Immigration Law

Recent Posts

Will There Be Enough VOLAGs to Handle CIR?
Posted on 21 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Any enacted immigration reform legislation that is comprehensive in scope will include a path to legalization for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Based on the U.S. Senate bill passed in June 2013, the Congressional... Read More

'Bibles, Badges and Business' Converge for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Posted on 10 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" The "phantasmagoric politics" of Washington DC often produce hallucinatory effects : [A]lmost every time I travel there . . . something comes over me. Inside the Beltway, talk can give off the illusion of action. The mouthing of words... Read More

Tags: paparelli , reform , cir

Immigration Reform and Workers’ Rights
Posted on 24 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[I]n all the talk of providing a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented workers while tightening border security, one important issue has, so far, received only passing mention: stronger protections for immigrant workers against exploitation... Read More

The Xenophobes Can't Kill Immigration Reform - But What Should CIR Supporters Do Now?
Posted on 21 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Despite CIR proponents' quick retorts, the Boston bombings will likely make enactment all the more difficult. Unlike an esteemed colleague who predicts a less than 50% chance, I'm still optimistic that CIR will be enacted. If anything, Boston... Read More

Tags: Boston , paparelli , reform , cir

President Obama on CIR: 'Let's Get It Done'
Posted on 13 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants. (Applause.) And right now, leaders from the business, labor, law enforcement, faith communities -- they all agree that the time has come to pass comprehensive... Read More

Tags: Obama , reform , cir

Permanent Legal Immigration to the United States: Policy Overview
Posted on 20 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"If the 113th Congress takes up comprehensive immigration reform (CIR), many maintain that revision of the legal immigration system should be one of the major components of a CIR proposal. This primer on legal permanent immigration law, policies... Read More

Tags: wasem , policy , reform , crs , cir

Barack Be Nimble: Go BIG and BOLD on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Posted on 12 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"I think the country has shifted tectonically in its embrace of CIR, as confirmed by exit polls revealing a 65% preference among all voters for granting unauthorized immigrant workers "a chance at legal status." Like Lyndon Johnson upon... Read More

Tags: paparelli , Obama , reform , cir

Will Tallent Hire Lead to CIR?
Posted on 4 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has hired a veteran expert on immigration policy, a move that could signal a renewed House effort to act on the issue in 2014. Rebecca Tallent, director of immigration policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center , will start... Read More

Tags: Boehner , tallent , reform , House , cir

A Public Service Component to CIR?
Posted on 19 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"I have long thought there was a partial solution to the thorny questions surrounding a “path to citizenship.” In my mind, it’s called CitizenCorps. The idea is to use the existing 50-state bureaucracy of AmeriCorps to link undocumented... Read More

White House Report: The Economic Benefits of Fixing our Broken Immigration System
Posted on 10 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Today, too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers and there are 11 million people living and working in the shadow economy. Neither is good for the economy or the country. It is time to fix our broken immigration system. ... Read More

Tech Still Hopeful on CIR
Posted on 15 Sep 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Much of Washington believes a potential military strike and a debt ceiling debacle have swallowed chances this year for immigration reform. Not tech. Silicon Valley and its D.C. representatives still envision that legislation can creep through before... Read More

Tags: tech , reform , Congress , cir

Will Cows Tip CIR Balance?
Posted on 3 Jun 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"It may seem absurd that the fate of the first major immigration reform effort in 27 years could hinge partially on the country's 9.2 million lactating cows. But in a deeply divided U.S. Congress where accomplishing anything is difficult, this... Read More

Tags: dairy , reform , cir

Senate Must Modify Filibuster Rule to Pass CIR
Posted on 3 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" Without a softening of the filibuster rules, we're likely to witness, as we already have seen, the resuscitation of previous small-bore CRI proposals that merely traded legalization with a path to citizenship and modest future flows of temporary... Read More

Finding Common Ground on Guest Workers a Major Challenge for CIR
Posted on 21 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As immigration talks resume, the public debate has once again zeroed in on the merits of granting some type of so-called amnesty to 11 million [unauthorized] immigrants. But another, more complicated dispute – where the sides are equally entrenched... Read More

Band of House Republicans Push CIR
Posted on 9 Sep 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Webster is among about two dozen GOP lawmakers who support an eventual path to citizenship for millions of people who are living in the U.S. illegally. These Republicans are facing the daunting challenge of trying to persuade colleagues to follow... Read More

Tags: Republicans , reform , GOP , House , cir