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Immigration Daily January 26, 2011
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Comment: Hot Air - Yesterday's State of the Union address by President Obama contained 144 words on immigration. By contrast, his first SOTU address had 37 words. There is good reason to believe that all the words, whether 37 or 144, are just hot air. Firstly, the Republicans in Congress are unlikely to work with Mr. Obama on immigration. Secondly, Democrats no longer enjoy a majority in the House. Thirdly, it is an open question whether Mr. Obama actually wants to help immigrants, the Obama administration continues to deport immigrants in record numbers, which is undistinguishable from the enforcement-first philosophy espoused by the GOP.
During his SOTU address, Mr. Obama said:

"Today, there are hundreds of thousands of students excelling in our schools who are not American citizens. Some are the children of undocumented workers, who had nothing to do with the actions of their parents. They grew up as Americans and pledge allegiance to our flag, and yet live every day with the threat of deportation."
If Mr. Obama actually means any of the words above, he can start by offering a TPS-like status to all DREAM beneficiaries. This action is entirely within Mr. Obama's unfettered Executive discretion, and requires no Congressional action whatsoever. As far as immigrant advocates are concerned, Mr.Obama's actions will speak louder than his words.

Article: Consular Corner January 2011 by Liam Schwartz

Article: Structuring And Implementing An Immigrant Legalization Program: Registration As The First Step by Donald M. Kerwin And Laureen Laglagaron for the Migration Policy Institute

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ILW.COM is pleased to announce The Physician Immigration Book edited by Robert Aronson. Contributors are: Mary Amundson, Robert Aronson, Lisa Atkins, Therese Bart, Janice Bianco, Ingrid Brey, Brian Bruner, Elise Bruner, Jacqueline Bucar, Lisa Claypool, Kristi Crawford, Karen Dean, Alex Dgebuadze, Robert Divine, Goldie Domingue, Maria Fritzinger Elias, Eleanor Fitzpatrick, Roberta Freedman, Kristen Harris, Wendy Hess, Dayna Kelly, Khorzad Mehta, Jennifer Minear, Bruce Morrison, George Newman, Elizabeth Neuwirth, Jennell Prentice, Karen Pollins, Michelle Scimecca, Suzanne Seltzer, Carl Shusterman, Greg Siskind, Rita Sostrin, Tim Skinner, Sarah Strensrud, Elizabeth Quinn, Hamel Vyas, Tracy Wallowicz, David Ware, Nathan Waxman, Andrew Wizner and Robert Whitehill
The book outline is as follows:

  • Healthigration: Immigration Meets Healthcare Reform by Robert Aronson
  • Physician Workforce Modeling: State of the Workforce by Kristen Harris
  • Immigration Attorneys & Physician Recruiters: The Essential Connection by Tim Skinner & Jennell Prentice
  • Rural Healthcare & Conrad Waivers by Mary Amundson & Therese Bart
  • Evolution of J-1 Exchange Visitor Program for Physicians by Ingrid Brey
  • ECFMG Role in Administering the J-1 Physician Program by Eleanor Fitzpatrick & Tracy Wallowicz
  • Legal Issues in Administering an Institution's J-1 Exchange Visitor Program by Lisa Claypool
  • The View from the Inside: institutional Considerations in the J-1 Program by Janice Bianco
  • Intake Analysis and Considerations for the IMG Client by Robert Whitehill
  • Overview of the Conrad J-1 waiver Program by Suzanne Seltzer
  • System of Federal Designations of Medical Underservice by Robert Aronson
  • Other Federal IGA Waiver Programs by Goldie Domingue
  • J-1 Waivers through the Department of Veterans Affairs by Michelle Scimecca
  • Waivers for Biomedical Researchers through the Department of Health and Human Services by Elizabeth Quinn
  • H-1B overview for International Physicians by George Newman
  • H-1B Options for Medical Trainees by Rita Sostrin & Alex Dgebuadze
  • H-1B Fulfillment Obligations following INA 214(l) Waivers by Khorzad Mehta
  • Eligibility for H-1B Extensions beyond Six-Years by Robert Divine
  • Corporate Practice of Medicine and Who is the Employer by Jacqueline Bucar & Elizabeth Neuwirth
  • Alternative Nonimmigrant Visa Options for IMGs by Roberta Freedman & Lisa Atkins
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Options for Canadian Physicians by Carl Shusterman
  • Overview: Choosing the Right Option by Jennifer Minear
  • Comparative Advantages: Labor Certification vs. National Interest Waiver by Brian Bruner
  • Labor Certification Theory and Practice for Physicians by Wendy Hess, Karen M. Pollins and Maria P. Fritzinger Elias
  • Business Necessity for International Physicians by Dayna Kelly
  • Special Handling Practice and Strategy for Academic Physicians by David Ware
  • National Interest Waiver Overview for Physicians by Kristi Crawford
  • NIW Attestation Letters from the State Departments of Health by Elise Bruner
  • NYSDOT Adjudications: Trends and Blips by Nathan Waxman & Karen Dean
  • The Legacy of Kutty: Compliance Issues for Employers by Sarah Stensrud
  • Legislative Initiatives Impacting Physician Immigration by Greg Siskind
  • Immigration Architecture for the 21st Century by Bruce Morrison
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