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Thread: Future Amnesty

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    June 14, 2006: URGENT - IMMIGRANT, LABOR, RELIGIOUS AND OTHER CONCERNED GROUPS ARE URGED TO COMMUNICATE WITH MEMBERS OF U.S. SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TO STOP DISASTROUS IMMIGRATION PROPOSED LAWS AND SUPPORT RATIONAL AND HUMANE LAWS
    The Senate Bill is out and the Democrats and Republicans are considering whether they want to proceed to a conference committee. The democrats are fairly united behind the Senate Bill's "compromise" approach, which as presently structured is a backward iron-fist policy towards all undocumented immigrants, while offering a 16-18 year path to citizenship path for undocumented immigrants who have resided here continuously for five years (about 3 million), a 3-year non-renewable temporary visa with a waiver of the right to a due process deportation hearing at the end of that periodand the right to apply for legalization if the immigrant has an independent way to do so (we are studying how many people this would legalize but the number may not be significant because few immigrants find an independent way to immigrate in such a short time, and those who do will probably face a visa backlog beyond their authorized brief stay), a 3 year one-time renewable temporary guest worker program (requiring return to home country for one year after a renewed 3-year period before reapplying as a guest worker), and basically the same right to apply for adjustment of status as tier 2 migrants (again, the number who may qualify is being investigated, but given the visa backlogs, even with visa reduction provisions, the number may not be significant in terms of the total estimated undocumented population). The bill also includes the Dream Act which will help certain immigrant students legalize their status, and the Ags-Job bill (numbers being studied but could be substantial given the lax requirements, as was true in the 1986 IRCA).

    Balanced against these provisions and the visa reduction sections, are the highly repressive future enforcement provisions -- illegal entry is a "continuing" crime (so local police and other law enforcement agencies can arrest migrants without a warrant), no visas in the future and possible felony convictions for anyone who works using someone else's name or social security number (that covers most undocumented immigrants), no "voluntary departure" if a migrant appeals a deportation order and his or her appeal is denied (i.e. ineligible for a visa in the future because must leave under order of deportation), harsher measures on asylum seekers, indefinite detention for thousands of immigrants, vastly increased militarization and criminalization of the border and destruction of border areas and communities (and more deaths and injuries), and welcome the period of encouraged lawlessness by DHS, DOJ and DOL in their treatment of immigrants, because judicial review of most decisions is made illegal. Judges will no longer be able to rectify unlawful policy decisions or erroneous individual case decisions of federal officers. It is difficult enough obtaining fair treatment (ie treatment consistent with the laws written by Congress) even with judicial review. Without it, millions of eligible immigrants could be denied benefits with no effective appeal process.

  2. #2
    June 14, 2006: URGENT - IMMIGRANT, LABOR, RELIGIOUS AND OTHER CONCERNED GROUPS ARE URGED TO COMMUNICATE WITH MEMBERS OF U.S. SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TO STOP DISASTROUS IMMIGRATION PROPOSED LAWS AND SUPPORT RATIONAL AND HUMANE LAWS
    The Senate Bill is out and the Democrats and Republicans are considering whether they want to proceed to a conference committee. The democrats are fairly united behind the Senate Bill's "compromise" approach, which as presently structured is a backward iron-fist policy towards all undocumented immigrants, while offering a 16-18 year path to citizenship path for undocumented immigrants who have resided here continuously for five years (about 3 million), a 3-year non-renewable temporary visa with a waiver of the right to a due process deportation hearing at the end of that periodand the right to apply for legalization if the immigrant has an independent way to do so (we are studying how many people this would legalize but the number may not be significant because few immigrants find an independent way to immigrate in such a short time, and those who do will probably face a visa backlog beyond their authorized brief stay), a 3 year one-time renewable temporary guest worker program (requiring return to home country for one year after a renewed 3-year period before reapplying as a guest worker), and basically the same right to apply for adjustment of status as tier 2 migrants (again, the number who may qualify is being investigated, but given the visa backlogs, even with visa reduction provisions, the number may not be significant in terms of the total estimated undocumented population). The bill also includes the Dream Act which will help certain immigrant students legalize their status, and the Ags-Job bill (numbers being studied but could be substantial given the lax requirements, as was true in the 1986 IRCA).

    Balanced against these provisions and the visa reduction sections, are the highly repressive future enforcement provisions -- illegal entry is a "continuing" crime (so local police and other law enforcement agencies can arrest migrants without a warrant), no visas in the future and possible felony convictions for anyone who works using someone else's name or social security number (that covers most undocumented immigrants), no "voluntary departure" if a migrant appeals a deportation order and his or her appeal is denied (i.e. ineligible for a visa in the future because must leave under order of deportation), harsher measures on asylum seekers, indefinite detention for thousands of immigrants, vastly increased militarization and criminalization of the border and destruction of border areas and communities (and more deaths and injuries), and welcome the period of encouraged lawlessness by DHS, DOJ and DOL in their treatment of immigrants, because judicial review of most decisions is made illegal. Judges will no longer be able to rectify unlawful policy decisions or erroneous individual case decisions of federal officers. It is difficult enough obtaining fair treatment (ie treatment consistent with the laws written by Congress) even with judicial review. Without it, millions of eligible immigrants could be denied benefits with no effective appeal process.

  3. #3
    The Senate Bill is out and the Democrats and Republicans are considering whether they want to proceed to a conference committee

    The Senate passed S.2611 May 25th. So far it seems very unlikely that a Conference will happen. Everything points to an "after election" conference, even if.

    What is your source?

    Greetings

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