According to Alex Nowrahsteh of the libertarian CATO Institute, bipartisan immigration reform of the infamous 3/10-year bar may still be passable this year. As described in the linked article, the 3/10-year bar:
So one would expect the anti-immigrants to immediately start crowing about this. However, they have a small problem: one of the chief restrictionists, Mark Krikorian of Center for Immigration Studies, has already conceded that drastically reforming this bar would not be amnesty. I have linked to audio from Spring 2010, when I had the chance to get Krikorian on the record on Ross Kaminsky’s radio show. In it, you can clearly hear Krikorian declare that allowing the spouse of a U.S. citizen to stay in the country after a very minor penalty for overstaying would not be amnesty and also that he is not a “big fan” of the bar in the first place.
In fact, Krikorian stated he would support replacing the 3/10 year bar with a 6 months/1 year bar.
How will the anti-immigrant bloc handle the latest proposal? My prediction: They will pretend Krikorian never conceded it would not be amnesty. Any bets on whether I am right?