June 19, 2013

Great article by Angelo Paparelli about the reality of comprehensive immigration reformers who focus on border security and how, contrary to what they say, that will NOT fix the problem of illegal immigration once and for all, click here for the full article. 

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Angelo A. Paparelli reminds Congress that:

No law will ever be so successful as to prevent determined families from reuniting even if it means crossing a heavily fortified national border illegally. Eliminating the "pull" factor of American jobs will not remove pressures on the border caused by the "push" of economic misery, political instability, religious intolerance, dictatorial regimes, natural catastrophes, wars and revolutions. E-Verify will not succeed in closing the systemic holes allowing unauthorized persons to gain employment in the U.S. until Americans are willing to accept the loss of privacy and liberty inherent in a massive national database and system requiring all native-born and naturalized citizens to pay for, obtain and proffer a fraud-proof national work-permission card in order to be hired.    An unrealistically low quota, such as the maximum of 200,000 visas allotted per year under the "W" category proposed in S. 744 for unskilled and low-skilled foreign workers, disregards the needs of the American economy and creates new pressures to breach the border illegally. If illegal entries are to be stemmed, then abuses at U.S. consular posts abroad, such as the recurrent problems of far-too-powerfulabusive, inadequately staffed, unmonitored and sometimes even criminal consular officers (like the American visa officer in Vietnam who is alleged to have sold nonimmigrant visas for up to $70,000 each) must be more vigorously policed and subject to robust review. Border enforcement requires a far more substantial investment in the courts than is proposed by Sen. Cornyn or the G8 (as these letters from the Judicial Conference of the United States to the Chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary Committee underscore), and a dramatic revamping of the atrocious "system" by which "immigration justice" is meted out. Secret, unchecked administrative processes in the immigration system, just like the recently revealed NSA monitoring of all Americans' phone calls, must be subject to the rule of law, an expanded right to counsel and greater transparency. Immigration protectionism will boomerang and ultimately harm America just as much or more than trade protectionism.

June 13, 2013

Path to Reform

Voto Latino posted this great chart showing the steps the immigration reform bill must get through in order to become law. The Senate predicts they will have passed their version of the bill by the 4th of July. We are hopeful some form of immigration reform will pass by the end of this year. Follow our blog for more updates.

June 03, 2013

Immigration Reform Bill to Pass the House by July

The Huffington Post reports that while Senator Schumer predicts an immigration reform bill will pass the Senate by the 4th of July, the House warns they are working on their own piecemeal approach to the  immigration reform bill. The House is likely working on the Senate's bill breaking it down section-by-section ensuring their concerns and priorities are included in the bill.

Read the full story here.