Blogs on Immigration Law and Policy

by Greg Siskind

Morton Resigning Position as Head of ICE

The pro-immigration community is certainly not weeping over this news. To be fair to Morton, he was in a pretty tough position. The White House pushed the toughest crackdown on illegal immigration in history and ICE under Morton deported more in four years than President George W. Bush did in the prior eight years. But the GOP never acknowledged this and has been riding ICE hard for not doing much more. And now he's facing an open mutiny from uber-conservative ICE union members who are ignoring their responsibility to play a neutral role in the immigration debate and are openly siding with the anti-immigrant wing of the GOP. I'm sure he'll be happy to get out of the limelight.

Cruz Plans to Push Voter ID Amendment to Immigration Bill

Well, this is not going to help the GOP as it fights the image of being the anti-Latino party. This morning, the Supreme Court invalidated by a whopping 7-2 margin Arizona's voter ID law which requires documenting citizenship when registering to vote. Ted Cruz wants to invalidate the court's ruling by changing federal law via amending the Senate's immigration bill.

Report: Boehner Won't Bring Up Immigration Bill Unless Majority of Republicans Support It

Some may think this spells doom for immigration reform. But remember that if the House passes piecemeal bills that are capable of getting a majority vote, then it would go to a conference with the Senate where a compromise bill would be negotiated and then another vote would take place in both Houses. So don't give up hope.

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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