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  • Blogging: King: Immigration Reform a Democratic Plot by Greg Siskind

    Blogs on Immigration Law and Policy

    by Greg Siskind

    King: Immigration Reform a Democratic Plot

    There's a reason the GOP leadership is hoping immigration reform finally moves this year. They're brand with Hispanic voters is terrible and they need to show that they're a party that has a place for this fast growing segment of the electorate. So they must have cringed when they saw this story on CNN:

    A prominent House conservative said Tuesday that the immigration reform bill under consideration in the Senate is part of an ongoing plot to build a massive new Democratic voting bloc.

    America's growing Hispanic vote is "a huge boon for Democrats. They have known that for a long time," said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. Their message has been that "we are going to recruit all you folks. That we are going to give amnesty to (you) to become Democrats."

    Democratic leaders "are in the process of seeking to establish another monolithic voting bloc," he said. Republicans backing the bipartisan Senate bill "completely ignore that fact."

    King made his remarks at a Capitol Hill press conference with several other House conservatives taking aim at the "Gang of Eight" legislation drafted by four Senate Democrats and four Senate Republicans.

     

    And this didn't help either.

    The GOP has been doing better of late despite King's regular anti-immigrant outbursts. The House Gang of Eight, Boehner's quiet pushing on an immigration bill, Representative Goodlatte's move toward the center on immigration and the choosing of Darryl Issa to craft the skilled worker provisions all give me reason to hope.

    June 2013 State Department Visa Bulletin Rundown

    Thanks to Nicollette Davis at our firm for summing up the latest Visa Bulletin:

    June Visa Bulletin Summary:

    Family 1st - World numbers, China and India advanced 3 weeks to 22 April 06; Mexico advanced 1 week to 15 August 93; the Philippines jumped 7 months to 01 January 00.

     

    Family 2A World numbers, China, India, and the Philippines advanced 3 months and 1 week to 08 June 11; Mexico moved 3 months and 1 week to 08 May 11.

     

    Family 2B - World numbers, China, and India moved 1 month and 3 weeks to 08 July 05; Mexico moved forward 1 month and 2 weeks to 15 June 93; the Philippines advanced 1 month and 3 weeks to 01 November 02.

     

    Family 3rd World numbers, China, and India moved forward 3 weeks to 01 September 02; Mexico moved one week to 08 April 93; the Philippines moved forward 3 weeks to 15 November 92.

     

    Family 4th World numbers, China and India remain stalled at 01 May 01; Mexico advanced 1 week to 15 September 96; the Philippines advanced 5 weeks to 08 November 89.

     

    Employment 1st still current in all categories.

     

    Employment 2nd World numbers, Mexico and the Philippines are still current; China moved forward 2 months to 15 July 08; India remains stalled at 01 September 04.

     

    Employment 3rd World numbers, Mexico advanced 9 months to 01 September 08; the Philippines moved forward one week to 22 September 06; China moved 9 months to 01 September 08; India advanced 2 weeks to 08 January 03.

     

    Employment 3rd Other Workers World numbers, Mexico advanced 9 months to 01 September 08; the Philippines moved forward one week to 22 September 06; China moved 5 weeks to 22 October 03; India advanced 2 weeks to 08 January 03.

     

    Employment 4th still current in all categories.

     

    Employment 5th still current in all categories.

    Number 57
    Volume IX
    Washington, D.C.


    About The Author

    http://www.visalaw.com/gregpic2.jpg 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 gsiskind@visalaw.com.


    The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) alone and should not be imputed to ILW.COM.
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