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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

GOP Senators Pushing Cuts in Family Immigration Numbers

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Are we back to the "any increase in one green card category must be offset in another" line of thinking? Family reunification AND bringing in needed workers are BOTH important goals for our immigration system. We need more of both, not just the number arbitrarily set in the 1990 immigration act.

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    What I think is that Graham has orders to kill immigration reform legislation for good for the GOP hierarchy. They really dont want any legalization or guest worker program period. They already know that 25 GOP Senators wont vote for any immigration bill other than make massive cuts in legal immigration. These include Rand Paul, the new SC Senator, Jeff Sessions, David Vitter, Woody Jenkins, the two Senators from Wyoming and Georgia, among others. Many such as Cruz and Cornyn most likely wont support what they call amnesty. Now they need sixteen Democrats to make sure it does not pass. Remember Diversity Lottery fiasco of three months ago. Does Graham think that things have changed so drastically with a more Democratic Senate? I dont think so. He is much smarter than many give him credit. He knows very well that the legislation will be killed either outright or through a filibuster if this poison pill is introduced and he is going to try and do it. If it is in the final proposal, the reform is dead and buried and we will wait another six years to try again, at least.
  2. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Of course we are back to arbitrary restrictions so we can get immigrants to fight within themselves, expose themselves as jerks, and then antis can honestly say - look at them, they don't even deserve what they get now!
  3. USC's Avatar
    I would hope that they keep all the family preference categories and increase visas for them all. But if they must compromise then they might get rid of the 4th preference category and in return let spouses and young children of LPRs be treated as immediate relatives same as those of the USC. They should then still keep the visa categories 2b and 3rd. Because adult sons and daughters married or unmarried should still be able to benefit from their LPR /US CITIZEN parents. Again I really hope they don't get rid of any of the family preference categories.
  4. George Chell's Avatar
    The goal of getting rid of any family preference is to kill the bill. They may be crooked but they are not stupid...they know this and most likely they dont want any legislation. Diversity could not be abolished. Do you really think any family category could be abolished in a more Democratic Senate. All it will take is 25 senators not supporting amnesty under any circumstances and sixteen democrats to kill the bill...and it will happen.
  5. SAM's Avatar
    It is a wise plan by Gang of Eight. If CIR passes then both parties will get credit. If fails both will get blame. My view is politics should not be there in immigration and country interest should be more than welfare of immigrants.Country cannot give unlimited green cards for any category. That should be purely based on the need.
  6. George Chell's Avatar
    Yes, they will both get the blame...and it will be a wash politically and most will get re-elected.
  7. Sagar's Avatar
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/15/usa-immigration-congress-idUSL1N0C7AKZ20130315?feedType=RSS&feedName=marketsNews&rpc=43
    A bipartisan group in the U.S. House of Representatives is close to completing work on a comprehensive immigration reform bill that will include a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented people living in the United states, according to congressional aides
  8. Average Joe's Avatar
    Greg, I think sponsoring adult brothers and sisters has little to do with family unification. FB-3,4 need to be eliminated and their visa numbers given to FB1-FB2 which are much more closed to the definition of the core family.
  9. George Chell's Avatar
    What they need to do is repeal Section 214(b) and strip the power of the consular officers..instead of wasting taxpayer money like this....

    http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-03-09/business/37581759_1_tourism-industry-brand-usa-tourism-benefits
  10. Tobias's Avatar
    So much uproar with the ongoing reality show called "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" when President Obama should issue ASAP an executive order legalizing all unlawfully present immigrants due to national security concerns.

    WW3 is just around the corner and this country will need tons of manpower to fight the upcoming wars against North Korea, Iran, China and the Russian Federation.

    A very simple question to all of the skilled immigrants that participate in this forum: are you guys willing to join the US Armed Forces in exchange for a speedy permanent residency or citizenship? If not, stop whining and let the US Government to decide which their priorities are.
  11. Aj's Avatar
    They should not touch the existing legal immigration preferences at all. Just deal with the undocumented and move on. At the same time, make immigration law similar to tax law so each applicant, whether undocumented or with a pending immigration application can choose to take advantage of the best possible immigration path available to him.
  12. Sid's Avatar
    @Tobias

    Let's pose your simple question to illegal immigrants as well. There will be a stampede near the southern border from the record number of illegals scrambling to get out of the US.
  13. George Chell's Avatar
    Only two things need to be done on legal immigration: repeal of Section 214(b) and removal of country quotas...the rest of the skilled migrants can be taken care of by exempting professors and researchers with exceptional ability from any caps and recapture of the past few years lost skilled immigrant slots....nothing else needs to be done. But, the repeal of Section 214(b) needs to be given the top priority. They really need to cut down the power of consular officers.
  14. Aj's Avatar
    And the removal of the need for employer sponsorship. Let skilled immigrants file for the same status as the undocumented to sidestep the dilatory arguments about one group being treated better than the other.
  15. Christopher Teras's Avatar
    We must be realistic. To support CIR and expanded overall numbers, reductions must be made some place. Republicans fuss about such things.

