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Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration

WILL THE PRESIDENT PUSH CONGRESS ON IMMIGRATION AND WILL IT MATTER IF HE DOES

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by Chris Musillo

President Obama is readying this year’s State of the Union address. The annual speech is given to Congress in late January.

Last year, he barely gave it a mention, stating, If we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement – and fix our broken immigration system.”

Congress failed to act on his mild plea and no immigration measure passed Congress. Frustrated with Congress’ refusal to act, the President announced a large scale immigration reform measure in November, via Executive Action.

The broad proposal calls for immigration reform in a number of areas where the President believes that he can act without Congressional action. About half of the State’s Attorneys General have sued the President seeking to block the enactment of the plan outlined in November.

At this point it seems like the President and the Congress are unwilling to make any steps toward a mutually acceptable immigration bill. House Speaker Boehner seems more interested in Taylor Swift GIF’s than meaningful legislative measures.


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  1. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
    I predict that the republican congress will move forward with immigration legislation. S744 is dead. It was passed in the 113th congress and we are in the 114th now. The republicans will pursue their border security and interior enforcement agenda and if the Dems really want a comprehensive immigration reform bill, they will use this as an opportunity to work with the republicans on putting together a bill that meets the political needs of both parties.
  2. CMusillo's Avatar
    I hope that you are right, Nolan. The current system is broken.
  3. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
    I agree. I tried to fix it when I was the immigration counsel for the Democrats. I wrote a comprehensive immigration reform bill for Rep. John Conyers (an IIRIRA fixit bill -- remember Fix '96!) and another one for Rep. Jackson Lee. My bills had even less chance of passing than S744 though. I wrote them to provide provisions that could be used in future bills. And some of them were.

    But the problem has always been the fact that the two parties aren't working together to produce a bill that would meet the political needs of both sides. That's what they did with IRCA. A friend of mine was an immigration counsel for the republicans then. He told me that IRC was introduced simultaneously in the House and the Senate with bipartisan sponsors for both. Notwithstanding genuine bipartisan support, it took 6 years to get it through. But it shows what can be accomplished when the two parties work together.
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