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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

SCHUMER AND GRAHAM INTRODUCE CIR TO THE PUBLIC

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We still don't have the official summary of the Senate comprehensive immigration reform bill, but Senator Charles Schumer, the chair of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have written a joint op-ed piece that will appear in tomorrow morning's Washington Post that describes the major provisions of the CIR bill they will shortly introduce in the Senate.

The bill will look similar to previous bills, but we now learn that it will have some new features. They include the introduction of the controversial new national identification card (a biometric social security card). The legalization program will now include community service in additional to other penalties. And those receiving advanced degrees from US universities will be exempt from green card caps. 

There WILL be a guest worker program in the bill, though it is hard to tell exactly how it will work with this limited description:

Our blueprint also creates a rational system for admitting lower-skilled workers. Our current system prohibits lower-skilled immigrants from coming here to earn money and then returning home. Our framework would facilitate this desired circular migration by allowing employers to hire immigrants if they can show they were unsuccessful in recruiting an American to fill an open position; allowing more lower-skilled immigrants to come here when our economy is creating jobs and fewer in a recession; and permitting workers who have succeeded in the workplace, and contributed to their communities over many years, the chance to earn a green card.

Look for more details to emerge in the coming days.

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  1. Adi's Avatar
    Ya something to pacify for the upcoming march. Players indeed. Talk, talk and some more talk. They need to take piecemeal reforms and put people out of their misery. It ridiculous/selfish for hispanics to hold others hostage.
  2. Legal_Alien_from_Roswel's Avatar
    As much as i hate to say it but, its a D.O.A



    Selfish politicians dont give a F@#@# about the people, its all about the politics.
  3. JoeF's Avatar
    Adi: Piecemeal reforms don't work. That's what got us into the mess we are in today.
  4. Done and Done's Avatar
    CIR will pass this year, there's a lot of back door dealing going on, some of the Reps have understood the need for them to pass CIR, for political survival, it will all unveil soon enough, it's all happening this year.

    FInally we see some light at the end of the tunnel, CIR 2010 will be a reality.
  5. Jim's Avatar
    "CIR will pass this year, there's a lot of back door dealing going on, some of the Reps have understood the need for them to pass CIR, for political survival, it will all unveil soon enough, it's all happening this year."

    What's your source for saying that there's a lot of back door dealings? Didn't Graham just recently said that if HCR passes that CIR is dead?

    If you actually have credible sources do they know if tehy are going to do this hard and fast?? Because if they don't do this fast, it will go through the same route as HCR went through.

  6. Jim's Avatar
    "We would require all U.S. citizens and legal immigrants who want jobs to obtain a high-tech, fraud-proof Social Security card. Each card's unique biometric identifier would be stored only on the card; *no government database would house everyone's information*. The cards would not contain any private information, medical information or tracking devices. The card would be a high-tech version of the Social Security card that citizens already have. "


    This should take care the privacy/big brother issue and since this is just more or less a hi-tech/fraud-resistant SS card with your biometrics attached to it then I presume that there will be no fee attached to it as well.

    That should take care the concerns of civil liberty advocates and those who thinks there is going to be a $300 fee attached to it.

    No more excuses.

    Just my opinion, of course.
  7. George Chell's Avatar
    Highly unlikely CIR will be considered this year. They will go after Banking and Financial legislation.
  8. beppe's Avatar
    Greg,
    can you double check with Done and Done? if he is for real or what?
    to be honest, we are talking about life, dream and more , thank
  9. George Chell's Avatar
    "can you double check with Done and Done? if he is for real or what?
    to be honest, we are talking about life, dream and more , thank"

    Believe me, instead! The next fight is going to be over banking and finance.
  10. Legal_Alien_From_Roswell's Avatar
    This is what's going to happen, the Democrats will unveil CIR 2010 in a month or two, debates will go on and when time comes to vote it will FAIL, mark my words on that. It wont get the bipartisan support it needs. The Democrats along with Obama would have done a face saving maneuver as they will tell the State-swinging Hispanic voting population, "hey look we tried, the Reps didn't support us", so they're safe for the mid-terms and Reps will probably get screwed again.

    CIR will HAVE to be introduced this year, and it WILL fail, thats what's going to happen.

    Maybe next year they might take up piece-meal provisions, and some of the legal immigration ones might pass, might.
  11. Think Logically's Avatar
    Greg

    Why don't they just give the illegals an equivalent of the Green Card, which cannot be converted to a citizenship, this way the Anti's can stop their rhetoric a bout "naturalizing criminals, amnesty blah blah", and the bill might actually pass, the illegals would be fine with it, they just need to feel safe and legal. Atleast we'll have a ******* reform in place, why hasn't anybody put forth this scenario?
  12. Mac's Avatar
    We don't need a bill for any of this, just political will. Parole, deferred action, and Deferred Enforced Departure. Enough said.
  13. Green Card Visa's Avatar
    I just cannot believe that they will move forward on the bio-metric card. It sounds like an absolute technical and logistical nightmare to me. I can see this single thing actually torpedoing the whole bill.
  14. reagan's Avatar
    Highly unlikely CIR will be considered this year. They will go after Banking and Financial legislation. http://www.fullmediafire.com
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