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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

MALDEF HEAD: DON'T BLOCK PIECEMEAL IMMIGRATION REFORM IF COMPREHENSIVE FAILS

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This is really a contentious issue both in the pro and anti immigration communities and it is surprising that it has taken this long for one of the major advocacy groups to raise the issue publicly. . Pro-immigration groups are divided on the strategy question of whether allowing measures to go piecemeal will peel off support for some of the tougher measures like a legalization program. But if comprehensive reform fails this year, it will be the third failure since the comprehensive movement began in 2004 and it could mean waiting until 2011 or even after the next presidential election before a serious effort begins again. A lot of fixes to the system are desperately needed and the thought of waiting several more years is simply unbearable.

Anti-immigration groups have reasons to feel divided on this question as well. Throwing every needed immigration reform in to one bill means that there is something for every member of Congress to object to and it becomes easier to build support to stop the measure. One target is easier to hit than dozens.

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  1. s's Avatar
    I smell "Dream" and "H1B and L1B Reform" By future majority leader Mr. Durbin.
  2. Legal's Avatar
    I hope they recapture wasted employment based GC visas from past years and stop counting dependents as additional numbers towards the total.
  3. Another voice's Avatar
    I agree with the premise of this post, but there is something to think about....political support is key on some of these bills and that may lack in some cases as its hard to claim political victory that can translate into votes for some of these pieces of legislation. Either way a CIR approach or a piece meal approach is great with me as long as we do something to reform the system that does not work for anyone and its obsolete.
  4. KJ's Avatar
    They should already be getting concerned about saving their behinds for the next elections, so they'd better pass something. I think we're past the time for political victories. Just save the situation and don't piss off the illegals.
  5. Jim's Avatar
    I think it's time to pass piece-meal legislations. It doesn't seem CIR is going anywhere anymore.

    They should start with the nurse immigration bill because H1N1 will stress out the HC system from now and until about another 2 years plus add the additional nursing positions that a passed HC reform will bring in. As I see it, HC reform will be passed in one form or another within this year.

    Then there's the DREAM Act and visa recapture w/c are badly needed too and ASAP.
  6. gg's Avatar
    I think right now all pro-immigration groups must come together and try to pass the CIR. I really don't understand the Hispanic lobby. All these years they were holding support for immigration fixes mostly on the high skilled side in favor of CIR. Now they are planning to go it alone.
  7. Jim's Avatar
    "Now they are planning to go it alone. "

    That's just the problem. Now, they are trying to do it alone after of years of holding off piece-meal legislations.

    Problem is students are being deported, those on work visas are forced to go to another country because they cannot renew their work visas anymore and adjust status, and those waiting in line for years on their respective countries are now forced to look elsewhere while illegals can practically wait forever in the US and work.

  8. gg's Avatar
    "while illegals can practically wait forever in the US and work"

    Its gets even better with 55,000 GC lottery recipients who come to US every year and enjoy all privileges of a Green Card from day one. Atleast undocumented are contributing to the economy in shape or form.
  9. CaseStreet's Avatar
    Makes no sense to head into the debate with piece-meal legislation as the goal.

    The goal should be CIR and if in the process some elements don't pass as part of the negotiations, at least you get the most you can. To think the opposition will agree to anything in the form is very naive. They only care about the next election, not what's good for the country.

    We won't see a more pro-immigration Congress than we have now. That is why you have to go for it all now.
  10. Jim's Avatar
    @CaseStreet,


    I think the goal is still CIR. Just that when and if it fails again, shouldn't piece-meal legislations be considered.

    Not sure about this: "if in the process some elements don't pass as part of the negotiations, at least you get the most you can". Are you sincere with that? Does the Hispanic Caucus share the same thoughts as yours?

    If it was the amnesty that was left out and everything else is ok, will you still feel the same? Will the Hispanic Caucus not block any bill w/o an amnesty attached to it?

  11. Marly's Avatar
    Any bill with amnesty will fail. There are already crackdowns and denials on employment based visas. Any bill introduced with any hope of passing will have to be for the benefit of U.S. citizens who vote.

    Citizens see employment based visas as bringing in a glut of workers to compete with them.

    Any employment based visa bill introduced will be designed to make matters worse for visa holders.
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