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Republicans Dismiss Obama Immigration Plan

by Keith Koffler on February 17, 2013, 10:40 am

Republicans are immediately panning a proposal being drafted by the White House that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain legal status within eight years.

The proposal was described in a article by USA Today, which obtained a copy of the emerging plan from an administration official.

According to USA Today:

People would need to pass a criminal background check, submit biometric information and pay fees to qualify for the new visa. If approved, they would be allowed to legally reside in the U.S. for four years, work and leave the country for short periods of time. After the four years, they could then reapply for an extension.

The immigrants could then apply for legal permanent residence, commonly known as a green card, within eight years if they learn English and “the history and government of the United States” and pay back taxes. That would then clear the path for them to apply for U.S. citizenship.

Sen Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) described the plan as “Dead on Arrival” in the Senate

It fails to follow through on previously broken promises to secure our borders, creates a special pathway that puts those who broke our immigration laws at an advantage over those who chose to do things the right way and come here legally, and does nothing to address guest workers or future flow, which serious immigration experts agree is critical to preventing future influxes of illegal immigrants.

Rubio criticized the White House for preparing its bill without input from Congress.

Sen Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said the bill was so bad it was now clear the White House doesn’t really want to obtain immigration reform and hopes instead to use the issue to clobber Republicans.

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Shofar February 17, 2013 at 11:12 am

There will never be any true reform or fix for the illegal immigrant problems facing this country, by either party, as long as those in DC are pandering to a specific voter bloc.

The Hispanic vote has become larger than that of blacks, and both parties are now looking for ways to court that vote. Unfortunately, the courting is like the young man who has several girlfriends. They are trying to juggle all the different things they say to each, forgetting what was said.

The simplest solution is to lay out a REAL plan, and the backlash be damned. Until our politicians realize that pandering to one group to secure votes alienates another, and all it creates is a cycle of distrust, not only of our politicos, but other groups, nothing will ever be accomplished.

Secure the borders, north and south. Set up Ellis Island type immigration centers long the borders, and enforce the laws of the land. Explain to the varied special interests that we, as a nation, welcome immigrants, but we are a nation of laws and the laws will be enforced.

Until someone has the backbone to say and do these things, the nation’s borders will not be a sieve, since a sieve at least separates things, but rather an open pipe, letting all matter of things through.

DeniseVB February 17, 2013 at 11:26 am

I have no problem with LEGAL entry either. Even going on a cruise ship requires a U.S. passport or BC/photo i.d. Not so much entering a foreign port, but getting back into the U.S.

Langley Spook February 17, 2013 at 11:57 am

Thats what Im curious about; why dont we set up ‘Ellis Island type immigration centers’?
Need to do some research; but how did Ellis Island work? (where the immigrants ‘sponsored’ or just buy a ticket, come to America and say they wanted to become citizens?)

Shofar February 17, 2013 at 12:50 pm

LS –

When my grandfather came over, he was 19 at the time, he had a “sponsor.” I’m not sure who exactly it was, but from what I can decipher from the Ellis Island papers I have found it looked like a relative of some sort.

Going back to that type of program, or utilizing the H-1B visas, would be the way to control the influx of illegals. The sponsor would have to be here legally of course.

I also remember when I was young, 6 or 7 yrs. old, they would have PSAs reminding all aliens that they had to register with a local immigration office. This was back in the early to mid ’60′s. The reason I remember it so well is because I had been born in California, but was living in Chicago. I thought that people from California had to register if they were living in another state. Ah, the mind of a child.

Star February 17, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Actually if Langley wants to look into this–I am all for it! He volunteered. I sort of have a very vague feeling a person goes to the Am Embassy in their country, fills out a ton of papers, pays money (??) and then someone says hang tight, it’ll be 10 yrs, we’ll be in touch. If they have a sponsor in the US, that situation, it seems to me, could change over time…Can this be true?

Sadie February 17, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Shofar, your memory is spot on regarding sponsors. It was a family member, who would be financially responsible for the new immigrant/s until they could secure work – a job! Today, the collective electorate is the sponsor whether we like it or not and the PSA’s instruct the illegal aliens where to go and what to do for their “freebies”.

Julie Brueckheimer February 17, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Not sure how it worked back then, but right now, if you want to come into the country legally, you not only have a big fee but you must be sponsored either by a family relative or by an employer who guarantees that you have a job waiting for you here.

I found your comment amusing because I have been voluntarily coaching legal residents for five years for the citizenship interview/test. There is one question about the location of the Statue of Liberty, and I had a Mexican student (who passed incidentally) ask me why the Statue was in New York Harbor when all the immigrants were coming across from the South. The Mexicans tend to remain very nationalistic which is probably why they would be in favor of Obama’s plan, but I have found students from further south to be very excited at the prospect of becoming US citizens.

srdem65 February 17, 2013 at 11:33 am

Putting aside open border/secured border, undocumented/illegal and move to the practical and feasible ; how long will it take to process the 12 million illegal aliens in the proposed filter that the WhiteHouse is proposing?
It will take thousands of new government employees or even a whole new division to do background checks, check work status, and where are the doctors who will now be asked to perform exams to get “biomedic” information that will be evaluated by..what or who.

As for criminal background; their first step on American soil was a criminal event, as is their obtaining false ID and evading taxes required of all who work in the US.

