Immigration Legislation

Although immigration reform should be driven by compassion, that’s not the political reality.

As with most issues of social importance, Congress’ view of public policy is driven by vote-counting.

The Cruel Math Of Immigration Reform In The House
July 4, 2013 · The American Prospect · Paul Waldman

cc7b1758e4de11e2a60a12313d173966.jpgThere just aren’t that many Republicans with both the inclination and the incentive to vote for comprehensive reform.

Every politician who gets elected to Congress believes that she’s going for idealistic reasons. Sure, there are compromises to be made and certain kinds of drudgery to suffer through . . . but they each believe that they’ll do the right thing.

Citing a Wall Street Journal analysis, Waldman explains why immigration reform is likely doomed this year.  Only 38 of the House’s 234 Republicans, or 16%, represent districts in which Latinos account for 20% or more of the population.

In addition, he adds, “only 28 Republican-held districts are considered even remotely at risk of being contested by a Democratic challenger, according to the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.

Waldman’s position has two shortcomings. (more…)


Mahmoud and Minoo were my best friends during my days at the University of Southern California. They taught me about Persian culture, traditions, and history.  I explained American football and why Trojans and Bruins were bitter rivals.

This type of international camaraderie could be nearing an end. (more…)

As an immigration attorney in Riverside, it’s a question I hear almost every day.

“Do you think,” ask clients, “we’ll have immigration reform this year?”

It’s a tough question.

Immigration reform resembles a ping pong match.


According to the Los Angeles Times, the President met yesterday with two senators, Democrat Charles Schumer and Republican Lindsey Graham, whose support are crucial to immigration reform.  Presumably, the purpose was to ask them to hasten a blueprint.

Pong. (more…)

When it comes to immigration reform issues, you can always count on a few Congressional representatives for flawed insight.

Take California Congressman Brian Bilbray.

Earlier this week, in a Chicago Sun Times interview, he branded the newest efforts at immigration reform as accommodating “the next wave of illegal immigrants.”

He focused his attack on the DREAM Act. (more…)