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Greg Siskind

How Republicans Could Screw Up Immigration Reform

Walter Shapiro outlines how Republicans may avoid doing what is in the party's aggregate best interest and pass on comprehensive immigration reform. Among other things, he points to worries about being primaried by right wingers in 2014, some trying to delude themselves in to believing the Latino problem was Mitt Romney's and not the party's, and others trying to cherry pick some smaller easier proposals (like STEM) and avoiding the more difficult ones. I'm actually more optimistic because I believe there are now enough significant power players in the party behind reform to pressure a minimum number of moderates to go along. For example, 2016 presidential frontrunners Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Speaker John Boehner, Karl Rove, several commentators at Fox News and various other big name Republicans will all push on this issue knowing that the chance for winning the White House in 2016 will be even less than 2012 if immigration reform fails to move. That will especially be true if the economy is in better shape. But his point is a good one - do NOT take it for granted that the GOP will roll over on immigration reform. The battle will be a tough one.

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

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