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Campus Question – January 28, 2013

January 28, 2013

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Campus Question – January 28, 2013

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Today eight senators unveiled their bipartisan framework for immigration reform. The plan includes a rocky path to citizenship for the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants. Among the rocks: state officials in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California must agree that our border is secure. Even then, current visa quotas would leave undocumented workers waiting up to 30 years for a green card and paying federal taxes while ineligible for federal benefits and ineligible to vote. Given the right-wing outrage, is this likely the best reform we can get?

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  1. NCrissieB Says:

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  2. Jim W Says:

    This has nothing to do with reform. It is another example of misguided Democrats selling out to Republicans.

    Until we fix the current immigration system so that all immigrants in the US have current papers, we will make no progress by worrying about sealing borders and tracking exits.

  3. NCrissieB Says:

    I’m not thrilled with this bill. The U.S. border states are: Oregon, Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

    That’s 34 border states, and Republicans insist that only the last four – the four that border Mexico – have a special interest in immigration and border security. As several Democrats have noted today, those four governors, their state attorneys general, and activists cannot have a veto on reform.

    Beyond that, we have to revise visa caps and quotas. Making people work and pay taxes, while remaining ineligible for benefits – or to vote – for 30 years … is simply racist colonialism.

  4. addisnana Says:

    It is good that the conversation has begun. I take all this as an opening salvo from all sides. Malkin and Limbaugh are predictably ‘outraged’ and will remain so no matter what. It is their MO. Bi-partisanship is a nice word. More important is whether their proposal actually addresses the problem or not. So far it looks like beige drapes (what a committee selects to not offend anyone). Immigration reform has a long way to go to be meaningful and humane. I await the President’s kickoff in Nevada.

  5. Norbrook Says:

    This is the opening salvo, and I think it’ll be a longer battle than most people think. I did note some comments from the senators about increasing legal visas, along with fast-tracking the “dreamers.” I’d like to see just how much power they’re giving the President to set those visa numbers, or make exemptions.