ILW.COM Bloggings On April 21, 2010
by Greg Siskind
Other sites have blogged on a new study from the Fiscal Policy Institute showing immigrants are distributed across all sectors of the economy. Here's a quick overview of the news from my friend John Phillips.
EXTREMISTS ATTACK PRO-IMMIGRATION REPUBLICANS
And the purge continues...
First Minutemen founder Chris Simcox goes after John McCain. From Politico:
OK, maybe McCain had this coming. How he thought his previous strongly pro-immigration views would be forgotten is beyond me.
But did Lindsay Graham really deserve this from the anti-immigrant ALIPAC group? Pretty low.
ARIZONA AG: BILL HAS SERIOUS PROBLEMS
BREAKING NEWS - OBAMA: WE ARE MOVING IMMIGRATION IN A MONTH
The story begins with Wall Street Journal reporter Jonathan Weisman tweeting this evening:
Weisman later wrote on his blog at the WSJ site:
Brown further hesitated, according to Politico:
Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC), the sole Republican sponsoring immigration reform legislation, sounded a pessimistic note, according to Politico:
Graham went on to suggest that Congress consider passing an enforcement only bill this year and then going back to try to finish the rest next year.
Of course, that idea is more than a non-starter. In fact, the ridiculousness of this suggestion was highlighted by this post in the HuffPost Hill email newsletter:
So we're moving forward with reform and it sounds like Obama is ready to roll.
MCCAIN PRAISES ARIZONA BILL
PITTING NEIGHBOR AGAINST NEIGHBOR
WHAT TO DO IF THE ICELAND VOLCANO IS DELAYING YOUR DEPARTURE
If you're stuck in the US because of the Iceland volcano and it is causing you to overstay your I-94 departure date, you have options. Customs and Border Protection has just posted this notice:
While this link recommends initiating the process 45 days in advance, USCIS is providing guidance on how to handle these cases over this weekend.
IMMIGRATION COULD BE A "REVERSE" WEDGE ISSUE FOR DEMS
In an amazing turn of the tables, Republicans are growing increasingly concerned that Democrats will attempt to pass immigration reform this year in order foster an internal split on the right. Since Prop 187 was passed in California in 1994, Republicans have often tried to use the immigration issue as a way to energize right wing voters and get them to oppose Democrats who are pro-immigration.
Three op-ed pieces discuss that issue just in the last day. Michael Barone of the right wing American Enterprise Institute in the Wall Street Journal, Fox News co-host Morton Kondracke in Congressional Quarterly and left-wing Mother Jones all discuss the prospect of Democrats trying to solidify their long term support from Democrats. The risk is that immigration reform will fail and may not come up again for years. Of course, we could find ourselves waiting years only to lose again instead of moving on to passing key parts of the reform bill in smaller chunks. A very hard strategic choice.
REID: I STILL INTEND TO PASS REFORM IN 2010
Roll Call reports that Reid is also now talking about passing the bill in the lame duck session of Congress after the election.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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