How very 2010. Separate reports have Senate Immigration Subcommittee Chair Jon Cornyn (R-TX) and Marco Rubiowww (R-FL) calling for passage of individual pieces of immigration reform such as STEM legislation and the GOP's DREAM-lite bill. In the past, I advocated for this strategy arguing that the perfect was the enemy of the good and trying to pass smaller measures made more sense than going for the whole enchilada. But that was during a time when the GOP (particularly the anti-immigrant forces within the party) had a lot more power than they do today. The times have changed. First, we obviously know the message from the election and have a number of emboldened GOP members interested in comprehensive reform. Second, it's looking like we'll get filibuster reform next month which should make passing a Senate bill easier. Finally, there's a sense that people want to get immigration done and off the table and not drag on.
This is a bit surprising given everything said during the campaign. From Politico:
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said Wednesday that Paul Ryan had
reached across the aisle to work with him on immigration reform and
added that the Wisconsin Republican told him, “I want to do it because
it’s the right thing.”
“I saw my good friend just coming off
running for vice president of the United States, Congressman Ryan, we’re
going to see each other next week. We’re talking. He says to me, ‘Luis,
I want to do it because it’s the right thing. I don’t want to deal with
it from a political point of view.’ I think that’s very, very
encouraging,” Gutierrez said on MSNBC.
Not to be cynical, but perhaps Ryan wants a high profile role in immigration reform because of this guy.
In an interview with CQ yesterday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) reiterated
his support for comprehensive immigration reform and even “suggested
that he could support citizenship…with preconditions, including an
emphasis on granting citizenship first to immigrants who are currently
waiting to receive it,” writes CQ reporter, John Gramlich. Said Graham,
“I don’t like the European model of having millions of people in our
country who can’t assimilate. It’s just not good for the culture. It’s
just not good policy.”
About The Author
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 email@example.com.
The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) alone and should not be imputed to ILW.COM.