We have had seven amnesties•The one in 1986 for 2.7 million aliens,
the amnesty to end all amnesties. •section 245(i) rolling amnesty of
400,000 in 1994•section 245(i) extension in 1997•Central
American Relief Act that gave one million Central Americans amnesty 1997•Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act a amnesty for Haitians
125,000 in1998•Late amnesty an amnesty for 400,000 that claimed they
should of been included in the 1986 act. California courts were back up for
years by the claims, finally we gave up. 2000•Life act amnesty a
continuation in 2000 of the 245(i) act 900,000 (approx)Did they
solve the problem?
One loves one neighbor by obeying the laws of the land. The American dream is
about Americans and legal immigrants. The "hard workers" are
hurting our labor and citizens.
One loves his neighbor by not stealing, lying or coveting what is not his. There
are plenty of avenues for legal immigration. 4.3 million visas and green cards
We need the hard-working families that come here willing to risk life and limb
and even arrest to care for their families and make a better life. It's
time we stopped penalizing these people who are trying to live the American
dream, and provide a way to help them come out of the shadows. If
there are those that want to stay in the shadows afterwards, then we will know
their intent is not good, but right now the really nefarious elements of these
populations have too many good people behind which to hide. It's time to
believe in America again... believe that we are stronger BECAUSE of our
diversity, rather than despising it.That's how one loves
Arizona Senators McCain and Flake have both said that only those illegal aliens
who have not committed any crimes, with the exception of illegally entering the
United States, will be eligible for legal status under comprehensive immigration
reform.That would exclude the estimated 75% of illegal aliens who
use fraudulently obtained Social Security numbers for employment and other
purposes since that is a federal felony (Social Security fraud). It would also
exclude those who have perjured themselves on I-9 forms, used forged Green Cards
and committed identity theft by using Social Security numbers that belong to
American citizens, including 50,000 Utah kids, since these are all felonies.
Certainly the Desert News will agree with the Senators when they say
that no one committing felonies should be granted amnesty from the crimes they
have committed and that that illegal aliens who have committed these felonies
should not be given legal status or a path to citizenship.
Yes, let's reward the illegal alien and the business owner who hires him.
Giving them residency and business a surplus labor market will teach them to
never do it again.
A path to citizenship means more voters for democrats.The sooner the highly
democratic Hispanic demographic can vote the better as far as the D.N.C. is
concerned. If Latinos had access to more information, instead of relying on the
heavily liberally-slanted Spanish-speaking media, they would vote republican.
We have an illegal immigration problem because the government and big business
don't want to enforce U.S. immigration laws. Although I'm against any
form of amnesty, I do see one positive aspect of an amnesty. If amnesty passes,
the majority of these new citizens will vote Democrat and my fellow Republicans
who have supported illegal immigration for cheap labor will have their taxes
raised. They will deserve it. There is no such thing as cheap labor. Just cheap
I always feel like hitting the deck in preparation when someone suggests that
doing something, anything, is better than doing nothing.It is far
more important to do the right thing, than that we just do something. There is
still plenty of room to make things worse.
"Fortunately, such an approach seems to be underway. On Monday, key
Republicans and Democrats in the Senate unveiled a plan that focuses on a few
basic ideas." ~ article==And to think -- Utah's
own Senator Mike Lee WAS involved with that, and had a voice, and COULD have
made some sort of impact...but NO...Mike Lee packed up his marles
and went home - so we get what we get because Mike Lee acted like a Tea-Party
cry baby and went home. Utah had a chance to be a leader, and have
some say-so - but Mike Lee threw it all away.
Thank you for printing this thoughtful editorial about an important topic. The
only real, politically feasible, alternative to passing a comprehensive bill
like this one is to do nothing-- which has not been working very well.
"The "new" bill offers unethical (and illegal)employers all kinds of
ways to be able to put illegal employeees in front of legal American
citizens."Pretty sure they are already doing that. I would
propose "significant" penalties for companies that hire illegals
knowingly.Illegals come here for jobs. Take away the jobs, take
away the incentives.
The "new" bill offers unethical (and illegal)employers all kinds of ways
to be able to put illegal employeees in front of legal American citizens.Why should we believe the feds will offer MORE and better enforcement
just because there is a new piece of (worthless) paper in existence?Why not have the feds pretend the enforcement mechanism is ALREADY HERE?There's absolutely no reason to pass a "new" law, just
enforce the "old" law.
Though I favor comprehensive immigration reform and keeping good folks here, I
do not necessarily favor citizenship as the goal. For the young, definitely.
For the mature folks here (raising families) maybe not. Perhaps permanent
residency is sufficient and would be less of a lightning rod. To be politically
palatable, any solution for those here will have to mean closing the door to
more. The borders will have to be tight and employment verification will have
to go into service nationwide.
I predict a show down in the house on any reform that has an amnesty option.And I will go further out on that limb and predict it wont pass in that