Friday, September 20, 2013

American Thinker: Immigration Alternatives

September 20, 2013
As the president announces his desire to work with House members on immigration reform, the Senate Immigration Bill looms in the background. Supposedly coauthored in a bipartisan fashion by "the Gang of Eight Senators," it is really an amnesty bill in disguise. Those in favor of this bill make statements about fairness and equality, but for whom: American citizens, illegal immigrants, or both? The House members feel this bill does not address the problems Americans face today and have put forth five of their own bills: The SAFE Act, giving states the power to arrest, and Border Patrol Agents the necessary tools; the Skills Visa Act, raising the number of visas allowed for highly skilled workers; the Legal Workforce Act, requiring every employer to utilize E-verify; the AG Act, creating a new guest worker program for agriculture that includes a requirement of paid minimum wage and a stay of no longer than eighteen months; and the Border Security Results Act, which passed unanimously out of committee, calling for a secure border before immigration reform. American Thinker interviewed experts to get their opinions about these bills.
Janice Kephart, the former special counsel and witness to the  Senate Committee on Judiciary as well as a former advisor to Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala), considers the Senate bill "horrible. Basically it is immigration reform equaling immigration minus enforcement minus national security. It promotes amnesty beyond those who are currently here." Spearheading the opposition, she wants Americans to understand that, as in the case of ObamaCare, this bill is being ramrodded down the people's throats. It is incredible how the senators have not learned their lesson. She describes how the bill "was pushed through as fast as the senators could without adequate time for review, arguments, and amendments. Only a few Senators of 'The Gang of Eight' read the bill and I am not sure which Republicans read it.The bill is hard to understand because it has contradictory sections in its 1050 pages."

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Immigration Alternatives

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