Friday, May 18, 2007

what kind of Deal is it to Out Yourself, pay $5000, and leave the Country to Gain Residency?

They are calling this a sweeping immigration plan reaching across party lines? It is such a great plan that no one wants to be identified and the results remain sealed. Almost instantly, the plan brought vehement criticism from both sides of the immigration issue, including liberals who called it unfair and unworkable and conservatives who branded it an overly permissive "amnesty." The later I dispute vehemently.
It sounds like a lousy deal to me unless you are a Politician looking for Votes!
The proposal constitutes what they call a far-reaching change in the immigration system that would admit future arrivals seeking to put down roots in the U.S. based on their skills, education levels and job experience, limiting the importance of family ties. A new class of guest workers would be allowed in temporarily, but only after the new security measures were in place which is expected to take 18 months.
That does not to me appear to help once again, those that need it the most. It seems to me too be another plus for business. Why would you agree to come and then leave? It makes no sense and I have to agree with Senator Reid who said: I have serious concerns about some aspects of this proposal, including the structure of the temporary worker program and undue limitations on family immigration," Reid said.
My thought: It is also being called Amnesty by opponents on both sides of the aisle and I just don't see it. At least not on a scale that many would be able to take advantage of unless you have $5000 and are stupid enough to trust Politicians.
The proposed agreement would allow illegal immigrants to come forward and obtain a "Z visa" and after paying fees and a $5,000 fine ultimately get on track for permanent residency, which could take between eight and 13 years. Heads of households would have to return to their home countries first.
A new crop of low-skilled guest workers would have to return home after stints of two years. They could renew their visas twice, but would be required to leave for a year in between each time. That just seems asinine to me. Who the hell would sign up to be kicked out every two years? This makes absolutely no sense. Guest workers should be permitted to stay and work indefinitely in the U.S. Without a clear path to permanent residence for a healthy share of the future temporary workers this ridiculous plan would only help businesses and Politicians and serve no other interest.
The proposed plan would shift from an immigration system primarily weighted toward family ties toward one with preferences for people with advanced degrees and sophisticated skills.
I have to agree with Barack Obama who said the proposed bill could devalue the importance of family reunification, replace the current group of undocumented immigrants with a new undocumented population consisting of guest workers who will overstay their visas, and potentially drive down wages of American workers. As I said, Business owners and Politicians seem once again to be the real benefactors and as such many are all for this but please tell me what you think!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

1 comment:

LittleBill said...

How does a man who is uneducated and capable of doing only the most menial work expect to support his family,usually large, as encouraged by the Catholic religion as the Will of God, pay off a huge debt that would be difficult for many Americans to cope with, return to Mexico where unemployment is very high and the pay even lower for a long period of time?

Possible solutions include trying to hide in the U.S., drug running, or suicide. God would not approve of the latter. For so many people in this world, the sense of fear, anger, and failure must be overwhelming.