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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

REID: WE'VE GOT THE VOTES NOW FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM

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Harry Reid says he's got 60 votes to support an immigration reform bill. That's a pretty confident tone he's taking and I hope he's right. And for those of you who say that you don't have provisions in the bill helping your group - particularly employment immigration advocates - I'll remind you that the immigration reform bill is what is standing in the way of many other bills moving forward. Once it is passed, we should be back in a normal environment where other problems can be more easily addressed.

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  1. D's Avatar

    Why I am one of those EB "advocates" , Why shouldn't I oppose any bill that will include Durbin/Grassley "H1b reform" but not any recapture or increase in EB numbers?

    Why shouldn't I oppose any bill that gives free premium processing for certain benificieries, while I pay $750 per year to renew my EAD and A.P? I dont mind if congress funds these mandates but they dont.

    My observation is that bigots/protectionists like Durbin will never let any increases happen in EB numbers once the their agenda succeeds.
  2. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    D - Have you seen the bill? Durbin/Grassley has virtually no chance of making the final cut in any bill that ultimately passes. Remember who chairs the House Immigration Subcommittee (hint: look at the district the chair represents).

    My suggestion to you is what I suggest to others - if you only support pro-immigration legislation that benefits you personally, don't expect anyone to help when your bill comes up in the queue. Learn from the history of the civil rights movement - when a bill is focused on redressing an injustice against another group, you support it because you'll need to enlist the help of that group for your bill.
  3. Legal_Alien_from_Roswell's Avatar
    Hope Mr Reid is saying that based on facts and not conviction, if it is the former, then the outlook's bright!, though the realist in me goes with the latter
  4. A K's Avatar
    Once an immigration bill is passed there will be no more immigration related bills for the next 2 or 3 years. So, if there is a CIR passed with out any provisions for EB then I guess the EB folks can forget about getting any relief. If it does not have any increase in numbers it should at least have the visa recapture provision.
  5. Jim's Avatar
    "And for those of you who say that you don't have provisions in the bill helping your group - particularly employment immigration advocates - I'll remind you that the immigration reform bill is what is standing in the way of many other bills moving forward."


    Good thing not every immigrant group are like this. In fact, I think they may be a minority.

    I have been observing this "phenomenon" for the longest time as well. Maybe they should step back and reflect for a while on why it would seem that some immigration groups seem to have very specific piece-meal bills introduced for them while their group either not much or not exactly what they want.

    Maybe people 'running' to help out other certain immigration groups while 'strolling' to help another group are not coincidences.
  6. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    AK - That's simply not supported by history. Up until 9/11, pro-business immigration bills passed regularly. That pattern would have resumed as early as 2004, but the President decided to put all immigration bills in the CIR basket and that fight has consumed the last four years. Once CIR is out of the way, I see no reason why we will not return to the historical norm.
  7. A K's Avatar
    If they can pass CIR they can for sure find a way to least have the recapture provision. That would not add any new visa numbers.
    Also, the situation in 2004 was much different than it is today. Even if a separate bill is passed some time as early as the first half of next year for EB I do not think it will help because once all the CIR folks start filing, the system is going to get choked and people waiting as far back as 2001,02,03,04 etc., will have to wait another 4 to 5 years to get their green cards.
  8. Ivy leaguer's Avatar
    This is simply un-acceptable, why should i need to wait 15 years to get my green card, having graduated from one of the top schools in the country?

    CIR better get through and clear this mess up.
  9. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Ivy leaguer - Do me a favor and please don't lobby. Your post came off as really snooty and that type of argument alienates people. Talk about what you have to offer America and don't make this about that to which you're entitled.
  10. George Chell visiting Singapore's Avatar
    "Remember who chairs the House Immigration Subcommittee (hint: look at the district the chair represents)."

    Zoe Loefgren?
  11. George Chell visiting Singapore's Avatar
    http://www.economist.com/world/britain/displaystory.cfm?story_id=13837354

    Jim:

    Read the comments by Janice 77, a 31 year old Brit living and working here on six figure salary..and pretends to be in the UK. She is a BNP woman. She thinks it is a one way street..it is ok for her to work here but not the other way around..to many third world non-white immigrants in the UK she complains! At least in the US we have not gone that far. Read some of the other comments as well..a few written by Brits working in non-white countries...pretty disgusting!
  12. Jim's Avatar
    "Read the comments by Janice 77, a 31 year old Brit living and working here on six figure salary.."

    I'll take your word for it that she's actually not currently working in UK but in SG. If that is really the case then it is really hypocrisy and disgusting as you've mentioned.

    I'm not surprised they all of a sudden thought that the author was bias and the article not well researched after years of reading the economist. NY times and it's authors gets vilified as well by the far right in the US, yet the most biased and unbalanced news network in the US is hands down Fox. So obvious that readers that are non-Citizens and does not live in the US are disgusted that such news network even exists.

    It is just me but after reading the comments there it kind of remind me of Germany (hope I'm dead wrong)in the WWII era. Then there's the Dr. Tiller shooting (and the shooter saying there will be more and their are more like him) and the elderly "white supremacist" shooting a guard in the Holocaust memorial museum.

    Scary environment we are currently living in.
  13. Comprehensive's Avatar
    Can somebody please tell me the meaning of comprehensive? Why is it called "Comprehensive Immigration Reforms" when it doesn't address any of the issues that EB immigrants face?

    And also let me remind you that many of the EB related bills in the recent past got killed by Hispanic Caucus because it was not comprehensive enough for them. Well, it's not comprehensive enough for us now.
  14. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Let's stop playing the game of condemning a bill that no one has seen yet. And remember that there are two houses in Congress that could very well introduce two different bills.
  15. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Conprehensive, that's because EB immigrants don't play nice with other, more powerful immigrant groups.
  16. D's Avatar
    " that's because EB immigrants don't play nice with other, more powerful immigrant groups.
    "

    We all know that certain groups suck oxygen out of the room when it comes to immigration debate, Why EBs matter if they are so powerful.
  17. Comprehensive's Avatar
    Really, Mr. Legal??
  18. Sid's Avatar
    Chances of a CIR without EB or FB provisions are very remote. The legalization lobby never had enough votes to pass a standalone bill that would legalize 12 million people. If they did, they would not have tried the CIR approach at all. Putting everything into the CIR pot provides enough quid pro quo opportunities for everyone.

    As Greg suggests, let's wait for the bill to get written. If you have concerns about the EB provisions, meet your local representative and try to explain the issues and possible solutions.
  19. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "Really, Mr. Legal??"
    It's Ms.
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