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The 13-year solution: this is an improvement?

10 May 2007

From the Laredo Morning Times

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration and key senators are working on a deal that would delay a sweeping immigration overhaul until the border is fortified and leave illegal immigrants waiting up to 13 more years to gain legal status. Officials familiar with the discussions say that despite a series of concessions by both Republicans and Democrats, a final agreement may not come before the Senate opens debate on the issue next week.

Still, the outlines of a possible deal have taken shape in almost daily secret talks involving two members of President Bush’s Cabinet. As contemplated, the proposal would delay the process of giving legal status to undocumented immigrants and guest worker visas to new arrivals until the administration beefs up border security and implements a high-tech identification system for temporary workers. Such measures are expected to take up to two years.

Even then, officials said it would take up to 13 years, along with large fines and a trip to their home country, before the 12 million men, women and children estimated to be in the U.S. illegally could get permanent legal status, or green cards. The government would spend eight years clearing visa backlogs for immigrants currently waiting in line, and then spend about five years processing those here illegally.

(more at LMT)

What part of “fucked up” don’t “our fuck-up legislators” not understand?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 10 May 2007 7:52 am

    This is exactly what worries me about the comprehensive immigration reform (CIR)talks …there’s more concern about how it looks on paper than whether or not it will even work or how long it will take. Not to mention that it’s highly debatable that “securing our borders” (itself a dubious mission) is even possible without first overhauling US immigration policy, yet that seems to be the only game in town when it comes to current CIR proposals. “Securing the border” would be a whole lot easier if we first dramatically cut the number of people trying to cross the border, leaving the Border Patrol to focus on the really questionable people remaining (drug traffickers? terrorists?). How do we do that? Perhaps with more visas and/or an expanded guest worker program? But of course, we can’t do that until we satisfy all of the “defend our sovereignty” crowd. I’m afraid that this type of “CIR” will only make things worse.

  2. 10 May 2007 11:32 am

    Wow, this is un-frickin-believable!!!!

    When I was listening to that PBS interview between that Simcox bastard from the Minutemen and Maria Hinojosa, he mentioned something about how there needed to be a lot of enforcement before offering a legalization path… I hadn’t heard that take on it, and it sort of surprised me, but I never thought it was or would become a mainstream idea.

    Doesn’t that just encourage us to only legalize the craftiest immigrants, those who are “lucky” and underground and quiet enough to manage to stay in the country a few more years, working who knows where, while we “enforce the border….” To me, it sounds like a big old stall tactic that will quiet the debate in the public eye and allow the status quo to continue, while the occasional deportation and raid will lead average Americans to believe the gov’t is really doing something about the immigration problem.

    Blah.. this is one of those days where I almost hope we get denied, so I can get out of this country and get on with life!

  3. aprilstorm permalink
    10 May 2007 6:34 pm

    What a shame the US is so full of hatred and hostility. If they could only live one day in the shoes of someone who came to this country because they wanted a better life…maybe then their views would change. I thought America was home of the free and land of the brave…who is braver than someone risking their life to come into a country to try and have a decent life. Shame on the United States!!!!

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