In today's Featured Article, Gary Endelman offers his thoughts on immigration in 2003. Among his thoughts:
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- It does no disservice to the genuine anguish over the Ashcroft vendetta to realize that the drive for true immigration reform whose momentum on September 10th seemed well-nigh irrestible can still be revived if we keep our eye on the prize. The signs are everywhere if we have the eyes to see them. Let us not walk sightless among miracles that can be ours in 2003.
- White House Press Secretary Fleischer noted that President Bush supported bringing back Section 245(i) because it was "an important immigration initiative to help give people opportunities to come to the United States where willing employers want and have positions for immigrants," and that the President hoped the incoming Congress, controlled by his own party, would address the issue.
- A guest worker program on a wide scale is coming. Immigration reform was listed as a signature issue for the President's 2003 legislative agenda in an internal White House document whose contents were leaked to the Associated Press.
- The Fortress America crowd accepts the reality that the status quo is untenable and now is aiming to limit the size and scope of the guest worker initiative, most especially with an eye towards stripping it of any long-term benefits.
- As awful as September 11th was, as profoundly chaotic as its continuing effects are, we owe it to our clients and the nation to take a step back and pause to reflect how many things have not changed. Our demographic destiny is still before us; the business cycle has not been repealed. The reality of the global marketplace still speaks as loudly as ever.
- If history is any guide, corporate America and the organized immigration bar will repeat their past mistakes and make the maintenance of the H1B quota their #1 legislative priority for 2003. Don't do it folks.
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Let's Roll: Going On The Offensive In 2003
Gary Endelman writes that the Ashcroft vendetta notwithstanding, 2003 presents immigration advocates a golden opportunity for meaningful immigration reform, and that we should not repeat the mistakes made during ACWIA by going only for itsy-bitsy legislation when the H-1B numbers crisis hits later this year, but should instead go for the whole enchilada made possible by the current political situation which portends a large new guest worker program.
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Immigration Law News
DOL Approves Consent Findings In LCA Matter
In the Matter of Wage and Hour Division v. Picobyte Consulting, Inc., No. 2002-LCA-23, (OALJ, Jan. 6, 2003), the Office of Administrative Law Judges approved the consent findings.
DOS Says No Formal Meetings Scheduled With Mexico On Migration
Responding to a question asked during a Press Briefing, a spokesperson for the Department of State said "There are no formal meetings on migration issues scheduled with Mexico at this time."
NYC Mayor Favors Blanket Amnesty
The New York Post quotes New York City Mayor Bloomberg "Let's tighten the borders. Make everybody that's here already a citizen - whether it's fair or not. Just solve the problem."
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