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  • Immigration Reform Scheduled for March 27

    Link to the article:
    http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4448319&nav=1TjD


    "
    March 27 hearing on immigration reform bill

    WASHINGTON The U-S Senate on March 27th will begin considering an immigration reform bill.

    Senator Majority Leader Bill Frist today offered the time frame to Texas Senator John Cornyn and several other key lawmakers involved in the immigration debate.

    Among the group was Arizona Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl, as well as Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter -- who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    Cornyn says the Senate is likely to include a guest worker plan in its legislation, but whether it includes a path to legal residency will be hashed out in committee.

    Cornyn chairs the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on immigration."

    So what do you guys make out of this?

  • #2
    Link to the article:
    http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4448319&nav=1TjD


    "
    March 27 hearing on immigration reform bill

    WASHINGTON The U-S Senate on March 27th will begin considering an immigration reform bill.

    Senator Majority Leader Bill Frist today offered the time frame to Texas Senator John Cornyn and several other key lawmakers involved in the immigration debate.

    Among the group was Arizona Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl, as well as Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter -- who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    Cornyn says the Senate is likely to include a guest worker plan in its legislation, but whether it includes a path to legal residency will be hashed out in committee.

    Cornyn chairs the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on immigration."

    So what do you guys make out of this?

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    • #3
      march 27th huh? why so late, i thought they were suppose to be debate the issue during the first 2 weeks of february..I dont like the delay.
      Anyway, the Senate will pass some type of guest worker pprogram, this is a given, then he House will pass it also.

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      • #4
        another good news is that boehner guy won the house leadership whiich is good for immigrant community. Remember he voted against the house bill passsed last dec.

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        • #5
          One issue that I see is that the House bill is not some clear piece of legislation and there's much more to this issue than what's on the newspapers and TV. The House bill is a "loaded" bill, it deviated from its initial form to include controversial provisions, some of them in clear contradiction with the natural evolution of INA as amended in 1996. For instance, after almost ten years BIA is now recommending a waiver for some aggravated felonies. The House Bill fails to recognize most opinions by the different Circuit Courts and concentrates on a narrow path when it comes to admissibility and grounds of removal.
          INA currently provides for local authorities to enforce immigration law. However, most police departments recognize the complexity of the INA and refuse, even under federal funding, to engage in the application of a statute they do not fully understand.
          Also, turning immigration into a criminal matter will open the door to a complete different universe. Different procedures would apply and matters of "constitutional protection" would apply in situations dealing with EWI's and out-of-status parolees.
          Maybe this is why the Senate is trying to hold on the issue, to properly study the implications of such dramatic change.
          Statutes of law are interpreted word by word, a small change can completely alter the meaning, reach and implications of such statute. Simple changes, switching "and" for "or" can mean a world of difference.
          What's more important is that the House bill as it is prevents the implementation of any guest worker program. You would have to ask any candidate alien, do you want your guest worker permit before of after your aggravated felony conviction?. But remember, aggravated felons are inadmissible under the House bill, so it would be nothing but a waste of time and money.
          A new bill should be drafted that concentrates on border protection. This bill should take upon issues such as the Border Patrol budget, utilizing military resources and personnel to guard the border, the construction of a wall or other mechanism to prevent illegal crossings. But no bill should attempt to amend INA without lengthy debate and profound analysis of all legal implications and consideration of previous BIA and Court opinions.

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