Frist's immigration bill

Discussion in 'Politics' started by ZZZzzzzzzz, Mar 17, 2006.

  1. Frist Immigration Bill Would Target Bosses

    Mar 17 5:28 PM US/Eastern

    Associated Press Writer


    Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist sidesteps President Bush's call for giving illegal immigrants temporary work permits in an election-year immigration bill the Tennessee Republican unveiled Friday.

    Frist, who is seeking his party's nomination in 2008 to succeed Bush in the White House, said the Senate will turn to his proposal to tighten borders, punish employers who hire illegal immigrants and provide more visas if the Senate Judiciary Committee doesn't complete a broader bill in the next 10 days.

    A clear majority on the 18-member committee has come out in favor of a "guest worker" program that would let employed illegal immigrants remain in the U.S. _ at least temporarily _ rather than be deported. The committee members agreed Friday to try to come up with a substitute for Frist's bill by March 27.

    Bush _ walking a tightrope between businesses that oppose deporting undocumented workers they've trained, and social conservatives who want all 11 million illegals in the U.S. deported _ has called for letting those with jobs stay for up to six years.

    The House passed a tough immigration enforcement bill in December that would make it a felony for illegal immigrants to be in the United States, impose new penalties on employers who hire them and erect fencing along a third of the U.S.-Mexico border. But it had no temporary worker program.

    Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., faulted Frist's bill for not addressing what to do with illegal immigrants already in the U.S. "Countless businesses rely heavily on their labor and it's long past time to provide legal avenues to bring this underground economy out of the shadow," he said.

    Frist's bill would:

    _Require all employers to verify the identity and immigration status of their employees through an electronic system.

    _Assess civil penalties of between $500 and $20,000 against employers for each illegal immigrant they hire and criminal penalties of up to $20,000 per illegal immigrant hired and up to six months in jail for engaging in a pattern of employing illegal workers.

    _Add 4,400 Border Patrol agents over six years to the 10,000 Congress provided for in the intelligence reform law passed in 2004, and 1,000 more immigrant smuggling investigators over the next five years.

    _More than double the number of employment-based green cards, from 140,000 to 290,000, and make more employment based visas available to unskilled workers. It also would free up other visas by exempting immediate relatives of U.S. citizens from being counted in the annual pool of 480,000 visas, and increase country-by-country ceilings on family sponsored and employment-based immigrants.
  2. The problem with deporting all the illegal Mexicans is who will replace them?

    Who will build your houses, take care of your lawns, serve good food, buy used cars, etc.?

    Who will repleish that unskilled, uneducated labor force? By the way, I would not classify them all as unskiiled, many are very good at what they do, it's just a aame its classifed as unskilled work.
  3. Sam123

    Sam123 Guest

    Frist sent out a questionnaire to Republicans asking us to rank a list of issues from most-important to least-important (I got one but not sure if it went to all Republicans.) Of course, immigration was on his list. My guess he’s responding to what Republicans want.

    I’m pro-business, but unwilling to allow an America turn into a France with whole swaths of territory filled with people more loyal to foreign nations, languages, political ideology, and cultures –all to protect industries unwilling to compete, innovate, adapt, and become less dependent on cheap/unskilled human labor.

    And don’t think this is all because they have to hire cheap labor to “remain competitive.” You still have to pay a king’s ransom to replace your roof. Some Mexican legal resident with a cowboy hat and some rudimentary knowledge in roofing picks up a bunch of illegals at Home Depot and Lowes (never seen a shingle in their lives.) He sends his fortune to his family in Mexico.

    And all these illegals handling and processing our food... I still have to pay top dollar for food. I’d rather support food companies willing to innovate and invest in robots, than just hire illegals. Food would be safer, and robots don’t complain about wages, organize unions, or invent ethnocentric leaders like Cesar Chavez.
  4. Sam123

    Sam123 Guest

    Legal immigrants and American citizens will replace them, of course. Sure, many are good at what they do, but why do we need the glut in illegal immigrants hanging out in parking lots and street corners and live 10 to a room? We have too many. Americans don’t remodel their kitchens once a year. And when things dry up, these people will organize and rally behind another Cesar Chavez and demand rights they think they deserve all because they managed to get here. And when that happens, watch the Demowhores kiss their feet.
  5. BSAM


    Kick their asses out of here. We can do fine without them. Many weak-minded Americans have bought into the lie that is sold to them by many of our so-called "leaders" that the United States can't survive without these lawbreakers who have entered the country illegally. What a farce!

    Americans (yes that includes all legal citizens whether some of us be white, black, brown, or whatever) will easily survive whatever "inconveniences" we may have to endure for a short time, while our economy adjusts.

    While we're doing some kicking out, I think some of those people in our Congress (and little George Bush), who seem to advocate the rights of illegals more than the rights of real Americans, should be sent along with them. Who really needs 'em? This American damn sure doesn't.