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by Greg Siskind

Summary of All Amendments to Immigration Bill Approved on 5/9 by Senate Immigration Subcommittee

The Senate Judiciary Committee met all day and considered 36 amendments to S. 744. Some were clearly poison pills deisgned to make the bill unpassable and all of those failed. 21 were passed. The day began by passing a technical corrections amendment that replaced all of the originally introduced S.744. The bill is substantively very similar to the original bill with a few substantive changes. That language was released about a week ago so no suprises there.

Senator Leahy then went through three dozen amendments all relating to the preliminary part of the immigration bill dealing with triggers as well as the border enforcement provisions in Title I of the bill. The other titles of the bill will be dealt with in mark ups scheduled throughout the month.

Below is my summary of each of the amendments passed today. The full text of each can be found here.


Summary of S.744 amendments passed during 5-9 markup

About The Author Greg Siskind is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at

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