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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

BREAKING NEWS - OBAMA: WE ARE MOVING IMMIGRATION IN A MONTH

Rating: 5 votes, 5.00 average.

The story begins with Wall Street Journal reporter Jonathan Weisman tweeting this evening:

Scott
Brown says Obama called him from AF1 to talk finreg, then dropped da
bomb: Dems moving forward on immigration in a month. Get ready.

Weisman later wrote on his blog at the WSJ site:

Brown, in an interview with the Journal's Neil King Jr.,
said the president was giving him a heads-up that immigration was
coming down the pike and he should give it some serious thought. The
senator promised to look closely at the bipartisan bill that Sens. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) and Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) are trying to produce.

"He called me originally about illegal immigration, something that
he wanted me to look at that was coming down the pike," Brown says of
the call, which also roamed onto other topics like basketball and
financial regulation. "I told him and others that I will read anything
and make a judgment when it comes forth."

Alluding to the issue a few minutes later, Brown clarified what he
told Obama. "When I said I have an open mind, it means I have an open
mind to read the bill," he said. "That doesn't mean that I will vote
for granting amnesty to anyone. But I want to be respectful to the
president and to any member who brings me a proposal."

Brown further hesitated, according to Politico:

"Sen. Brown told the president that he would review any legislation if
it came before the Senate, but he believes that the immediate focus
should be on fixing the economy and creating jobs," Brown spokeswoman
Gail Gitcho said.

Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC), the sole Republican sponsoring immigration reform legislation, sounded a pessimistic note, according to Politico:

But Graham is pessimistic. "No one's spent any political capital laying
the groundwork for this," he told POLITICO Tuesday. "In 2007, with
President Bush, you had two Cabinet secretaries up here for three days
a week, two to three hours a day. That's what it takes, and that's
what's been missing," he said.

Graham went on to suggest that Congress consider passing an enforcement only bill this year and then going back to try to finish the rest next year.

Of course, that idea is more than a non-starter. In fact, the ridiculousness of this suggestion was highlighted by this post in the HuffPost Hill email newsletter:

MEANWHILE... SCHUMER VS. MENENDEZ OVER IMMIGRATION - A few reporters, including HuffPost Hill, watched as Chuck Schumer and Bob Menendez had an exchange -- let's call it "vibrant" -- outside the Mansfield room this afternoon. "That's how two guys from New Jersey and New York talk!" Menendez explained to someone who asked about it later. The conversation was about immigration. A Schumer source says there was no heat between the two and that while the search continues for a second Republican cosponsor for comprehensive reform, Schumer and Menendez will meet tomorrow. The conversation is pregnant with politics: Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said today he'd encourage Latinos to stay home in November if Dems don't move on immigration reform. Menendez is head of the Senate campaign arm and Schumer, a lead backer of reform, is its former chairman.

So we're moving forward with reform and it sounds like Obama is ready to roll.

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  1. Done and done's Avatar
    Not surprising....

    ;-)


  2. George Chell's Avatar
    Good idea, Louis Guitterez...perhaps you want to turn the country into the Union of American Socialist Republic..with Arizona American Socialist Republic leading the way!
  3. My 2 cents's Avatar
    Another case of political posturing to court the Latinos in November. WH clearly knows CIR is not possible with this inept effort on their end.
  4. Jim's Avatar
    I really hope something gets done. I think financial reform is going to get fast-tracked a bit as well due to the recent SEC charges to Goldman Sachs. That getting done may free up some time for CIR. Energy Reform may be the one that will go to the back burner.

    I really don't know why it (financial reform)stalled before the GS charges when even Larry Kudlow of all people thinks it was a good idea.
  5. Ramon's Avatar
    First of all, I will believe it when I see it.

    Second, the CHC and the Dems will screw this one up again like they did in 2006.

    Check out this behind-the-scenes documentary called the "The Senator's Bargin" about the 2006 CIR battle. It's a how-to guide for dems on how to screw up a CIR bill. Here's the trailer:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Bz7IDqNHt8

    Graham maybe BS'ing about the enforcement only legislation this year. But the dems and WH need to take him seriously on the lack of organization/ motivation. Otherwise history will repeat itself!
  6. Another Voice's Avatar
    Seems just like political posturing.... the timing does not add up with the Finreg and SC confirmation fight. Finereg will drag through the fall to have more impact as close to the elections as possible, SC confirmation will taker up all summer. No chance for CIR unless the talk the bill and put it up for a vote in the so called November strategy.
  7. Realistic's Avatar
    CIR may pass in the senate but not in the house. I can bet my EAD card on this!

    After the HCR, the lawmakers need atleast one election cycle before they take any not button issue.

    If Dems maintain majority in house and senate there is a 50% chance of possibility of CIR in Summer 2011. If not, forget it for a decade.
  8. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "CIR may pass in the senate but not in the house."

    Actually, I believe in the superhuman powers of Honorable Miss Nancy to round up and herd those cats whereever she wants to. She is awesone!
  9. Jim's Avatar
    "Actually, I believe in the superhuman powers of Honorable Miss Nancy to round up and herd those cats whereever she wants to. She is awesone!"

    Agree!! If and when it passes the Senate, Speaker Pelosi can be counted on. She has more balls than anyone out there.

  10. Anne O'Donoghue's Avatar
    That is very interesting. We don't have the same position here in Australia, however, if a person can prove the existence of compelling circumstances, he or she can apply for a partner visa in Australia, despite their unlawful status.

    The legislation was enacted in 1996 with a widening of the policy definition in 2009.

    For more information, read our blog: http://immigrationsolutionslawyers.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/spirit-of-the-irish-diaspora-in-australia/

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