On Tuesday, October 25, 2005, Sen. Hagel introduced comprehensive immigration reform legislation consisting of four bills comprised of border enforcement, interior enforcement, a temporary guestworker program, and legalization. The next day Sen. McCain, Sen. Cornyn, and Senate Majority Leader Frist jointly agreed that "comprehensive immigration reform was the way to go (see 10/27/05 ID comment). The sudden unity of the three Senators formerly opposed on the correct approach to immigration reform is the result of Sen. Hagel's brilliant political maneuver in introducing four separate immigration reform bills, thus making immigration reform comprehensive and not comprehensive at the same time. By leaving it up to Congress to move forward on any or all of the four bills in any sequence, Sen. Hagel has outmaneuvered the anti-immigrationists who have long cried for tough enforcement (employer and border). The momentum created by the anti-immigrationists for immigration reform will now be used against them by Congress since guestworkers and legalization will be the price exacted for border and employer enforcement.
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It is starting to look like another immigration blank check just might happen (10/27/05 ID comment). And just like the 1986 amnesty law, it again will not be enforced. Too many refuse to understand what illegal means. Only the legal immigrants seem to know it. Too many cannot comprehend what another 10 million instant citizens will tell the rest of the world about the American Borders.
In response to Sebastian's letter (10/27/05 ID), "I can't think of anyone seeing an advantage in being a citizen forty years after the fact." Not everyone, particularly illegal aliens, is as well-informed as his letter indicates on US immigration policy or how our laws are made. Witness the many attempting to cross the border illegally last year after President Bush's announcement of a guest worker program who believed that not only did his saying so mean such a plan was in place, or soon would be, but that (erroneously) it was a general amnesty. Then, too, there was a time not all that long ago when giving birth here did confer immigration benefits on the parents, so why would someone living in the back of beyond overseas and getting his information through the grapevine think differently?
It is learnt that the US Congress is likely to discuss comprehensive
immigration reform bill in the very near future. It is fairly known that
the US is the most democratic and just country in the world. All its laws are equal to the all people of the US, and justice is done to its people on equal footing. But, the requirement of the Form I-864
(Affidavit of Support) that is to be completed by the family-based
immigranst is unfair and unjust in comparison to the immigrants that
come to the US under the DV program, because the DV immigrants are not
required to complete this Form I-864. The main purpose of both family based immigrants and the DV immigrants is the same, that is to
immigrate to the US. So, this is sheer double standard of the US government. The sponsor of the FB immigrant is required to reimburse
all the public benefits to the US, if those are taken by the sponsored-immigrant. But, this does not apply to the sponsor of the DV immigrant. Furthermore, the Form I-864 is binding upon the sponsor of the FB immigrant until the sponsored-immigrant becomes the US citizen, dies or departs the US permanently, whereas this stern rule does not apply to the sponsor of the DV immigrant. A simple letter from any person
living in the US saying that he knows the DV immigrant well, is
sufficient as sponsorship for the DV immigrant. The sponsor of the DV
immigrant does not have to be so accountable as the sponsor of the FB
immigrant does have. In view of unfairness and injustice to the
sponsor of the FB immigrant, the US Congress is earnestly requested to
abolish the requirement of the Form I-864 when they come to discuss on
immigration reform bill.
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