Bipartisan immigration bill officially filed; criticisms coming from left and right

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  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    April 17, 2013 11:23 a.m.

    Reading the bill leads to the dirty details.
    Like grants for people who want satellite phones for emergency service near the border.
    I'm not amused.
    Before we claim people won't leave we really ought to push back a bit.
    There is almost zero likelihood of getting caught these days, and when they are police chiefs, politicians and preachers step up and defend them.
    We look for every excuse NOT to deport someone.
    No wonder they remain here.
    We need the political will to deport those who have entered illegally or overstayed a visa.
    Legalization now (with or without a path to citizenship) will only result in more illegal aliens in the future. We must push back to deter unlawful presence.

  • azreader1 tucson, AZ
    April 17, 2013 9:45 a.m.

    Why is it that a path to citizenship is a necessary component of comprehensive immigration reform? Wouldn't "normalization" in the form of legal residency or similar status accomplish the same result without holding out the promise of citizenship? Awarding the prize of citizenship to those who arrived here illegally somehow seems very unfair to those who have waited years to achieve that status through legal avenues. Otherwise, the bill as proposed would appear to be a significant improvement over the existing system.

  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2013 9:15 a.m.

    There are just too many unemployed workers in the USA to support this bill. To dramatically increase immigration with tens of thousands of unemployed workers - it is no wonder so many people opposed this. Myself, I work in the tech industry and I have about 20 years experience. The dramatic increases in the H-1B visa would mean a new career for me for the worse - there absolutely is no shortage of tech workers. Granted, many immigration experts claim that it would still be a net benefit for the USA - but it is nearly impossible to convince tens of thousands of unemployed Americans that, including those who want work in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) who want to stay in these careers. In fact, about 2/3 of STEM workers are out of their fields of study working in a new field (for the worse) after 10 or 15 years - the H-1B visa has a lot to do with this. Supporting massive increases in this visa given these facts makes absolutely no sense, and is just pandering to the cheap labor lobby.