Kevin James

Why isn’t anyone talking about the new governmental agency needed to implement the Senate’s “comprehensive” immigration reform bill?

For weeks now we have been hearing about, and have been discussing, S. 1348 – the Senate’s “Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007”. Presidential candidates, Senators, Representatives, talk show hosts, journalists, and scholars have been debating the details of the Senate’s latest “grand” compromise on immigration. The buzz word details of the bill have been knocked around newscasts and talk shows like ping pong balls. For example, we are constantly hearing about temporary workers, guest workers, undocumented workers, Z visas, triggers, amnesty, the shadows, touching base, chain migration, anchor babies, regularization, and a path to citizenship.

It all sounds very expensive to me, and very confusing.

I began to wonder – who would implement the details of the bill being discussed with such vigor by our leaders? Who would oversee the new “guest worker program”? Who would make sure the new “workers” paid the fines they would be assessed? Who would calculate their back taxes? Who would make the determination as to which level of “regularization” each new “worker” would be assigned? Who would regulate which family members would be allowed to enter the country? Who would prepare, organize and authorize the new documents to be given to the “undocumented” workers? Who would do the 24 hour background checks? Who would oversee the “probationary” period of the Z visa holders? Who would make sure they learned English? And so on…..

Since our leaders were not answering these questions for us, I decided to study the details of the bill and answer the questions myself. Fortunately for us, for each detail of the bill, we already have a giant governmental agency in place to immediately and efficiently fulfill its new responsibilities.

As you are reading about each agency’s involvement in the implementation of the Senate’s immigration bill, please keep in mind that each agency will be working together and communicating with all of the other agencies at the same time. If an example of our government’s ability to do that does not immediately come to mind, just remember the success it had on September 11, 2001.

First, we will need the Department of Labor. Title VI of the bill provides for a guest worker program, so the Department of Labor will be needed to manage a program for millions of “guest” workers.


Kevin James

Kevin James began his professional career in 1988 as a lawyer with one of Los Angeles' largest law firms. Soon thereafter, Kevin spent more than 3 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in LA, and then more than 10 years as a litigator in high profile entertainment matters.

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