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Eli Kantor is a labor, employment and immigration law attorney. He has been practicing labor, employment and immigration law for more than 36 years. He has been featured in articles about labor, employment and immigration law in the L.A. Times, Business Week.com and Daily Variety. He is a regular columnist for the Daily Journal. Telephone (310)274-8216; eli@elikantorlaw.com. For more information, visit beverlyhillsimmigrationlaw.com and and beverlyhillsemploymentlaw.com


Wednesday, July 05, 2006

House is playing politics with Immigration Reform. Rather, than enter into serious negotiations to attempt to forge a compromise on Comprehensive Immigration Reform, the House Republican leadership has decided to make Immigration an issue for the Fall 2006 elections. Thus, rather than holding conference committee hearings with the Senate, there will be a series of public hearing in July and August in Washington D.C. and throughout the country on various issues concerning Immigration reform. Thereafter, they may hold a joint conference committee with the Senate. However, the closer that we get to the Fall elections, the more likely it is that nothing will be accomplished until next year, if at all. There is one possible compromise being floated in Congress: a two-step solution - first "border security" and "increased workplace enforcement", together with the creation of an electronic employment authorization verification system; and then after the Secretary of Homeland Security can certify to the Congress that the border has been secured and that a workable electronic employment authorization verification system has been established, the second phase of Immigration reform would begin - the "guest worker program" and the "legalization program" for the estimated 12 million undocumented workers in the US. Stay tuned for further developments.

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