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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

WHITE HOUSE SIGNALS IMMIGRATION REFORM EFFORTS DEFINITELY A GO FOR 2010

Rating: 6 votes, 5.00 average.
This is key. We've been hearing that the White House was still up in the air between the energy bill and immigration and that one of the two would likely be pushed back until after the election. Now it looks like the White House thinks it can walk and chew gum (presumably after the President's approval ratings are slipping as people sense the White House is not actually keeping any of its promises).

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    I continue to be a skeptic...2011 perhaps, 2010 not likely!
  2. S's Avatar
    Same here , I dont think this whitehouse will ever take a position or stand on any issue. I dont think congress will ever take lead on immigration issue next year.
  3. legal-immigrant's Avatar

    as long as it is not 2012 (i mean doomed it should be fine.
  4. Subbu Iyer's Avatar
    I'll believe it when I see it. For sure the WH has been *****footing around this issue and even now its efficacy in pushing Imm. reform forward, I believe, will depend on the fate of the Healthcare Bill.

    Quite honestly, I don't give a hoot about CIR. The only point is that if CIR is destined to collapse, the earlier the better. One could then hope for Visa Recapture, STEM advanced degree provisions and so on.
  5. Jim's Avatar
    Well, I hope the WH is right.

    If it's going to be anything like how the HC reform debates went then people will always be skeptical of it being done in 2010.

    If it's going to be done hard and fast then, maybe.
  6. Adi's Avatar
    "If it's going to be anything like how the HC reform debates went then people will always be skeptical of it being done in 2010."
    HC reform has pharma, insurance, hospitals, device, companies lobbying against it with limitless pit of money. They motivated lot of folks with false advertising and false research. I assume immigration is good for business since it keeps costs lower, it should have backing of businesses. This should take away lot of opposition. The momentum left to oppose immigration among public (after unsuccessfully opposing TARP, stimulus, HC ) remains to be seen.

    I am quite surprised that even with super majority, how hard has it been for democrats to pass these legislations. I remember back with Bush, republicans had kept democrats on side and passed legislations left and right.
  7. gg's Avatar
    CIR momentum building ?

    WSJ reports House Bill to be introduced in weeks ..

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125816110639347917.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsSecond
  8. gg's Avatar
    CIR momentum building ?

    WSJ reports House Bill to be introduced in weeks ..

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125816110639347917.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsSecond
  9. KJ's Avatar
    Are we getting an immigration reform or just immigration reform effort? There's a big difference. We've had enough of efforts for the last few years...
  10. Jim's Avatar
    I would have to agree with KJ on this one. We've been hearing a lot of promises from the WH, Pelosi and specially Harry Reid for months now. I remember profoundly Harry Reid proclaiming that passing CIR is going to be easy and he is sure that he has the 60 votes - this was months ago.

    Then Sen. Schumer promised to at least introduce a senate bill by Labor day.

    At least Speaker Pelosi did not promise too much other than saying she is committed to CIR.

    I just hope it won't be up to Speaker Pelosi again to jump-start the immigration debate like how she ended up saving the day for the Dems for the HC reform as I think IF HC reform becomes a law - majority of the credit should be given to Speaker Pelosi's leadership. Not Harry Reid, not even Pres. Obama. After Speaker Pelosi, there is even a good chance that former Pres. Bill Clinton will be given more credit than either Reid, Baucus and even Pres. Obama IF it eventually passes in the Senate. If HC reform fails in the Senate, all the blame will be given to Harry Reid's lack of leadership.

    If CIR is to pass, Harry Reid should show that he has more balls. At this point of time, it seems Pelosi has more balls.

  11. Jim's Avatar
    "I am quite surprised that even with super majority, how hard has it been for democrats to pass these legislations. I remember back with Bush, republicans had kept democrats on side and passed legislations left and right."

    They are showing (specially on the Senate side) that they don't have the guts to "own" any legislation. In the blogosphere, they are even calling Harry Reid as spineless and that Pelosi has more balls than him.

    After the election, the Dems should consider replacing Reid with Sen. Schumer. That is if he even wins his re-lection in 2010.
  12. gg's Avatar
    Immigration reform advancing - WP reporting ..


