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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

CLOTURE DEFEATED; REID PULLS BILL FOR NOW

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For those of you who don't know what the term means, it's a vote to end debate and get to a final vote on a bill. If you want to kill a bill, you can defeat a cloture motion with just 40 votes. That's the so-called filibuster, though they don't do it with the marathon debates like in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington with Jimmy Stewart.



Anyway, Senator Reid tried to invoke cloture this morning and was soundly defeated. And he tried again this evening and was just defeated 45-50. Reid has just announced that he is pulling the bill from the Senate floor. He indicated that the bill could still be done in the next few weeks.



My quick take - there's a deal  being negotiated behind the scenes similar to what we saw a few weeks ago. I have good reason to believe this is happening, though it's hard to say how long it will take. But it will involve some very important changes to the bill. I would expect that the bill will be back in a week or two. And there will be a negotiation on the number of amendment votes.



By the way, if this sounds familiar, a similar drama played out last year on the amendments issue. And a deal was reached then. It will be this time as well, in my opinion.

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  1. Ronaldo Kulinho's Avatar
    Well, some people are very pessimist about this. However, you seem to have more insight about it. I am certainly fed up with Congress, to such a degree that I want them to address this issue once and for all, now, whatever that entails. Yes, whether it is deporting everybody or allowing some pathway to legalization, but do it now. Enough with this republican naysayers!
  2. Rusten Hurd's Avatar
    As a staunch democrat, I would argue that, sadly, we are almost equally at fault for what has happenned. The thought amongst many progressive Senators (and blogs for that matter, check out Daily Kos tonite) is that we will likely be in a better position in two years to sort out this issue. Accordingly, why not wait until then when we can ensure the points system never finds its way into law and the guest worker program is mininal.

    All fine goals, I suppose. However, if you sought in my law office and saw the terrified faces of the immigrants whose family members have been arrested over the past several months you might feel a bit differently. I know I do. Especially considering the amount of deportations over the past year equal to that of over the past five years combined. Many families in my community are terrified of what is to happen next and I'm saddenned that the democrats aren't willing to give a bit more consideration to the future to alleviate those who are suffering now.

    If things are as rosy in two years as they anticipate (and I certainly hope they are right) we could always go back and amend the law at that time. Instead, our community will continue to suffer and live in fear of the next raid . . .

    I sincerely hope Mr. Siskin's predictions are correct though, after tonite, its hard to be optimistic.
  3. Andreas Gegenwarst's Avatar
    Wondering what's all the uproar about illegal immigration?
    You might have have second thoughts about this issue after reading this:

    "ATTENTION, UNDOCUMENTED MALES
    & IMMIGRANT SERVICING GROUPS!

    If you are a man ages 18 through 25 and living in the U.S., then you must register with Selective Service. It's the law. You can register at any U.S. Post Office and do not need a social security number. When you do obtain a social security number, let Selective Service know. Provide a copy of your new social security number card; being sure to include your complete name, date of birth, Selective Service registration number, and current mailing address; and mail to the Selective Service System, P.O. Box 94636, Palatine, IL 60094-4636.

    Be sure to register before your 26th birthday. After that, it's too late!

    Selective Service does not collect any information which would indicate whether or not you are undocumented. You want to protect yourself for future U.S. citizenship and other government benefits and programs by registering with Selective Service. Do it today."

    Source:
    Selective Service
    http://www.sss.gov/
  4. ben's Avatar
    Is it likely that the agjobs bill will be introduced as a stand alone bill because the grand bargain bill does not have the votes??
  5. CIR's Avatar
    Attorney Siskind has pointed out the major flaws in this immigration bill when it comes to the current employment based immigration backlogs.

    Educated skilled legal immigrants have been given a very raw deal by the Democrats in favor of illegal immigrants and those with family ties in this "compromise" immigration bill. Truly we, the legal immigrants who have been paying taxes and have been living in this country for years and years abiding all the laws of the land are being punished while the proposal boosts family migration and illegal immigration dramatically.

    There are hundreds of thousands of higher skilled, highly educated professors, doctors, scientists, high tech workers who have been languishing in legal limbo for 5-8 years due to huge green card backlogs. These legal immigrants contribute to the US economy and make America competitive in this era of globalization. This "Comprehensive" immigration reform proposes very little or nothing to clear these huge back logs.

  6. R. Lawson's Avatar
    "if you ... saw the terrified faces of the immigrants whose family members have been arrested over the past several months you might feel a bit differently."

    The problem is that we don't see the terrified faces of EMPLOYERS being hauled to jail. It would be much more useful for enforcement efforts to target employers - yet they escape relatively unscathed in this whole debate.

    Immigrants risk life and limb crossing a border for horrible working conditions and poverty wages, while American workers see diminished wages and opportunities. The only real beneficiaries are employers. Why not simply make hiring illegal workers a felony and prosecute? Problem solved.

    Queue the bleeding hearts and illegal employers/exploiters...
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