Several GOP Senators have now spoken out in favor of immigration reform along the lines of proposals debated during the Bush Administration. The Hill reports that John McCain of Arizona, Marco Rubio of Florida and Orrin Hatch of Utah are all pushing for reform that includes a pathway to citizenship. McCain was the original architect, along with the late Ted Kennedy, of the immigration reform proposals debated in the mid-2000s. Hatch is the original sponsor of the DREAM Act, also with Ted Kennedy. Rubio is a freshman Senator from Florida who has gained attention for promoting his own version of the DREAM Act (albeit a weaker version). Another Senator not mentioned by The Hill is Lindsey Graham of South Carolina who has sponsored reform legislation in the past and has warned his party that the changing demographics would doom them. Politico is reporting that Rand Paul of Kentucky is now interested in legalization proposals. Another Senator who looks ready to change positions on this is Nevada’s Dean Heller who recently won a close election in a state President Obama won easily as a result of changing demographics. Politico is also reporting that Rand Paul of Kentucky is now interested in legalization proposals. However, he would stop all new immigration while the legalization program is underway, something that will be a non-starter and which will no doubt antagonize the very communities the GOP is supposedly trying to court.
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.