    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/15/AR2009111501587.html
  13. Another voice's Avatar
    Sounds good there is definitely some careful political calculations going on here. The antis are going to be singing the tune that "how come we we are doing immigrations and opening up the doors to foreigners when a lot of Americans are out of work." On the other hand if Obama wants to count with the Hispanic vote for 2012 his best chance to do Immigration reform is now, if they take a hit in the mid term elections, immigration may be as good as dead at least until after the 2012 elections, to make Obama look like he promise and has nothing to show for....
  14. Another voice's Avatar
    U.S. Attorney Nominee Criticized Over Raids

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/17/us/17attorney.html?ref=politics
  15. Brittancus's Avatar
    We think that todays administration under President Obama or previous political parties had a goal of enforcing our immigration laws. But corrupt politicians intervened on behalf of the open border fanatics and special interest lobbyists. As with E-Verify that has become a spotlighted enforcement law, because it was originally nearly tabled by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). But public uproar caused them to forcibly change their decisions and fully fund E-Verify for another 3 years. WITHOUT PUBLIC SUPPORT THEY WOULD NOT HAVE CAVED-IN? Right now it is the--ONLY--true enforcement tool implemented, but it is only as good--IF--business owners are forced to use it. Even though hundreds of thousands of companies have now decided to apply it, yet it is not MANDATORY? It is up to the discretion of employers? In a few states Representatives have introduced it into law, as with the fed's issuing an ultimatum that all contractors/subcontractors must use E-Verify.
    Justifiably bloggers should be either criticized for their anti-sovereignty stand, or praised for informing the unaware public of the taxpayers money needed to fund a 2009-2010 Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Rewarding the millions already illegally squatting here, with the costs to support families, children and those kin who will come here through sponsorship. THEN THE MILLIONS MORE WHO HAVE HEARD THE CALL FOR AMNESTY AND RUSH TO GET HERE FROM POOR NATIONS, BEFORE THE NEW LAW MATERIALIZES?

    House Judiciary Committee's Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-Texas) wrote an op-ed for the Washington Times today He stated that the Washington Times had slammed the Obama Administration for hardened enforcement. While the opposite reaction came from the open border advocates saying there was too much enforcement. However Rep. Smith determined the opposite? This is his statement:-

    * Rescinding of the "no-match" rule that prevents the Social Security Administration from contacting employers when a new hire's name and social security number don't match their records. "Without this protection, many employers will continue to employ individuals they know are illegal and are taking jobs that should go to citizens and legal residents," Smith said.
    * Repeal of REAL ID in lieu of PASS ID, which makes it easier for illegal aliens to obtain a driver's license. "This makes it easier for illegal immigrants to stay in the country. And it can provide terrorists with a legitimate ID - as we saw with the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists, who between them obtained 30 driver's licenses and ID cards," Smith said.
    * Lack of funding for an airport biometric exit system that is part of a DHS proposal to monitor when foreign visitors leave the country. "40 percent of all 12 million to 20 million illegal immigrants in the United States entered the country legally but overstayed their visas. This program will show who did not leave the country when they should have," Smith said.
    * Restricted the 287(g) program by limiting the ways local law enforcement officials can help federal immigration enforcement officials.
    * No funding for border fence, which was required by the Secure Fence Act of 2006.
    * Signing the CHIP bill making it easier for illegal aliens to get health care.
    * Reduced work site enforcement by shifting the focus away from the illegal workers and onto the businesses that hire them.
    * Allow states to provide in-state tuition to illegal aliens even though it violate federal law.

    Reading the Washington Times indicates to me, that they are pro illegal immigration, that is not in the American workers interest. They have consistently reacted to any enforcement of laws. They are obviously adverse to any immigration restriction, as the majority of the national press have indicated to us. Unlike the rural media who do not condone DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano's rush to OVERPOPULATION through another BLANKET AMNESTY? Grade your Senator of Congressman/Woman on NUMBERSUSA website. Call them and reprimand them for approving another AMNESTY or anything else at 202-224-3121. The people of America have been blindsided to long and must become more involved. We all no by now we cannot trust our government anymore to do the right thing for all of us. To survive we must fight back or financially--SINK. Washington is truly a corrupt place, where taxpayers money is the bargaining chip. Read all at JUDICIAL WATCH, CAPSWEB, ALIPAC, CAPSWEB, AMERICAN PATROL & THE DARK SIDE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.
  16. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "This makes it easier for illegal immigrants to stay in the country. And it can provide terrorists with a legitimate ID - as we saw with the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists, who between them obtained 30 driver's licenses and ID cards," Smith said.
    ----
    I guess you are too dumb to understand that those terrorists came to the US legally, and would have been able to obtain DLs and IDs under your "perfect" system just as easily. From the law enforcement stand point, though, you want to be able to give IDs to everyone who is able to prove their identity (aka - their real name and DOB) regardless of their immigration status because this way it is EASIER to find the terrorists. Thus, immigration status requirement is irrelevant to providing secure ways to issue IDs.
  17. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "* Signing the CHIP bill making it easier for illegal aliens to get health care."

    WOW. I guess this person does not realize that there are human right out there, and not having proper piece of paper does not turn a person into a nonhuman. If your goal is to prevent people from getting health care (i.e. medical help), then you must be following pronciples of Mein Kampf.
  18. Another voice's Avatar
    Brittacus this is not FOX News if you want to twist the truth, I suggest you go to their blog.
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