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ramaonline
04-30-2007, 06:18 PM
From ilw.com

"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has promised a Senate debate on immigration in the last two weeks of May. But if no agreement is reached soon, Reid may invoke "Rule 14" on the immigration legislation -- bypassing the traditional Judiciary Committee approval process and bringing the matter straight to the floor -- if it appears there is enough accord on the bill to
do so." Discussions on immigration reform in the last two weeks of May
will undoubtedly focus on interior enforcement and at greater levels than ever witnessed in our country.

ramaonline
05-01-2007, 08:46 PM
Use the link on aila:


http://capwiz.com/aila2/issues/alert/?alertid=9670916

drirshad
05-02-2007, 06:22 AM
http://hammondlawgroup.blogspot.com/

Six key Congressmen and Senators

Washington and NYC, Tuesday, May 01, 2007

HLG will be traveling to Washington DC for a meeting Wednesday with a Senator’s lead staffer on immigration. The Senator is one of the six people who we have regularly mentioned as key on this issue.

The meeting was set-up by one of our best clients. The purpose of the meeting is to impress upon the Senator's staffer the importance of a “bridge” bill to end immediately Schedule retrogression. This is the fifth different HLG staffing company/facility client who has successfully set-up such a meeting in the last six weeks.

We are guardedly optimistic that a bridge bill can be passed in the near term, in spite of Congressional leaders’ apprehension. As we have previously mentioned there is an inverse relationship between the likelihood of a bridge bill and CIR. To some degree this is understandable – Congresses overall goal is to pass a major immigration bill that solves many needs, not just healthcare’s desires.

After the Washington DC trip, we head to New York City for our Annual Symposium. We currently have full registration for this event. We look forward to seeing everyone. We’ll try and post over the next few days, although that may be impossible in light of the travel plans. In the meantime, if anyone has any connection with the “Big Six,” please try and set up an appointment. HLG will surely attend and advocate.

Here are the six key Congressmen and Senators:

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D- MA)
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)

rsayed
05-02-2007, 11:28 AM
http://hammondlawgroup.blogspot.com/ - Friday, Apr 27 - 2007

HLG believes that there is an increasingly good chance that the retrogression is solved in next 3-4 months via Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR). The approximate time frame would be this: the House announced their CIR proposal (called Strive Act) in March.

We have heard from several sources that the Senate is set release their version in early May. Their version (like the Senate's) is a broad proposal and has bi-partisan support. The Senate has formally set the last two weeks of May aside for immigration debate. There is a very good chance that the Senate actually passes a bill in late May/ early June.

And that's where it gets trickier. The key is that the House continues the momentum and pushes through a bill in June. If they do, Congress will have to take both bills to committee, which is the process whereby the Congress irons out the differences between the bills. The expectation is that the differences will be minor. The President will surely sign the bill since he's been a CIR proponent since Day One of his presidency.

Putting all of this together it is more likely than not that we have a CIR bill in July/August. All of that having been said, we're not only relying on CIR. There is a continuing push for a "bridge," which is a small piece of legislation to immediately, but temporarily, end the retrogression and bridge the gap until the full CIR can get passed into law. The odd-reality is that the more likely CIR looks, the less likely the bridge looks.

sanju
05-02-2007, 11:44 AM
http://hammondlawgroup.blogspot.com/

Six key Congressmen and Senators

Washington and NYC, Tuesday, May 01, 2007

HLG will be traveling to Washington DC for a meeting Wednesday with a Senator’s lead staffer on immigration. The Senator is one of the six people who we have regularly mentioned as key on this issue.



I called IV core team the other day and they told me that our people regularly meet with the key offices almost every week. Sometimes there are 10-12 meetings over the period of 2-3 days.

HLG gets to meet ONE Senate office and they make public announcements on their website. They try to give an impression that HLG holds the key even when the reality is that they are not doing much where it matters the most.

Maybe IV should announce all its meetings in the public forum. IV core told me over the phone a lot of things that are not on these forums and I think they should let members know what they are doing behind the scene. Maybe that will not be good for the effort and that's why IV core decided not to make such announcements. But it is sure a difficult situation for this group to not being able to announce all the work that the core is doing behind the scene resulting in IV members not being able to fully appreciate their hard work because IV members don’t know everything that the core is doing. Talking to IV core team really helped me to understand the magnitude of this effort.