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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

MY HOUSE TESTIMONY

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Well, I survived my testimony this morning in front of the House Immigration Subcommittee. It was actually pretty exciting and I don't think I embarrassed myself (and I hopefully helped advance the cause of establishing a Board of Visa Appeals to review denials of certain visa petition denials at US consulates). The hearing was recorded and will be posted soon on the House Judiciary Committee's web site. In the mean time, here's my submitted testimony.



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    Congress defies Bush, hikes health care spending
    By Richard Cowan Thu Nov 8, 8:38 PM ET

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic-controlled Congress on Thursday approved more money for education, job training and health care than the amount sought by President George W. Bush, challenging him to veto a bill that funds popular domestic programs.

    By a vote of 274-141, the House of Representatives passed the bill, which now goes to the White House for an anticipated veto. The Senate approved the bill on Wednesday.
    The $150.7 billion bill exceeds Bush's February request by about $10 billion and is at the heart of a budget fight between Democrats and Republicans over spending priorities.
    Bush sought to cut labor, health and education programs, many for the poor, by a total of about $3 billion from last year's levels as part of a plan to balance the budget by 2012.
    House Republican leaders said they were confident they can block any Democratic attempt to overturn a Bush veto.
    When coupled with funds to pay for health care for the poor and elderly as well as retirement benefits, the legislation totals more than $600 billion and is the largest annual appropriations bill Congress considers every year.
    Democrats defended the $10 billion in higher spending saying initiatives such as medical research, early childhood education and community development were essential investments that had to keep pace with inflation and a growing population.
    They also contrasted the additional domestic funding with the huge request Bush has submitted to fight the war in Iraq, now in its fifth year.
    (Editing by Lori Santos)
  2. USC's Avatar
    Good going. I hope that they do establish a Board of Appeals.
  3. hello's Avatar
    Does it mean that they are still considering HR 3043? Greg pls. comment on this!
  4. Sid's Avatar
    The testimonials have been put up on Oh Law's web site.
    Charles Kuck's testimonial was interesting.
  5. An Immigrant's Avatar
    Thanks for your helps. May God Almighty bless you.
  6. wildfire's Avatar
    How do they choose who is going to testify and on what? I am just amazed that they picked William Spriggs to talk about immigration and US labor markets -- instead of Prof. David Card (Berkeley)or Prof. Giovanni Peri (UC Davis, ex. Berkeley) who have done the most seminal and current work on this. Putting up a bunch of breakdowns by ethnic groups without controlling for any other variables is sloppy sloppy analysis. I hope someone rebutts his work. I wonder if this is the latest ploy being used by the anti-immigrant crowd --veiled suggestions that employers hire immigrants and discriminate against African-Americans in the IT sector...

    Again it was notable that there was no one speaking about issues that relate to high skilled immigration -- how do organizations like Compete America get shut out of these hearings while anti-immigrant organizations like FAIR always get their man/woman on the record???
  7. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    >>Again it was notable that there was no one speaking about issues that relate to high skilled immigration -- how do organizations like Compete America get shut out of these hearings while anti-immigrant organizations like FAIR always get their man/woman on the record???
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