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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

IS THIS THE YEAR THE DREAM IS REALIZED?

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Leaders in Congress today re-introduced the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, better known as the DREAM Act. The bill would allow immigrant students raised in the US and who are graduates of US high schools to attend college or join the military and embark on a path to citizenship.

The bill's lead sponsors in the Senate are Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Lugar (R-IN). In the House, the lead sponsors are Howard Berman (D-CA), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL).

Immigration advocacy organization America's Voice described the importance of the bill:

"The DREAM Act would fix one of the clearest examples of America's nonsensical immigration laws," said Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America's Voice. "For too long, high school valedictorians and college graduates have been unable to fully live up to their potential. Imagine growing up in the United States nearly your whole life, going to school, making it to college and living in constant fear of being arrested and deported to a country you hardly know."



An estimated 65,000 undocumented young people who have spent their childhoods in America would be impacted by this important piece of legislation. An effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform would also include the DREAM Act.

"Their stories are heartbreaking but their spirit and resilience is nothing short of amazing," Sharry continued. "For years, these young people, many working in the 'United we Dream' coalition, have courageously stood up and organized to change an unjust law. Now, Senator Durbin, Rep. Berman and the other cosponsors are also showing courage. Today's introduction of the DREAM Act is a testament to their hard work and should serve as an inspiration to all of us as we work together to fix our broken immigration system."

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    Much better chance than CIR!
  2. kyledeb's Avatar
    Yes we can. See the following post for five actions people can take in support of the DREAM Act:
    http://www.citizenorange.com/orange/2009/03/today-is-the-day-put-the-act-i.html
  3. Dev.d's Avatar
    Greg, what in your estimate is the chance that CIR will be introduced this year and/or even pass. Cause as we see it, with past experiences, if its not now (first year of new president) its never right? and if never then the hispanic caucus backlash might change the tides again. There have been murmurs about it coming up in fall i think (including your post), so do you honestly feel there's a good chance in this recession environment,
  4. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    I'd put the odds of CIR being introduced at 3 to 1 or better. Passing I would put at 50-50.
  5. AD's Avatar
    Keeps me wondering how much Dick Durbin wants to get DREAM act done and screw EB folks with stringent measures such as repealing 6th year extension (Senate bill 1007, what ever from last congress) at the same time. C mon, I have nothing against DREAM but this dubious stand of Durbin really irks me. He wants to bring in a bunch of guys (again no issues there) who will not pay taxes for a significant time (as they go to school and get a degree) and file for FAFSA and at the same time drive away tax paying EB guys. Good going! Senior Senator from IL. Kudos to you

    Lets see what he, Grassley and Bernie are going to unleash on Apr 3rd.
  6. Another voice's Avatar
    Greg,

    Would this bill have any retro activity for the people that maybe already went to school (college) and perhaps would meet the same criteria? As I understand it the bill has some age brackets out lined in the proposal. Do you have any information in this regard?
  7. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    I'll need to review, but I believe it's the same as last time and I think there was a 25 year old age cut off.
  8. Another voice's Avatar
    "He wants to bring in a bunch of guys (again no issues there) who will not pay taxes for a significant time (as they go to school and get a degree) and file for FAFSA and at the same time drive away tax paying EB guys."

    I can understand your frustration with this situation and these Senators they have not made things easy for all immigrants, but another way to look at this, is not if it is fair to you or not but rather how it will help people go to college and pay taxes once they are regularized as well as to serve in the military. Also in the politicians mind if they get on a path to citizenship soon since these are a large number of people they can vote and I guess thank them for their support for many years to come. I am not saying its right all the way but at least some immigrant friendly bills are getting on the table and hopefully that is a good signal for everyone else.
  9. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Here's the reality check pro-employment based (EB) immigration advocates need to know. EB immigration measures are largely being blocked from moving forward until the legalization pieces are finished. Same for a permanent reauthorization of E-Verify and some of the other enforcement pieces. Deal with the legalization pieces - DREAM, AgJobs and probably the wider CIR and you open the door for the EB fixes that need to happen as well.
  10. AJ's Avatar
    "Here's the reality check pro-employment based (EB) immigration advocates need to know. EB immigration measures are largely being blocked from moving forward until the legalization pieces are finished. "

    So are things at an impasse then? The legalization advocates have enough votes to block any EB measures but the EB advocates do not have the additional votes needed to make legalization succeed.
  11. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    I think standoff was the correct characterization in the last two Congresses. But the shift in power to the Democrats may have tipped the immigration debate as well. Too early to say at this point.
  12. AD's Avatar
    Greg!

