The immigration bill is expected to be about 1500 pages. What could possibly go wrong with that? Will they even read it? I know we won’t because the process isn’t transparent.
Senator Leahy said he might consider having one hearing on this massive bill. Mighty big of him.
Republicans want to ban adding amendments to its core provisions, core being the operative word. Amendments will be added and who knows what we will end up with.
We don’t know what is going to be in it other than the general guidelines shared in January.
- Both bills give immediate legal work permits to people who come forward without the borders having been secured. While it is not an immediate path to citizenship, it is amnesty though our leaders would have us believe otherwise. Amnesty is defined in law as an act of forgiveness for past offenses, especially to a class of persons as a whole. This might be okay, I’m not judging, just calling it what it is.
- Once people who are here illegally get onto a path to citizenship, Republicans hope to have a clear and challenging pathway with certification that the border is secure.
- Democratic senators are under intense pressure from the White House, labor unions and open borders advocates to clear a quick and easy path to legal status and citizenship. Senate Democrats will agree to mandating illegal immigrants provide a proven work history, learn English and pass criminal background checks.
- The path to probationary legal status is an easy one – pay a small fine and submit to a criminal background check.
The ten-year wait for legal permanent residence would require (according to the January statement by the gang of eight):
- a secure border, which Barack Obama objects to
- a green card that could cost thousands though I imagine it will eventually be subsidized
- additional background checks
- learn English civics
- demonstrate a US work history
- prove current employment
- possibly pleading guilty to breaking immigration laws.
We have no idea how many people are here illegally. We’ve heard the 11 million figure for a decade. With the hundreds of thousands coming over the border each year, it’s hard to imagine that the figure isn’t actually much higher. Shouldn’t we try and find out how many people are involved and who the people are before we give them legal status?