The second part is that it requires those who have been here between 2 to 5 years to return to a U.S. port of entry and apply officially for the work visa they seek. Hey, I didn't say it was earth-shattering, but making them step one foot back outside the United States before they apply is something.
The third sad part to the Senate bill is to allow those who have been gainfully employed for five years or more to apply for immediate citizenship. So even though every one of the senators told the American people that amnesty would "never be offered," this was, in fact, exactly what they got.
When it goes to the compromise committee between the House and Senate, I expect the fireworks to fly. I hope that the compromise team will allow the final bill to keep the tough border-security language of the House bill. I also hope that they will add some conditions to the "5 years plus" section of the Senate bill – like requiring the person applying to have no criminal record, and to be already current on their tax status. That means that the nearly one-third of felons sitting in our prisons nationwide – who are not U.S. citizens – will never be eligible.
What shape the bill takes coming out of the compromise will be the true test.
The House of Representatives is acting like Americans are rightfully worried about national security and they were sent to Washington to do something about it. The U.S. Senate is acting like the only people who live in America are illegal aliens. (Don't they know they won't even be voting in November?)
Let's hope against hope that serious men, will decide this deadly issue, on behalf of what is best for the future of America.
And while they do what we sent them to Washington to do, we hard-working American citizens will be doing our jobs, and voting our conscience when we ask ourselves the question at the ballot box this November on who is working hardest to keep America safe.
Enough from me for now, my job starts at 5 a.m. tomorrow.