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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

REID TO GRAHAM: YOU HAVE THREE WEEKS TO DELIVER REPUBLICANS OR WE'RE DOING IT OURSELVES

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Tough talk from the Senate Majority Leader. Some, including my good friend Tamar Jacoby, think this is a really bad idea. I'm not so sure. I think fear of losing the Hispanic vote for a generation or more and the sudden urgency of the situation created by the Arizona fiasco could make responsible Republicans at least seek to block a filibuster and allow for a majority vote (as seems likely with financial regulatory reform). But Tamar is right that we'll get a better bill if pro-business Republicans play a role since some of the overreaching protectionist efforts of the unions will be easier to block. This is particularly true when it comes to developing a workable guest worker program. The Gutierrez bill, which some think will be template of a Democratic bill if there is no Republican participation, is very good in many respects but its guest worker program is a disaster and its use of a commission to set visa levels, with what seems like a veto power for organized labor, is deeply worrisome. I am an optimist by nature and think we'll get a deal this year that will be bipartisan and will do a lot of good. But it will take a lot of work and some lucky breaks.

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  1. limbo's Avatar
    I've always figured that the federal government should tackle this issue head on rather than just letting the current situation continue as it is while states like Arizona (where I live) suffer from the chaos.

    If the Dems can reform immigration by changing the law, well, that is their job as legislators since they control congress and the presidency. The voters, of course, will pass judgment on whatever law they come up with.

    I say go for it. Take responsibility for the problem one way or the other.



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