Congressional Republicans on Tuesday struck first on an issue long championed by President Obama, offering legislation to reform the nation´s immigration laws just weeks after Hispanic voters bolted from the GOP over the party´s harsh stance on immigration. Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas and Jon Kyl of Arizona -- two border-state lawmakers who are retiring -- introduced a bill that would allow young illegal immigrants to stay in the country, though it wouldn´t provide them with an expedited path to citizenship. Their proposal was symbolically important for a party that has had trouble winning over the
I have no problem with what´s outlined here. I´d like to see more details, but there´s no path to citizenship, no bringing in the whole family, just a temporary visa to get a college degree or serve in the armed forces. I want to know the age limit.
Even Obama said no one should "jump the line", so we need to remember no one is advocating amnesty.
Link this to GWB, who pushed for path to citizenship - don´t let Dems claim this path since they´ve advocated for status quo, amnesty and little border security.
So, set up program that increases the legal quota for immigration, and not just for the illegal´s here already, but include from around the globe. Sign-up, fill out the application, pay the non-refundable application fee ($3000-5000 each which is about what a coyote charges to smuggle across the border), and process them accordingly.
It´s legal path, it´s humane and it doesn´t provide any amnesty.
Oh, and then update the 14th amendment to prevent repeat of past failures.
I don´t know why illegals even want to become citizens when they get more benefits being illegal. If you´re a normal American,you have to show allk inds of proof that you´re a citizen to get a job but somehow illegals get jobs by the 100´s of thousands without breaking a sweat on legal residency.
There´s aparlell economy in this country right under our nose and nobody recognizes it.
But anyway,this proposal rubber stamps the idea that if you´re illegal it´sk under certain circumstances,,instead of the GOP standing for the rule of law there´s a race to the finish line to co-opt these people.
Going to college means nothing to me as a supposed asset from these people. Chances are Uncle Sam will put the tuition up and is very likely to not be repaid.Whatever college course they take will be a door opener for a government job,rather than contributing to the private sector.
To throw your hands up and say it´s impracticable or impossible to deport 15 million people is defeatism at it´s worse.
Then you have the tearjerker of family separation if there´s a workplace raid,so hey let´s just not do that anymore.It´s too heart wrenching.
By allowing all illegal alien "kids" up to about 30 years of age to stay in the USA, the wimpy Republicans would be setting a terrible permanent legal precedent, as no doubt under the family reunification provisions that the liberal Democrats will definitely insist on, the "kid´s" illegal alien parents who brought him or her here in the first place would also get to stay, thus further undermining the effective enforcement of the immigration laws.
In addition they would be signaling millions of potential new illegal aliens that they and their "kids" would be granted a safe harbor from being deported from the USA in the future, if they simply make an illegal entry across the borderline, or overstay a border crossing card or temporary visa time limit, and enroll their "kids" in a US public school.
Don´t believe that if these "kids" and their parents are allowed to stay here, even with the most limited type of temporary visa, that they will not be able to tap into the US social welfare network of government provided benefits and services, because once they get their noses under the tent like that, they will be considered to be here under the color of law, and be deemed eligible for all sorts of government provided benefits and services, even if Congress does not make them specifically eligible for those benefits and services in whatever sort of amnesty is eventually passed.
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