In Focus
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September 2006
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?In Focus? this month will review several interesting issues that have been featured recently in the news:

  • Testimony given to the Senate Subcommittee on Skilled Workers (Nurses, Scientists and International Scholars)
  • Article featured on underscoring the importance of immigrants in the US labor force
  • The Visa Waiver Program Travel Guide
  • ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) expands interior enforcement
  • The Department of Homeland Security?s recent Fact Sheet on protecting the homeland post 9-ll
  • H-2B Non-agricultural temporary worker statistics
  • ?In Focus? for HR? - ?How to Hire Great People?
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Testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on ?U.S. Visa Policy: Competition for International Scholars, Scientists and Skilled Workers?

This power-packed testimony, which took place on 8/31/2006, is the most recent in a series of Hearings, both in Washington and around the country, on immigration reform. Testimony was offered by Phyllis Norman, VP Patient Care Services/Harris Methodist Ft. Worth Hospital, on the current state of nursing in this country; Bo Cooper, former General Counsel/INS, gave testimony pertaining to global personnel mobility, and Lance Kaplan, Esq./Fragomen, et al., spoke on the topic of global mobility for highly-educated professionals around the world on behalf of the American Council on International Personnel. We link to this very important testimony below.

The Growth and Reach of Immigration: New Census Bureau Data Underscores Importance of Immigrants in the US Labor Force

New data from the 2005 American Community Survey (ACS) released by the Census Bureau on August 15, 2006, underscores the extent to which immigration continues to fuel the expansion of the U.S. labor force. We link below to the article that appeared on

DHS Updates the Visa Waiver Program Passport Requirement Traveler Guide

DHS updated the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Passport Requirement Traveler Guide, which clarifies changes in Passport and e-Passport requirements for visitors traveling to the US as part of the VWP. We link below to this informative guide.

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that 7 Fugitive Operations (FO) teams have been added to ICE, raising the number of FO teams to 45. These 45 FO teams are arresting an average of 1,000 undocumented immigrants per week. Seven more FO teams are expected to be in operation by the end of September 2006. Members of the FO teams have federal authority and may travel anywhere in the USA in pursuit of fugitives who have been convicted for homicide, sexual assault against children, robbery, violent assault, narcotics trafficking, various aggravated felonies and crimes involving moral turpitude. These efforts are a part of DHS? Homeland Security?s immigration enforcement operations. We link below to a recent ICE News Release.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provides an update on the significant action taken to improve the nation?s security since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. We link below to the Fact Sheet.
USCIS informs that it has updated its H-2B usage statistics. As of 8/30/06, 12,696 cases have been approved. Of these 6,282 cases were new petitions that count against the 33,000 quota for FY 2007. 895 cases were approved for returning workers who are exempt from the cap. On the date of the last count, the number of pending cases for both new and returning employers totaled 5,519.
  • Hire for attitude rather than skill. It?s a snap to teach a skill compared with doing attitude transplants.
  • Hold out for results: Never hire someone with good potential but questionable habits thinking you can change him or her. As in choosing mates, what you see now is what you get forever.
  • Fill in the gaps: Look carefully at the aggregate strengths and skill gaps of your teams in various work units, and go for the qualities and styles that are missing.

?In Focus? will present more on this topic in our October issue.

Leslie Davis
Immigration Solutions

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