Blogs on Immigration Law and Policy

by Greg Siskind

Deal Appears to Have Been Reached by House Gang of Eight

There have been multiple news reports in multiple well-regarded publications painting different pictures on the state of play with the House negotiators on a comprehensive reform bill. But a picture is starting to emerge.

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday "Bipartisan House Group Reaches Broad Immigration Deal." The report indicates that most of the provisions for a deal have been worked out except some details on guest workers and health care for immigrants. But they also indicated that if they couldn't work out a deal, Republicans might introduce a bill without the Democrats. Also, several media outlets reported that Speaker Boehner is voicing concerns that the House negotiators have not yet finished a bill. And the House Judiciary Committee appears to be moving forward with its own plan to consider immigration reform in multiple bills rather than a single bill.

The New York Times published a report yesterday that says that the health care benefits question was resolved though how remains unclear. The Times also reported on the issue of W guest workers. Democratic negotiators wanted to use the Senate deal, but Republicans thought the deal favored unions too much. The two sides, according to the Times, will offer competing guest worker plans and allow House members to decide which version makes it. However, it is still possible a negotiated deal can be reached on this issue as well.

According to The Hill,

“We have an agreement in principle,” Rep. John Carter (R-Tex.) said as he and five other members of the group emerged from a two-hour meeting late Thursday afternoon.

Democrats confirmed the deal, and lawmakers said they would meet again next week to put the finishing touches on the legislative text.

The Hill reports that the path to citizenship in the House version would be 15 years compared to 13 in the Senate bill. Representative Carter also indicated he hoped a bill would be introduced in the first week of June.

So it appears that the HG8 is going in to drafting mode on their bill and will have something ready to show the world in about two to three weeks which should be the time the Senate begins debating on the floor whatever is approved the Judiciary Committee. So far so good as far as the goal of having a bill by the August recess.


Summary of Day's Amendments to Senate Bill 744 - 5/16/2013

Title IV was finished and the Senate Judiciary Committee moved on to Title III dealing with interior enforcement. The EB-5 amendment was passed with little discussion, but is fairly massive - 31 pages - and will profoundly change that program. Here's my summary of the changes passed in today's markup. Next week, the markup will be all week and possibly evenings as well. The goal is to get the bill finished in the Judiciary Committee before the Memorial Day recess.



Summary of S. 744 amendments from 5-16-2013

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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