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Thread: THE BORDER SECURITY AND IMMIGRATION REFORM ACT OF 2003

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    WASHINGTON - For too long, immigration reform has been held hostage by special interest groups on both ends of the political spectrum. As a result, homeland security, economic certainty in the labor market, and the safety of many immigrants working and living in the United States are threatened. To help address the needs of undocumented workers, while bolstering the security of our nation's porous borders, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn introduced the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2003 on Thursday to develop a guest worker program, and strengthen homeland security efforts at the borders.

    "This common sense solution to our broken immigration system addresses the need for better border security and acknowledges the important contributions that immigrants make to our economy," Sen. Cornyn, a member of the Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship said. "It will bring hard-working immigrants out of the shadows and onto our tax rolls, while removing incentives for human smuggling and other exploitation."

    The proposal calls for the departments of State and Homeland Security to facilitate the guest worker program and develop standards of enrollment, training and monitoring of workers. The plan addresses the realities of our flawed immigration system, Cornyn said, while encouraging undocumented immigrants to "come out of the shadows."

    Although Cornyn's guest worker plan is neither an amnesty program, nor a path to citizenship, the legislation recognizes the reality of our current situation: there are an estimated eight to10 million undocumented individuals living in the United States who are unaccounted for. The program does what's right for homeland security, the economy, and for those willing to obey the laws in their search for work.

    Undocumented workers already in the U.S. must apply, in conjunction with their employers, for guest worker status within the first year of the program's enactment. And in subsequent years, workers can apply from their home countries for up to a year at a time for a maximum of three years before returning to their home countries.

    Cornyn's program is a pragmatic solution, and recognizes that the nation can no longer tolerate the status quo by turning a blind eye to these gaps in homeland security: millions of immigrants already in the country whose whereabouts and intent are unknown to any law enforcement or homeland security agencies. The status quo is an unacceptable risk that must be corrected immediately, Cornyn said.

    Cornyn added that the legislation will provide substantial enforcement mechanisms-including deportation, civil penalties and disbarment from the program-to deal with those who flout existing immigration law, remain in the country without applying for guest worker status, traffic in human smuggling or fail to comply with labor law. As the legislation moves forward, Cornyn will continue his efforts with the Department of Homeland Security to develop and incorporate effective border security measures into the bill.

    "The lack of a realistic immigration policy and ineffective enforcement of existing law, coupled with the new post-9/11 security provisions, could have drastic consequences both in terms of national and economic security," Cornyn said.

    Cornyn continued: "My plan acknowledges that millions of undocumented men and women go to work every day in America in violation of our immigration law, outside the protection of our labor law, and without any way of our government knowing who, or where they are. This program would allow us to account for immigrants who are no threat to America, and distinguish them from those who are. Our homeland security needs demand that we account for the millions of unknown immigrants living within our borders."

    Cornyn's proposal would allow immigrants to work and provide for their families under the protection of, and in accordance with the new law. This critical immigration reform will help prevent tragic smugglings such as those that occurred recently in Texas and other parts of the country. For too long, immigrants have been exposed to dangerous smugglers who place little or no value on their lives, and unscrupulous employers who exploit workers who have no practical ability to report abuses. Currently, consumer scams and other crimes against immigrants go unreported while the criminals go unpunished. Under the Cornyn proposal, immigrants will no longer live in fear.

    "The truth is, the vast majority of immigrants, documented or undocumented, are here because they want a piece of the American dream," Sen. Cornyn said. "Many of them risk everything they have to come to this country seeking a better life for themselves and their families."

    Unlike failed programs of the past, such as the post-war Bracero program, the Cornyn bill allows for portability of employment so that no employer can exploit guest workers under threat of deportation, or loss of documentation. All wage and hour laws will apply, and be enforced by the Department of Labor. Other guest worker proposals are being developed in the House of Representatives.

    Sen. Cornyn introduced the Military Citizenship Act in April to expedite the naturalization process for the many men and women serving in the U.S. military who are not citizens. The legislation would make it faster and easier for those soldiers to become U.S. citizens as many of them fight and even die to defend their adopted country, and the freedom it represents. A version of the bill was approved recently as part of the Defense Authorization Act.

    Cornyn chairs the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights & Property Rights, and is the only former judge on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.



    http://cornyn.senate.gov/071003guestworker.html

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    WASHINGTON - For too long, immigration reform has been held hostage by special interest groups on both ends of the political spectrum. As a result, homeland security, economic certainty in the labor market, and the safety of many immigrants working and living in the United States are threatened. To help address the needs of undocumented workers, while bolstering the security of our nation's porous borders, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn introduced the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2003 on Thursday to develop a guest worker program, and strengthen homeland security efforts at the borders.

    "This common sense solution to our broken immigration system addresses the need for better border security and acknowledges the important contributions that immigrants make to our economy," Sen. Cornyn, a member of the Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship said. "It will bring hard-working immigrants out of the shadows and onto our tax rolls, while removing incentives for human smuggling and other exploitation."

    The proposal calls for the departments of State and Homeland Security to facilitate the guest worker program and develop standards of enrollment, training and monitoring of workers. The plan addresses the realities of our flawed immigration system, Cornyn said, while encouraging undocumented immigrants to "come out of the shadows."

