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Negotiation 101

For folks posting here who obviously know zero about The Art of the Deal: YOU NEVER ACCEPT THE FIRST OFFER!

"We want more immigrants" said businesses

On the first day that business could apply to get visas for seasonal foreign workers, so many tried to use the Department of Labor website that it crashed the site.

"Seasonal Visa Filing Site Crashes on Big Employer Demand Day 1"

Employers that rely on the H-2B seasonal foreign worker program are beginning 2019 in a bind.

The Labor Department’s electronic filing system for the visas, iCERT, went down early Jan. 1, leaving employers unable to start the process for obtaining foreign labor for the spring season. The DOL has promised an update on the system’s status on Jan. 3.

The system outage was the result of massive demand, with employers requesting 97,800 H-2B workers even though only 33,000 visas are available, the DOL said in a Jan. 2 update on its website.

The iCERT crash has left thousands of employers “in the lurch, not knowing when they are going to be able to file,” said Gray Delany, executive director of the Seasonal Employment Alliance, an H-2B advocacy group representing more than 2,000 employers that use the program. “This is likely going to delay the arrival of their workers in April,” he said.

Because H-2B visas for both spring and summer get used up so quickly, all employers that need workers during that time are listing April 1—the first day of the spring/summer season—as their workers’ start date, Delany said.

That means all those employers also were jumping on iCERT on Jan. 1, the first day they could start the H-2B labor certification process with the DOL.

“Within the first five minutes of opening the semi-annual H-2B certification process,” iCERT “had an unprecedented demand for H-2B certifications,” the DOL said on its website. “With more than thirty-times the user demand on the iCERT system compared to last year on January 1, the iCERT system experienced a system disruption.”

The DOL is working to get the system back up and running and will provide 24 hours’ notice before it’s again operational, the agency said.

Increasing Demand

H-2B visas are popular in seasonal industries such as landscaping, amusement, forestry, and hospitality.

Demand for the visas has grown exponentially in the past few years, prompting the DOL to time the receipt of employer filings down to the millisecond and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to hold lotteries for the visas. The number of applications the DOL received in fiscal year 2017 jumped more than 25 percent from FY 2016. Applications in FY 2018 were 5.4 percent higher than the number filed in FY 2017.

Congress also has given the Homeland Security Department authority to double H-2B visas in the past two years, although the agency has only added 15,000 each time.

The 66,000 visas allowed each year are divided equally between the winter and spring seasons. Spring traditionally has been the season with heavier use, likely the result of the landscaping industry dominating the visa program. But demand in the winter is also rising, with the USCIS’s announcement that the cap had been reached creeping earlier and earlier each year.

Employers that were locked out of the winter visas also are likely jumping into the pool seeking H-2B visas April 1.

Ann Coulter viciously attacks Trump...

again. "Ann Coulter Shreds Trump’s Wall Proposal: ‘We Voted for Trump and Got Jeb!’"

After President Donald Trump announced his proposed immigration deal that would offer DACA protections to Democrats in exchange for wall funding, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter ripped the deal and said it would make a wall useless.

There are a million things to trade for a wall: A higher federal minimum wage, an infrastructure bill, a solar panel bill,” Coulter tweeted. “Trade a wall for AMNESTY, and there’s no purpose to having a wall.”
"We voted for Trump and got Jeb!” she wrote on Twitter.

In five years walls will be obsolete

Now's a good time to invest.

Here come the liberals

"Generation Z may be most liberal demographic yet"

A generation of post-millennials is poised to enter the electorate as perhaps the most liberal age cohort ever, fueled by unprecedented diversity and expansive views of the role of government.

On issues ranging from the treatment of racial minorities to climate change to diversity in society, the post-millennial generation — dubbed Generation Z by demographers — looks a lot more like the millennial generation than like their parents in Generation X or the baby boom generation, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.

But Generation Z takes an even more liberal view of the role of government in society than do millennials. Seven in 10 members of Generation Z say the government should do more to solve problems, while just 29 percent say government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals.

Just under two-thirds of millennials say government should do more. About half of those in Generation X and the baby boom generation agree.

Many of the attitudes held by Generation Z — those born after 1996, who are now between the ages of 13 and 21 — are formed through experience with an unprecedented level of racial and societal diversity, said Kim Parker, Pew’s director of social trends research.

“They’re overwhelmingly the most racially and ethnically diverse generation we’ve seen.
They’re on track to be the most well-educated generation we’ve seen. They’re less likely to drop out of high school and more likely to go to college,” Parker said.

One measure of the evolution of the youngest generation is that more than a third of them, 35 percent, know someone who prefers to be addressed using gender-neutral pronouns, compared with just a quarter of Millennials and less than a sixth of those in Generation X.

