Monday 19th February 2018,


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The Toughest Part of Passing Immigration Reform is Yet to Come

posted by Randall

Rep Judy ChuThe Senate’s passage of a compromise bi-partisan immigration bill 68 -32 Thursday was the easy part.

Next week, the Republican dominated House takes up their own version of the bill.

Even as Republicans attempt to reach out to Hispanic and Asian voters and think an immigration bill is key to those efforts, there are no guarantees an immigration bill can get through the house.

Representative Judy Chu (D-CA pcitured here), a member of the Judiciary Committee and chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus(CAPAC) , blasted the Republican leaders in the House.

“On the same day that the Senate passed their compromise bill, the House marked up an ideological bill that completely disregarded the needs of minority and immigrant communities laid out by the Congressional Tri-Caucus,” Chu was quoted as saying in the China Daily about the coalition of CAPAC and the black and Hispanic caucuses in the lower chamber.

Whatever comes out of the House and will have to be reconciled with differences with the Senate.

South Asian American groups have expressed major concerns about the Senate version.

“Of particular concern is the inclusion of the Corker-Hoeven Amendment (Leahy Amendment 1183), which heightens border and interior enforcement with increased militarization, mandatory implementation of E-verify, and further limits benefits for some immigrants,” the National Coalition of  South Asian Organizations said in The Economic Times.

NCSO also spoke out for the need for family based immigration to help reunite families and the need to ban profiling of South Asians in the name of security.




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