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So Many Wish to Come Over, So Few Slots Exist • Any immigration reform must provide a guest-worker program. • Congress to courts: Deport alien felons promptly, and we mean it this time. • U.S. business needs more visas to bring in foreign professionals. • And a new bulletin pushing back cutoff dates for green cards may shock companies.
• Jobs to Be Filled Congress must recognize that a simplistic enforcement-only policy that essentially forces officials to “shoot first” and ask questions later misses the real target. What is truly required is comprehensive legislation, coupled with enforcement, to create legal options for the undocumented immigrant workers who do jobs that Americans won’t. • The End May Be Near Judicial-review streamlining measures adopted this past May as part of the REAL ID Act of 2005 hold out promise for imposing strict time limits on the deportation process. • Keep Us Competitive Overall, the visa shortages and processing backlogs reflect a dated immigration system that is not competitive with that of our global counterparts. • An October Shock The U.S. State Department has issued an October 2005 bulletin with new information for fiscal year 2006 about the priority of processing visa applications. This information will come as a shock to many employers.

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