There is no easy fix, no myriad of laws/requirements/ legal forms that will allow the assimilation of 12 million people, most of whom do not speak or write English, into the American, English speaking nation.
If it only took 12 years for 12 million people to illegally cross our borders, then we can take the next 12 years to send them back to their homelands.

RT February 17, 2013 at 11:59 am

This is, at least, a problem with which other countries had to contend along with us… Some precedents and our previous mistakes, trials, and successes should help us structure something workable.

I am wondering, if we were to, say, just carve off North Dakota or southwest Texas and… Hmmm….

srdem65 February 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm

My comment doesn’t quite express my true opinion; this does……..
Send them back to where they came from, all of them. They don’t belong here, they are criminal invaders, and don’t deserve the consideration that legal immigrants receive.

We have no obligation to citizens of another country to house, feed , or to provide healthcare, or employment for them.

Susan February 17, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Bravo, srdem. Our heartstrings have been pulled one too many times to have sympathy for the lawbreakers. It is so bad in the sanctuary city of San Antonio, that these criminal invaders have more freedoms than an American citizen. Enough is enough.

Julie Brueckheimer February 17, 2013 at 5:55 pm

I agree with you, and it isn’t fair to those who choose the legal path. Obama is ignoring the law of the land, a President ignoring the law of the land, and I wish they could impeach him on this issue.

Wigglesworth February 18, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Legal immigrants looking to adjust their status will have even longer wait times.

Susan February 17, 2013 at 11:41 am

Senator Rubio is naive if he thinks this layabout actually crafted a piece of legislation on his own. Preezy Revenge has been so busy with parties, TV appearances, and jetting around the country on his favorite toy, where would he find time to draft any legislation? My guess is his lackeys pulled that bill out of a dusty old drawer at the Soros-funded Center for American Progress run by the little weasel, John Podesta. After all, the leftist think tank has been the source for all his other legislation – Obamacare, the stimulus, the blueprint for his executive order by fiat, ad nauseam.

cincycinco February 17, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Look, we’re overthinking this. It’s really quite simple. Have a internationally respected and unquestioned-by-the-UN (or any other internationalist organization) law that;

-mandates that federal, local and municipal police cooperate with federal immigration authorities in that country in the arrests of illegal immigrants.

-makes illegal immigration is a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison.

- sees to it that immigrants who are deported and attempt to re-enter can be imprisoned for 10 years.

- gives visa violators sentences with six-year terms.

- considers citizen who help illegal immigrants to be criminals.

– says that foreigners who are deemed detrimental to “economic or national interests,” are not “physically or mentally healthy” or lack the “necessary funds for their sustenance” AND their dependents can be immediately deported.

Here’s the best part; if the people enjoying their illegal residency in the United States don’t like it, just point out one more little thing about this policy…

It’s Mexico’s.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/may/03/mexicos-illegals-laws-tougher-than-arizonas/

Hey, sauce for the goose, right? And, Lord knows that Hopey prefers other country’s laws to our own – so let’s just go with THIS one! After all, it would save him the trouble of actually, you know, thinking about stuff and not golfing or other important things in his life…

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/may/03/mexicos-illegals-laws-tougher-than-arizonas/#ixzz2LBC10LIp
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SAllen February 17, 2013 at 1:44 pm

LIKE!! thumbs up….good solution!

Just2old February 18, 2013 at 7:35 am

Exactly although we’ll have to build a plethora of new prisons to hold them all!

DeniseVB February 17, 2013 at 1:18 pm
srdem65 February 17, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Good grief.
He gets one golfing lesson and thinks he’s up to playing against Tiger Woods.
Next, we’ll probably find out that Michelle will be on a concert tour with Beyonce.

Sadie February 17, 2013 at 2:55 pm

She’s not? LOL

Julie Brueckheimer February 17, 2013 at 5:58 pm

There’s no stage that could support those two behinds shaking away.

cincycinco February 17, 2013 at 3:02 pm

“Obama’s playing with Tiger Woods.” – DeniseVB

And will continue doing so in the clubhouse shower, no doubt. Tiger’s going to really going to work Obama’s “Short Game”. You know, a little putting in the rough…

Terry February 17, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Yes! Fight!

Not Nabob February 17, 2013 at 8:21 pm

My thoughts are that in the near future the legal citizens of the USA will be the people being expelled as illegal according to this administration.

cincycinco February 18, 2013 at 8:32 am

Here’s another nice list of alternative immigration policys, none of which have ever been held up to query from Obama, Hilz, or any other liberal for that matter;

“If you cross the North Korean border illegally, you get 12 years hard labor.
If you cross the Iranian border illegally, you are detained indefinitely.
If you cross the Afghan border illegally, you get shot.
If you cross the Saudi Arabian border illegally, you will be jailed.
If you cross the Chinese border illegally, you may never be heard from again.
If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally, you will be branded a spy and your fate will be sealed.”

http://www.truthalliance.net/Archive/News/tabid/67/ID/5146/What-Happens-When-You-Cross-the-Border-Illegally-In-Other-Countries.aspx

Pick one of these…

Wigglesworth February 18, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Oh my Obama’s amnesty plan is so bad I better vote for Rubio’s plan. NOT!!!!

giatny February 18, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Newsflash: Holder/Napolitano/Obama fully intend to have every illegal to
register to vote before the next election. They have no intention of restricting
voting to legal citizens. How can anyone be foolish enough to believe this
administration will enforce voting laws or access to government welfare?

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