Wednesday, June 27, 2007

important information about the senate amnesty bill

I'm going to quote some excerpts from the article linked above, with comments from me added on.

S. 1639 would grant immediate amnesty (in the form of a "probationary" Z visa) to between 12 million and 20 million illegal aliens. According to Section 601 (f)(2) of the bill, the amnesty must begin within 180 days after the bill is signed—no border enforcement triggers need to be met.--- Do you see the part about no border enforcement triggers needing to be met? This Senate bill is the same bait and switch that was pulled on us by both parties last year. That border fence they approved still hasn't been funded.

Under Section 601 (h)(1), the bill allows the government only one business day to conduct a background check to determine whether an applicant is a criminal or a terrorist.....The 24-hour requirement is particularly inexplicable, considering that the ombudsman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)—the agency that would implement the amnesty—recently released a report revealing that, even without the tripling of the workload that the amnesty will bring, FBI name checks on aliens seeking benefits routinely take 90 days or more to complete.--- This tells me that the Senate doesn't want to find out background data about these people. They just want to get them inside our borders as quickly as possible.

The amnesty under S. 1639 extends even to absconders—fugitives who had their day in court, were issued an order of removal by an immigration judge, and ignored the order. Approximately 636,000 absconders now roam the country, having defied the law twice—first when they broke immigration laws and again when they ignored the removal orders. That number has grown by an average of 68,184 a year from September 2003 to September 2006.

Since 2001, tracking down and removing these absconders has been a top priority of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The agency has made recent progress by increasing its Fugitive Operations Teams from 18 in 2005 to 61 at present. S. 1639 would bring this effort to an end, rewarding absconders who have successfully evaded federal law enforcement with another bite at the apple.---This is what happens when we let liberals join the GOP! Make a mental note to never vote for another liberal ever again!

Aside from the 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens who would receive amnesty, the biggest beneficiaries of this legal morass are the immigration lawyers who would bill millions of dollars representing their clients as the cases drag on. That is not entirely surprising, because the American Immigration Lawyers Association reportedly played a central role in drafting the Senate bill. It is also a natural consequence when a bill is drafted behind closed doors and shielded from the normal process of committee scrutiny.---Any bill crafted behind closed doors by a pack of lawyers is bound to be bad for America.

The following GOP Senators voted to revive the amnesty bill:

Bennett, Utah; Bond, Mo.; Brownback, Kan.; Burr, N.C.; Coleman, Minn.; Collins, Maine; Craig, Idaho; Domenici, N.M.; Ensign, Nev.; Graham, S.C.; Gregg, N.H.; Hagel, Neb.; Kyl, Ariz.; Lott, Miss.; Lugar, Ind.; Martinez, Fla.; McCain, Ariz.; McConnell, Ky.; Murkowski, Alaska; Snowe, Maine; Specter, Pa.; Stevens, Alaska; Voinovich, Ohio; Warner, Va

There will be a cloture vote on Thursday in the Senate. The principled conservatives who oppose the amnesty bill want to keep debating the bill in an attempt to fix it and, in the mean time, keep it from being voted on in its present form. A vote for cloture, which requires 60 votes, would end all debate, send the bill to the floor for an up or down vote (probably on Friday), at which time the bill would pass. The really sleazy part of this is that a GOP Senator could vote for cloture, and then vote against the bill on Friday. That way the GOP Senator could assure passage of the bill without having to actually vote for the bill. That's called CYA with the constituents. I call it garbage! Watch the news closely. Any Republican who votes for cloture should be targeted by the voters for removal the next time they face re-election.


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