Donald Trump? America disapproves

Trump Disapproval Ratings: Real Clear Politics Average: 55.5% Disapprove
Economist/YouGov: 52% disapprove
Rasmussen Reports: 55% disapprove
Reuters/Ipsos: 55% disapprove
NPR/PBS/Marist College: 54% disapprove
Pew Research: 58% disapprove
Quinnipiac University: 55% disapprove
CNN: 57% disapprove
The Hill/HarrisX: 56% disapprove
IBD/ TIPP: 54% disapprove
Gallup: 59% disapprove

Just as I thought Dems taking the House is all important for Mueller

"Nadler Says House Will Subpoena Mueller’s Report ‘If Necessary’"

Jerry Nadler, the House Judiciary Committee Chairman, issued a challenge to Donald Trump and his Attorney General appointee William Barr. Nadler said that if Barr is confirmed as Attorney General, and if he does not release special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report to the public, then Nadler will issue a subpoena to obtain it.

He also said that he would compel Mueller to come before his committee to testify under oath about what he knows about the president and his relationships and interactions with

Good Job Mr. President

I try to give credit where credit is due:
"President Donald Trump on Thursday said the United States is "100 percent" with NATO, days after a report alleged that the president privately discussed withdrawing from the military alliance multiple times over the past year.

"We're gonna be with NATO 100 percent, but as I told the countries, 'You have to step up and you have to pay,'" Trump said while announcing a missile defense review at the Pentagon."

Yea Trump!

Trump is getting closer to Obama on deporting illegals

The National Council of La Raza called President Obama "The Deporter-in-Chief." Will President Trump take over that title? Trump is more than halfway there to Obama's record setting year which was 2013 when 435,000 were deported.

"256,000 People Deported in First Full Fiscal Year of Trump Administration"

U.S. immigration officials deported about 256,000 people in the first full fiscal year of the Trump administration, a slight increase over the previous year but well below the peaks of the Obama era when that number approached 500,000, official data shows.

Interior removals climbed from 65,332 to 95,360, following a policy shift in 2017 under President Donald Trump that deprioritized who is detained and opened up a broader number of immigrants to the risk of deportation.

The remaining 160,725 deportations are removals at the border, which has made up the bulk of ICE removals since 2012.

Enforcement has released the latest statistics for fiscal year 2018.

Despite a focus in speeches by Trump and his cabinet on the crimes committed by immigrants, the number of convicted criminals arrested by ICE in fiscal 2018 remained almost flat — 105,736 in fiscal 2017 to 105,140 in fiscal 2018.

According to Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., a better measure of what interior enforcement is changing is how much of the undocumented population is affected.

For example, ICE removed about 0.89 percent of the undocumented immigrant population through interior enforcement in 2018, an increase from 0.76 percent in 2017, Nowrasteh said.

The ICE report includes country-by-country data that can reveal the results of specific policy changes, or of more nebulous variables.

More difficult to pin down, however, is the mixed bag of changes in Northern Triangle countries. The number of Salvadorans deported decreased (15,445, 18 percent drop), while those for Honduras (28,894; 29 percent increase) and Guatemala (50,390; 50 percent increase) jumped.

New Immigration/Border Wall poll

Quinnipiac University Poll. Jan. 9-13, 2019. N=1,209 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.3.
Overall, do you believe that immigration is good for the country or bad for the country?"
Good: 73%
Bad: 16%
Unsure/No answer: 12%

In general, do you think undocumented immigrants are more likely to commit crimes than American citizens, or don't you think so?"
Think they are: 29%
Don't think so: 63%
Unsure/No answer: 9%

Do you support or oppose building a wall along the border with Mexico?"
Support: 43%
Oppose: 55%
Unsure/No answer: 2%

In general, do you think that funding a wall along the border with Mexico is a good use of taxpayer dollars, or don't you think so?"
Think it's a good use: 40%
Don't think so: 59%
Unsure/No answer: 1%

Would you support or oppose a bill that funded new border security measures, but did not fund a wall along the border with Mexico?"
Support: 61%
Oppose: 32%
Unsure/No answer: 8%

Would you approve or disapprove of President Trump using emergency executive powers to fund a wall along the border with Mexico without the approval of Congress?"
Approve: 32%
Disapprove: 65%
Unsure/No answer: 3%

Do you think that a wall along the border with Mexico would make the United States safer, or not?"
Think it would make U.S. safer: 43%
Don't think so: 55%
Unsure/No answer: 2%

Do you think that a wall along the border with Mexico is an effective way to protect the border, or don't you think so?"
Think it's an effective way: 43%
Don't think so: 56%
Unsure/No answer: 2%

Do you think that a wall along the border with Mexico is necessary to protect the border, or don't you think so?"
Think it's necessary : 40%
Don't think so: 59%
Unsure/No answer: 1%

Which comes closer to your point of view: a wall along the border with Mexico is consistent with American values, or a wall along the border with Mexico is against American values?"
Consistent: 41%
Against: 52%
Unsure/No answer: 7%

Do you believe that there is a security crisis along the border with Mexico, or don't you believe that?"
Believe there is: 54%
Don't believe that: 43%
Unsure/No answer: 4%

Do you believe that there is a humanitarian crisis along the border with Mexico, or don't you believe that?"
Believe there is: 68%
Don't believe that: 26%
Unsure/No answer: 6%

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