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These are two terms you're about to become familiar with if you closely follow the immigration debate. The House bill was introduced this morning by Congressman Gutierrez (D-IL) and Flake (R-AZ) and though I have not gotten the full text, I've gotten a summary and have a bit of an idea of what to expect. The bill resembles the Senate bill that passed last year in many respects. Two parts of the bill are specifically designed to appease the anti-amnesty folks (at least the reasonable ones).
The legalization aspects of the bill will not kick in until benchmarks are reached on the enforcement provisions (the "trigger"). This will address the criticism that we should not be offering benefits to undocumented immigrants until we get control of the border and immigration enforcement.
The other important appeasement provision is the "touchback" that will require legalization applicants to leave the US and then reenter the US. The idea is that the departure and reentry will be instantaneous, but somehow the immigrant will be "cleansed" by the process. Sort of like baptism.
More to follow when I see the text. Hey Hill insiders - email me a copy of the text and I'll get you my section-by-section summary before everyone else.
Representatives Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) will introduce their comprehensive immigration reform bill this Thursday in the US House of Representatives. The bills is to be called The STRIVE ACTof 2007 (Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy Act of 2007). I'll be preparing my section by section summary as soon as I get the text.
Sources are telling me that procedures at the Vermont and California Service Centers could spell trouble when the regional service centers get tens of thousands - some estimate 100,000 - H-1B applications on April 2nd. Courier services apparently are not allowed to deliver packages directly to the RSCs and USCIS picks up applications with their own truck and hauls them back to the RSC for processing. Apparently this process alone seriously delays the counting and many people are likely to continue applying even after USCIS has well in excess of the acceptable number of applications. I've contacted Federal Express' press folks to see if they have any advisories and am awaiting information to pass on to you.
Someone has been nice enough to forward me a rather interesting email regarding a big fight over a web design bill. The email refers to various firings and is consistent with reports in various media publications about major internal financial problems at the anti-immigrant organization.Enjoy. Download minuteman.doc
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