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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

ALERT - DREAM ACT TO RECEIVE A VOTE ON WEDNESDAY!

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Senator Reid, as promised, is bringing the DREAM Act up for a vote. He'll do it on Wednesday and the antis are already going crazy lighting up the switchboard in Washington. We cannot assume common sense and decency will prevail. Get on the phone in the next 12 to 18 hours and call your Senator and urge them to vote for the DREAM.



AILA provided this action alert this afternoon:



If the DREAM
Act Passes the Senate...
>>



The DREAM Act positively conveys the benefits
and contributions of immigrants to America. Its passage would send a clear
message across the country that immigration is a valued American tradition that
is badly in need of a makeover. Senate support of the DREAM Act promotes
hardworking immigrant students while expressing a commitment to repairing our
broken system.>>



If the DREAM Act
Fails to Pass the Senate...
>>







Conversely, if the DREAM Act does not garner the sixty votes it needs to pass
the Senate, a different message will resonate throughout the country. This
message tells immigrant kids that their hard work in school - the studying and
staying out of trouble

- mean nothing to American law makers. This
message tells teenagers who have lived in the U.S. for most of their lives that
this is not their home and that the American Dream belongs only to their
classmates, but not to them.


The DREAM Act will come to a vote in the Senate on Wednesday. What message will
your senators be sending? Call them today and ask for their support!




Your Senator's contact details can be found here

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  1. LegalFool's Avatar

    Yup. I agree. BTW, what about kids of those fools who have followed the narrow and tenuous legal path. These teens would be eligible to become citizen in about 5 years but 'legal kids' would have to go thru the wringer of H4/F1/H1/GC/USC for rest of their lives. Basically, it would be a message to these teens that 'Hey you are legal, you can move to any other part of the worls and enjoy your life'. Forget that you pay or have paid exorbitant tuition fees; were descriminated at the time of college admission but fought on. You are a fighter and can survive. Get on with your life!!

    LegalFool
  2. Legal Immi's Avatar
    "Yup. I agree. BTW, what about kids of those fools who have followed the narrow and tenuous legal path. These teens would be eligible to become citizen in about 5 years but 'legal kids' would have to go thru the wringer of H4/F1/H1/GC/USC for rest of their lives. Basically, it would be a message to these teens that 'Hey you are legal, you can move to any other part of the worls and enjoy your life'. Forget that you pay or have paid exorbitant tuition fees; were descriminated at the time of college admission but fought on. You are a fighter and can survive. Get on with your life!!"

    The bill doesn't just end with "legalizing" , Look at the section 10 of the bill titled

    SEC. 10. EXPEDITED PROCESSING OF APPLICATIONS; PROHIBITION ON FEES.

    Regulations promulgated under this Act shall provide that applications under this Act will be considered on an expedited basis and without a requirement for the payment by the applicant of any additional fee for such expedited processing.

    http://www.shusterman.com/cgi-bin/ex-link.pl?thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:S.774.IS:


    Assuming that there are 2 to 3 million people eligible people to benifit because of this legislation , without collecting any fees how the agency(USCIS) is going to process the applications in 15 days time. Are sponsers of this legislation out of their mind. This begs me ask a question are these lawmakers in touch with reality?

    Who would apply for a normal processing when the premium processing is available and for free?





  3. USC's Avatar
    Also pending is the nurses amendment for a vote this or next week:

    SA 3404. Mr. SCHUMER (for himself and Mrs. HUTCHISON) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 3043, making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:


    On page 126, between lines 7 and 8, add the following:

    Sec. 521. Section 106(d) of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-313; 8 U.S.C. 1153 note) is amended--

    (1) in paragraph (1)--

    (A) by inserting ``1996, 1997,'' after ``available in fiscal year''; and

    (B) by inserting ``group I,'' after ``schedule A,'';

    (2) in paragraph (2)(A), by inserting ``1996, 1997, and'' after ``available in fiscal years''; and

    (3) by adding at the end the following:

    ``(4) PETITIONS.--The Secretary of Homeland Security shall provide a process for reviewing and acting upon petitions with respect to immigrants described in schedule A not later than 30 days after the date on which a completed petition has been filed.''.
  4. Another voice's Avatar
    I think for now we need to pull together and deliver a defeat to the antis!!! WE keep taking it in the chin let's fight back for the benefit of everyone legal and illegal just immigrants period!!
  5. john's Avatar
    guys whatever you call it this is unfair. right now most critical situation is that of EB's EB3 & EB2 are retrogressed to nth years and as someone pointed out it will take another 10 years before they can get GC. In my opinion, all these people deserve their GC's but should stand in the line. why expedited for few people, when real legal people(been paying taxes followed rules) (with all respect to dream act benefeciaries) thrown into a corner. I dont know whats the politics behind this.
  6. Another voice's Avatar
    GOP Finds Hot Button in Illegal Immigration
    Special Election in Massachusetts Could Be Indicative of Democratic Weak Spot

