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Immigration Daily January 11, 2005
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The unpredictable pendulum swing in EB3 priority dates during the course of 2005 due to retrogression makes prediction of the date for obtaining a green card impossible and thus causes immigration attorneys and clients alike despair. Unfortunately, it looks very likely that the increasing backlog and unpredictability of retrogression will spread to other EB categories and impact many more countries than China and India (especially because the new 20,000 H-1B1 numbers will put pressure on the EB2 cap when coupled with faster PERM processing). An increase in permanent immigration numbers is necessary to fix the retrogression issue for good. However, permanent immigration is a political hot potato which President Bush may not be willing to take on as part of his forthcoming guestworker initiative. Immigration Daily anticipates that a technical fix will likely take effect in this Congress to mend this problem on a temporary basis. The solution may come in the form of recapturing unused numbers from recent years (the underuse resulted from post-9/11 processing delays). While this is good news and while we expect that the pro-immigration lobbyists will pull off a technical fix this year or next, this is only a temporary fix and postpones the inevitable day of reckoning.

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Deadline Is Tuesday, January 11th For Nurse Immigration (In Cooperation With CGFNS)

Consular Processing and Visa Screen issues will be the focus of the January 13th phone session of "Nurse Immigration (In Cooperation With CGFNS)". The speakers include Donna Richardson and Judith Pendergast of CGFNS on Visa Screen matters, and Sylvia Boecker, noted nurse immigration practitioner on consular processing matters (other speakers to be announced). The deadline to register is Tuesday, January 11th. For more info, detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version:


10 Key Questions On PERM
Gary Endelman raises 10 key questions that a close reading of PERM conjures up.

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EOIR Releases Latest Disciplinary Actions
The Exective Office for Immigration Review released its latest disciplinary actions: one attorney immediately suspended; five receive final orders.

ICE Suspends Alien Removals To Sri Lanka And The Maldives
The ICE announced that the US has temporarily stopped deporting people to Sri Lanka and Maldives, two of the countries devastated by the tsunami disaster. Citizens of those countries with deportation orders will be allowed to stay in the U.S. until April 7.

State Bar Of Texas Monthly Minutes
The State Bar Of Texas Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration and Nationality released its most recent minutes (courtesy of Paul Parsons, Chairman).

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Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: (300-words or fewer preferred).

Dear Editor:
Your prediction (1/10/05 ID) that immigration will be reformed with generous temporary visas and an increase in permanent visas is boldly optimistic. A new era has begun in what can and cannot pass Congress, with the House of Representatives holding the key to any and all reform. In 1997, I joined a little known organization called NumbersUSA, an internet-based, grassroots activist organization dedicated to influencing Congress to pass legislation to bring the current illegal immigration chaos under control. Back then, we had less than 3,000 members. Since 9/11, though the organization has not announced the exact figure, they have signed up tens of thousands of new, highly-motivated citizens. A new era has begun in Congress because Representatives who support amnesty (or any guestworker plan that resembles an amnesty) face exceptional and horrifying battles for re-election, particularly in Republican primaries. I would predict that no law could pass the House that loosens immigration quotas. In the Senate, four new Senators were elected last November who were members of the Immigration Reform Caucus in the House. They will undoubtedly bring their views on America's immigration disaster to an otherwise liberal Senate. The question of the future is not how liberalized America's immigration laws will become but rather how long it will take Congress to bow to overwhelming public pressure to stop and slowly reverse the flow of illegal immigration. The President's best shot at a Bracero-type guestworker system was before the election. Members of his own Republican Party will be far more interested in pleasing their constituents than receiving checks from those who hate having to pay people a livable wage. And let's be honest: the "guestworker" idea is motivated exclusively by greed and not by compassion. 2005, will be a spicy year on the immigration front.

Robert Bettes
El Paso, TX

Dear Editor:
Why does Chucky have so much to say about immigration, a subject that he clearly does not understand?

Sid Lachter, Esq.
Phoenix, Arizona

Dear Editor:
Do you think President Bush is going to accomplish a complete Immigration Reform for those who violated the IIRIIA of 1996 for false claiming citizenship when the pass the port of entry? I have some family members that need a waiver for the crime they committed so they can obtain a visa or non immigrant visa. Do you think this waiver will be part of the reform for all Immigration Laws?



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New Position
Stephen Griswold formerly of the Board of Immigration Appeals will be starting as an Immigration Judge, effective January 2005.

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