    Although Cornyn's guest worker plan is neither an amnesty program, nor a path to citizenship, the legislation recognizes the reality of our current situation: there are an estimated eight to10 million undocumented individuals living in the United States who are unaccounted for. The program does what's right for homeland security, the economy, and for those willing to obey the laws in their search for work.

    Undocumented workers already in the U.S. must apply, in conjunction with their employers, for guest worker status within the first year of the program's enactment. And in subsequent years, workers can apply from their home countries for up to a year at a time for a maximum of three years before returning to their home countries.

    Cornyn's program is a pragmatic solution, and recognizes that the nation can no longer tolerate the status quo by turning a blind eye to these gaps in homeland security: millions of immigrants already in the country whose whereabouts and intent are unknown to any law enforcement or homeland security agencies. The status quo is an unacceptable risk that must be corrected immediately, Cornyn said.

    Cornyn added that the legislation will provide substantial enforcement mechanisms-including deportation, civil penalties and disbarment from the program-to deal with those who flout existing immigration law, remain in the country without applying for guest worker status, traffic in human smuggling or fail to comply with labor law. As the legislation moves forward, Cornyn will continue his efforts with the Department of Homeland Security to develop and incorporate effective border security measures into the bill.

    "The lack of a realistic immigration policy and ineffective enforcement of existing law, coupled with the new post-9/11 security provisions, could have drastic consequences both in terms of national and economic security," Cornyn said.

    Cornyn continued: "My plan acknowledges that millions of undocumented men and women go to work every day in America in violation of our immigration law, outside the protection of our labor law, and without any way of our government knowing who, or where they are. This program would allow us to account for immigrants who are no threat to America, and distinguish them from those who are. Our homeland security needs demand that we account for the millions of unknown immigrants living within our borders."

    Cornyn's proposal would allow immigrants to work and provide for their families under the protection of, and in accordance with the new law. This critical immigration reform will help prevent tragic smugglings such as those that occurred recently in Texas and other parts of the country. For too long, immigrants have been exposed to dangerous smugglers who place little or no value on their lives, and unscrupulous employers who exploit workers who have no practical ability to report abuses. Currently, consumer scams and other crimes against immigrants go unreported while the criminals go unpunished. Under the Cornyn proposal, immigrants will no longer live in fear.

    "The truth is, the vast majority of immigrants, documented or undocumented, are here because they want a piece of the American dream," Sen. Cornyn said. "Many of them risk everything they have to come to this country seeking a better life for themselves and their families."

    Unlike failed programs of the past, such as the post-war Bracero program, the Cornyn bill allows for portability of employment so that no employer can exploit guest workers under threat of deportation, or loss of documentation. All wage and hour laws will apply, and be enforced by the Department of Labor. Other guest worker proposals are being developed in the House of Representatives.

    Sen. Cornyn introduced the Military Citizenship Act in April to expedite the naturalization process for the many men and women serving in the U.S. military who are not citizens. The legislation would make it faster and easier for those soldiers to become U.S. citizens as many of them fight and even die to defend their adopted country, and the freedom it represents. A version of the bill was approved recently as part of the Defense Authorization Act.

    Cornyn chairs the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights & Property Rights, and is the only former judge on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.



    http://cornyn.senate.gov/071003guestworker.html

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    deport illegal aliens

  4. #4
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    illegal aliens are invaders, not immigrants

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    deport ilegal aliens

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    Joe Lieberman criticizes Ariz. immigrant initiative
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    Elvia DÃ*az
    The Arizona Republic
    Jul. 12, 2003 12:00 AM


    Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., called a proposed Arizona ballot initiative that would deny social benefits to undocumented immigrants "mean-spirited" and divisive.

    He is the first Democratic presidential candidate to weigh in on the initiative.

    "It's a mean-spirited reaction to the inadequate current immigration system," Lieberman said Thursday. "The undocumented workers who will be victimized by this proposal don't deserve it."

    The initiative, Protect Arizona Now, would require state and local government workers to check the immigration status of everyone seeking public services. That means that undocumented immigrants would no longer be able to receive housing subsidies or library cards, among other services.

    On Friday, U.S. Rep J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz., said he opposes the initiative, though it "accurately reflects the frustration in Arizona and across the country with America's abject failure to protect our borders."

    "Unfortunately, the proposition offers only a parochial and therefore unworkable patch on a national problem," Hayworth said.

    This week, initiative proponents took the first steps to start collecting the 122,612 signatures required to place the measure on the November 2004 ballot.

    The initiative would also require residents to show proof of citizenship when registering to vote.

    State Reps. Ben Miranda and Steve Gallardo, both D-Phoenix, said that lining up Lieberman behind efforts to defeat the measure is significant because of his high-profile status.

    Rep. Randy Graf, R-Green Valley, one of the initiative's main supporters, said Lieberman's involvement won't have much impact on whether the measure makes it to the ballot or whether it will ultimately pass or fail.

    However, he recognized it will likely become a national political topic and thus other politicians might weigh in.



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    http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepu...eberman12.html

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    deport illegal aliens

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