Bloggings on Immigration Law and Policy

by Greg Siskind

How the White House and Senate Immigration Proposals Differ

The media has been focusing on how the Administration's immigration proposal differs from the one proposed Monday by the Gang of Eight's. And that's probably to the liking of everyone. The media loves to focus on conflict. Pro-immigration Republicans get to sound like they are not simply following the marching orders of the President. And the White House keeps immigration reform moving forward. If the Senate bill ultimately gets to President Obama's desk, he WILL sign it. And history will give him the credit.

So where are the differences? The Washington Post has a good run down. The most talked about is the President creating a path to citizenship at the outset rather than after benchmarks are reached. The White House proposal also deals with same sex couples, but doesn't have a special path to citizenship for agricultural workers. There are other provisions that made it in to one summary and not the other, but that doesn't mean there are actual policy differences. The immigration reform bill is likely going to be over 1000 pages and a lot of items are not likely included in the summary because they are small items or because they simply were not on the radar screen of either the Senate group or the White House. For example, the Senate proposal doesn't have much to say on skilled workers or on ending per country limits. But they're likely going to incorporate the I-Squared bill introduced yesterday which has a lot of reforms in those areas.

January 29, 2013

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