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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

SENATE PASSES MODIFIED ENFORCEMENT BILL

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I haven't seen the language, but apparently the bill is enforcement-only though some of the most onerous provisions (such as mandatory detention of overstays and police questioning of immigrants) seem to have been modified to satisfy worried Democrats. The Associated Press reports here.

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  1. Satish 's Avatar
    There you go EB folks, Nurses are stealing your green cards again . If the lawmakers are so worried about not having a non immigrant category for Nurses , I think it should be easier to create one on similar lines of H1B , Lets say H1N.. N for Nurses .. plain and simple ..
  2. In Immigration Limbo's Avatar
    Satish,

    Giving nurses NIV's wouldn't help you or others in EB-3 whatsoever. Schedule A would help people waiting in EB-3 because nurses would be removed from EB-3 and from the per country caps. There are lots of visas for EB-1 and EB-2, but there are per country caps, so more visas wouldn't help much anyway.
  3. Legal and waiting's Avatar
    Yes, Satish, lets start fighting among each other, legal vs illegal, EBs vs Nurses, H1s vs L1s, everybody killing each other for a bigger piece of the immigation pie. In the meantime, anti-immigrants will pick us one by one.
  4. Satish's Avatar
    How come? Those 60,000 visas are actually EB visas that were not used because USCIS was too lazy and disorganized to use them.
  5. Alex's Avatar
    Honestly, if nurses require special treatment why not create another category? Religious workers have one and that would remove an opportunity for corruption.

    From what I understand the recent S. Cornyn's effort would redistribute some past numbers, but it would not fix the underlying problem that generates the pool of unused visas. Which in turns allows for arbitrary allocation, usually in response to strong verbal arguments given by lobbying groups.
  6. Satish's Avatar
    Yeah. This has always baffled me. Who needs relegious workers from ambroad!?! Like they're not too many here. If you go in Mahnattan, its full of bible-thumpers and crazies in the subway. And they want to import more.....?!?
  7. Legal and waiting's Avatar
    Satish, there is no more intersting pastime in this world, then thinking about what other people deserve and don't deserve, is it?
  8. Anti-racist; anti NIV's Avatar
    I oppose all of you racists who want to expand non-immigrant visas. Why do you hate foreign people so much that you would have them sign their souls away to a company?

    You guys must really want to exploit people for cheap labor. Sorry to say, but it is true.
  9. TX's Avatar
    Wait a minute...Anti-racist; anti NIV, are you actually R.Lawson..sure sound like him.
  10. alien's Avatar
    So..is this good or bad?
  11. USC's Avatar
    Text below (sorry, I can't post just the link because it is only valid for 30 minutes):

    SA 2480. Mr. GRAHAM (for himself, Mr. PRYOR, Mr. GREGG, Mr. MCCAIN, Mr. MARTINEZ, Mr. KYL, Mr. SUNUNU, Mr. CORNYN, Mrs. HUTCHISON, Mr. SPECTER, Mr. COLEMAN, Mrs. LINCOLN, Mr. BYRD, Mr. SALAZAR, Mr. WEBB, Mr. BAUCUS, Ms. LANDRIEU, Mrs. MCCASKILL, Mr. ALEXANDER, Mrs. DOLE, Mr. DOMENICI, Mr. VITTER, Mr. SESSIONS, Mr. COBURN, Mrs. FEINSTEIN, Mr. BUNNING, Mr. CORKER, Mr. HATCH, Mr. CHAMBLISS, Mr. WARNER, and Mr. INHOFE) proposed an amendment to amendment SA 2383 proposed by Mr. BYRD (for himself and Mr. COCHRAN) to the bill H.R. 2638, making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes; as follows;


    At the end, add the following:



    DIVISION B--BORDER SECURITY


    TITLE X--BORDER SECURITY REQUIREMENTS
    SEC. 1001. SHORT TITLE.

    This division may be cited as the ``Border Security First Act of 2007''.

    SEC. 1002. BORDER SECURITY REQUIREMENTS.

    (a) Requirements.--Not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President shall ensure that the following are carried out:

    (1) OPERATIONAL CONTROL OF THE INTERNATIONAL BORDER WITH MEXICO.--The Secretary of Homeland Security shall establish and demonstrate operational control of 100 percent of the international land border between the United States and Mexico, including the ability to monitor such border through available methods and technology.

    (2) STAFF ENHANCEMENTS FOR BORDER PATROL.--The United States Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol shall hire, train, and report for duty 23,000 full-time agents.

    (3) STRONG BORDER BARRIERS.--The United States Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol shall--

    (A) install along the international land border between the United States and Mexico at least--

    (i) 300 miles of vehicle barriers;

    (ii) 700 linear miles of fencing as required by the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-367), as amended by this Act; and

    (iii) 105 ground-based radar and camera towers; and

    (B) deploy for use along the international land border between the United States and Mexico 4 unmanned aerial vehicles, and the supporting systems for such vehicles.

    (4) CATCH AND RETURN.--The Secretary of Homeland Security shall detain all removable aliens apprehended crossing the international land border between the United States and Mexico in violation of Federal or State law, except as specifically mandated by Federal or State law or humanitarian circumstances, and United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement shall have the resources to maintain this practice, including the resources necessary to detain up to 45,000 aliens per day on an annual basis.

    (b) Presidential Progress Report.--

    (1) IN GENERAL.--Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, and every 90 days thereafter until the requirements under subsection (a) are met, the President shall submit a report to Congress detailing the progress made in funding, meeting, or otherwise satisfying each of the requirements described under paragraphs (1) through (4) of subsection (a), including detailing any contractual agreements reached to carry out such measures.

    (2) PROGRESS NOT SUFFICIENT.--If the President determines that sufficient progress is not being made, the President shall include in the report required under paragraph (1) specific funding recommendations, authorization needed, or other actions that are or should be undertaken by the Secretary of Homeland Security.

    SEC. 1003. APPROPRIATIONS FOR BORDER SECURITY.

    There is hereby appropriated $3,000,000,000 to satisfy the requirements set out in section 1002(a) and, if any amount remains after satisfying such requirements, to achieve and maintain operational control over the international land and maritime borders of the United States, for employment eligibility verification improvements for increased removal and detention of visa overstays, criminal aliens, aliens who have illegally reentered the United States, and for reimbursement of State and local section 287(g) expenses. These amounts are designated as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 204 of S. Con. Res. 21 (110th Congress).



  12. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Thanks USC. The bill carries out the border security provisions in CIR and provides the money. Bush is threatening a veto, but not over this section of the bill. I think Congress has plenty of votes to override the veto, however. The House does not have this in their version of the bill yet, but I think it will make it in during the conference committee.
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