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Extra Care Required in Crafting Immigration Reform

retire05 Wrote: Apr 15, 2013 11:30 AM
"We need all the high-skill people we can get, from whatever countries." But this is not what we are going to get with a bill that basically gives amnesty to the millions of people that their own nations dumped on us. We will get the un/under educated class that cannot speak English, even slightly, and who has an entirely different view (Pan-American) of government. When was the last time you read about some Guatamalan doctor/scientist sneaking across the Rio Grand? And where in all this talk about what the U.S. should do about foreign nationals that have illegally entered our nation is there anything about holding those nations, i.e. Mexico, for allowing their citizens to cross our borders illegally? Crickets.

"Without legislative language," Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy declared in a statement March 20, "there is nothing for the Judiciary Committee to consider this week at our markup."

The subject of the statement was immigration legislation, and his irritation was understandable.

"For months, I have urged the president to send his proposal for comprehensive immigration reform to the Senate," Leahy noted. He might have added that the White House, with access to the expertise and experience of the Justice and Homeland Security Departments, could easily have come up with a draft.

But the president is holding back, Leahy said, "at...