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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

DHS GETS FUNDS TO OPERATE ANOTHER MONTH

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The Senate approved a stop-gap spending bill that will allow the Department of Homeland Security to operate until the end of October while House and Senate conferees try to work out a final version of the agency's spending bill. The measure now goes to President Obama who is expected to sign the bill. ANd none to soon since the agency's funding will run out tonight at midnight. The bill also extends four major immigration program - the Conrad 30 J-1 program for doctors, the religious workers program, E-Verify and the EB-5 investor visa.

Why are the two houses of Congress taking so long to work out a deal on a final bill? According to Congress Daily, disputes over spending on a border fence are to blame:

One outstanding difference concerns an amendment in the Senate bill
that would require the department to build 700 miles of reinforced
double-layered physical fencing along the Southwest border, Obey's
office said on Monday.

That amendment was added by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and would
require the department to complete the fencing by Dec. 31, 2010. But
the department and other lawmakers assert that 700 miles of
double-layer fencing is unnecessary and prohibitively expensive. The
GAO reported this month that one mile of fencing would cost about $6.5
million.


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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    Jim "the Demented" DeMint..anything new?
  2. George Chell's Avatar
    "Singapore's fertility rate, at 1.28, is lower than Japan's. But, unlike Japan, Singapore welcomes younger skilled and educated immigrants from many countries, adding to its already cosmopolitan society of Filipinos, Myanmese, Indonesians and Caucasians, some married to Singaporeans. Larger numbers of immigrants come from Malaysia, China and India. These immigrants keep Singapore's economy vibrant and reverse the graying process."

    http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2009/1019/opinions-lee-kuan-yew-east-asia-current-events.html
  3. analytical's Avatar
    Hi Greg,
    We are hearing frequently (rumor) that unused visa recapture bill will surely move in congress till the end of this year??
    Do you think it's true???
    Rep Honda/lofgren,Sen Leahy/Schumer/Menendez are actively trying for to push it (behind the scene)!!
    Its true!
  4. Jim's Avatar
    "Rep Honda/lofgren,Sen Leahy/Schumer/Menendez are actively trying for to push it (behind the scene)!!
    Its true!"

    If this is true, then it means they finally admit that they do not think CIR will be taken up anytime soon.

    The sooner, the better. The illegals can wait and should wait.

    Sorry, I do not want to use the term "undocumented" anymore. Let's just say it as it is.
  5. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Analytical - No truth to that rumor to the best of my knowledge. Wish it were otherwise.
  6. George Chell's Avatar
    Unused visa recapture will not clear congress until the economy has a V shaped recovery which probably wont happen until next year. Meanwhile here is more news on immigration from abroad. Let us hope and pray that China does not adopt this policy, for it will suck the US dry and wreck our social security...

    "While Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has - in part, responding to sections of the community which have voiced misgivings about the growing number of foreigners - said that there would be a slowdown in the influx of immigrants, that by no means suggests that the tap will be turned off. PM Lee also made clear that Singapore will 'need new immigrants for the indefinite future'. Wooing foreign talent to sink roots here will therefore remain a key policy, even if the numbers are calibrated from time to time. The existing bigger population base, and continued inflow of new residents, will ensure a minimum level of demand for new housing every year.

    Meanwhile, Singapore has emerged from the economic crisis relatively unscathed, as a safe haven, an oasis of stability and a well-functioning 'hub city' in the world's fastest growing region. It will continue to attract human and financial capital from the region and the world. In a sense, ultimately, owning a property in Singapore can be likened to having a stake in a company run by the Singapore government. Just like bluechip stocks, it is not inconceivable that well-managed countries and livable cities too should enjoy a premium."

    Of course Singapore has its antis just like we and the rest of the world do...you will find the Singaporean antis interesting reading. I know some of these clowns..they have worked abroad and some are still abroad, but they dont want foreigners working in Singapore! Sound familiar?

    http://www.temasekreview.com/2009/10/01/since-when-do-we-need-foreign-talent-to-be-clinic-assistants/

    Please see my comments under George...sounds familiar coming from me?


  7. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "The illegals can wait and should wait."

    Jim, I very much hope everything is squeaky-clean in your own immigration history, and also, immigration history of your friends and family, and nobody gets their petitions denied/rescinded.
  8. Jim's Avatar
    "Jim, I very much hope everything is squeaky-clean in your own immigration history, and also, immigration history of your friends and family, and nobody gets their petitions denied/rescinded."


    That's not the point. My point is piece-meal legislations should not be held hostage just for CIR. I am neutral on the whole amnesty, no amnesty debate. I prefer CIR as you know but what if CIR takes another 3-5 years? Are we going to sacrifice everyone just for illegals that can stay and technically can wait forever in the US for their amnesty.

    I'll put it this way. Illegals are illegals. They can wait in the US and continue working as they like. The only thing that will remove them from the US is either they get deported or they voluntarily go back home.

    In the meantime, a lot of people who have done all the legal procedures are lining up for years and are being forced out because cannot renew work visas by adjusting status or they just can't wait for another 3-5 years.

    I hope you get my point. That was also the whole point of another blog post about not to block piece-meal legislations if CIR fails to materialize again.
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