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Reform bill to double immigration

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posted on May, 15 2006 @ 01:12 PM

The immigration reform bill that the Senate takes up today would more than double the flow of legal immigration into the United States each year and dramatically lower the skill level of those immigrants.
The number of extended family members that U.S. citizens or legal residents can bring into this country would double. More dramatically, the number of workers and their immediate families could increase sevenfold if there are enough U.S. employers looking for cheap foreign labor. Another provision would grant humanitarian visas to any woman or orphaned child anywhere in the world "at risk of harm" because of age or sex.
The little-noticed provisions are part of legislation co-sponsored by Republican Sens. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Mel Martinez of Florida, which overcame some early stumbles and now has bipartisan support in the Senate. The bill also has been praised by President Bush, and he is expected to endorse it as a starting point for negotiations in his prime-time address to the nation tonight

So this is where we are going with this. It looks like we will all need to be highly skilled if we are going to have a job in the future in America.

Anyway, this is an FYI.

posted on May, 15 2006 @ 10:00 PM
Charles Hurt, the author of the link you provided, didn't offer any more information than his own interpretation of the Reform Bill now being debated in the Senate.

Here's a file on major provisions of the Martinez-Hagel Compromise.

Some highlights on the 109th Congress debating the immigration issue can be found here.

I only scanned over the latest version of the Reform Bill and couldn't find anything supporting Charles Hurt's article.

I don't know if you watched President Bush on television this evening (15 May 06), but here's a transcript of tonight's speech and if there's any hint of doubling the number of immigrants into the U.S. every year was anywhere in it, I missed it.

The citizens of the United States are fed up with the influx of illegals coming into the country from the southern border and the Federal Government knows that if something's not done soon, the situation may boil over to armed vigilantes taking the law into their hands.

Mexican President, Vincente Fox, also realizes that if something's not done soon, the Mexican citizens leaving his country may be targeted by over-zealot Americans who's not going to think twice about 'taking' an illegal 'out'.

It's a sad shame that 2 nations in the 'New World' have such a vast difference in their economies, that one nation's citizens would be risking their lives to chance it in a nation that's growing tired of them.

posted on May, 15 2006 @ 10:42 PM
Clearly, you can't 'shut down' immigration, you can funnel some into legal and some into illegal immigration. If the US wants less illegal immigration, well, its only going to happen by having more legal immigration. IOW, you can't stop the flow of people, you can only control their status.


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