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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

TESTER STARTING TO FEEL THE HEAT

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Montana Democrat Jon Tester voted against the DREAM Act last Saturday. While he was not alone, he did manage to upset one person who actually mattered a lot to Tester's being elected - Markos Moulitsas at the Daily Kos, one of the web's most popular blogs. Moulitsas is extremely influential with young liberals and he was able to raise a significant amount of dollars for the Tester campaign in 2006. Perhaps Tester thought there would be no consequences to voting no on DREAM, but Kos is furious and I wouldn't be surprised if he uses the site to promote a primary opponent for Tester. 

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  1. GG's Avatar

    "Instead the president and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus concurred that until the 2012 elections are over, a more realistic goal would be to stave off legislation targeting illegal immigrants."


    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view/20101221president_obama_and_latinos_agree_road_ahead_rough_for_immigration_overhaul/srvc=home&position=recent
  2. My 2 cents's Avatar
    Yep, just keep protecting them thereby promoting more illegal activity. What a game plan!!!!
  3. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "Yep, just keep protecting them thereby promoting more illegal activity. "

    Do you have any data to prove that this "promotes" more illegal activity? You start to sound like an average anti.
  4. Another Voice's Avatar
    "Yep, just keep protecting them thereby promoting more illegal activity. What a game plan!!!!"

    Why are you complaining? I thought you guys were banking on the Cans to bring it home for you... your big shot is coming!!!
  5. My 2 cents's Avatar
    AV & LNLW, I don't understand whenever I voice my opinion I sound an anti. When will both of you grow up? I guess you are the only 2 in this blog still having high hopes for Dream & CIR. Please wake up the DREAM (pun intended) is over.

  6. My 2 cents's Avatar
    AV, what have the Dems done for you anyway before you start talking about me complaining.
  7. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    So, no data, just unsubstantiated opinion. That what makes it similar to the antis (and I don't think EVERY time you voice your opinion you sound similar).
  8. GG's Avatar
    As i reported earlier h1, l1 visa fee are set to increase along with a tax on foreign companies (chop-shops) with the passage of james zardoga 9/11 healthcare bill.

    I don't understand why the congress expects h1/l1 companies and workers to pay for this bill and also other bills such as enforcing the border security. Why are the patriotic folks in this country not asked to chip in..

    Needless to say its not the companies that will take the additional charge as congress intends, but the maligned workers on h1/l1 visas once these fee hikes are passed over to them.

  9. beppe's Avatar
    Hi Greg,
    i don`t know if you read the comment or anyone one who supposed to help the immigration community read this blog, but let be serious, I blame for this fiasco the so called pro immigration movement like America `s Voice, Gutierez and Mendez.
    Sometime I am wonder if they really wants to have the problem fixed, maybe without the CIR debate Gutierrez will not have this pubblicity, as well Mendez. I really don`t think that there is the WILL to fix this problem
    I think that is pretty easy to fix at least the illegal immigration mess.
    My suggestion is to hold the 10 years ban for one year, for those who are without paper and coming back give a penalty an not citenzship ever and green card after 10 years) but a legal status, in other word, a touchback provision.
    I would like to know your opinion.
    For the legal one, like me, elimanate the back log for those who are waiting more than 5 years
    I think that is fair.
    Let me know your opinion
  10. Another Voice's Avatar
    "AV, what have the Dems done for you anyway before you start talking about me complaining."

    Well... I support the cause but I don't need either the dems nor the cans help!!
  11. beppe's Avatar
    I rewrite my suggestion...
    My suggestion is to hold the 10 years ban for one year, for those who are here without paper they can go back to thier country and come back in the US after pay a penalty but after 2 months, they will not be able to apply for citenzship ever and apply for green card after 10 years of legal status, in other word, a touchback provision.

  12. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Beppe - if you think admissibility bars are not that important that they can be suspended for a year, why they are in place anyway? The immigration system did function - and probably better - before 1996 when the bars were introduced. If anything the bars only fueled more illegal immigration. My opinion, it's a horrible law, and this provision should be taken out of the INA. I am not for temporary suspentions of stupid provisions; it just shows our inability to think outside the box of current immigration system.

    There should also be a provision for those who lived legally in the US for over 5 years not to be subject to immigration quotas. That will fix long immigration line problem once and for all.

    Bottom line - we all can come up with decent immigration solutions pretty much on the dime, but the issue is what is politically feasible, and whether it makes sense to ask for more/unexpected or make a pointed argument for a particular group, often without changing the confines of the current immgiration system. Plus, neither you nor me have our own advocacy to push new ideas.
  13. beppe's Avatar
    Legal, i agree with you and it is important to remember who signed that Bill, meaning Bill Clinton (who is claiming himself as Immigrant`s friend). During the 2006 Debate, when Cornyn speak about the 1984 amnesty and say that it did not worked i was hoping that someone answered him that was the 1996 law that did not work, which is the reality
    On the other end, you must have a system that which should not encourage illegal immigration and the 1996 law is not the right answer.
    The point is that, and i am sure of what i say, it is pretty easy to fix it, but it is political appealing for both party to have this status quo, but the face of the young kids on saturday, their tears, theirs desperation was something differents.Bottom line, Guttierez and America Voice is the only reason of why we don`t have a CIR
  14. Another Voice's Avatar
    "Bottom line - we all can come up with decent immigration solutions pretty much on the dime, but the issue is what is politically feasible"

    That's the key part, you can try to negotiate here with each other all the time on what is "fair" or not, but it only matters what the decision makers do!!!period. The only way to change these is help elect people that will have influence and power to change the system. The business community will advocate for legal immigration changes if they need the workers and Latino advocacy groups will continue to push for the undocumented. What is still a mystery is why these two groups never join forces....ohh I remember...because "it's not fair"!!! Hope the whining changes things some day....
  15. F's Avatar
    "What is still a mystery is why these two groups never join forces....ohh I remember...because "it's not fair"!!! Hope the whining changes things some day...."

    With Durbins and Schumers using H1Bs for paying for border security to 9/11 damages , Good luck with businesses lobbying for more liberal voters( with amnesty).
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