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Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration

State of the Union

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At 9 PM ET tonight, President Obama will make his annual report to the US public on the State of the Union. You can watch the State of the Union speech on YouTube. The State of the Union speech is often an opportunity for President's to outline their agenda for the upcoming year. As the Financial Times says, "If ever Barack Obama needed to rise to the occasion it is now."

The healthcare bill has stalled as a result of the surprise election of a Republican to the Senate seat long-held by Democrat Edward Kennedy. Other domestic bills - such as the long-wished for Comprehensive Immigration Bill - were being held back until the completion of the healthcare bill. It remains to be seen if the President and Democrat leadership will revive a smaller healthcare bill or just table the bill. This is one thing to look for in the State of the Union.

As second thing to look for are any references to CIR and how forcefully the President talks about immigration. The President's Press Secretary hinted that CIR will be mentioned. It is beginning to look like the President will not drive CIR, but is willing to throw his weight behind it if Congress decides to take action.

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  1. nagamani's Avatar
    Dear Chris,

    It would be wise if Nurse visa bill is introduced and passed seperately instead of wasting lot of time on CIR.

    Hope lobbyists work hard on that.
  2. Anonymous's Avatar
    If they really cared, they would have done that instead of dragging their feet for such a long time in a losing cause.
  3. Jack's Avatar
    Hi, Chris
    It looks like CIR dead already. Any positive information so far?
  4. Sagar's Avatar
    Well...I didn't have any contact with my CA employer for last one and half years. But, today, I got a message from them saying 'there is no real news but they are hoping that something will happen this year and I may be able to go this year. So they asked me to proceed with CA nursing registration (currently I have NY reg).
    Chris, Any chance or any thing is going on behind the curtain? Since there is no hope for CIR, any thing can be done in terms of nurses matter?
  5. Chris Musillo's Avatar

    Unfortunately Washington DC is still stunned by the Mass. upset Senate victory. No one is really sure what the next step is on any immigration legislation. The President is reforming a 2010 domestic agenda. He just re-hired David Plouffe. It is likely that Mr. Plouffe will decide what domestic matters are pushed/not pushed in 2010.
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