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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

I'M TESTIFYING IN CONGRESS NEXT THURSDAY

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Just a heads up that I'll be testifying in a hearing to be held next Thursday at the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law
regarding Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee's Save America Comprehensive Immigration Act of 2007.

Download RevisedSaveAmericabill.pdf



I'm going to be speaking on Title II of the bill which creates a Board of Visa Appeals to review consular denials in immigrant visa cases. For anyone interested in attending, the hearing will be at 10:00 am at the House Rayburn building in room 2237. C-SPAN makes hearings available on the web. I'm doubting the hearing will be on television, but I have no information on that.



The "Save" bill has a lot of excellent items in it and while a bill like this is not likely going to pass in the current environment, a lot of the ideas in the bill are important and will hopefully make their way in to future immigration legislative vehicles.



I'll post my testimony and details on watching the hearing later.



UPDATE: I've changed this post to reflect that I've just been notified that the hearing has been moved to 10:00 am from 2 pm.



UPDATE: I'm also told the room number has changed to Rayburn 2237.

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  1. john's Avatar
    congratulations greg. good luck.you certainly have faith.
    but i dont see any para for eb immigrants- is it all about legalisation of illegals and penalisation? and this is suppose to be the next waste of time?.
  2. Sid's Avatar
    Increase diversity visas from 55K to 110K. Interesting.
  3. Another voice's Avatar
    Good Luck to you Greg I hope your testimony Kicks B.... and you can continue helping the Immigrant comunitty in the US and thanks for all your hard work.
  4. USC's Avatar
    Many great ideas in this bill. Good luck, Greg. I think everyone here appreciates your standing up for your beliefs, including the local (those that post on this blog) antis. Again, thanks for going above and beyond the call of duty!
  5. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    John - I'm told the bill is going to be expanded to included EBs.
  6. Legal Immi's Avatar
    "Increase diversity visas from 55K to 110K. Interesting."

    Thats what I thought too ..
  7. USC's Avatar
    "John - I'm told the bill is going to be expanded to included EBs"

    That would make a good bill even better but see below:

    "but i dont see any para for eb immigrants"

    "Increase diversity visas from 55K to 110K. Interesting."

    "Thats what I thought too .."

    When the pros behave like this, this is what plays into the hands of the global antis!

  8. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    USC - I've said before that I'm not a huge fan of the lottery. But that's because of the backlogs in other categories. I'd support getting rid of the lottery if the numbers are shifted in to other programs. But a better approach would simply be to have green card programs with quotas that grew over time as the US population grows and as the size of the economy grows. The lottery could grow along the same lines.
  9. USC's Avatar
    "USC - I've said before that I'm not a huge fan of the lottery."

    Actually, I agree 100%. The DV quota numbers should be shifted to the FB "and" EB as you suggested in an earlier blog about a week ago. I was amused to read in the only two posted comments both posters said the numbers should be shifted to EB (no FB) categories. See link to blog below:

    http://blogs.ilw.com/gregsiskind/2007/09/gao-report-cite.html#comments

    Its the Me, My, I attitude that I deplore. Its quite a striking contrast to the example set by you. First, by your recent rally participation and now your testimony before Congress!

    "The lottery could grow along the same lines."

    As I said I agree with you that the lottery numbers should be distributed to EB and FB.

    However, if DV is to be retained it could be done on the Canadian style point system rather than a drawing of the lots. India, China etc could be excluded as they are now. You would have diversity but on the basis of desired characteristics rather than a drawing of lots.
  10. Sid's Avatar
    "However, if DV is to be retained it could be done on the Canadian style point system rather than a drawing of the lots. India, China etc could be excluded as they are now. You would have diversity but on the basis of desired characteristics rather than a drawing of lots."

    The quota could also go towards FB for under-represented countries. Let's say a guy from one of these countries can sponsor a cousin or a close relative, that would be more practical than picking a random person with no ties in the U.S.

    I've met a guy who came in via the DV category and he had no family, could not speak English and didn't have a high school degree. He was working at a grocery store and taking classes to get a better job. I felt sorry for him. I don't know if getting a GC was a boon or curse for him.
  11. Legal and waiting's Avatar
    Good luck with the testimony and the bill!
  12. YourFan's Avatar
    Greg! All the Best for the testimony.

    I am sure your words and recommendations will bring a positive changes for those who are affected by the flaws in existing policies.

    All the Best!
  13. 's Avatar
    "but i dont see any para for eb immigrants"

    Well, anyone who has lived in the US for 5 years can serve 40 hours community service and get a green card. This should substantially reduce the EB backlog.

    Plus 245(i) will be permanently reinstated. This will be a huge benefit for future EB applicants as they can get into the US somehow and then not have to deal with visa paperwork or fees anymore as long as they have an employer willing to file a LC.
  14. EB's Avatar
    Greg, can you please comment on the AILA conference report that 800,000 EB 485s were filed according to the July Bulletin. It is being posted everywhere but I have not seen any comments from you on this. It would really help quell our fears. Thanks.
  15. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    EB - I have not heard that figure and really doubt it is correct.
  16. lloyd's Avatar
    USC, thank you for denouncing the opinions of these "selfish" legals so that you can feel good about yourself. But I guess this is where we're headed with the new democratic majority. All the legal immigrants should feel ashamed of themselves for expecting a better treatment in return of the numerous sacrifices, financial burden, and countless hours dealing with inefficient government agencies, that are involved in maintaining a legal status. No wonder Washington DC rally had such low turnout. Most legal immigrants are already disillusioned and cynical about their situation. And you Mr USC, you're quite a credit to their cause.

    But of course, that's what they deserve for having the naivete and stupidity of abiding by the law. Yeah, let's have more DV and FB. It's a real shame FB doesn't cover extended families (which in some societies and cultures can run into the thousands of relatives). These are highly pressing issues! Of course, "and" the EB, but it can wait.
  17. USC's Avatar
    "The quota could also go towards FB for under-represented countries. Let's say a guy from one of these countries can sponsor a cousin or a close relative, that would be more practical than picking a random person with no ties in the U.S."

    That's a good point and exactly the kind of thinking required.

    I am not a fan of the point system and believe that it would have been a step in the wrong direction to substitute it for the EB categories but it would certainly be an improvement over the lottery. However, I like your idea more. The DV lottery should be eliminated and if diversity is desired by Congress then the DV numbers should go to FB "and" EB from under-represented contries. Great thinking, Sid.
  18. legal-forever-waiting-forever's Avatar
    wonderful and egalitarian as this sounds there are few lines to get a GC if you belong to an "underrepresented country"- in general. Most of the problem is with "overrepresented" countries. Not sure why you would not just add the number without the caveats. why does everything have to be rationed? Of over a million GC a year EB gets 140,000- and even those are not all precessed in time. why is it so terrible to add them to this "underrepresented" category?
  19. 's Avatar
    http://www.forbes.com/markets/feeds/afx/2007/10/05/afx4191013.html
  20. edward's Avatar
    I just read through the whole PDF. I'm glad to see that at least somebody still remembers what a disaster the 1996 changes to the immigration act were for legal residents.Unfortunately, like Greg stated, this has about zero chance of passing.
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