Immigration reform is probably one of the FEW things that could potentially get done in the next two years.
I don't think that is good news for nursing visas, though.
Could be, but there were two retrogressions in the past years and these were immediately address by the both Houses.
The result will be that the next bill will be worked through seriously and not be just a place to stuff political wish lists, like the last one was. That means the open-ended visas on the last bill will likely not even make it into the next one.
The last time they did was to recapture visas that were not use and used it for nurses and physical therapists. Sure, they can do this again.
When you are actually interested in passing a bill - those bills tend to stick to the point more than bills put forward for political gain. And the POINT of immigration reform last year dealt with our Southern border, and NOT with open-ended visas.
I disagree, the bill that Pres. Bush signed in 2005 gave an additional "recaptured" visas for Schedule A where nurses and pts belong. It has nothing to do with the Southern border.
It is only this year that the Sourthern border became an issue because of illegal immigration. Remember the protests staged by Hispanic immigrants?
Or to put it into perspective, unlike last year, the coming legislation will likely deal extensively with 'amnesty' for illegals already here. The tradeoff will likely be to trade THOSE 'quotas' for other quotas. The goal will be to sell a granting of official status to those already illegally here and the tradeoff will be reflected in who can come. I'm not saying that there will be stricter limits placed on legal immigration, but I can't see throwing open the doors either, especially when the 'sell' will have to be to politicians that think granting amnesty to illegals is JUST that already.
Both parties will seek common grounds. I don't agree to your opinion that quotas for legal immigrants will be given to illegal immigrants. I tend to side with the Republican view that is for them to go back and come back here on a working visas and wait their turns to avail of the immigrant visas. Just all the foreign nurses did without breaking any laws.
Democrats are likely to give amnesty to illegal immigrants.
I have nothings against illegal immigrants . Heck, if the Philippines, a former colony of the USA, is just beside the US border there would be more Filipinos here than Latinos.
What you need to understand about this election is that many of the new Democrats won by running very conservative platforms and they won in very conservative districts. The leadership of our gov't just had a huge change, but the net affect on the political views of the actual legislators is very little changed.
Agree, the only way for Democrats to win in conservatives districts is for them to present conservative candidates. With more Americans, conservative and liberals alike, tired of the Iraq war and other national issues would vote for Democrats becvause they said they have the solution to these problems and Iraq instead of "stay the course" policy.
I have been following the news and other articles that independent conservatives , even republicans voted Democrats because they want change.
But immigration is a different issue especially when it comes to legal immigration and that is why I said there is light at the end of the tunnel.