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  • Blogging: Boehner: House Will Do Immigration Their Way by Greg Siskind

    Blogs on Immigration Law and Policy

    by Greg Siskind

    Boehner: House Will Do Immigration Their Way

    Things are going swimmingly over in the Senate while the House doesn't seem to be able to figure out what it's going to do on immigration.

    The LA Times reports on a couple of interesting developments today:

    Differences over whether immigrants should be deported for failing to have health insurance or pay their healthcare billshave stalled a bipartisan group of House lawmakers, who blew past a self-imposed Thursday deadline as they pressed forward on a sweeping immigration overhaul.

    Negotiators emerged upbeat from a closed-door meeting in the Capitol and said they remained on track to produce a bill by June. That, in itself, was significant, after the group of eight was on the verge of breakup.

    “We were all positive that we can move forward,” said Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho, a top Republican leading the bipartisan effort.

    House Republican leaders are increasingly concerned that momentum in the Senate, where a bipartisan immigration bill cleared a committee this week, will leave them on defense without their own proposal.

    In the mean time, John Boehner has said he's not interested in simply taking up the Senate bill and believes the House will get it together:

    “The House remains committed to fixing our broken immigration system, but we will not simply take up and accept the bill that is emerging in the Senate if it passes,” Boehner and his GOP leadership team said in a joint statement as the private meeting was ending. “The House will work its will and produce its own legislation.”

    In the mean time, the House is in recess for the next week and will be back in early June when they'll have to deal with the latest issue to hold up a deal - what to do about access to health care for the millions of people who will become legal under immigration reform.

    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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