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by Greg Siskind

Should Watered-Down DREAM Act Pass?

Romney and Gingrich both are backing a GOP-sponsored bill that would gut the DREAM Act to allow a path to permanent residency only for those joining the military. Going to college would not be an option. Senator Durbin, a big backer of the DREAM Act says he's not going to support this plan:

“I don’t support that,” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the lead Senate sponsor of the DREAM Act. “That will literally mean that those who came to this country at an innocent situation early in life have only one way to become legal, and that’s to join the military. I want men and women to join the military out of a sense of duty and patriotism, rather than to feel they are desperate and have no other place to turn.”

But other Democrats like Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are interested in discussing supporting the bill.

It's a tough call, but I've said many times in this blog that I support piecemeal immigration reform. We have virtually no pro-immigration legislation pass in this country since comprehensive immigration reform was introduced in 2004 and it is largely because pro-immigration groups have blocked everything in hopes of keeping up the pressure to pass a comprehensive bill. That strategy was a logical one, but only up to a point. Once it became clear a few years ago that even with the Democrats enjoying maximum power, Republicans would block comprehensive reform via the filibuster, this strategy should have been dropped (unless the Dems push through filibuster reform but unfortunately, they don't seem to have the will to do so).

I say take the deal and keep pushing for more.

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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