Election Immigration Highlights
The 2004 Election was a mixed bag for immigration-related issues.
On the pro-immigration side, the following races are notable:
On the anti-immigration side, the following was notable:
- Rep. Tancredo (R-CO) won by 60% (2004), compared to 67% (2002). Mr. Tancredo is the most visible anti-immigrationist in Congress and his relatively narrow victory in a heavily Republican district sets the stage for a pro-immigrationist Republican to challenge him in the 2006 primary.
- Rep. Flake (R-AZ) won by 79% (2004), compared to 65% (2002). Rep. Kolbe (R-AZ) won by 60% (2004), compared to 63% (2002). Mr. Kolbe and Mr. Flake were the proponents of the legislative proposal most similiar to President Bush's guestworker program. Their strong victories portend renewed support for sweeping immigration change in the next Congress.
- Mr. Kris Kobach lost his race for the House of Representatives in Kansas. Mr. Kobach, formerly Attorney General Ashcroft's key advisor and appointee, was perhaps the most stridently anti-immigrationist individual to make a serious run for the House of Representatives in 2004. His loss must be particularly galling to the anti-immigrationists, and yet another reason to cheer for those on the pro-side.
Immigration is likely to be an important theme in President Bush's second term, we continue to look to 2005 and beyond with hope.
- Arizona's Proposition 200 measure won by 56%. This is the worst anti-immigration ballot initiative to pass after California's notorious Proposition 187. However, this loss will likely be mitigated since Proposition 200 is almost certainly deeply flawed and will soon lose in the courts.
- Sen. Daschle (D-SD) lost. Mr. Daschle was the courageous co-sponsor of the SOLVE Act (along with Sen. Hagel (R-NE) who was re-elected). However, the new Senate will likely continue to be friendlier to pro-immigration legislation as compared to the House.
- Rep. Dreier (R-CA) won by 54% (2004), compared to 64% (2002). Mr. Dreier was targeted by the anti-immigrationists because they wanted to make an example of a pro-immigration Republican. The anti-immigrationists supported Mr. Dreier's anti-immigration Democratic challenger. However, the expanded Republican majority in the House gives the President more room to maneuver in pushing sweeping pro-immigration legislation through the House in the next Congress.
Nurse Immigration (In cooperation with CGFNS)
The curriculum for "Nurse Immigration (In cooperation with CGFNS)" is as follows:
FIRST Phone Session on November 18th: DOL Issues, USCIS Issues
SECOND Phone Session on December 13th: State Licensure Issues
- Dealing with Retrogression of EB3 numbers for India, China and the
Phillippines (likely to happen in Jan 2005)
- Dealing with delays at USCIS and NVC
- Arbitrary requirements by USCIS
- Impact of DOL Transitional Guidance and PERM on Nursing occupations
THIRD Phone Session on January 13th: VisaScreen Issues, Consular Processing Issues
- Variations of state licensure of internationally-educated registered nurses
- Obtaining social security numbers
- Canadian nurse licensed by endorsement without NCLEX-RN
- License by endorsement state-to-state
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- Qualifications for the Streamline Process
- Provisional considerations for the Canadian Trade NAFTA registered nurse
- Current issues in Consular Processing of Nurses
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