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.
Dallas Immigration & Naturalization Law Blog
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.
Immigration Reform is still in the news and on the move. Despite the recent about face by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), it appears that there is positive movement among Republicans in the House of Representatives. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) stepped forward to add his support for H.R. 15 (the comprehensive reform bill introduced by Democratic leaders). As you may recall, earlier this year, Sen. Rubio helped to write and pass S. 744, the comprehensive immigration reform bill. However, he now opposes a conference committee between the House and the Senate that would attempt to pass sweeping reform legislation.
Immigration Reform may still be possible. It is a long shot. But it is possible. Following the Government shutdown and debt ceiling debacle, President Obama announced that he wants to move forward on immigration reform, a budget, and a farm bill. The key question is whether the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives can find a way forward.
The SAFE Act (Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act) is an immigration bill that takes America in the wrong direction. In an October 9th letter to Speaker Boehner (R-OH) and Minority Leader Pelosi (D-CA), the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) joined more than 100 other organizations in calling on the Speaker to NOT allow the SAFE Act, H.R. 2278, to be brought up for a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.
What are the immigration consequences from the Federal Government shutdown? Beginning today, many portions of the United States federal government began shutting down. There is actually semi-good news about the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS). CIS is funded by user fees so there will be little or no impact on CIS. Interviews and processing of petitions and applications will continue, uninterrupted. In fact, the only real impact on Department of Homeland Security operations will be that their web sites will not be actively managed. Portions of ICE and CBP are deemed to be essential functions and will continue operations.