    Re family:
    1)FB-1, 2B, 3 and 4 will be eliminated as of 12/31, so such I-130's can no longer be filed. HOWEVER, everyone waiting in line is accommodated under existing quotas. We cannot cut off those who have tried to follow the legal process. Everyone now eligible to be an FB sponsor can file an I-130 through year end. No immediate influx will occur, which would upset Republicans.
    2)After 12/31, simplify CSPA so that for a parent who applies after 12/31 for any IV category, EB or FB or IR, and a child is under 21 at the time, such unmarried child remains a derivative no matter his/her age.
    3)F-2A spouses and minor children are deemed immediate relatives.
    4)Diversity is suspended until the FB-1,2, 3 and 4 backlog existing at 12/31 is eliminated. To speed things at the end, in about 12 years, large FB- backlogged countries such as the Philippines and Mexico can use all the unneeded quota the other countries will not then be using because the backlogs will have been eliminated for those nations.

    The net result is that the nuclear family is preserved, including under- 21 kids, as it exists at the time a parent files for any IV category. The exception will be the under-21 child who marries, but that is a concept we have under existing law. Remember: compromise gets us CIR!

    FB-1, 2B, 3 and 4 (138,000) plus DV (55,000) currently represent 193,000 annual visas.

    I would ask family advocates to consider that subsequently increasing family numbers would be infinitely easier than enacting any CIR after 1986 ever was.

    Again, to get increased numbers, political reality is that some numbers must be cut some place.

  16. USC's Avatar
    "I would hope that they keep all the family preference categories and increase visas for them all. But if they must compromise then they might get rid of the 4th preference category and in return let spouses and young children of LPRs be treated as immediate relatives same as those of the USC. They should then still keep the visa categories 2b and 3rd. Because adult sons and daughters married or unmarried should still be able to benefit from their LPR /US CITIZEN parents. Again I really hope they don't get rid of any of the family preference categories.

    Posted by: USC | March 15, 2013 at 08:26 AM"

    Greg, this is not my post. I have been posting under "USC" since 2008. Would this poster pick a different handle.
  17. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "And the removal of the need for employer sponsorship. Let skilled immigrants file for the same status as the undocumented to sidestep the dilatory arguments about one group being treated better than the other."

    This is a good suggestion. Also, those who have lived in the US for over 5 years need to be exepmpt from quotas. For people already living in the US and contributing to the economy, quotas make no sense.
  18. George Chell's Avatar
    There are 21 senators who wont vote for any immigration reform no matter what. These include: John Barrasso, John Boozman, Richard Burr, Mike Crapo, Ted Cruz, Joe Donnelly, Mike Enzi, Deb Fischer, Chuck Grassley, James Inhofe, Johnny Isakson, Mike Johans, Ron Johnson, Rand Paul, James Risch, Bernard Sanders, Tim Scott, Jeff Sessions, Richard Shelby, David Vitter, Roger Wicker. Cornyn derinitely wont for amnesty and neither will Todd Cochran, Kelly Ayotte, Kay Hagan, David Pryor, Marie Landrieu Pat Toomey or Dan Heller...that brings it pretty close to 30. Pat Roberts is iff as is John Corker. Now many Dems were even opposed to diversity. If they do away with family visas, there will be at least fifteen out of these Dems who wont vote for the final bill: Tammy Baldwin, Barbara Boxer, Ben Cardin, Tom Carper, William Cowan, Dianne Feinstein, Al Franken, Martin Heinrich, Kristen Gillebrand, Mazie Hirono, Tim Kaine, Amy Kloubachar, Frank Lautenberg, Pat Leahy, Barbara Mikulski, Patty Murray, Bill Nelson, Jack Reed, Brian Schatz, Elizabeth Warren, Mark Warner and Ron Wyden. Effectively it will be filibustered and the immigration reform will be dead.

    Best to repeal Section 214(b) exempt professor and top professionals from the green card cap and set the cap at 140,000 for the others. Also set country quotas, but at the end of each year, if visas is not allocated there will be re-allocated based on first come first serve basis. Then deal with the thorny issue of illegal immigration. This is once in six years opportunity..we should not squander it.
  19. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    George - Don't be so sure about Rand Paul. He's been having meetings with some pretty unlikely members of Congress regarding immigration and has been careful not to speak to much about the issue. He is running for President and is not looking to make the Romney mistakes again.
  20. George Chell's Avatar
    @Greg Siskind..basing my opinion on what he said back in January about moratorium on immigration to let the illegals get legalized...beyond that I had not heard anything. Having said, that there are folks among the people I mentioned who dont even approve of letting spouses of US citizens migrate. Well, there are a lot more in the House GOP and even one or two House Dems.
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