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Thread: McCain, Kennedy introduce immigration reform bill

  1. #1
    Now all illegal aliens in US will have driving licenses: the Real ID ones - you lost the battle lazy republican anti-immigrant grints!!!

    Thu May 12, 2005 05:21 PM ET

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sens. John McCain and Edward Kennedy teamed up on Thursday to introduce a bipartisan immigration reform bill that would allow some of the estimated 10-12 million illegal immigrants in the United States to get legal jobs and eventual citizenship.

    McCain, an Arizona Republican, and Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat, headed a list of lawmakers from both parties backing the bill, which reflects some of the immigration reform principles put forward by President Bush.

    "For far too long, our nation's broken immigration laws have gone unreformed leaving Americans vulnerable. We can no longer afford to delay reform," McCain said.

    The proposal would allow illegal immigrants to apply for temporary work permits that could last for six years. They would have to clear criminal background checks, pass an English language test and pay a $2,000 fee to qualify.

    At the end of the six years, they and their families could apply for permanent resident status, and five years later for citizenship.

    The bill would also allow foreign citizens to apply for low-paid jobs that Americans do not want to do from outside the country. If the worker lost his job, he would have 60 days to find a new one or return home.

    'ORDERLY AND COMPASSIONATE'

    Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois called the bill an "orderly, humane, compassionate immigration policy" that contained incentives for illegal immigrants to enter the legal economy while punishing them for entering the country illegally by forcing them to pay the $2,000.

    Nobody knows exactly how many people are in the country illegally. The 2000 Census estimated the number at 8.7 million and said it was growing by half a million a year. Other authorities put the number higher.

    Gutierrez said opponents of reform should recognize it was unrealistic to seek to deport the millions of illegal immigrants in the country. McCain said the economy would grind to a halt if anybody tried.

    Kennedy said: "This bill does not provide a free pass to anyone. This bill does not give an automatic pardon to anyone. This bill does not put those who have been illegally here in the United States at the front of the line."

    The bill, backed by several other senior lawmakers from both parties, would also strengthen controls along the U.S.-Mexico border and create a new electronic work authorization system.

    Bush first introduced his guest worker proposal in January 2004 but until now it had not moved forward in Congress, where sentiment against illegal immigrants appears to be strengthening. This week, Congress passed legislation making it harder for immigrants to obtain drivers' licenses.

  2. #2
    Now all illegal aliens in US will have driving licenses: the Real ID ones - you lost the battle lazy republican anti-immigrant grints!!!

    Thu May 12, 2005 05:21 PM ET

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sens. John McCain and Edward Kennedy teamed up on Thursday to introduce a bipartisan immigration reform bill that would allow some of the estimated 10-12 million illegal immigrants in the United States to get legal jobs and eventual citizenship.

    McCain, an Arizona Republican, and Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat, headed a list of lawmakers from both parties backing the bill, which reflects some of the immigration reform principles put forward by President Bush.

    "For far too long, our nation's broken immigration laws have gone unreformed leaving Americans vulnerable. We can no longer afford to delay reform," McCain said.

    The proposal would allow illegal immigrants to apply for temporary work permits that could last for six years. They would have to clear criminal background checks, pass an English language test and pay a $2,000 fee to qualify.

    At the end of the six years, they and their families could apply for permanent resident status, and five years later for citizenship.

    The bill would also allow foreign citizens to apply for low-paid jobs that Americans do not want to do from outside the country. If the worker lost his job, he would have 60 days to find a new one or return home.

    'ORDERLY AND COMPASSIONATE'

    Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois called the bill an "orderly, humane, compassionate immigration policy" that contained incentives for illegal immigrants to enter the legal economy while punishing them for entering the country illegally by forcing them to pay the $2,000.

    Nobody knows exactly how many people are in the country illegally. The 2000 Census estimated the number at 8.7 million and said it was growing by half a million a year. Other authorities put the number higher.

    Gutierrez said opponents of reform should recognize it was unrealistic to seek to deport the millions of illegal immigrants in the country. McCain said the economy would grind to a halt if anybody tried.

    Kennedy said: "This bill does not provide a free pass to anyone. This bill does not give an automatic pardon to anyone. This bill does not put those who have been illegally here in the United States at the front of the line."

    The bill, backed by several other senior lawmakers from both parties, would also strengthen controls along the U.S.-Mexico border and create a new electronic work authorization system.

    Bush first introduced his guest worker proposal in January 2004 but until now it had not moved forward in Congress, where sentiment against illegal immigrants appears to be strengthening. This week, Congress passed legislation making it harder for immigrants to obtain drivers' licenses.

  3. #3
    Don't hold your breath waiting for this to pass. The American people do not support this legislation, and it will have an almost impossible time getting through Congress.

  4. #4
    good bill I wish the best of it, but the replublican haters with the evangelicals preachers will kill it....

  5. #5
    The Bill won't pass, because the American people are opposed to it.

  6. #6
    Think again, Maria. Even in the unlikely event this bill does pass, it applies to AGRICULTURAL workers, so skilled workers, which you purport to be, don't benefit from it, nor will illegals who work as nannies, cleaners, and the like.

  7. #7
    AliBA wrote:
    "this bill ... applies to AGRICULTURAL workers"
    No it does not. It bill applies to all working illegal aliens in US regardless of their profession.
    The other AG JOBS has already been proposed and is already in Congress.

    "The American people do not support this legislation."
    You AliBA, Paddy, SunDevilUSA & other grints ARE NOT ALL American people. This bipartisan legislation has not only support in Congress but also adheres to the President wishes and most Americans would feel safer if they have 12 millions of identified rather than unidentified aliens working within our borders.

    This worker program legislation attached to the military budget bill will pass soon and all hard working illegals become legal.

    US has always been an immigrant country and it will remain such the country where all hard working and needed immigrants are welcomed to settle here.

    This Congress and President will fix the current immigration law that has been broken for years by immigrant republican haters.

  8. #8
    Maria, do you know if applicants will have to have been working for a certain period of time to qualify if the bills passes? Also, what will the chances be of getting a green card after the 6 years?

  9. #9
    Yes. In agriculture. And they will need to continue working in it for a certain number of days over the next several years, on a renewable visa. No guarantee of a green card. They'd get to apply like everyone else, and go to the back of the line. The bill doesn't raise the cap on green cards--there would still be the same number as currently.

  10. #10
    No, we're not all the American people.
    But we are voters, which you aren't (if you did vote, you blew your chance at ever being a citizen). The Senate isn't the American people, either. They are accountable to the American people. Poll after poll shows that the American people do not want legalization and do not want amnesty. The more modest AgJobs bill got voted down, so it'll be interesting to see how this broader bill fares.

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