President Obama is acting like he cares about passing a major immigration bill. He met earlier this week with pro-immigration groups to press on the need for Congress to quickly take up a reform bill. Of course, he's said this before - usually followed by comments from senior Administration people basically saying the President really didn't mean THIS year. Right now, the main plan of the White House is opposing the Arizona
immigration law in court. Nice, but this is hardly taking responsibility
for solving our immigration program.
The President also met yesterday with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.Obama reportedly said he's about to take a "new and aggressive" approach to getting reform done. He told CHC members that he'll give a very important speech on immigration tomorrow. So we'll see if there really is anything other than lip service to report.
Sorry to sound like a cynic, but right now it looks like the White House is looking to try and keep Hispanic voters from ruining the Democrats' prospects in November but without actually doing anything on immigration.
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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