As you probably know by now, Barack Hussain Obama II is going it alone on immigration policy. But what about the H-1B issue? Looks like the tech-worker visa backlog problem still can't be fixed.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers greet gridlock in DC.
Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.
Noel Randewich, Roberta Rampton, and Sarah McBride tag-team to spread the blame:
President Barack Obama plans to make life a little easier for some foreign tech workers, but Silicon Valley [is] disappointed.
Obama outlined plans to use executive authority...to cut red tape for visa holders and their families, including letting spouses of certain H-1B visa holders get work permits. [This] will make it easier for entrepreneurs to work...and extend a program letting foreign students who graduate with advanced degrees from U.S. universities to work.
But tech industry insiders said the changes...were limited. ... Instead of more temporary H-1B visas [the IEEE] was hoping for measures to reduce the backlog of H-1B holders awaiting green cards. [They] want spouses and children to be excluded from employment-based green-card allotments, thereby increasing availability for other foreign tech workers. ... Tech companies...want Washington to increase the availability of visas for programmers, engineers and other specialized foreign professionals. ... Major changes would require Congressional action, however. MORE
And Julie Pace preaches political peace unto 'publicans: [Ugh, welcome back -Ed.]
Spurning furious Republicans...Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration [marking] the most sweeping changes to the nation's fractured immigration laws in nearly three decades and set off a fierce fight with Republicans.
Republicans, emboldened by their sweeping victories in the midterms, are weighing responses...that include lawsuits, a government shutdown and...even impeachment. ... The White House insists Obama has the legal authority [citing] precedents set by...Democratic and Republican presidents dating back to Dwight Eisenhower.
A senior administration official said the decision to protect parents...is in line with an existing law that allows adult citizens to sponsor their parents for immigration [yet] goes a step further because the sponsoring citizen doesn't have to be an adult. MORE
But Michael D. Shear forces this: [You're fired -Ed.]
Obama chose confrontation over conciliation on Thursday as he asserted the powers of the Oval Office...and all but dared members of next year’s Republican-controlled Congress to reverse his actions [reflecting his] years of frustration with congressional gridlock.
Obama’s actions will sharpen the focus of government enforcement on criminals and foreigners who pose security threats. High-tech workers will have an easier time coming to the United States, and security on the border will be increased.
Even as Republican lawyers analyzed...the legal basis of Mr. Obama’s actions, it remained unclear how they might undo them. ... But accusations of a presidential abuse of power appear to have gained traction in recent days. MORE
So, seeking transparency, Matthew Yglesias checks some facts:
[It] leaves approximately 5-6 million other unauthorized immigrants still eligible for deportation. These deportation protections are not permanent legal status. ... Under Obama, approximately 400,000 people are deported per year...a higher pace than under any previous administration. ... Immunizing over 4 million immigrants from deportation...should lead to about $2.87 billion in new payroll tax revenue.
The wheels will also start turning on an increase in the number of visas for recent graduates of American universities...and for foreign entrepreneurs but the rulemaking process will take time and it is not yet clear how large these expansions...will be. [Its] critics note that the [university] program operates with little in the way of regulation...which is perhaps what makes it an appealing avenue for a president looking to increased skilled migration without [asking] Congress.
Studies indicate that the increase in visas for skilled workers should increase wages for native-born Americans...but some...researchers find poorly educated Americans...suffer lower wages due to immigration.. MORE
And, lo, err, "God" spake as from a burning tweet:
The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt.
Lev 19:34 MORE
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