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  • Bloggings: Republicans Now Calling for Piecemeal Immigration Reform by Greg Siskind

    Republicans Now Calling for Piecemeal Immigration Reform

    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.

    Paul Ryan Interested in Immigration Reform

    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 its the right thing.

    I saw my good friend just coming off running for vice president of the United States, Congressman Ryan, were going to see each other next week. Were talking. He says to me, Luis, I want to do it because its the right thing. I dont want to deal with it from a political point of view. I think thats 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.


    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 gsiskind@visalaw.com.


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