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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

PELOSI: WE'LL HAVE THE VOTES FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM

Rating: 3 votes, 3.67 average.

Not that we haven't heard words of optimism before (with little evidence that they're anything more than words), but it's worth noting that Nancy Pelosi is again telling reporters that immigration reform still on track for this year. Here's how America's Voice summarized what she told Spanish-language paper La Opinion:




A La Opinión interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, titled "Pelosi advocates reform" ("Pelosi aboga por la reforma" ), appears today in all impreMedia publications. Pelosi is quoted as saying that "I hope to pass immigration reform this year" and "Last week I spoke with the president about the issue, and he reiterated his promise to work with both houses (of Congress) to create a bill that could be passed."

Pelosi has repeatedly indicated that the Senate needs to debate an immigration reform bill before the House will take it up. Asked whether the House has the votes to pass such a bill, Pelosi told La Opinión she thinks "we will have the votes." "The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has taken the lead. I think they feel pretty confident about the numbers, and if they see it that way, I do too," she added. 

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On the possibility that the House of Representatives might take up an immigration bill this year before the Senate, Pelosi said "these situations are always up for reevaluation, you devise a strategy."

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  1. Sid's Avatar
    No one cares about what she thinks. The Senate holds all the cards.
  2. Jim's Avatar
    It is actually Reid that started giving out promises about having the votes at the infancy stage of the Obama administration and no commitments were being given by Pelosi until now.

    This is good news no matter how we cut it.





  3. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Sid, not so fast. If the House is not voting, the Senate is not going to make a new law by itself. Reid a problem, that's true, but you have to give it to Pelosi - she's been able to deliver all the votes she promised, and her version of the HCR is a lot better thought out than the Senate's.
  4. Another Voice's Avatar
    It's always encouraging to hear the speaker of the house promise support for CIR, but it remains vague... the Senate has a full plate with Jobs, jobs , jobs, jobs, then back to HC, FR before the November 2010 election. It seems difficult that CIR would have a chance to squeeze in... since they have to accomplish all of the above before the end of the summer after that is all about the election.
  5. beppe's Avatar
    words..words...words...words...words...words...words...words....words...words...words...words...words...words...words...words...words...words...words...words...words....and nothing else!
  6. beppe's Avatar
    Greg,
    by the way, i did not read in her words what did you say, but nothing more that she repeated since 2006 (the day that she take the house)....so the reality is that after 4 years the House did not make anything for the immigrants community, not even a single law.
    ITs funny that Pelosi did not understand the she has power, nobody else......i dont really see how could be a good news or somenthing else.
  7. Sid's Avatar
    LNLW,

    I'm not criticizing Pelosi. I'm saying that she is irrelevant. What is the net result of the House having passed financial regulation, climate change & healthcare? Will they win more seats in the mid-term because of those bills? Has any progress been made by the passing of these bills?

    I disagree that the House healthcare bill was better than the Senate bill. Both have some good provisions. I prefer the national insurance exchange in the House bill over the Senate's state based exchange. Making part of the health insurance premium taxable is the most effective way to control inflation and although it was watered down by the union lobbies, at least it was in the Senate bill. Instead of looking for savings within the system, the House bill wanted to take the easy way out by taxing the high-earners. The House bill had a public option but without the ability to set rates like Medicare, it was practically useless and the CBO had said as much in it's evaluation.
  8. Subbu Iyer's Avatar
    Ahh...so now it is Pelosi's turn to be optimistic about Immigration reform. Reid has been incorrigibly "optimistic" all along, Schumer had a Labor Day deadline (to be fair to him, he didn't specify the year!) and so on ad nauseum.

    Really folks, haven't we seen this movie before? This bunch of do-nothings can't even agree on a Jobs Bill at the moment and are we to believe that Immigration reform is imminent? It is all unadulterated nonsense. Of course, given the political implications it is imperative for them to keep up the suspense, crying wolf every other week.

    I'll believe it when I see it. Period.
  9. My 2 cents's Avatar
    The Congress except for passing the TARP, hasn't passed anything of significance.
  10. K's Avatar
    "The Congress except for passing the TARP, hasn't passed anything of significance."

    Along with restrictions on H1bs with respect to TARP ...
  11. Teddy's Avatar
    I agree with the writer....Schumer did not specified the year and seeing is believing...!!!!!!!SO until theen...............
  12. Sam's Avatar
    In 2006 senate passed a good bill , it went to die in house of reps. Lets see if opposite happens this time.

    One more thing I want to watch is if Mr. Grassely joins negotiations ... We will know the outcome of the bill the moment he joins negotiations..

  13. Jay's Avatar
    Actually CIR might be the only bill that the congress can pass this year. It is the only thing that truly has hints of bipartisan support. A well crafted bill will mean re-election. Anything short of that, there will be a pseudo regime change. "All talk and no work!" - is not going to cut it this time.
    Frankly, it isn't rocket science to make a meaningful CIR after all.
    A new visa for unskilled labor strictly controlled by DOL. Simple description: It is for a job that no US citizen, wants to do or are capable of doing.
    Heavy fines and/or imprisonment for (even casual) employers employing people with no visa.
    The cost of the new visa can easily be recovered from the taxes that the newly legalized folks will pay.
    Anyone paying taxes continuously for 7 years and making over a statutory limit in the US should be given a green card after a stringent security check (not lasting over 6 months).
    Per country quota must not apply towards the employment based (skilled or unskilled) immigrants. If employment is not restricted by country quota why should immigration be?
    And finally recover the visa numbers wasted by USCIS inefficiencies over the past 10-15 years.
  14. Jesse Kerley's Avatar
    We have to hope that Congress can pull together and do something positive for the sake of the American people and in this country left in limbo because they don't have a green card visa.
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