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Oct 5, 2005
Immigration Reform Debate Heats Up
- Atty Reuben S. Seguritan Email this article

REUBEN S. SEGURITAN is the General Counsel of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) and the Chairman of the NaFFAA Committee on Immigration. He frequently writes and speaks on immigrant issues. For further information, you may call him at 212 695 5281 or visit his website at


Congress is gearing up for a big showdown on immigration reform soon.


Over the past few weeks, rumors are rife in Washington D.C. that the debate on the two major immigration reform bills will begin this fall.


The Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act (“McCain-Kennedy Bill”), a bipartisan bill introduced as S. 1033 by Senators John McCain and Edward Kennedy and as H.R. 2330 by Representatives Jim Kolbe, Jeff Flake and Luis Gutierrez will be pitted against the Comprehensive Enforcement and Immigration Reform Act (S. 1438, the “Cornyn-Kyl Bill”) sponsored by Republican Senators John Cornyn and John Kyl.



Politics of Immigration Reform


Internal maneuverings in Capitol Hill and major lobby efforts by concerned groups from both ends of the political spectrum are beginning to heighten the face-off between the two immigration reform bills.


The online news resource, Immigration Daily, for instance, posted a fax memo from Rep. Lamar Smith addressed to White House strategist Karl Rove that exemplifies the politics or  more accurately, the politicking, behind immigration reform.


“Enforcement of immigration laws, current and new, should come first to satisfy the increasing public demand for border security…. Current laws need to be better enforced so the American people see results immediately. (Liberals can easily and accurately be painted as opposing enforcement.) Only then as enforcement begins to gain traction, should the twin subject of guestworkers and long-time illegal residents be addressed,” the memo said.

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