The Senate’s “Gang of Eight” has released a new version of the immigration bill that contains 999 references to waivers, exemptions and political discretion.
The revised 867-page bill contains multiple changes from the first 844-page version, released April 18, but Democrats have not announced any delay to the committee review of the complex bill that begins next week.
The bill includes roughly 1.14 waivers or exemptions per page. By comparison, the 2,409-page Obamacare law includes 0.78 waivers and exemptions per page.
The Obamacare law contains 1,882 mentions of “unless,” “notwithstanding,” “except,” “exempt,” “waivers,” “discretion” and “may.” “Waiver” is mentioned 209 times in the law.
The new draft of the immigration bill — which will allow officials much control over the supply and cost of labor needed by American companies — has 85 mentions of “unless,” 150 uses of “except,” 18 inclusions of “exempt,” 92 mentions of “waiver,” 42 offers of “discretion,” 47 use of “notwithstanding” and 618 uses of “may” in the 876-page bill.
The Daily Caller subtracted mentions of “may not” from both bills’ final tally of exemptions and options.
President Barack Obama backs the bill, and told reporters Tuesday that it “is going to be a historic achievement.” (DC)
This thing has more holes in it than Swiss cheese and is probably going to be as toothless as whale.
But it will make the elitists “feel good” and the Republican go “see we aren’t racists!” as millions of new Democrats flood the polls.
Expecting Liberals to hold up their end of any bargain that is out THE AGENDA is like expecting Iran to give up it’s Nuke Program just because we ask nicely.
The bill could double legal immigration in the U.S. over the next decade. Immigration is the heart and soul of this nation. But can the nation handle doubling it so fast?
Well, in 1986 it was 3 million. Now it’s 12 Million (or more). So what a few more million Democrats between “friends”. 🙂
The bill also relaxes the rules for seeking asylum despite the tragic bombing in Boston and other terrorist attacks committed by asylum seekers.
Surprises like this are what you can expect from a comprehensive bill — meaning hundreds of pages no one in Congress reads.
You gotta pass it before you can find out what’s in it! 🙂
Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York bristles at the suggestion that the nation’s immigration system should be improved one piece at a time.
“You can’t do individual bills,” he objected, “because the problem is people say ‘what about me?'”
Spoken like a deal maker. Employers who want high-tech workers got a piece of the deal, so did families hoping to bring in loved ones and politicians who want to be known as pro-immigrant.
But what about Joe Public, the average citizen? Congress ought to be asking what he gets.
• Doubling legal immigration: Legal immigration to the U.S. is already at an all-time high. In the 1970s, 3.2 million legal immigrants arrived; in the 1980s, 6.2 million; in the 1990s, 9.7 million; in the first decade of this century, 10.3 million.
But if this bill passes, a ballpark estimate will be 20 million over the next decade, according to Numbers USA, critics of the bill.
What will that mean for the school Joe Public’s kids attend or his tax bill?
And will such a rapid increase allow newcomers to assimilate and find jobs?
Shockingly, the Gang of Eight — four Republican and four Democratic U.S. senators — say they don’t know how much their bill will increase immigration.
Proposing a law without knowing its impact is whacky. It’s amateur hour.
• Senators in charge of asylum: The Gang of Eight’s approach to amnesty is even wackier.
Fifteen years ago, before the global terrorist threat was obvious, the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform declared that one of the nation’s top priorities was sheltering the persecuted. Perhaps it made sense then. But now Joe Public has nothing to gain from amnesty programs and everything — including his safety — to lose. Ask the people in Boston.
The law currently says that any immigrant who enters the U.S. — on a tourist visa, business visa or illegally — has one year to apply for asylum and show they are victims of persecution. In 2012, over 40,000 aliens secured asylum, largely from China, Egypt, Guatemala, Pakistan, India and the Soviet Union.
Despite asylum seekers committing terrorist acts, the proposed Senate bill loosens controls. Sec. 3401 removes the one-year deadline for applying; Sec. 3504 adds another layer of appeals for aliens turned down; and Sec. 3502 allows the Attorney General to provide government-funded counsel to aliens. Current law bars that.
These provisions should be stripped from the Senate immigration bill. Instead, it should suspend asylum from areas of the world that spawn terrorists.
Republicans and Democrats are battling over whether to punish illegal Immigrants and how to secure the border with Mexico.
More attention is needed on the asylum, refugee and student visa programs — see pages 151 to 844 — that we know, from experience, allow terrorists in.
Schumer is right that all the interest groups get something in the Senate bill. Everyone except Joe Public. (IBD)