What to Expect on Immigration from the Next Congress

Parsing Immigration Policy, Episode 75

By Mark Krikorian, George Fishman, and RJ Hauman on October 13, 2022

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The midterm congressional elections that will determine control of the House and the Senate are less than a month away. Once again, immigration is a key issue for voters and many of the candidates have made promises about their immigration agendas. What can we expect from Congress during the last half of a President Biden administration?

This week’s episode of Parsing Immigration Policy is a conversation from a recent panel discussion between several seasoned immigration experts with extensive experience on Capitol Hill: George Fishman, the Center’s Senior Legal Fellow; Rosemary Jenks, Director of Government Relations at NumbersUSA; and RJ Hauman, Director of Government Relations and Communications at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

Fishman covers the history of immigration legislation from when the Republicans controlled the House. Jenks describes the potential election outcomes in November and the implications for immigration legislation, while Hauman outlines immigration priorities for Republicans in the next Congress. The panelists draw on their extensive immigration and legislative experience to make predictions for what will be accomplished by the 118th Congress.


Mark Krikorian is the Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies.


George Fishman is a Senior Legal Fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies

Rosemary Jenks is the Director of Government Relations at NumbersUSA

RJ Hauman is the Director of Government Relations and Communications at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)


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Intro Montage

Voices in the opening montage:

  • Sen. Barack Obama at a 2005 press conference.
  • Sen. John McCain in a 2010 election ad.
  • President Lyndon Johnson, upon signing the 1965 Immigration Act.
  • Booker T. Washington, reading in 1908 from his 1895 Atlanta Exposition speech.
  • Laraine Newman as a "Conehead" on SNL in 1977.
  • Hillary Clinton in a 2003 radio interview.
  • Cesar Chavez in a 1974 interview.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking to reporters in 2019.
  • Prof. George Borjas in a 2016 C-SPAN appearance.
  • Sen. Jeff Sessions in 2008 comments on the Senate floor.
  • Charlton Heston in "Planet of the Apes".


Topics: Politics