Comment: CIR And Future Workers-
To a great extent, the issue of a "path to citizenship" is a red herring. It is being promoted by Democrats to hang the immigration millstone around the GOP's neck if CIR should succeed or fail on OTHER grounds (as to what these other grounds are, see below). Sen. Rubio (R-FL) knows this, of course. That is why he has proposed a version of a path to citizenship at "the back of the line" designed to offer citizenship to the undocumented in approximately 100 years when those at the back reach the front, effectively all appearance and no substance - a superb threading of the immigration needle, showing a level of political sophistication beyond Mr. Rubio's relatively short experience. But both of these, the President's insistence on the path to citizenship and Mr. Rubio's finessing thereof are just propaganda (on both sides). Let's instead look at the real issue in CIR, the only real legislative ground for success or failure at a substantive level as far as CIR in 2013 is concerned: FUTURE guest workers. CIR will likely live or die in this Congress on the issue of temporary legal immigration for future immigrants (not those already here), and on no other. Even here, however, there is a large consensus between the two parties on the skilled side of the issue of tomorrow's guest workers, the dialog and possible disagreement mainly concern unskilled temporary immigrants of the future. On this front, The Hill reports that talks between the AFL-CIO on the one hand, and the US Chamber of Commerce on the other are "going well", so the portents for CIR very soon are good. As to the structure of an agreement between the unions and business groups on this matter, the article offers a tantalizing glimpse: "Instead of a system being out there that's the whim of any employer, it would be a data-driven system by an independent group that would decide if there are shortages and where they are...In the meantime, that would take a little while to set up. ...We would have a transitional system of visas in the meantime to meet shortages...until that data-driven system is set up." We suspect that discussions have moved beyond such generalities and are into specific legislative language, difficult as such language surely is to craft and find agreement on. We encourage both parties to move forward on the course that the political consensus has already blessed, and take the next step toward enactment of a CIR statute; we look forward to the Senate Judiciary Committee announcing a markup schedule for CIR. Share your thoughts by writing to

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Focus: The EB-5 Summit for Attorneys and Developers - Dallas, TX
The EB-5 Summit For Attorneys and Developers will be held on Friday, March 15, 2013 in Dallas, TX. The Discussion Leader will be Robert Loughran; Other speakers to be announced. The curriculum is as follows:


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  • 526 Petitions and Source of Funds Issues
  • 829 Petitions and Documenting Job Creation
  • Current Trends In Finding Investors

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