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May 06, 2009

The race is on!

From AILA Advocacy;

"Inside Politics
Bang! The starting gun on the immigration reform marathon sounded in Congress last week. The Senate Immigration Subcommittee got out of the gates quickly with a terrific hearing that included two all-star witness panels. It was Senator Schumer’s first event with the Subcommittee gavel and his team did not disappoint.

The hearing kicked off with Alan Greenspan making the economic case for immigration reform. Evangelical Pastor Joel Hunter then delivered as compelling a moral argument for reform as you will ever hear. Long-time executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, Wade Henderson, eloquently articulated the civil and human rights implications of our broken system. On behalf of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, Montgomery County (MD) Police Chief, J. Thomas Manger, convincingly and unequivocally argued the law enforcement and security imperatives for comprehensive reform. Doris Meissner, former Commissioner of INS, elaborated on the economic and security implications of our broken system and offered up a vision for solving these problems going forward. President and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership, Jeff Moseley, staked out the employer position on reform, which was complemented by Eliseo Medina’s compelling testimony on behalf of the Service Employees International Union about the importance of reform for all workers.

Also on the panel was Kris Kobach, Of Counsel to FAIR's legal arm, the Immigration Reform Law Institute, who presented a case for more border enforcement and no amnesties. In response, Senator Schumer spent some time differentiating the previously proposed earned legalization from an amnesty.

In short, they covered literally all of the bases in making the case for why Congress can and must pursue immigration reform now. This hearing was plainly not about going through the motions. It was a strong statement of commitment and it set the stage for serious action. Make sure your laces are tied - the race is on!".

Marshall Fitz
Director, AILA Advocacy

Posted by VisaLawyer at May 6, 2009 01:18 PM

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