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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

SENATE SET TO START HEARINGS ON COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM

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The Senate Immigration Subcommittee will kick off Congress' consideration of an immigration reform bill with a hearing on April 30th entitled "Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009, Can We Do It and How?" Here is the lineup:

Panel I

J. Thomas Manger

Chief of Police, Montgomery County, MD

Director, Major Cities Chiefs Association

Rockville, MD

Alan Greenspan

Economist

Former Chairman

Federal Reserve of the United States

Washington, DC

Dr. Joel Hunter

Senior Pastor, Northland Church

Member, President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Longwood, FL

Panel II

Doris Meissner

Senior Fellow, Migration Policy Institute

Former Commissioner, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service

Washington, DC

Eliseo Medina

Executive Vice President

Service Employees International Union

Washington, DC

The hearing will be webcast and the link is here.

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  1. Prem Goel's Avatar
    They should first fix the broken legal immigration system. the H-1b workers in the green card queue for decades should be given more rights. The spouse on H-4 visa should be allowed to work. People from retrogressed countries should be allowed to apply for I-485 after I-140 approval and not made to wait for dates to become current. that'll fix the legal immigration system afte which the illegal immigration system can be tackled.
  2. mark's Avatar
    The families here legally for many years and paid taxes and contributed to the country's economy and other growths should have the priority. If you allocate 7% as country cap for Green card and not adopt the same stand for h1b made the high number of high skilled people come from few coutnries like China and India suffered the most. I dont think that is fair. If you want to have diversity in issuing grean card and not doing so in H1b , I dont think that is fair. You restrict the 7% limit on H1b, then see how the businss is suffering from not getting people they want. Please get to the bottom of it and resolve this crisis that legal immigrants facing today..especially during these tough times. We are not stealing jobs from US Citizens. We are highly skilled professionals and already employed and working in good firms. It is for sure by issuing green card will surely a positive thing for the economy.
  3. Dan's Avatar
    And they would have the date of their entry as their PD...they will be ahead in line...I hope not.
  4. Geroge Chell's Avatar
    It is going to be a long-winded process. They have to show that they are at least getting started. Still the legislation will probably be debated and passed only in early 2011.
  5. B. Matthew's Avatar
    Dear Greg,

    Everybody is anticipating a piecemeal immigration bill for foriegn RNs, which may provide 50,000 greencards. I have serious doubts on its chances to become law. If we read between the lines of Obama's comments, which he made during the last healthcare summit, we cann't expect any miracles.

    In response to a question on nurse shortage he said:

    "Well, let me respond to this right away, because it's not that complicated..........
    The notion that we would have to import nurses makes absolutely no sense.
    And for people who get fired up about the immigration debate and yet don't notice that we could be training nurses right here in the United States -- and there are a lot of people who would love to be in that helping profession and yet we just aren't providing the resources to get them trained -- that's something that we've got to fix. That should be a no-brainer. That should be a bipartisan no-brainer to make sure that we've got the best possible nursing staffs in the country"

    Look at the first sentence. The president thinks that shortage of nurses can easily be sorted out. It is not a major issue.

    The third sentence, He is totally against any immigration legislation that may grant visas to foreign RNs.

    and then his comment..."that's something that we have got to fix" He refers to training of more nurses domestically.

    If the general mood is like that how can we expect a piecemeal bill will be considered by the Congress at a time when they are seriously talking about CIR. Note that a debate is scheduled to start.

    Greg, what is your comment on the success of a special nurse bill at this time. Is it just like the fate of HR 5924 of last Congress? I think the foreign nurses should wait till the successful enactment of CIR somewhere in 2011!
  6. Jim's Avatar
    "I think the foreign nurses should wait till the successful enactment of CIR somewhere in 2011!"

    - The article you want to discuss is over 1 month old. It has been discussed by both Greg, Chris (of HLG)and their loyal readers the time it first came out.

    This was Greg's blog entry on it: http://blogs.ilw.com/gregsiskind/2009/03/obama-notes-that-foreign-nurses-are-not-a-long-term-solution-for-shortage.html

    There is just at least 1-2 sick people lurking on these blogs and continuously downplaying everything regarding nursing bills and they are always late in the game and obviously do not get it and just there to disrupt things nor are they long-time readers as they claimed. If they were, they would know what Greg and Chris' take on it. They would also know that the more recent re-incarnations of the bill calls for 20,000 visas per year for 3 years only for a total of 60,000.

    It's quite easy to know people's intentions are.

  7. Deb's Avatar
    Everyone has their own agenda. How about spouses and minor children of green card holders that have wait years to get permanent residence? Immediate families are separated for years. Shouldn't fast track immigration of spouse/children be part of the debate too?
  8. Geroge Chell's Avatar
    Everyone has their agenda. Dont see any large scale immigration of nurses until overworked nurses kill a few patients and the hospital and nurses unions get sued. It is going to happen in the next five years if serious nursing immigration is enacted and/or sharp increaswes nursing enrollment happens (not likely with some governors asking that education money be used to pay off debt!). In the 1970s the doctors fought against relaxation of rules for foreign doctors until a few overworked ones killed a few patients and went to jail. The same thing will happen with the nurses..mark my word..malpractice insurance will go up and then the unions and everyone else involved come to their senses.
  9. Geroge Chell's Avatar
    The statement should read unless nursing immigration is enacted or enrollments increased...

    Thanks
  10. Jim's Avatar
    "The same thing will happen with the nurses..mark my word..malpractice insurance will go up and then the unions and everyone else involved come to their senses."

    - Sometimes, I feel that there is a need to have something in-between a nurse and full-blown doctor. Like a nurse practitioner but just a little bit more powers and responsibilities and more leaning to being a MD than leaning more toward a nurse.

    They will have their own regulating body as well so we can do with the protectionism in the medical and nursing field. And since they are just short of being a MD and more than regular nurse their salaries would be more moderate compared to MDs but just little bit more from a regular nurse. This solves of the lack of primary physicians and Geriatricians since this two are not what most MDs want to take up anyway.

    They can start re-training those foreign-educated medical doctors that finds it very hard to get in to residency programs in the US because of the system and as well as nurses in the US that have medical degrees or are former doctors from their home countries. Lots of foreign-born nurses in the US are former doctors from their home countries.

    Just a thought.
  11. Geroge Chell's Avatar
    Look for the antis to blame swine flu on illegal and legal immigrants from Mexico and even US citizens of Hispanic origin! They tried it with Asians and Asian Americans when SARS became a crisis in early 2003!

    http://voices.kansascity.com/node/4369
  12. Another Voice's Avatar
    Hopefully CIR can do what its name says which is to tackle the issue comprehensively an tackling the multiple moving parts of the immigration system that affect multiple people of different status. Claiming preference due to a particular situation or another will be a wedge and may cause the whole thing to implode, which the ANTIS would Love......
  13. KJ's Avatar
    Wow. We have a pastor in the lineup too! I thought we had outlived the Middle Ages when the clergy's opinion counted for anything...
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