January 16, 2014
Ho, hum. How many times have the Republicans declared that they are going to open the door on immigration reform only to slam the door a few months later?
Rumors are that the latest proposal will not provide the undocumented aliens a pathway to citizenship, but will give them some type of un-American legal status that will keep them disenfranchised, voiceless and denied of basic rights.
Proposing the creation of a legal class system will just push real immigration reform further into the future. Such a move would be a step back in history for our country, which has not had a legalized class system since the pre-Civil War era.
Instead of allowing the Senate's comprehensive immigration bill to be heard on the House Floor, the Republican proposal would introduce immigration reform in a piece meal fashion.
The Republican's latest proposal is scheduled to be revealed before President Obama makes his State of the Union speech on January 28th.
The National Foundation for American Policy analyzed policy ideas put out by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Rep. Goodlette (R-VA) Chair of the House Judiciary Committee. The New York Times reported:
Under the foundation’s projection, at least two million immigrants would have to wait a long time — as much as two decades — before they could apply for naturalization. As many as five million immigrants would remain here with legal status but no prospect of becoming citizens.Keeping someone in a country as a member of a disenfranchised underclass to perform the lowest paying, labor intensive jobs that no American wants to take in not American or democratic.