Isn't this just amnesty by another name??? Time to call our congressmen,and tell them NO amnesty!!?
ange Type Size Bill aims to break migration deadlock Reforms could help ease way to citizenship for 12 million Mike Madden Republic Washington Bureau Mar. 23, 2007 12:00 AM WASHINGTON - A new immigration-reform bill introduced in the House on Thursday tries to duck the partisan stalemate that doomed similar legislation last year by being tougher in some ways and more generous in others for immigrants and employers alike. The bill would delay any new benefits for foreign workers until the federal government has improved border security. It also would require undocumented immigrants to leave the United States briefly and re-enter before they would be eligible for citizenship. But those requirements would be balanced against the promise of legal status for about 12 million people living here illegally now, along with an easier system for employers to verify that workers are eligible for jobs and a new visa allowing up to 400,000 foreign workers to come here temporarily each year. advertisement Supporters hope that, taken together, the bill's provisions will break years of deadlock over immigration by drawing support from both Democrats and Republicans. A similar bill the Senate passed last year stalled in the run-up to midterm elections. "This bill will end illegal immigration," said Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., the proposal's chief co-sponsor along with Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill. He noted that a sweeping immigration-reform measure adopted in 1986 did not accomplish that goal. Supporters of immigration reform believe they have their best chance of passing legislation in years with Democrats in control of Congress and the White House pressing hard for GOP allies to sign on to the bill. But difficulties lie ahead for reformers, who had expected the Senate to take up immigration well before the House did. Negotiations in the Senate have bogged down as Republicans work with the White House to craft a proposal that can attract wide GOP support. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., is still talking with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., his chief partner on immigration reform in recent years, but they haven't come to an agreement. McCain, who is running for president, has heard widespread criticism on immigration from Republican voters. He said recently that supporters of last year's bill didn't focus enough on border security. A McCain spokeswoman said McCain was glad to see the new bill introduced. Few people had read the entire 700-page proposal Thursday, but lobbyists, community activists and Democratic leaders in Congress mostly called it promising. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the new bill provides "an excellent framework" for immigration legislation. Community organizers behind many of last spring's immigration protest marches said they hope the bill will help move the debate along. Civil rights groups responded to the bill, as well. "Enforcement-only tactics such as anti-immigrant local ordinances and work-site raids have done nothing to curb undocumented immigration, but they have hurt local economies and caused suffering for American families," said Janet Murguía, president of the National Council of La Raza, the nation's largest Latino advocacy organization. A requirement that undocumented immigrants leave the country and re-enter legally proved controversial when it was added to last year's Senate bill, but advocates for immigrants said they could live with it if it eases the bill's passage. Immigrants seeking legal status would have six years to comply, and they could leave and return through any border entry point without going back to their home countries. "Nothing in the outlines appears to be a deal breaker yet," said John Gay, a senior vice president at the National Restaurant Association, one of several powerful business groups pushing for reform. But the tougher provisions added to the bill did little to placate longtime critics. "They keep changing the shade of lipstick, but like I've said time and time again, it's still the same old pig," said Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., who is running for the GOP presidential nomination on a fiercely anti-illegal-immigration platform. The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps called the bill a "lawbreaker assistance program."
Asked By: illegals_r_whiners - 3/23/2007
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I agree with the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps. The bill is a lawbreaker assistance program proposed by a traitor to the United States who promotes sanctuary for i****************s and fights deportation for i****************s. Gutierrez is a financial and political terrorist and a traitor to the USA often in the... More
Answered By: MH/Citizens Protecting Rights! - 3/23/2007
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That is just terrible. I am surprised we haven't seen a big resurgence of militias.
Answered By: persiandiva77 - 3/23/2007
Agreed...it is amnesty!
Answered By: hera - 3/23/2007
It sounds basically like the Senate Bill with a few ruffles to fool idiots, which helps their credibility not at all... More
Answered By: DAR - 3/23/2007
Yea and 15 million people are going to go back across the border. Are you kidding me ? It will never happen like that . Bush on his way out the door will grant amnesty to all the illegals . His legacy is so shot , he no longer cares.
Answered By: catcrazyinaz - 3/23/2007
yep. nuff said
Answered By: plhudson01 - 3/23/2007
Amnesty no matter how you dress it up is still amnesty. I think citizens will have to take up arms before anything is seriously done to erradicate illegals in the US. Perhaps it is time to give our lawmakers a wake up call. If they don't enforce our laws and deport all illegals, jail employers of illegals, then we... More
Answered By: Christina H - 3/23/2007
Yes it is. I agree, these people should not be rewarded for breaking our laws. There is no reason for us to appease these countries. i****************s should be returned to their country of origin and permitted the opportunity to come here legally... More
Answered By: VQ - 3/23/2007
The so called "guest worker" plan has always be amnesty. That's why Bush is a hypocrite when he says he is against amnesty but for the Guest Worker thing. If it walks like a duck, it's a duck... More
Answered By: jessica4roger - 3/23/2007
This is amnesty. The fine that the illegals will have to pay is less than the fee that legal immigrants have to pay to become citizens. This will not stop illegal immigration. Only by building a stout fence along the entire border with Mexico, enforcing all existing immigration laws, and by putting armed troops with... More
Answered By: Earthman - 3/23/2007
It is still amnesty!! I've been calling and writing for months now. They aren't listening to the American people. It is time for another American revolution!!! The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps called the bill a "lawbreaker assistance program." This is exactly what it is!!
Answered By: tiredofaliens - 3/23/2007
Same game, different name. You have to remember that when they run out of shades of lipstick for the pig...they get a new pig and start over.
Answered By: Chuck_junior - 3/23/2007
Amnesty by any other name. They won't even fund the fence they voted for, what makes anyone believe they will make the illegals abide by any of these fines or requirements. Send em back and then give them [illegals] a bill for shipping their butts.
Answered By: East Coaster - 3/23/2007
Yes this is amnesty... More
Answered By: CRK - 3/23/2007
According to the American Heritage Dictionary, amnesty is: A general pardon granted by a government, especially for political offenses; and to grant a general pardon to. Wordnet calls amnestry: a period during which offenders are exempt from punishment; a warrant granting release from punishment for an offense; the... More
Answered By: Terry H - 3/23/2007
Yes it is amnesty, and yes I do call them every time I can, but whats the old saying, in one ear, out the other.
Answered By: Gary J - 3/23/2007
this is not amnesty, this is a good reform bill, something we needed. all ofyou saying is amensty need to just shut up, is the only way we'll fix the problem kicking everyone out is not going to work... More
Answered By: dyablo61987 - 3/23/2007
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