Nothing new….staying tuned to the White House and Congress.


Immigration Reform on the “backburner” according to the WSJ

however the article doesn’t exactly support the position clearly. Immigration reform appears to be in the same place as it was before as far as I can tell. The House is in control of its fate. A majority of Congresspeople support it. If it came up for a vote it would pass. That’s a big IF though.

WASHINGTON—Prospects for an immigration overhaul have dimmed over the summer congressional recess, as a newly crowded agenda damps what already was tepid interest among House leaders in taking up the issue.

House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) said in July he hoped the House would consider immigration bills before turning to negotiations on raising the nation’s debt ceiling this fall. But as the House prepares to reconvene next week, GOP leaders have no plans to bring immigration bills to the floor, aides say.

Well they’re not back from their long vacation on the taxpayer dime yet so I think it’s too early to tell.

In a sign of diminished expectations, the House Judiciary Committee chairman said there is nothing wrong with having a debate that doesn’t end with an immigration bill being signed into law.

“We pass bills all the time that don’t get passed all the way through and signed into law, because we want to spell out to the American people what we think the right solutions to our problems are,” the chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.), said in an interview. “I don’t believe immigration reform should be any different than that.”

Sounds like a lot of posturing and hooey. We’ll know more when they get back from vaction.

More here


Immigration Reform Update

So the Senate Judiciary Committee agreed on their version of the immigration bill (200 amendments later):

The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved far-reaching immigration legislation that gives a chance at citizenship to millions living in the country illegally.

The 13-5 vote clears the bill for a Senate debate expected to begin early next month.

However, the House run by right-wing nutjobs, is still an obstacle:

On Thursday afternoon, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued a joint statement with Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, Republican Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte confirming that the House will not accept the comprehensive immigration legislation that advanced by a 13-5 vote in the Senate, but will instead craft its own legislation to pass immigration reform.

On the one hand I’m all for the GOP committing suicide by allowing it’s virulently racist and xenophobic members control their legislative agenda, but on the other hand I’d like immigration relief for the undocumented. So I hope the politicians who want the GOP to survive a few more years can get a handle on the lunatics.


Immigration reform hardly a done deal…

Speaker Boehner considers breaking up any immigration bill into smaller pieces.

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) looks likely to try to move immigration reform through the House in a few separate bills, rather than in one comprehensive piece of legislation, two sources have told The Huffington Post.

A piece-by-piece approach is favored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), whose committee is the point of origin in the House for any immigration bill. Goodlatte is expected to begin moving isolated pieces of legislation in the coming days.

Boehner wants to defer to Goodlatte, a source familiar with Boehner’s thinking said, largely out of respect for the widely felt animus among House Republicans against any attempt to pass a “comprehensive” immigration bill.

“Big comprehensive bills have become a challenge in this environment,” said the source, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.

Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck confirmed that the speaker wants to allow Goodlatte to drive the process, but cautioned that “no decisions have been made” as to how to proceed.

As fragile as the immigration effort is in the Senate, it faces an even more difficult path in the Republican-controlled House, home to many lawmakers who are either uncomfortable with or opposed to anything that smacks of “amnesty” for undocumented immigrants.

I can see the House passing border security and e-verify and balking on the substantive issues.


Outline of immigration reform plan…

Crossposted from

Some good, some bad. All of it subject to change. It’s Washington of course.

Tons of wasted money on border security and “triggers” (they seem toothless though).

The bill would eliminate the diversity visa. The underlying intent here is likely to stem the flow of African immigrants to the US. Guessing many in DC want to preserve the racial status quo as long as possible and diversity isn’t well regarded on the right.

The elimination of the 4th preference category. So no USC petitions for siblings. It was a long path anyway and perhaps the new paths will be shorter in any event.

The bill would create the “Registered Provisional Immigrant Status”. This would benefit those here unlawfully but also people deported for being out of status if they have qualifying relatives.

An individual would be ineligible if they were convicted of various offenses (including 3 misdemeanors), as well as someone who voted unlawfully.

Derivative petitions will be allowed for spouses and children who are in the US.

Individuals with a removal order and those in proceedings will also be allowed to apply.

This status lasts for 10 years and then the individual may adjust to a permanent resident using the new “merit” based immigration process.

5 years after enactment the US will switch over to a merit based system that “awards points to individuals based on their education, employment, length of residence in the US and other considerations.”

There is more and we’ll have to wait for the details on a lot of this…

Find the full outline below.

immigration reform outline