It Comes Down To Logistics
Now that the Democrats have control of the House, many are wondering what is the fate of comprehensive immigration reform? Although no one can forsee the future, the future occupant of the chairmanship of the Immigration Subcommittee (either Rep. Lee or Rep. Lofgren) may provide telling clues to the liklihood of such legislation. The good news: there are enough votes in both chambers to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill (CIR). The bad news: CIR may still not happen, for logistical reasons. Here's why:
With the presidential 2008 elections set to take center stage soon after fall 2007, CIR legislation must be in conference by summer 2007. Both Rep. Lee and Lofgren are capable individuals. However, if Rep. Lee who currently holds the position, remains, her office can easily ramp up to accomodate larger responsibilities and roles, and produce a bill within the requisite timeline. In contrast, if Rep. Lofgren assumes chairmanship of the Immigration Subcommittee, her office will require a longer period of transition, including hiring of staff (by virtue of stepping into a new role). It may well be several months before Lofgren's office is up and running and able to produce a CIR bill - perhaps not within the requisite timeline.
Despite recent news to the contrary, the chairmanship of the Immigration Subcommittee has not yet been finalized. Immigration Daily has learned that Rep. Lofgren may pass up the chairmanship of the Immigration Subcommittee in favor of the Intellectual Property Subcommittee chairmanship. Stayed tuned.
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We shouldn't lose sight of the fact that the border fence was basically a sop to the restrictionistas, who were threatening to include much harsher and more dangerous proposals in "must pass" appropriations bills, and who will certainly not give up on these or similar efforts. This is even more true in light of the fact that some newly elected Democrats appear to be making common cause with right wing Republican restrictionistas. Maybe the Democrats are so terrified by the fact that they gained enough Latino votes to win the 2006 election that they are doing everything they can to give these votes back to the Republicans in 2008. It seems as if expecting the Democrats to have any principles about immigration (or any other issue) is too much to ask. What is the purpose of a border fence anyway? It is not security, law enforcement or job protection. It is simply a way, along with other proposals such as English only laws, criminalizing the immigration system, court-stripping, and refusing to make visas available to fill legitimate demand for less skilled (not to mention highly skilled) workers, of sending a message to Latino and other non-white immigrants that they are not welcome in this country. If that's the kind of America we want to have, then let's go ahead and build the fence and turn this country into a police state, so we won't have to live with the diversity in our society which scares some politicians more than our real problems.
Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY
R.L. Ranger's letter has proposed (ID 11/27/06) that, "All those opposed to the border barrier should remove their doors, fences and gates to avoid the hypocrisy of their position." I would gladly remove the locks from my doors, fences and gates of my home as soon as our government passes a law that will effectively stop those who would enter my property without permission. But that will never happen, because the American justice system is too soft on criminals, just as the American immigration system is too soft on violators. No locks and no fence will keep anyone safe from anything. People will get away with just what they believe they can get away with ... that's human nature and that's a fact of life. So why spend billions of dollars to build a wall at the Southern Border? Just pass and enforce a law saying anyone who enters the US illegally shall be incarcerated and made to work hard labor for six months, with stiffer penalties for second offenders. No waivers. The law should include a provision that anyone entering the US illegally shall never, under any circumstances, be allowed any immigration benefits - ever - and for their children who are born here - no automatic citizenship and no SSI. No waivers. And that law must also address overstays: Simply make willful overstaying a crime, punishable by incarceration, hefty fines, deportation and a lifetime exclusion from the US. No waivers. And for law breaking employers and their illegal or overstayed employees, likewise, jail time and fines for all of them. That will be the end of illegal immigration. It is really that simple. Why is it that Congress cannot figure that one out?
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
I sit amused at R.L.'s letter (11/27/06 ID) which makes anyone who disagrees with the building of a 700 mile fence remove their doors from their home. I live in not such a good part of town and yes, I have doors on my home. Even when the doors are shut and locked, it will not keep out an intruder who wants in badly enough. A fence is not an answer to our problems and while we are focused on this, we are neglecting other options. The strong country we are you would think we would pick our battles a little more wisely. Where is this funding coming from? School budgets? or maybe a raise in property taxes? Who cares as long as we are looking at this through rose coloured glasses, right? We are talking about human beings who are doing what we as citizens of "America" do without a second thought, following work. I agree with Mr Yang's letter (11/28/06 ID) which states a global currency and free trading might be part of the solution. When you look in Whole the american Dollar translates to more then ten times its value in pesos. I am sure this is true of other country currency as well and with everyones money being equal you will not have the need for so many families to migrate North. As a parent and Child I also am able to see why they would choose to leave everthing behind to come here. Who wouldn't do the same thing if it meant feeding your hungry children or caring for an ill aging parent? They should have their God given right to hire whom they see fit to fill an open position that was before the mexicans came, was hard to fill.
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