Dallas Immigration & Naturalization Law Blog
Immigration Reform is more necessary today than ever. In a recent article by Kate Tummarello for The Hill, she revealed that tech companies are renewing their call for new immigration legislation. How? They are keeping track of all of the jobs for U.S. workers that are NOT being created because of our current failed system of immigration. Every day we lose jobs for U.S. workers that would have been created by high-skilled immigrants who could not obtain visas to come to the U.S. This fact has been documented repeatedly over the years. The net impact of high-skilled workers coming to the U.S. is the CREATION of jobs for U.S. workers. NOT the loss of jobs for U.S. workers.
Immigration Reform should be a slam dunk winner. I wrote yesterday about a recent survey conducted by Global Strategy Group and Brasswood Research revealed that 71% of voters support an earned pathway to citizenship for the undocumented. That same survey revealed that 78% of likely voters in the general election believe that proposed reforms are preferable to the current broken immigration system. With numbers like this, I believe we can and should put sufficient pressure on the House of Representatives to "do the right thing" and pass a comprehensive reform bill.
With Immigration Reform is a Discharge Petition in the works? A recent survey conducted by Global Strategy Group and Brasswood Research revealed that 71% of voters support an earned pathway to citizenship for the undocumented. Although Republicans in the House of Representatives claim to be in favor of such legislation, they do not appear to be willing to move forward even on their "piecemeal" approach to reform. We are all wondering what America is waiting for. If 71% of voters want reform to happen and to provide a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented, why can't we get the job done?
Immigration Reform becomes "Super Hot". "No Republican Is Safe" without action in 2014, say immigration advocates. Wow! Senator Charles E. Schumer (D. NY) believes that a legislative maneuver known as a "discharge petition" may be a solution to overcome the extreme right wing of the Republican party in an effort to pass immigration legislation. Such a measure would allow the supporters of overhauling our immigration laws to circumvent the Tea Party Republicans in the House of Representatives by bringing legislation directly to the floor for an up or down vote, thereby bypassing the regular committee process. This is a fairly rare legislative tactic.
Immigration Reform Heats Up. Just days after presenting a list of principles that were to shape the House debate on the long-awaited immigration bill, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) put the brakes on immigration legislation last week blaming President Obama for not being trustworthy. The idea, according to Speaker Boehner is that, because Republicans cannot "trust" the President to enforce the law, there is no sense in passing immigration legislation. Balderdash! (I like that word). The reality is that there has been significantly more hard-nosed enforcement of U.S. immigration laws during the Obama administration that any other recent administration. What happened? Apparently the right wing of the Republican caucus revolted against the principles because of a provision that would have allowed illegal immigrants to remain in the country and work without fear of deportation.
Immigration Reform Politics. I am generally not a big fan of Fox News. However, in a recent Fox News poll, respondents were asked: "Which of the following comes closest to your view about what government policy should be toward illegal immigrants currently in the United States?" 1. "Send all illegal immigrants back to their home country," 2. "Have a guest worker program that allows immigrants to remain in the United States to work, but only for a limited amount of time," 3. "Allow illegal immigrants to remain in the country and eventually qualify for U.S. citizenship, but only if they meet certain requirements like paying back taxes, learning English, and passing a background check."
Immigration reform, although still possible, received a mild set-back as part of the recently enacted Omnibus appropriations bill that will fund Government through September 30, 2014.
Immigration reform is still possible. There! I've said it again. Despite a January 8th letter to President Obama from 16 misguided Republicans from the U.S. House of Representatives, immigration reform is still possible. In my view, those Representatives do not understand or are not interested in the reality. They wrote to President Obama rejecting his call for immigration reform. These sixteen (including Texas' Lamar Smith and Steve Stockman) suggest that somehow, NOT passing immigration reform will somehow create jobs for U.S. workers and increase the wages of those who are presently working.
Immigration Reform is pretty much dead in the water if you believe pronouncements by Speaker John Boehner, R-OH. Speaker Boehner has capitulated and is backing the most rigid members of his caucus by refusing to allow the caucus to conference with the U.S. Senate over the comprehensive immigration bill passed by the Senate. That is why, President Obama has made it clear that he is willing to consider the piecemeal approach that is favored by the House of Representatives.