Quick Takes on U.S. and China Visa Law News (2013-2015)

2015 Buzz over Bid by China’s ‘Silicon Valley’ to Draw Foreign Talent (Straits Times, Dec. 15): Under proposals made by the Zhongguancun park located in Beijing, former Chinese citizens will receive an “overseas Chinese card”; foreigners will get temporary identification papers; and young foreigners will enjoy internship opportunities. Kenyans Living in the Shadow of Shattered…

Chances for Immigration Reform in 2013

Now that Congress has temporarily resolved its latest budget fight, President Obama has said he plans to make a renewed push on immigration, one of his top domestic priorities. But what are House Republicans’ priorities?  Watch this 4-minute YouTube video from the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

All-In Nation: a New Book Touching on U.S. Immigration Policy

The left-leaning thinktank Center for American Progress has published a new book, All-In Nation, asserting a vision for comprehensive immigration reform that’s worth reading. The book’s basic concern is that the racial and ethnic makeup of our nation is rapidly changing, but increasing inequality puts at risk the ideal that America can offer a level playing field with opportunities for…

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Tracking the Status of Congressional Bills (Updated July 12)

OK, I admit it. As a student, I loved the animated cartoon, “I’m Just a Bill [and I’m Sitting Here on Capitol Hill],” by Schoolhouse Rock. (See it on YouTube or here, if you’re in China). In this post, I’d like to take a similar approach to map out the long voyage that a CIR bill would…