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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MOVING IMMIGRATION BILLS

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[Update] My report below is not correct. The initial report I received on the markup was not correct and the markup process was not competed today. I believe work is going to continue tomorrow or Friday and hopefully this will be done by the weekend. Apologies.]





The House Judiciary Committee today marked up and sent to the House floor four important immigration bills. They are



  • H.R. 6020 - provides immigration benefits for immigrant soldiers and their families


  • H.R. 5882 - recaptures employment-based and family-sponsored immigrant visas lost when USCIS failed to adjudicate enough petitions in a given year


  • H.R. 5924 - allocates 20,000 employment-based visas per year for three years for nurses


  • HR 5950 - provides for basic medical care for immigrant detainees


Earlier today, I said these bills were being marked up in the Immigration Subcommittee. That happened earlier this summer. Apologies if I caused any confusion.


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  1. Paul's Avatar
    What does this mean for the EB category?

    Thanks
  2. Nambiar N's Avatar
    What is the next step and what are the chances of getting
    the Bill HR 5924 this year
  3. 's Avatar
    Greg

    Hammond Law group mentions that the markup ispostponed, please clarify
  4. Dan's Avatar
    Hammond Law said it was postponed due to lack of quorum. Please check which one is true.
  5. Ryan's Avatar
    the markup was postponed today. I had the webcast on in the office today. Debate was bogged down on amendments to HR6020 to provide immigration relief to US Service Personnel. The Chair called a recess to try and come to agreement on the silliness and when 5:00 PM rolled around...not enough members were left.

    Most likely rescheduled for Friday the 12th or next week on the 17th.
  6. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    THanks Ryan - I was on airplanes all day and got my news secondhand. You're correct that the bills are still being marked up and are expected (hopefully) to be marked up on Friday. I'm updating my post shortly.
  7. nursepod's Avatar
    It seems the delaying tactic is scripted, I think those bills will likely come during the next President of the United States. That is whoever he is, he smells nice to all immigration folks.
  8. Randy's Avatar
    ummm Dan? I think lack of quorum and "not enough members" are kinda the same thing.
  9. AD's Avatar
    Hope these bills make it before the election. We may be looking at a 12 year McCain-Palin presidency and the Republican platform leaves no doubt as to the fate of immigration legislation if that comes to pass.
  10. George Chell's Avatar
    "Hope these bills make it before the election. We may be looking at a 12 year McCain-Palin presidency and the Republican platform leaves no doubt as to the fate of immigration legislation if that comes to pass."

    Democrats will control congress with a substanitally increased majority and McCain would come around in 2011 if not 2009 after the GOP is wiped off the face of America.

  11. William Collins's Avatar
    Immigration reform also needs to address actions taken at the Consulates as well. Here is the introduction of my immigration lawyer's letter to many key people in our government about several such accuracies. "The U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou is a high fraud post. Shockingly, the fraud in recent years comes not primarily from the applicants, but rather from the Consulate itself. The Consulate routinely re-adjudicates K-1 and K-3 visa petitions, employing review standards that are not consistent with Department of State policies, and then it engages in a never-ending pattern of deceit to ensure that no interested party may learn the reasons for the Consulate's action, or may challenge its decisions." Please visit the blog listed to get more information and examples of fraud.
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