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Congress Daily has a story this morning on how talk of bringing back immigration reform legislation is making Republicans and some immigration advocates nervous. Immigration advocates are concerned that the compromises being discussed (including trading off a path to citizenship for a five year non-immigrant work visa) are too severe. As for the GOP, CD had this to say:>>

A GOP aide said a floor
debate on immigration would be a nightmare for Republicans who want to shield
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the
likely Republican presidential nominee, from being associated with any bill that
would anger his GOP base of support.

Does this sound familiar? I'd post the link to the CD article, but a subscription is required for viewing. Sorry.


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  1. G's Avatar
    Looks like Dems have taken a page from Rove play book. I am not sure how honest Dems are in trying to solve the problem. I think these guys are trying to play politics.
  2. Advocates's Avatar
    Why these so called immigration advocates have to be nervous. Five year work visa is way much better than being undocumented. These advocates should not expect instant citizenship for these folks.
  3. Another voice's Avatar
    Greg we got to hand it to you your sources were right on point about this, is definetly welcome news. I do not think immigration advocates should be nervous as they have more leverge to negociate a compromise. Republicans will protect John McCain and their chances at the WH more that an Immigration compromise. if negociations are more against the utra-republican wing and against McCain, I am sure they will settle for a friendly version after all they have more to lose than the dems. In a negociation you always start at opposite ends of the spectrum, this is just starting out we shall see how it plays out.
  4. Jon's Avatar
    Here is the article from Congress Daily.

    House Talk Of Reviving Immigration Bill Raises Alarms
    House Democrats' discussions about reviving immigration legislation this year are making some Republicans and immigrant advocates nervous.
    Staffers said the House talks about bringing a new bill to the floor are in the early stages, and the Caucus has not weighed in on the idea.
    "It's just a discussion about can something move on immigration that meets the various issues and needs that are out there? I don't think anything is crystallized one way or another," said Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., the assistant to the speaker.
    A GOP aide said a floor debate on immigration would be a nightmare for Republicans who want to shield Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the likely Republican presidential nominee, from being associated with any bill that would anger his GOP base of support.
    Immigrant advocates also worry that the trade-offs needed to win Republican votes would be too severe. "I just wonder what the enforcement price would be," said one advocate of last year's comprehensive bill.
    Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C.., has sponsored a broad immigration enforcement bill that some advocates fear could be paired with legislation expanding several guestworker visa programs.
    Shuler's bill has the support of several harsh critics of increased immigration, such as Reps. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., Brian Bilbray, R-Calif., and Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. Among other things, Shuler's bill would require employers to verify the eligibility of all workers and establish a birth and death registration system.
    Blue Dog Coalition sources say Republicans are hoping to use a discharge petition to force a floor vote on Shuler's bill without any guest-worker provisions.
    Most Democrats would oppose that effort, but it would place them in the uncomfortable position of voting against a border security proposal.
    After the collapse of a comprehensive immigration bill in the Senate last year, House leaders have thus far been unwilling to subject their members to a difficult debate that would not bear fruit in the end.
    Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus disagree with House leaders' decision to hold off on an immigration debate until they are sure it can pass the Senate. They perked up last week at signs from House leaders that they might be willing to engage on the issue again.
    Becerra said leaders are attempting to find some relief for employers who are unable to hire foreign guest workers because of numerical caps.
    "Some of us want to deal with comprehensive," Becerra said, referring to broad legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to earn green cards.
    "Whether there's the will, policy-wise, or politically is another matter."
    Speaking of Shuler's enforcement bill, Becerra said, "At this stage, if you're going to get something done, it only happens if there's everybody at the table. ... Once you start limiting, it makes it very difficult to get folks."
    Senate Majority Whip Durbin, a strong advocate of last year's Senate comprehensive bill, said Tuesday that President Bush would have to work with Democrats to ensure any immigration legislation passes.
    "If the president wants to delay or somehow engage us in the same thing we went through last year, it's a waste of time. We don't want to do that," Durbin said.
    Last year, Bush tapped two cabinet officials to work behind closed doors with Senate Republicans to craft a broad immigration bill that included an earned legalization component.
    That core group of Republicans then recruited Democrats to join the effort.
    Their goal was to win over Republicans who a year earlier had rejected a similar bill sponsored by Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee Chairman Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and McCain.
    In the end, the scheme didn't work. Only Minority Whip Kyl, who at the time chaired the Senate Republican Policy Committee, was willing to accept earned legalization of illegal immigrants in exchange for an end to "chain migration" of extended family members. Kyl had opposed the earlier McCain-Kennedy immigration bill. By Fawn Johnson, with Christian Bourge contributing

  5. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    AV - No sources. Just my own observation on what would be a shrewd move for the Dems.
  6. Another voice's Avatar
    I think the only reason why Democrats and republicans would deal with this right before an election is for pure political gain. Therefore which ever party has more to lose from this will have to compromise more on the issue, it seems like the republicans have more to lose from this than the dems. In addition it gives Bush a chance of some sort of legacy on his second term.
  7. Another voice's Avatar
    Hey Greg whos said politics was a clean game. Is not like the republicans have been playing clean when it comes to Immigration Reform.
  8. Another voice's Avatar
    "AV - No sources. Just my own observation on what would be a shrewd move for the Dems"

    Then credit where credit is well deserved, I guess you know Washington better than the average person. Either way is agood move to get Immigration moving again.
  9. Sean's Avatar
    Supporters of Immigration Fraud

    An immigration advocacy group called "Civil Society Helps" and attorney Martha J Sullivan help perpetuate fraud against U.S. citizens. See for more information about the immigration fraud these kind of groups help facilitate.

    With false accusations from an immigrant residency seeker, a stable American citizen can be reduced to living in poverty. All of your assets can be seized and given to the residency seeker even if you are not found guilty. You will immediately be forced to surrender a portion of your income to the residency seeker. The courts may order you to turn your motor vehicle over to the residency seeker even if the car is in your name and the residency seeker does not have a drivers license. Your immigrant spouse becomes legal and you become illegal. The court system will abuse you and strip you of your rights while social programs that promote immigration fraud thrive.

    Attorney Martha J. Sullivan - VAWA and Immigration Advocate
    (651) 438-9992
    1317 Vermillion St
    Hastings, MN 55033

    Civil Society Helps - Immigration Advocacy Group
    1st National Bank Building
    332 Minnesota St,
    Suite E-1436
    Saint Paul, MN 55101
    Phone: (651) 291-0713
    Fax: (651) 291-2588
  10. b's Avatar
    So Sean, what do you suggest? Kill a program because it can potentially be misused.

    Where do we start? Car manufacturers should make sure no cars can be driven faster than 15mph because speed limit in residential areas are sometime like that.

    More to the point, not allow US citizens to marry foreigners?
  11. paskal's Avatar

    there is no doubt that people exploit programs for benefit. does not matter whether they are natives or immigrants. periodically every program should be refined and reevaluated to close loopholes. this does not mean the program itself is bad. in this case are you suggesting americans not be allowed to marry whom they want? just my 2c.
  12. Another voice's Avatar
    They want to stereotype all immigrants for one bad apple, there are bad apples all over the place that note is BS.
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