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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

SCHUMER PROMISES TO INTRODUCE IMMIGRATION BILL BY LABOR DAY

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The Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the Immigration Subcommittee Chairman, told the AP yesterday that he plans on introducing a comprehensive immigration reform bill before Labor Day and then hopes to have a debate on the bill in the fall. Schumer hinted that advocates for highly skilled immigrants are likely to be happier with the bill than those pushing for guest worker reforms for lesser skilled workers and that business and the unions have yet to reach a compromise.

[Hat tip to reader LAFR for this link].

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  1. George Chell 's Avatar
    Tough to pass CIR without a guest worker program. McCain is not likely to support it and it could be derailed with racists such as Sessions. They need a balance. However, it would be very helpful if Section 214(b) is repealed for foreign students. The last bill in 2007 had this, and I hope this bill has it as well.
  2. International_student's Avatar
    Repeal 214(b) and make OPT 24 months for ALL international students, Canada has a 36 months OPT in place.
  3. Another voice's Avatar
    He seems to be trying to sell the path of legalization with tough enforcement talk, plus I think he has his work cut out for him when it comes to bringing the Unions and Business to the tables in regards to skilled immigrants. I like this guy but I am not sure about his approach I guess we'll see once the bill comes out.
  4. SR's Avatar
    Finally, for the first time one hears something positive about the highly skilled immigrant segment. After the spirited efforts of Zoe Lofgren, Patrick Kennedy and Jeff Flakes (?) et al., finally Schumer has something to say.

    It bears repetition, even ad nauseum: It is absurd for America to bring in foreign students in cutting edge fields, grant them competitive scholarships (which of course, the students EARN) for the world class education that they get here and just when they get their advanced degrees and are ready to contribute, ask them to leave. This is plain ridiculous!

    I would even argue that it ought to be mandatory for all foreign students, who are being funded by the national exchequer, to contribute to the US for a certain number of years before they leave, even if they choose to do so.

    Hope the "STAPLES" (pun intended!) stock moves up in the near future!
  5. George Chell 's Avatar
    "It bears repetition, even ad nauseum: It is absurd for America to bring in foreign students in cutting edge fields, grant them competitive scholarships (which of course, the students EARN) for the world class education that they get here and just when they get their advanced degrees and are ready to contribute, ask them to leave. This is plain ridiculous!"

    ...and the jobs travel with them to Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai or Australia causing severe loss in fiscal revenues and putting a big hole in social security revenues.

    "I would even argue that it ought to be mandatory for all foreign students, who are being funded by the national exchequer, to contribute to the US for a certain number of years before they leave, even if they choose to do so."

    If they are give jobs. Singapore has this rule if foreign students are funded by government scholarships. In fact, Singapore goes to India and recruits top students when they are in high school, gives them scholarships and makes them sign a bond that they will stay in the country and work if a job is guaranteed to the great chagrin of so-called scholars who complain about "brain drain". However, most US government scholarships have reverse requirements..forcing the student to
    return to his or her home country after graduation whether he or she does have a job or not. Singapore also has a reverse Section 214(b)...does not like to give student visas unless the student shows that he or she will stay on in Singapore and work after graduation for at least a few years!
  6. International_student's Avatar
    I agreer with SR, in the time i spent finishing my degree and OPT here in the US, my friends got their citizenship in Canada, without any hassles.
  7. George Chell 's Avatar
    "He seems to be trying to sell the path of legalization with tough enforcement talk, plus I think he has his work cut out for him when it comes to bringing the Unions and Business to the tables in regards to skilled immigrants. I like this guy but I am not sure about his approach I guess we'll see once the bill comes out."

    The Unions can fight all they want. The business has the upper hand in the real world if not in the US congress. They will promptly move jobs abroad. Microsoft shelved its expansion plan in the US that would have added 2,000 additional jobs in this country. Instead, 2,000 additional jobs were created in Vancouver, Canada and Edmonton, Alberta and the foreigners who were not given H1Bs were employed there and given Canadian landed immigrant status. In the end, Americans did not get the jobs, probably support staff lost their jobs due to this transfer..and no, innovation is not threatened..as microsoft will still be the beneficiary..it is the taxpayers who loose..we loose tax revenue and social security revenue and in a few years they will ask for a tax or social security tax increase...then there should be hell to pay..and we should tell the congressmen to go to the unions for the tax revenue.

  8. George Chell 's Avatar
    Organized Labor's Vision for America....

    http://www.infoworld.com/t/business/microsoft-vancouver-responds-immigration-woes-068

    http://www.albertah1b.com/

    and its consequences....

    http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-auerbach8-2009jul08,0,7586160.story
  9. beppe's Avatar
    I think that if Obama push a deal btwn Business and Union we are close to have a bill...
  10. Legal_Alien_from_Roswell's Avatar
    Frankly, unless and until there is a paradigm shift with the anti-immigrant legislators i don't really see anything happening, i mean there stance all the way has been, "we don't want to give amnesty to 12 million period" i don't see that changing at all, if not haven gotten worse because of the recession.
  11. gg's Avatar
    http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-bush13-2009jul13,0,2327231.story

    Bush/Mclarty piece on latimes
  12. immigration's Avatar
    Excellent site!Thanks for such a wonderful informative and entertaining read. Quotations are a great way to inspire you to perform at your best and to remember sage advice from the smartest minds in the world.
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