Thursday, April 06, 2006

New Immigration Bill - TIHP Part IV

Part I, Part II, Part III

Leave it to an immigrant, and a Cuban immigrant at that. The Senate is at a stale mate with immigration, and neither the bill approved by the Judiciary Committee nor the McCain-Kennedy bill are expected to pass.

Given the urgency of the matter, and the disposition for resolve, Republicans Mel Martinez (FL) and Chuck Hagel (NE) have introduced a new proposal. You know I don't support amnesty, but I have to admit that from everything that has been thrown around, this makes the most sense.

It is a compromise, but it seems the fairest compromise I've seen so far. The story however, does not cover, whether the bill includes tighter border security and penalties for businesses who keep employing illegals. Without those two provisions, the problem will not be controlled.

Although the plan criminalizes illegals caught two times, it doesn't explain how we will find these 2 to 3 million that would be deported immediately. I can only imagine we will be seeing raids reminiscent of the 80's "La Migra!".

Being the lesser of two evils, I hope this plan gets passed. I don't agree with it, as this is still the definition of Amnesty, but at least it keeps the preferences straight, respecting those in line and not giving a blanket amnesty.

However I have to emphasize, this plan should include border security. In addition, we as a nation need to take the steps necessary to assimilate immigrants and make sure they become Americans. I have a feeling most of these will be staying at legal resident status.

Red State also has Seven very interesting points regarding immigration.

The Senate is expected to vote today, so stay tuned for updates!

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