Friday, August 05, 2005

Immigration Legislation - Pending

There are three pieces of legislation currently pending that seek to address our currently inadequate immigration policies.

Congress is expected to enact the first major overhaul of immigration policy since 1996. On the table are three immigration reform bills that could dramatically reshape the country’s immigration policy on key issues including legalization, guest worker programs, deportation, employer sanctions and police and border enforcement. The bills, proposed by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas); Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.); and Senators John Cornyn (R- Texas) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), present three distinct plans for immigration reform.


If you have any interest, and you should, in the reform of immigration laws and policies, border control, privacy, civil liberties, the economy, and American culture, then you should read this last link. It presents a detailed description of the differences between three possibilities, including:

• Legalization
• Guest Workers
• Employer Sanctions
• Border Enforcement
• Workers’ Rights
• Job Training
• Family Reunification
• Asylum and Refugee Issues
• Deportation
• State Reimbursement
• Diversity Visas
• Human Trafficking
• State and Local Enforcement
Each of these three does not address all of the categories, but it is a good comparison.

Rep. Tom Tancredo has also working on legislation, Rewarding Employers that Abide by the Law and Guaranteeing Uniform Enforcement to Stop Terrorism (REAL GUEST) Act of 2005, that directly impacts temporary workers, and their employment.

My previous post was about the Bill introduced by Rep. Culberson:
Culberson Introduces Border Protection Corps Act of 2005
Today, U.S. Representative John Culberson and 47 original cosponsors introduced H.R. 3622 to create the Border Protection Corps made up of citizen volunteers working as sworn law enforcement officers under the command of the Governors of the border States and working “in cooperation with State and local law enforcement officials…and the United States Border Patrol.”

Rep. Culberson's Bill concerns enforcement of existing immigration policies relevant to border control.

These are real problems, concerning real people, and we need real solutions. Lets get to work!

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