So, it's been "decided" that what America really needs is "immigration reform" ... I believe that this phrase really means a variation of amnesty ... maybe we should run the phrase through Babble Fish. Hmmm?
Z Visa = Z End of the Line
Posted By Bobby Eberle On May 18, 2007 at 6:02 am
Around much “celebration,” the U.S. Senate announced on Thursday that a “deal” had been reached on “comprehensive” immigration reform. As I heard the details of the bill, I could feel the collective groans of the conservative movement, just as if we were all punched in the stomach. Why did we work so hard to build Republican majorities? Why did we spend so many hours at phone banks or going door to door? The past six years have seen an erosion of everything we’ve worked for, and now our “leaders” give us immigration “reform.”
Following announcement of the deal, President Bush said, “Immigration is a tough issue for a lot of Americans. 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.”
Treat people with respect? You mean the millions and millions of Americans who don’t break the law and who are paying for illegal activity through their tax dollars? Oh, I see…
Human Events has presented a great breakdown of the deal. In it, border security will be addressed through the hiring of 18,000 new Border Patrol Agents, construction of vehicle barriers and fencing, as well as the implementation of technology through radar and video cameras along the southern border.
The practice of “catch and release” will supposedly come to an end, and new detention facilities will be established.
The next section of the deal covers “interior enforcement” of immigration laws. Provisions include:
– The stiffening of laws and penalties relate to:
* the detention of criminal aliens
* the definition of aggravated felony
* gang violence
* passport, visa, and immigration fraud, including marriage fraud
* the streamlining of background checks for immigration status
– Other provisions include language regarding:
* Increased penalties for illegally entry and reentry
* encouraging aliens to depart voluntarily
* prohibiting aliens to possess firearms
* alternatives to detention
* state and local law enforcement reimbursement and training
Workplace enforcement is also addressed “increasing penalties, revising and making mandatory a system of electronic employment verification, and promoting information sharing.”
Then, of course, a temporary worker program is established through “Y visas.” This has been part of President Bush’s plan from the beginning.
As noted in Human Events, “This title creates a new future temporary worker program for workers who are coming to the U.S. to perform temporary job that the U.S. employer is unable to fill.” It provides for visas for the worker as well as the worker’s spouse and minor children.
Another section of the deal “restructures and rebalances the current system by which green cards are distributed.” The section of the bill attempts to reduce “chain migration” and to eliminate the visa backlog.
Finally, for all those people in the country illegally, the government has a gift for you in the form of a “Z visa.” Human Events highlights the section as follows:
Creates a new four-year, renewable “Z” nonimmigrant visa to address the undocumented population within the U.S. The visa is split up into three groups:
* a principal or employed alien (Z-1),
* the spouse or elderly parent of that alien (Z-2),
* and the minor children of that alien (Z-3).
So, there we have it. The deal gives us a “temporary” worker program in which the “temporary” worker can bring his family along to lay down roots, use services, etc. How “temporary” do you think that is actually going to be? In addition, those who came into this country illegally are given a pass. Mass amnesty was granted in 1986, and it failed. Now, we are turning our backs on the respect for the law. This is shameful.
Congress Tom Tancredo (R-CO) blasted the deal :
“Senator McCain and his allies seem to think that they can dupe the American public into accepting a blanket amnesty if they just call it ‘comprehensive’ or ‘earned legalization’ or ‘regularization.’ Unfortunately for them, however, the American people know amnesty when they see it,” said Tancredo. “The President is so desperate for a legacy and a domestic policy win that he is willing to sell out the American people and our national security.”
As noted in Tancredo’s press release: The plan would grant an immediate amnesty for nearly all 12-20 million illegal aliens who will get legal status for residence and jobs (with assurance of green cards no later than 13 years); Tripling of the rate of chain migration of extended family from around 250,000 a year to around 750,000 a year for about a decade; and New flows of 400,000 temporary foreign workers each year, bringing their families and having anchor babies who will be given U.S. citizenship.”
In a statement released Thursday , Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said that he “simply cannot, and will not, support any legislation that repeats the mistakes of the 1986 amnesty.”
“So we have to make a basic determination: Will this bill restore respect for our laws? Or will it have the opposite effect, and encourage still more disregard for our immigration and border security laws, placing us within a few years in the same untenable position we’re now in?”
Former Sen. Fred Thompson released the following statement:
“With this bill, the American people are going to think they are being sold the same bill of goods as before on border security. We should scrap this bill and the whole debate until we can convince the American people that we have secured the borders or at least have made great headway.”
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney also blasted the immigration agreement:
I strongly oppose today’s bill going through the Senate. It is the wrong approach. Any legislation that allows illegal immigrants to stay in the country indefinitely, as the new ‘Z-Visa’ does, is a form of amnesty. That is unfair to the millions of people who have applied to legally immigrate to the U.S.
Conservatives have worked so hard over the years to help change the direction of the country. Through efforts at the grassroots level, we helped usher in a new era — one in which Republicans held the White House and both bodies of Congress. What did we get for it? Runaway spending? Corruption? And now this?
The bill should be broken up into pieces with each piece given a fair hearing. Let’s do border security. Let’s do visa reform. Let’s do employer enforcement. But to throw everything in one bill and say take it or leave it is wrong. It is a recipe for a bad bill and bad policy. This bill should be opposed and defeated, and I hope the U.S. House will step to the plate and do what is right.
There is a lot more riding on the outcome of this bill than simply immigration reform. Contact your senator today and tell him/her to vote against this bill!