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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

NURSE BILL MARKUP DUE TO BE COMPLETED TOMORROW

Rating: 5 votes, 5.00 average.

Press releases notwithstanding, HR 5924, the bill to allocate 20,000 green cards for nurses, is set to be completed tomorrow (it was supposed to be done last week). I'll let you know when it has happened.

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  1. 's Avatar
    09/17/2008 : 10:15 A.M. (EST) in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building - Full Commitee meeting to discuss HR 5882 Visa Capture Bill introduced by Ms. Zoe Lofgren.

    Supporting this bill will help everyone stuck in the immigration mess. For once, let us all forget any differences, category, priority...LET US ALL CALL OUR REPRESENTATIVES BEFORE 10.00 AM EST TODAY AND SAY THAT YOU SUPPORT THIS BILL.

    Anti-immigrant groups like NumbersUSA and racists like Lou Dobbs are bombarding everyone with false information stating that this bill will bring over 550,000 people into the US while the fact is that it will provide much needed green cards to LEGALS who have been paying taxes, social security, following the law and helping boost the US economy for years.

    We legals, need to work together as one, call every senator possible to show your support to this bill and defeat the anti-immigrant groups who are doing all that they can to stop us from being part of the American dream !!

    So, please friends, show your support !!

    Contact your senator using the U.S. Capitol switchboard number (202) 224-3121 and say YES to the HR 5882 bill.

    In case you need to know who your senator is, enter your zip code in the 'Take Action Now' box at the AILA site below.

    http://congress.org/aila2/issues/bills/?bill=11328731


    You may need to enter your address to get the correct senator if your zip is split into different legislative districts. Find out your senator and contact him/her ASAP today to show your support for the bill.

    Please call the senator's office by phone as time is of the essence.

    Additional Phone instructions:-

    (1) Call the congressman/woman office and request to speak with the aide who handles Legislative and Immigration matters.

    2) If they are not available leave a Voice Message for them -

    "I would like Representative "Representative Name" to support HR 5882 bill to recapture the green cards lost due to processing and bureaucratic delays. As you may already know that this is a bi-partisan bill with wide bi-partisan support in the house and will help improve American competitiveness & reduce the back logs associated with USCIS. This bill's non controversial measures will help the US to stay competitive with a highly educated and skilled work force and address family based backlogs also.
  2. George Chell's Avatar
    As I said, seems like RN would rather like seniors dead!
  3. George Chell's Avatar
    Greg:

    This is an interesting piece which I found as part of my professional research at an IO titled "Incentives Running Out for US family Doctors"...

    http://www.thenewstribune.com/opinion/story/482735.html

    This statement is pretty telling....

    "Right now, only the immigration of foreign doctors is enabling the United States to break even on the number of family physicians. But with a third of doctors over 55 and nearing retirement, and a vast cohort of baby boomers getting older and sicker, the need for primary care doctors is expected to dramatically increase in the next 15 years."

    I believe it was in the 1970s or 1980s when shortage of surgeons in several fields and doctors doing surgery continuously for three days led to deaths, maiming and malpractice suits which finally forced the AMA to relent on foreign doctors. It is very interesting that while RN opposes the lifting of nursing caps AMA has been encouraging foreign doctors. Perhaps a old fashion lawsuit that threatens to put RN out of business after a nurse's mistake due to overwork, leads to death or maiming may bring them to their senses!

  4. 's Avatar
    Everyone please call the Capitol switchboard number now and support the bill. Just 1/2 hour from now and our fate will be decided.

    It will take just a few minutes of your time and will save years in the greencard process.
  5. AD's Avatar
    "It is very interesting that while RN opposes the lifting of nursing caps AMA has been encouraging foreign doctors."

    Where is the proof of this? The AMA has only moved on to erecting barriers in the form of training standards. Physical therapists are the same way I believe. At least the RN unions are being forthright about the issue.
  6. lfwf's Avatar
    AMA has a written public stand supporting green cards (without any quotas) for doctors that serve in medically under served areas. They wrote to Senator Specter on this in 2006 during the CIR debates. They also supported the extension of the Conrad program.
  7. George Chell's Avatar
    "AMA has a written public stand supporting green cards (without any quotas) for doctors that serve in medically under served areas. They wrote to Senator Specter on this in 2006 during the CIR debates. They also supported the extension of the Conrad program."

