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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

SENATE PASSES CONTINUING RESOLUTION EXTENDING E-VERIFY AND EB-5 PROGRAMS

Rating: 3 votes, 5.00 average.

Well, this is likely the end of the road for the Menendez bill until after the election. But it is good news at least for EB-5 and the E-Verify program is going to come up for renewal again in just a few months so the notion of linking E-Verify to the Menendez bill is still on the table. And after the election, the politics are going to get better.



That's why anti-immigrant groups are pushing to get Congress to quickly pass a separate bill reauthorizing E-Verify for several more years. While E-Verify is a program that has problems and more protections are needed for American workers incorrectly flagged by the database, I am not against the program's extension. In fact, I think E-Verify will play an important role in a comprehensively reformed immigration system. But fair is fair and linking a vitally needed legal immigration bill that has been blocked by anti-immigrant members of Congress with a must-pass bill central to the agenda of the anti-immigrant lobby is perfectly reasonable.

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  1. Concerned's Avatar
    I am under the impression that S.3606, passed yesterday in the Senate, was today passed in the House. Correct? If so, good!
  2. 's Avatar
    All this name-calling just ties your analysis up in knots. The House just passed, 407-2, a stand-alone bill that would extend E-Verify for 5 years. Are all those 407 members, including Lofgren, now "anti-immigrant"?
  3. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    I think you misread me if you think I think E-Verify should die. I want protections for American citizens falsely identified as unauthorized to work and I want E-Verify to be a part of a comprehensively reformed immigration system. And as a voluntary program, I really have few complaints other than the one noted above.

    E-Verify WILL be extended. It's too integral to our long term enforcement strategies to die. The question I've raised is what can be secured in exchange for the extension.
  4. Young's Avatar
    The attitude of linking all kinds of immigration bills seems silly to me, because then not many immigration bills will ever pass. I have a feeling that Menendez attempt to link to E-Verify bill will back-fire.
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