So, what exactly do you get when the entire Republican Party is facing a great November exodus from Congress? Apparently the dumbest immigration bill. ever.
In an attempt to strike a pre-election Republican compromise on immigration, two conservative lawmakers will unveil a plan today that would allow most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States a chance to work here legally, but only after the government certifies that U.S. borders have been sufficiently secured, two congressional aides said.
The proposal -- sponsored by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (Tex.) and Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.) -- would pressure illegal immigrants to "self-deport" to their home countries within two years of the law's enactment and apply for a new kind of visa that would allow them to return to the United States quickly and work legally if a job awaits them. They would have to work here for 17 years, however, to be eligible for U.S. citizenship.
We all know how many illegal immigrant employers are going to hold jobs so that their workers - the ones that actually decide to follow the plan - can return to their home countries and wait to come back. This solves absolutely nothing and has a total air of “wow, we need a good looking immigration bill so that the voters don’t think we’re entirely inept” to it.
Besides, isn’t immigration reform so last month?Other Bloggers: Copeland Institute For Lower Learning
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