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House Judiciary Committee Markup Starts This Week

Here's the official announcement from the Committee:

On Tuesday, the Committee will markup the SAFE Act (H.R. 2278),
a bill to improve the interior enforcement of our immigration laws and
strengthen national security.  The House Judiciary Committee held a
full committee hearing on this bill yesterday.  Following the SAFE Act, the Committee will begin to markup the AG Act
(H.R. 1773), a bill to provide American farmers with a workable
temporary agricultural guestworker program that will help provide
access to a reliable workforce.   The Immigration Subcommittee held a
hearing on this bill on May 16, 2013. 

The markup doesn't mean these are the bills that will make it to a conference committee with the Senate. We still have the bipartisan bill coming in the next few days and now Speaker Boehner is indicating he won't rule out taking up the Senate bill.

Senate Democrats Looking Solid on Immigration

The task of passing an immigration bill in the Senate with a big majority gets a lot easier if every Democrat and the independents aligned with the Democrats support the measure. And so far that's looking to be happening. All Democrats supported the first cloture votes and on the first "poison pill" amendment offered this past week by Senator Grassley, the only Democrat to break ranks as Joe Manchin of West Virginia. There were questions regarding the votes of some of the Southern Democrats including Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina. But so far, they've been with the rest of the party. Mark Pryor has told The Hill he's leaning to voting in favor of the bill. One of my sources tells me that Senator Landrieu is also leaning to voting for the bill. Kay Hagan is more of an open question at this point.

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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