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Greg Siskind

Bipartisan House Group Looking to Beat Senate and White House in Race to Release Bill

Thanks to reader Ben for the link. From the LA Times:

A secretive group of House members from both parties is racing to
complete an immigration bill in the next two weeks with an eye toward
introducing legislation before President Obama’s
State of the Union address on Feb. 12, said two congressional aides who
spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the

The draft bill, written behind closed doors by three Democrats and three Republicans,
so far includes a path to legal status, new border security measures
and tighter restrictions on employers. It tracks closely with the
blueprint laid out by the bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday, said
the aides.

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart
(R-Fla.) said in a statement that the senators’ principles “are
compatible with discussions in the House.” Diaz-Balart would not give
details about those discussions and would not explicitly confirm he is a
member of the group.

Congressional aides confirmed that along with Diaz-Balart, Republicans John Carter and Sam Johnson, both of Texas, are part of the group, with Democrats Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois, Zoe Lofgren of San Jose, and the chairman of the House Democratic caucus, Xavier Becerra of Los Angeles.

I Don't Have a Problem with Immigrants, I Just Have a Problem with Illegal Immigration

This is one of the most common arguments you hear from people who claim to be pro-LEGAL-immigration. Some are just trying not to sound like haters. But there are many who really believe that most of the people who are in the US illegally just were looking to circumvent the rules. This little chart, shown the other day on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show, explains the reality.

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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