Bloggings on Immigration Law and Policy

by Greg Siskind

Rand Paul Backs Path to Citizenship

The likely 2016 presidential candidate and darling of the libertarian right backs a path to citizenship. The number of opponents of CIR gets smaller. But he is backing an approach with benchmarks tied to progress on border security.


H-1B Cap Likely to Be Hit in First Week

Back to the old days.


Republican Autopsy: We Should Have Supported Immigration Reform

The Republican National Committee has released a surprisingly candid report that bluntly warns members of the GOP that they need to, among many things, embrace immigration reform. This quote from the report pretty much says it all:

We are not a policy committee, but among the steps Republicans take in the Hispanic community and beyond, we must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform. If we do not, our Party’s appeal will continue to shrink to its core constituencies only. We also believe that comprehensive immigration reform is consistent with Republican economic policies that promote job growth and opportunity for all.

Later in the report, the RNC debunks the common theory that immigrants will vote Republican despite the immigration issue:

If Hispanic Americans hear that the GOP doesn’t want them in the United States, they won’t pay attention to our next sentence. It doesn’t matter what we say about education, jobs or the economy; if Hispanics think that we do not want them here, they will close their ears to our policies. In essence, Hispanic voters tell us our Party’s position on immigration has become a litmus test, measuring whether we are meeting them with a welcome mat or a closed door.

The report hasn't stopped the internal fighting in the GOP over this issue. At the CPAC conference, former Representative JD Hayworth went on the attack against Marco Rubio and others in the Republican Party who are supporting immigration reform.


Labor and Business Still Fighting Over Rules For Guestworker Program

Roll Call has a good article laying out the main sticking points which are centered around the following:

1. The size of the program. The Chamber wanted no limit, but has said they'll accept 400,000. The AFL-CIO wants it capped at 10,000 with the number rising as unemployment drops.

2. The types of workers. Labor wants unskilled workers only and would exclude occupations in construction, health care and other occupations covered under the Davis-Bacon Act (which Republicans hate). The Chamber wants higher skilled workers included.

3. How the program will expand and contract. Labor wants a commission which will have the power to set the number. The Chamber wants the program to expand and contract based on market forces, but has said it can live with a commission as long as its role is just to advise Congress.

It's looking like the Senate is going to have to do some dictating and make the tough call on some of these issues if Big Labor and Big Business cannot. Time is ticking.


Senators Consider Path to Citizenship for TPS Holders

Temporary Protected Status is a benefit made available to people unable to return to their countries when disasters, wars or other events occur while the person is in the US. Many spend years in the US and develop long term ties to their US communities. Senator Menendez (D-NJ) is developing language for possible inclusion in the comprehensive immigration bill that will provide a path to citizenship for some or all of the TPS holders in the US. This often forgotten population is often in a limbo state since they often cannot convert to any permanent status but are here for years. I'm glad they may get some relief in a reform bill.


Alabama To Grant Drivers Licenses to DACA Beneficiaries

Some nice news for your weekend.

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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