H-1B Crisis, Who's To Blame
Today's USCIS announcement that the H-1B FY 2006 cap has been reached comes fast on the heels of the DOS's bleak EB visa forecast (see comment 8/12/05 ID). With employment-based options disappearing quicker than you can blink an eye, immigration law firms are essentially closed for any new business. Unfortunately, employers across the country are the hardest hit with no available legal options for hiring help. How did it come to this? Clearly, pro-immigration advocates have been unable to shape an effective post 9/11 pro-immigration message which resonates with America. This has allowed the anti-immigrationists to control the content and style of the immigration debate, translating into significant influence by the anti-immigrationists on the immigration agenda before Congress. Pro-immigration advocates realize that another H-1B battle cannot be won and have bet the farm on a comprehensive immigration package. They hope that this all-in-one immigration bill will solve all our immigration ills (including the H-1B cap) in one fell swoop. While we agree with the pro-immigrationists that comprehensive immigration reform is very likely over the next six months, immigration law firms will have to hang in there for a very rough time until Congress acts on this burning issue.
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FY 2006 H-1B Cap Reached
USCIS announced that it has received enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally mandated cap for fiscal year 2006. USCIS has determined that the "final receipt date" is August 10, 2005.
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Ali Alexander's letter (8/12/05 ID) references "Princeton Sociologist Alejandro Portes". I did a Google search on that phrase and found that, indeed, Alejandro Portes, a Cuban immigrant, is in fact a premier sociologist at Princeton University, who is reputed to have "shaped the study of immigration and urbanization for 30 years". In fact, according to what I found on the Internet, Professor Portes is presently the Chair of the Department of Sociology at Princeton University, as well as the co-founder and director of Princeton's Center for Migration and Development. He has spent his career tracking the lives of different immigrant nationalities in the United States, chronicling "the causes and consequences of immigration to the United States, with an emphasis on informal economies, transnational communities, and ethnic enclaves." I found that in 1979, Professor Portes joined the faculty at Duke University as a full professor, continuing the analysis of immigration and social integration, combining an interest in urbanization and development in the Third World. He spent a year in Brazil as a program advisor for the Ford Foundation, conducting a study on housing policy in the urban slums of Rio de Janeiro. He served as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and as a Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University in 1981. I will expect that each Congressman and Senator who is about to vote on proposed immigration related issues will be familiar with Professor Protes' studies, and that they will take them into consideration when voting on the efficacy of the proposed immigration legislation. But, sadly, to use one of my favorite expressions - "When pigs fly." Disclaimer - I do not subscribe to all of the basic premises in Ali Alexander's letters, but respect the fact that the opinions in his letters appear to be based on independent research, rather than pure emotion.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
From the letters to the Editors in yesterday's issue (8/12/05 ID), itís obvious that most of the writers view immigration policy as being primarily for the welfare of the (often illegal) immigrant, and not the United States. A more self-interested bunch of letters I have seldom seen, even in Immigration Daily. Ms. Sadjadi's letter should also remind those here legally or trying to bring a family member here legally that any amnesty or guest worker program will hinder their ability to do so, not to mention drive down job opportunities for them and their families. If you believe the immigration system is dysfunctional now, wait until it tries to do the security checks and process applications for 10-11 million legal aliens who have been "legalized", not to mention the new guest workers some of these bills would allow. S. Salike's letter compares the situation of spouses of LPRs to that of H1-B holders, but neglects to point out that had the LPR been married at the time of receiving residency his or her spouse could have been included. The issue comes up because the LPR chooses to marry abroad after gaining residency, often times in a "practical" marriage. No "family" is broken up by U.S. laws. The unfortunate length of time it now takes to bring an LPRís spouse is now largely a function of too many applicants and a dysfunctional bureaucracy.
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