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Rick Perry Backs Work Visas for Illegally Present Immigrants

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Pretty bold considering what we usually hear from the right side of the aisle. Perry says he still doesn't support "amnesty". This is pretty shrewd because the antis have been effective in defining any measures that would deliver a legal status as unacceptable. By defining amnesty to basically be the granting of a green card or path to citizeneship, it opens up the possibilty to look at more centrist solutions that could potentially attract bipartisan support. Perry hasn't revealed specifics, but he is supporting guest worker visas for people currently out of status without a path to a green card. The hardcore advocates on both sides of the debate are likely to attack Perry's idea with some pro-immigration advocates rejecting any plan lacking a path to citizenship and some antis opposing anything short of lifetime banishment. I say Mr. Perry is on to something. Compromise and get past this issue so we can focus on developing an immigration system that meets the needs of the country and is enforced effectively and efficiently. A guest worker plan would deal with the bigger problem of how to normalize the status of those here without status. Some would eventually get green cards through the normal paths after waiting in the queues in a particularly category. For the rest, they'll have something far more preferable to the status quo.

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  1. Another Voice's Avatar
    Ending Immigration Detention in America

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/end-ice-abuse/ending-immigration-detent_b_1073592.html?ref=latino-voices
  2. Another Voice's Avatar
    This idea is just going to allow the dems to play politics with the issue yet again. Not to risk losing the Latino vote all they have to say is that they are for path to citizenship and is done....neither one is interested in fixing the problem. Just keep playing the game by maintaining the status quo.
  3. JoeF's Avatar
    From Twitter #AlternateUSAMotto
    "Bring us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, so we can deport them."
  4. gg's Avatar
    Since the republicans wont start working on immigration unless the mexican border is secured , maybe the time has come to outsource the border fencing to India. India secured its borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh - more than 4600 miles decades ago. In fact its borders are any Republicans dream. Complete with a dual wall barbed wire fence and floodlight, under 24/7 surveillance of remote sensing satellites and boots on the ground. Even aliens from space can see it.

    http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/EarthObservatory/IndiaPakistanBorderlandsatNight.htm

  5. Another Voice's Avatar
    The bordear tinglado is just code for se do not care about filigrana immigration, don't kid yourself!!!
  6. Another Voice's Avatar
    The border thing is just code for we do not care about immigration and immigrants, do not kid yourself!
  7. JoeF's Avatar
    @gg: East Germany did the same thing. Maybe the Republicans can hire some of the East Germans who built the wall...
    But wait, they were communists...
    And didn't the Republican godfather Reagan famously say "tear down this wall"?
    And Reagan also pushed an amnesty through in 1986. Yet another thing that today's Republicans tend to "forget" in their praise of Reagan...
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