she made it clear that the commission idea was more of a subject for negotiation than a key demand. "It's about crafting a system," she said, "not calling it a 'commission.'

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    They better straighten out and come to their senses...as I said earlier, Charles Grassley is hell bent on destroying jobs in this country. He said jobs will go to Americans if TARP receiving firms are banned from hiring H1-B..at least two of those recipients Citi and B of A are hiring everywhere except the US....

    http://www.financeasia.com/News/166211,citis-asia-pacific-markets-chiefs-bullish-on-2010.aspx

    "We willl be hiring in our hubs in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Sydney as well as in the local markets -- we recently added people in Vietnam and Bangladesh for example."

    Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia have relatively open skilled immigration policies relative to the US.

    And Bank of America, they are on a hiring spree everywhere except the US...

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6131P520100204

    US is no longer competing either for jobs or for talent. And that is the main reason we will have little or no gains in employment when the reports come out tomorrow.
  2. Another Voice's Avatar
    I thought that that jobs bill had some sort of tax incentive to hire here rather than over seas... I am not sure if that is the Grassley thing, but I am sure its all political posturing for the November elections. It would be a mistake to bar H1-B's from benefiting from the jobs bill they will still spend and pay taxes here which creates economic growth.
  3. George Chell's Avatar
    "I thought that that jobs bill had some sort of tax incentive to hire here rather than over seas..."

    Did n't work did it?
  4. K's Avatar
    These dems cant seem to agree on anything... They will be debating among themselves till they lose their majority.
  5. George Chell's Avatar
    "These dems cant seem to agree on anything... They will be debating among themselves till they lose their majority."

    Yes.
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