    Lets face the truth. There was a bashing discussion last week and I did not participate in it. It's not my intention to restart it. So fellas please refrain from bashing each other.

    Why did not DREAM pass last session? Because it got beholden to the CIR as the EB bills did. Dick was as passionate as he is and possibly more passionate last time with DREAM until he got the word that Pelosi is sold out to CHC. I am not trying to be an Elite here and I understand the game of politics. Yeah! I support CIR but CIR got screwed for what ever reasons in previous congress sessions. Now we have a different reason. The economy. I agreed in 08 that the Party of NO will not work together on the illegal front if legal issues are taken care of. Now in 09, The party of "NO" WILL and SHOULD have to brace illegal immigration reform and will come along with Dems when the time is right, unless they want a single party in the country. Its just utterly meaningless to hold meaningful reforms such as EB recapture and the Nursing bill.

    We lack leaders who come out and say it loud and clear to Pelosi. Recapture will NOT solve the EB problem completely. EB problem will still be there and EB folks will continue to support CIR. Same thing applies to Nursing relief. The shortage on the Nursing and PT front will keep them clamoring for more numbers. If the Schedule A category is given another 50K, they will be gone in days. Back to the relief line again.

    Pelosi and CHC should understand that they should let folks suffering from retrogression need a break from politics.

    Oh well! Does Guitierrez really care? He knows that President Obama did the name sake when me met with Guiterrez. But he will not let the EB and Schedule A folks slip away. He is no better than Gentleman from Iowa.
  13. D's Avatar
    They should wait in like anyone else in the line why should they get exemption from numerical limits?
  14. Mike's Avatar
    E) the alien has never been under a final administrative or judicial order of exclusion, deportation, or removal, unless the alien--

    (i) has remained in the United States under color of law after such order was issued; or

    (ii) received the order before attaining the age of 16 years; and

    (F) the alien was had not yet reached the age of 30 years on the date of enactment of this Act.

    ^ last time the age limit was 30 y/o
  15. JoeF's Avatar
    "Deal with the legalization pieces - DREAM, AgJobs and probably the wider CIR and you open the door for the EB fixes that need to happen as well."

    Indeed. I am in full agreement.
    I've dabbled a bit in politics in my old home country (when I was in college), and it helped me learn how politics works.
    EB people support CIR, and they can expect the CIR people supporting their cause. EB2 oppose the CIR, and they won't get any support for their agenda. It's as simple as that.
  16. D's Avatar
    OMG, This is liberal version of points based system
  17. Damien S.'s Avatar
    Hey Greg, it's so exciting to hear DREAM Act is re-introducedd in both Senate and House do u know anything about schedule for vote? how long do you think it will take to vote?

    thanks.
  18. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Damien - It's really hard to say on timing and a lot may depend on what happens with the big reform bill. We'll have to wait and see.
  19. Kamal Jain's Avatar
    "Here's the reality check pro-employment based (EB) immigration advocates need to know. EB immigration measures are largely being blocked from moving forward until the legalization pieces are finished. Same for a permanent reauthorization of E-Verify and some of the other enforcement pieces. Deal with the legalization pieces - DREAM, AgJobs and probably the wider CIR and you open the door for the EB fixes that need to happen as well. "

    Greg, don't you think this is a bit hypocritical? I thought the whole point was to have a "comprehensive" (CIR) approach and that was why EB bill were being blocked. How come it's now OK to push for piece-meal legislation related to legalization (which is not "comprehensive"), but not OK to do the same for EB visas? Seems like another proof of the dirty tactics of the Hispanic lobby -- "s***w everybody else until we fix our own stuff" -- to me.
  20. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Kamal - I actually think the bill may have been introduced to spotlight a major plank in the comprehensive bill and it may not move as a separate piece of legislation. Durbin is likely to be a major CIR proponent.
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