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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

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The testimony for all of the witnesses at the hearing at which I testified Thursday is now online.

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  1. USC's Avatar
    Congratulations, I enjoyed reading your testimony!
  2. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Thanks USC.
  3. hmm's Avatar
    It makes a pretty depressing read seeing what Mr. Suskind and Mr. Kuck are up against. It is also remarkable what kind of tiny improvements they are fighting for; things must be real bad out there...

    Of course, for many people waivers availability and review of consular decision is no small thing, but I cannot help wondering whether this would just create another layer of bureaucracy. In particular, immigration attorneys would certainly benefit a lot if this bill becomes law. I wish things would change towards simplifying immigration law so there would be less need to litigate immigration cases, but clearly this is too much to wish for in the current politcal climate.
  4. Dream Act guy's Avatar
    Greg,

    Did you hear anything about the nursing provision? Also, was there a reason why they removed it from the Labor/HHS bill?

    One last question ... did you meet any famous poltiicians like Speaker Pelosi?
  5. paskal's Avatar

    I guess he met with Rep Lofgren!

    The nursing provision was stripped, as far as I know, because the H1b tax was removed. To placate Senator Grassley they removed all immigration provisions.

    Maybe Greg can tell us more.......
  6. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    I did talk briefly to Congresswoman Lofgren who I've met before. I didn't get in to the nursing issue on the trip, but no there is still an effort to try and get the clause added in to another bill in the next few weeks.
  7. USC's Avatar
    "I cannot help wondering.......immigration attorneys would certainly benefit"

    Obviously you haven't read Greg's testimony. How can anyone be against a process which grants an appeal/review? If you really want to eliminate bureaucracy why don't we just eliminate Judicial review of all immigration decisions. That would simplify things considerably. Furthermore, the US could do away with the SCOTUS entirely. Result would be less legal fees and less bureaucracy!
  8. hmm's Avatar
    "Obviously you haven't read Greg's testimony. How can anyone be against a process which grants an appeal/review? If you really want to eliminate bureaucracy why don't we just eliminate Judicial review of all immigration decisions. That would simplify things considerably. Furthermore, the US could do away with the SCOTUS entirely. Result would be less legal fees and less bureaucracy!"

    Unlike some people, I always read before making comments. Now it goes without saying that Mr Siskind and Mr Kuck are doing great work in helping immigrants. I appreciate what they do very much. Also this is how they make a living and obviously making judicial review applicable to a much wider variety of cases will help their business.

    I am just saying that there could be much better solutions to most of the issue they raise in the testimony. Of course, most likley those better solution cannot be achieved in the current political climate.

    For example, take this law about "false claim of US citizenship". I think the law is idiotic. People could claim many things e.g. when they are joking, or mentally unstable or forgot to take a medication. This is no reason to automatically slap them with a felony. Instead, I think, one should be required to present a proof of citizenship to claim any benefit such as entry to US, right to vote, be elected etc. What is done in this country is ridiculous: if you say you are a citizen, we trust you, but if you lie or make a mistake, go to jail and get deported. And this is different from lying under oath because you could claim a citizenship in many innocent situations, it does not have to be in front of a government official. Not to mention that the punishement for lying under oath is much less.

    Mr Kuck says that the law is okay, all we need is a review. I am sure he has good reasons to say that, and I am wondering if one of those reasons is money.

    Speaking of judicial review of consulate green card rejections. I think the right thing to do is to make the green card consulate interview longer, more serious, and allow an attorney to be present. Consulates do not have enough stuff? Hell, let them rise the fees, but force them to work for the money. Congress could do that all right.
  9. USC's Avatar
    "make the green card interview longer.....allow an attorney to be present"

    Well, I agree with you there!

  10. Dream Act guy's Avatar
    The Labor/HHS bill was just vetoed by Bush. There was a veto proof majority in the Senate but the House fell three votes short of 290.

    Is there a chance to re-attach the nursing provision in the new Labor/HHS bill?

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071113/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush
  11. Dream Act guy's Avatar
    Or the House fell three votes short of the number needed to override the veto.
  12. Dream Act guy's Avatar
    Oops, I read it wrong. During the initial vote to send the bill to the President, the House fell three votes short of a veto-proof margin.
  13. Dream Act guy's Avatar
    There will now be a chance to override the veto. We'll see if the Dems can find three more votes to override the veto of the Labor/HHS bill.
  14. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Hi DAG - The veto does open up a narrow window of opportunity to reconsider the nursing issue. But the odds are still going to be tough.
  15. Dream Act guy's Avatar
    Hey!! Someone plagiarized me over at the Hammond Law Group blog!! Aargggg

    https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=24836945&postID=1604806671753339430

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