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/22/AR2007102201717.html?hpid=topnews
  7. john's Avatar
    one more thing. do you know that nurses are given preferences on the immigration with special quota. but Doctors (who spent half of their life in books and US residencies) they are EB2's and go through same retrogression.
    I recently met a GI specialist who spent nearly 9 years to get a GC, and now left US for good.Many of the highly qualified (but those not in EB1) go through a hard waiting process. Something is wrong with this system. I always thought education is very important in United States. but may be no more.... It is going to be like europe/pacific rim countries.good message to send to kids.
  8. drew from immigrants list's Avatar
    you can also email your reps on our site at http://www.immigrantslist.org/dream. Calling & Emailing is best!
  9. Dream Act guy's Avatar
    The Schumer/Hutchison increased visa amendment for the Labor/HHS spending bill might be voted on today. Please call your Senators to support this amendment. I know people who can benefit from this bill and who also support the Dream Act.

    Also, please don't cherry pick your support of immigration legislation. A defeat on any immigration legislation can only embolden anti-immigration groups and people.
  10. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    John - If you oppose pro-immigration legislation because you don't think it should have priority over your issue, don't expect to have any friends when it comes time to push for passage of EB numbers relief. It's called coalition building and it is the only way bills pass in DC. Find allies, help them on their bills, and they'll provide the help on your bill at the critical moment.
  11. LegalImmi's Avatar
    I also like the content of this bill, but not the following section. They should come in back of line for getting GC, not in front. I hope somebody removes this from bill.

    SEC. 10. EXPEDITED PROCESSING OF APPLICATIONS; PROHIBITION ON FEES.

    Regulations promulgated under this Act shall provide that applications under this Act will be considered on an expedited basis and without a requirement for the payment by the applicant of any additional fee for such expedited processing.
  12. TX's Avatar
    Thompson to announce his immigration plan......very typical of a republican frontrunner,
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071023/ap_po/thompson_immigration;_ylt=AtP0Bvl8lT.VIBHrGBIR3sCs0NUE
  13. rt's Avatar
    I don't get this - it's OK for people to break the laws, have lower education and employment skills to be ahead of those who arrived like the thousands before in legal form? It's also important and beneficial to America if you do the menial work from office cleaning to what not, than those who with an educated skill in technology, engineering, science or accounting?

    To an extent, I understand the *coalition* concept, but Greg, do you realize most of those legal and illegal (asides from being people) are completely different - not just in the way they lead their lives, but how they serve America?
  14. TX's Avatar
    "To an extent, I understand the *coalition* concept, but Greg, do you realize most of those legal and illegal (asides from being people) are completely different - not just in the way they lead their lives, but how they serve America?"

    How do you serve America differently? These undocumented are hardworking people too, just like you, maybe most of them are not highly educated like you, but that doesn't make their hard work any less important. I would make the argument that these individuals serve America more because they cannot get any benefits such as tax back at the end of the year, etc, yet they work for low wages, often doing very tedious work, and are often time exploited by their employers. Please explain how your work and your presence here in the US serve this country differently?
  15. Legal and waiting's Avatar
    rt, sure, they are different. But it does not mean that one group of hardworking people should not be given a chance at American dream just because the other group is bitter.
  16. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    rt - The point is that the people who would benefit came in as children presumably against their free will. Many have no connections to their home countries. Try and imagine being deported to a place where you have no connections and don't speak the language. That's the fate of many. Probably one of the most memorable cases I've had is one where a young man came to me because he had just finished dental school and was applying for a license and only learned at that point that he was an illegal alien. His parents brought him at age two to the US and overstayed a visitor visa and simply told this fellow all along that he was a US citizen. He had a social security number (you could get one easily up until at 10 years ago) and he never needed to produce proof of citizenship until seeking a license. The parents only confessed when he went to them for help getting proof of his citizenship. These things happen more than you think.
  17. Beppe's Avatar
    TX,
    beleive me, i am the best to tell you why you are wrong.
    Nobody has never explained that is pretty impossible for a low skilled immigrant to get a work visa (please Greg help me to explain it). DO you think that this poor mexican are happy to cross the border at 100 f? No.
    For high skilled immigrant (like me) is different, is more easy to enter in this country.
  18. Beppe's Avatar
    Ps i was refer to RT and not TX
  19. Legal Immi's Avatar
    "I would make the argument that these individuals serve America more because they cannot get any benefits such as tax back at the end of the year, etc, yet they work for low wages, often doing very tedious work, and are often time exploited by their employers. Please explain how your work and your presence here in the US serve this country differently? "

    IRS pays one back only if a person makes excessive tax payments in a year. People just dont get tax returns.
  20. Legal Immi's Avatar
    "Nobody has never explained that is pretty impossible for a low skilled immigrant to get a work visa"

    Because there are no works visas or not enough work visas for "low skilled category". Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico was the one who shot down the whole low skilled visa program in failed CIR.
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