Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio said he was in favor of piecemeal immigration reform, but he's now promoting a strategy that is almost comprehensive. He would like to introduce several bills instead of a comprehensive one. But it sounds like he's not pushing a go slow pass one bill and wait a while until the next approach. And he says he could live with a comprehensive bill even if it is not his preference. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, he's promoting an immigration legislative strategy with the following features:
- increase green card numbers for highly skilled immigrants
- create a modernized agricultural worker program for permanent and temporary workers
- an e-Verify mandate
- Stronger border enforcement provisions, but no preconditions
- legalize people who pay fines, do community service, pay back taxes, etc.
- legazlized individuals likely will possibly get a path to green cards and citizenship and it won't take forever; they must get in the back of the line between people currently waiting on green cards
- DREAMers will get an expedited path
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.