Monday, June 21, 2010

Sad Attempt at Reform

I was reading about this legislation that was introduced last year in the House of Representatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

It is called the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009, or CIR ASAP.

These are some of the highlights of the bill.

Border Security
Creates a Southern Border Security Task Force composed of federal, state and local law enforcement with oversight and accountability by the Dept of Homeland Security.

Don't we already have a border patrol with oversight and accountability by the Department of Immigration and Naturalization (INS)?

Enforcement
Clarifies that the authority to enforce the federal immigration law lies solely with the federal government.

That would be great if the federal government actually wanted to do something about enforcing immigration laws.....or for that matter if the Administration gave a rat's ass about the laws to begin with.

Legalization
Provides conditional nonimmigrant status for undocumented immigrants (illegals!) for 6 years. They must pass a criminal background check, learn English and pay a $500 fine in order to obtain the visa. After 6 years they become permanent residents.

Sounds like amnesty to me.

Visa Reforms
Increases the number of employment-based green cards and reclassifies spouse and children status to treat them the same as spouses and children of citizens.

Well, from what I'm reading here, I basically don't agree with anything that this bill has to say. I think it is time for Congress to go back to the drawing board. To me, it seems like the Democrats (the ones that wrote and sponsor this bill) are trying to just get some immigration reform legislation out there just to say they did it just like they did with the health care legislation.

In any case, I'm going to do some more digging about this legislation because I'm really not sure where it has gone, if anywhere. In the light of things going on in Arizona, probably nothing at this point in time.

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