Comment: Immigration Absurdity - A video produced using animation technology illustrates the absurdity of the labor certification process. In the video, animated characters representing the immigration counsel and the HR representative at the sponsoring corporation discuss putting together a PERM case. Unfortunately, the alien in question is an Indian national, and due to the long quota waits, all those involved find themselves in an impossible Alice-in-Wonderland world. While decade long waits in the family area do not change familial relationships, employer-employee relationships are naturally less binding over such excessively drawn out time periods. With Congress still missing in action on the issue, we can but view this as a work of humor, since to view it as what it is – an accurate depiction of reality – is quite depressing. (The original video was brought to our attention by Sylvia Boecker.)
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