    Yes. Someone sued a surgeon in the 1980s for malpractice who in turn complained that as the hospital had a shortage, somewhere in rural KY or TN, he had to work for three days straight without any sleep. The lawsuit then involved the AMA who settled and made a decision to support foreign doctors in underserved areas. That is how AMA came around. Perhaps someone needs to do the same thing to the RN union.
  8. George Chell's Avatar
    What is the status in the Senate? Would this even matter if the Senate has not moved on it? Is it better to wait till the next congress?
  9. Edward's Avatar
    Anybody know how we find out what happened with these bills today?
  10. Edward's Avatar
    Here is a great summary on what happened last time the committee met:


    House Committee Considers Military Amnesty Bill

    Last week, the House Judiciary Committee was forced to recess when Democrats and Republicans were unable to come to an agreement on legislation aimed at granting amnesty to certain individuals who have served in the U.S. armed forces and their family members. House Judiciary Members had planned to markup four immigration-related bills during the meeting, but recessed after failing to compromise on the first bill - H.R. 6020. (CongressNow, September 10, 2008)

    The bill's sponsor, Immigration Subcommittee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), told members of the committee that her legislation would help alleviate problems caused by a "broken" and "unforgiving" immigration system. (Congressional Quarterly, September 10, 2008) Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-TX) strongly opposed the bill, arguing that it would grant "amnesty to almost anyone who has ever served in the United States military - whether in peacetime or wartime and no matter how briefly or long ago he or she served." (CongressNow, September 10, 2008) Rep. Smith further noted that the amnesty benefits put forth in the legislation could also go to criminal aliens or illegal alien family members of people in the military. (Id.) He added, "When we look at an American soldier or veteran we almost always see someone who has made a sacrifice to uphold the American constitution and the rule of law. This bill cheapens that image." (Congressional Quarterly, September 10, 2008)

    Rep. Smith expressed specific opposition to two provisions in the bill. One of these measures would grant immigration judges the ability to waive certain grounds for deportation and inadmissibility for family members of U.S. soldiers. Expressing concern that this section of the legislation could lead to convicted criminals obtaining citizenship, Smith proposed an amendment that would have struck the provision from the bill. The amendment failed 13-17. (Id.)

    The second provision Rep. Smith opposed is a section of the bill he argued could lead to an increase in fraudulent marriages. Currently, any alien who applies for a green card based on a marriage to a U.S. citizen must undergo a two year conditional period prior to becoming a permanent resident. H.R. 6020 would exempt spouses of military servicemembers from this statute, making them immediately eligible for lawful permanent resident status. Smith offered an amendment to strike this language from the legislation, but it was defeated 13-15. (Id.)

    Immigration Subcommittee Ranking Member Steve King (R-IA) proposed an amendment that would prohibit immigration judges from allowing the deportation and inadmissibility waivers to apply to crimes that threaten national security. (Id.) Lofgren reacted with openness towards King's amendment, and the Committee recessed to allow Democrats and Republicans to work together to produce a list of crimes to exclude from the waivers. After spending over an hour in recess, the Committee could no longer produce a quorum and had to postpone consideration of the bills. (CongressNow, September 10, 2008)

    The meeting is scheduled to resume on Wednesday, September 17th, at a time to be announced. (Congressional Quarterly, September 12, 2008) When the Committee reconvenes, it is expected to finish consideration of H.R. 6020 and three other immigration-related bills: H.R. 5882, H.R. 5924, and H.R. 5950. (Id.) H.R. 5882 would "recapture" more than 550,000 visas that the State Department did not issue in fiscal years 1992 through 2007; H.R. 5924 would lift the cap on employment-based visas for physical therapists and nurses until 2011 (Gallery Watch, August 1, 2008); and H.R. 5950 would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) "to establish procedures for the delivery of medical and mental health care to all immigration detainees...in DHS custody." (Congressional Research Service Summary, May 1, 2008)
  11. Edward's Avatar
    Just found this snippet online at congressnow.gallerywatch.com, but you need a subscription to get the full article:

    House Judiciary Committee Makes Progress on Military-Immigration Measure
    Sep 17, 2008 2:13 PM

    The House Judiciary Committee moved toward passage of a bill (H.R. 6020) today that would provide a path to citizenship for U.S. military personnel and their families, after rejecting Republican amendments to expand the crimes that could lead to deportation.
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