[Vision2020] Immigration Breakthrough Could Pave Way for Citizenship

J Ford privatejf32 at hotmail.com
Fri May 18 10:24:16 PDT 2007

I disagree.

This is primarily a bill that would and is calculated to benefit ONE 
specific group of "immigrates" - the Mexican.  As far as the others, such as 
those from Europe, Asia, Africa, etc, they still would have to go through 
the usual channels and hoops to get accepted and/or be allowed to stay in 
this country.

I don't think a "blanket covering" for those who BROKE THE LAW to get into 
this country is wise or safe for us to engage in.  Give an opening like this 
to those people and you may as well hand the keys over to the terrorists 
with a huge "Welcome" smile.  Who's to say Iraqi/Iranian, etc, people 
couldn't learn Mexican and pass as one?  After all, their skin colouring is 
very similar and unless you DNA everyone coming in, how would you know they 
are not Mexican?

I think we need to strengthen the immigration laws, not make things easier 
for this country to be overrun with criminals or those wanting to do us 

I really have a problem giving a segment of the criminal world carte blanche 
on any level for whatever reason.

What other country allows this kind of thing?  None.  They all have rules 
and regs that govern who can come in and who can stay.

J  :]

>From: keely emerinemix <kjajmix1 at msn.com>
>To: Tom Hansen <thansen at moscow.com>, Vision 2020 <vision2020 at moscow.com>
>Subject: Re: [Vision2020] Immigration Breakthrough Could Pave Way for 
>Date: Fri, 18 May 2007 07:51:35 -0700
>Please, Lord, let it happen soon.keely> From: thansen at moscow.com> To: 
>vision2020 at moscow.com> Date: Fri, 18 May 2007 07:05:32 -0700> Subject: 
>[Vision2020] Immigration Breakthrough Could Pave Way for Citizenship> > 
> >From CNN.com -> > 
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>Immigration breakthrough could pave way for citizenship> > WASHINGTON (CNN) 
>-- The estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants living> in the United 
>States could be put on the path to citizenship under a new> immigration 
>bill agreed upon Thursday by a bipartisan group of senators.> > "The 
>agreement we just reached is the best possible chance we will have to> 
>secure our borders, bring millions of people out of the shadows and into 
>the> sunshine of America," Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts 
>said. > > President Bush expressed gratitude to the senators for their 
>work. (Watch> the balancing act politicians face from population changes 
>and a backlash )> > "I really am anxious to sign a comprehensive 
>immigration bill as soon as I> possibly can," he told reporters outside the 
>White House. "Today, we took a> good step toward this direction."> > The 
>bill is going to the Senate next week and if it passes, will then> proceed 
>to the House.> > House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has told the White House that 
>she's not going to> bring the issue to the floor unless the president can 
>deliver at least 70> votes.> > But Republican Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, 
>said the bill is not a done deal.> > He said he has "concerns with the 
>principles outlined in today's> announcement." > > "I believe today's 
>announcement is somewhat premature because specific> legislative text has 
>yet to be drafted on a number of key details," Cornyn> said in a statement. 
>"Until I have the opportunity to review this text, I> will withhold from 
>making more detailed comments." > > The 380-page bill, which comes after 
>nearly three months of negotiations,> would give immediate work 
>authorization to undocumented workers who arrived> in the United States 
>before January 1, 2007.> > Heads of household would have to return to their 
>home country within eight> years, and they would be guaranteed the right to 
>return.> > Applicants would also have to pay a $5,000 penalty.> > 
>Additionally, the number of Border Patrol agents would be doubled, border> 
>fencing would be strengthened and employers who hire undocumented workers> 
>would face fines. > > The process of enforcing those provisions would take 
>about 18 months,> according to Department of Homeland Security Secretary 
>Michael Chertoff.> > After the provisions are in place, a guest-worker 
>program would be> initiated, under which 400,000 temporary workers per year 
>would be granted a> "Y" visa. > > The two-year visas would require they 
>return home for a year, then allow> them to re-enter for an additional 
>two-years. The process could be repeated> twice more.> > Each year, they 
>would be able to bring their families on 30-day visitor> visas, and each 
>year, they would earn points toward a merit-based green> card.> > Specter: 
>This is not amnesty> > "It is not amnesty," said Republican Sen. Arlen 
>Specter of Pennsylvania.> "This will restore the rule of law."> > 
>Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona called the bill "a first step, but 
>an> important first step, to moving forward with comprehensive overall> 
>immigration reform."> > "I'm sure that there are certain provisions that 
>each of us would not agree> with, but this is what the legislative process 
>is all about," said> Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia. (Watch 
>senators explain how the> bill works )> > Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein 
>of California, acknowledged that not> everyone will be pleased with the 
>bill's treatment of the immigration issue.> > "To the American people, I 
>would say, 'Don't let the perfect be the enemy of> the good,' " she said.> 
> > She said the bill would ensure that border security is strong and that> 
>farmers -- who depend largely on an undocumented work force -- will be 
>able> to find workers.> > "From my perspective, it's not perfect, but it 
>represents the best> opportunity that we have, in a bipartisan way, to do 
>something about this> problem," said Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona.> > 
>Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said the bill started 
>out> being about how to deal with illegal immigration "and wound up being 
>about> what it means to be an American ... I think we've got a deal that 
>reflects> who we are as Americans."> > He added, "From the Ph.D. to the 
>landscaper, there's a chance for you to> participate in the American dream 
>on our terms in a way that makes this> country better."> > Graham predicted 
>the bill would find "overwhelming" support among lawmakers.> > Debate on 
>the bill is slated to get under way in the Senate on Monday, and> Speaker 
>of the House Nancy Pelosi said she wants passage of a bill before> August. 
> > > Bush: Immigration a tough issue for a lot of Americans> > Bush 
>described immigration as "a tough issue for a lot of Americans," but> 
>added, "The agreement reached today is one that will help enforce our> 
>borders but, equally importantly, it will treat people with respect. > > 
>"This is a bill where people who live here in our country will be treated> 
>without amnesty but without animosity." (Watch Bush praise bipartisanship 
>of> senators) > > That view was challenged by Republican Rep. Brian Bilbray 
>of California,> chairman of the Immigration Reform Caucus.> > "The 
>'compromise' announced today by Sen. Kennedy will reward 12 million> 
>illegal immigrants with a path to citizenship -- what part of illegal does> 
>the Senate not understand?" he said in a written statement.> > "Any plan 
>that rewards illegal behavior is amnesty."> > The American Immigration 
>Lawyers Association decried the proposal as> "large-scale social 
>experimentation," singling out the "guest worker"> program as one that 
>would preclude a path to permanent residence for new> temporary workers.> > 
>"A practical solution for the undocumented population is an enormously> 
>important step in the right direction," the association said in a written> 
>statement. "But the cost of fixing our current problems cannot be the> 
>creation of bigger problems in the future."> > But Chertoff told CNN that 
>the bill would help him better focus his> resources.> > "Right now, I've 
>got my Border Patrol agents and my immigration agents> chasing maids and 
>landscapers. I want them to focus on drug dealers and> terrorists. It seems 
>to me, if I can get the maids and landscapers into a> regulated system and 
>focus my law enforcement on the terrorists and the drug> dealers, that's 
>how I get a safe border."> > 
>----------------------------------------------------------------> > Seeya 
>rouind town, Moscow.> > Tom Hansen> Moscow, Idaho> > "Uh, how about a 
>1-strike law. Death doesn't seem too extreme for a Level-3> sex offender."> 
> > - Dale "Comb-Over" Courtney (August 3, 2005)> > > > > 
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