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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

REALITY FORCING CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS TO LOWER EXPECTATIONS

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Congressman Luis Guitierrez is sounding like piecemeal immigration reform will be the new order of the day in the next Congress. Here's what the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting:


The man widely seen as the leader of the nation's immigration reform movement told a Cleveland audience Monday that a worthy but flagging crusade may need to lower its expectations.


Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a Democrat from Chicago, said the quest to change the nation's immigration system -- and to offer illegal immigrants a path to citizenship -- needed more fervor and, perhaps, less lofty goals.


If comprehensive immigration reform cannot be achieved with a Democratic congress and a pro-immigrant president, he said, it may be the impossible dream.


"Maybe it's time to change the language, to change the strategy, to change what it is we're shooting for," Gutierrez told a largely Hispanic audience gathered at a landmark African-American church on Cleveland's East Side. "Either we achieve comprehensive immigration reform, or we stop the destructive nature of our immigration system."

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  1. Jim's Avatar
    This should give a clear signal to AILA and other pro-immigration to go ahead and go full steam for piece-meal legislations. Preferably in the lameduck session where I think it's the best time rather than wait for the next Congress.
  2. George Chell's Avatar
    Gridlock and status quo in the next congress!
  3. beppe's Avatar
    get the 245(i)!!!!
  4. My 2 cents's Avatar
    @Jim, The ducks are all lame this time around, don't expect them to quack.
  5. Jack's Avatar
    "Above all, he said, he wants to stop the deportations"

    "President Obama could, with the stroke of a pen, stop deportations"

    Earth to Luis--deportation is integral to any limited immigration system. You can't be anti-deportation and claim to be for a "workable" system. "We're just anti-deportation now until CIR passes" is a laugh--opposition to deportation is a core belief and it ain't gonna change if CIR were to ever pass.
  6. Jim's Avatar
    @Jack

    I actually agree with you. There will be deportations no matter what and even if there is CIR since there will always be people who would want to be in the US illegally and some actually prefers to be under the radar for some reason.

    However, besides from enforcing immigration laws and securing the border of w/c a legislation passed a month or so ago there must also be legislation to fix LEGAL immigration. Those who thinks that enforcement and securing the border is enough then borrowing from your won words - laughable.

    No amount of enforcement and "securing the border" and no amount of money could ever stop people crossing illegally or going to the US legally first then becoming illegal. Admittedly it helps but you have to close the loop by fixing the LEGAL immigration system as well. Otherwise, the Federal Gov't will just be spending money for NOTHING w/c frankly the US Fed Gov't can't afford.
  7. Tundra/Desert's Avatar
    Guttierez: "Maybe it's time to change the language, to change the strategy"

    Indeed. How's about starting with the key phrase about the "path to citizenship". That's one motto that hurts a lot more than it helps. Most of Joe Plumbers hear it and think "undocumented voters" at best; "citizenship for lawbreakers" as the most common; and "they're coming to take our stuff" at its worst.

    As I believe Greg suggested before, "appropriate consequences" would be a far better slogan to put forward. And I certainly agree that legalization, with commensurate penalties, can and should be one of the consequences. You just don't have to trumpet that.
  8. Jack's Avatar
    @Jim:

    "fixing the LEGAL immigration system"


    What exactly (in a nutshell) do you mean by that?
  9. Jim's Avatar
    "What exactly (in a nutshell) do you mean by that?"

    The LEGAL immigration system, family-based and specially employment-based are broken. Backlogs for visas runs from anywhere 5-10 yrs and in some cases even 15-20 or so years.

    There is very little incentive to do things legally when people think doing things legally means them waiting that long. Anti-immigrants thinks it deters them from coming in but in actuality they only makes them do things illegally.
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