No Need for Speed on Immigration Bill

The Senate “Gang of Eight” immigration bill, S. 744, now wending its way through the Judiciary Committee, has been sold as a “pathway to citizenship” for the estimated 11 million illegal aliens. It does a lot more damage than that, and the public needs to understand what’s in it.

Just a few years ago, key members of the “Gang of Eight” would have seemed content to enact the so-called Dream Act — a more modest amnesty for about 500,000 to 700,000 aliens brought here as young people. This has been replaced with a massive proposal that tries to rewrite virtually every aspect of U.S. immigration law, and not for the better.

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Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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    This is a bill that will have huge long term consequences for this country. None of them good, unless you are big business, which wants to drive wages to nothing, while taxpayers pick up the costs of supporting these workers and their families. Like Wal Mart is already doing now. There is one reason and one alone that they want this rushed through, and it’s because they do not want the American public to know what is in it.

    It gives the secretary of Homeland Security virtually unlimited power to circumvent any enforcement measures. It pushes border enforcement and e verify at least five years down the road. Meanwhile, the word will get out to others back home, as it always does, that there is no penalty for crossing the border illegally until you make it, or overstaying a visa. Chuck Schumer and his “gang” are double dealing con artists.

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    This bill bears no further discussion until it addresses the issue of lack of enforcement. As the powers that be, Janet Napolitano and John Morton, have currently decided to enforce the provisions of current law according to their whims, what is the likelihood that they would not pick and choose the parts of any new laws that come into force?

    There are no provisions in this bill to address the current “legal” green card holders who have violated their status and yet remain in this country.

    My ex came in on student visa yet never went to school and worked illegally for three years (student visa fraud). Got green card by not mentioning her first arrest for theft (material misrepresentation). Failed to mention it again when conditions were removed. Has acquired four additional theft convictions (crimes of moral turpitude). Denied citizenship 2 years ago but continues to reside in US and break our laws. Unfortunately I found this all out after the fact. It’s ICE that needs reform not the immigration laws.