Read about CIR ASAP: "Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009" (Luis Gutierrez)
[A DISCUSSION OF SOME OF THE PROVISIONS IS HERE, AND MORE UPDATES ARE BELOW]
On Tuesday, December 15, 2009 Rep. Luis Gutierrez will introduce an amnesty bill called the "Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009". His announcement (luisgutierrez.house.gov/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=1406) provides no details, however:
1. Details on the bill will be provided here when it becomes available; expect it to be a bit on the far-left side and expect it to not go very far, except perhaps if it's watered down. In the latter case it might present a problem.
2. The way to deal with things like this is outlined on this page. It's also necessary to deal with those on the conservative/Republican side who'd take a fall; that includes the tea parties or at least their leaders as well as some major bloggers and pundits.
3. Those involved are from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and Congressional Progressive Caucus and include: Nydia Velazquez, Yvette Clarke, Mike Honda, Lynn Woolsey, Judy Chu, Joseph Crowley, Pedro Pierluisi (Puerto Rico), Jared Polis, Jan Schakowsky, and Jose Serrano.
12/15/09 UPDATE: Per this, Gutierrez claims he has 80 co-sponsors, and his press conference including young people wearing t-shirts saying "Future Voter". Guess which party they'll be voting for. And:
One key Republican who said he was “disappointed” by Gutierrez’s bill is Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. Flake’s opposition is important because in past years he has worked with Gutierrez on immigration reform. But because this bill includes a lottery where 100,000 new workers could come in each year for three years, instead of a temporary worker program, Flake said he cannot support it... Flake said the bill “repeatres the mistakes of the ‘86 reform - massive legalzaiton without a temporary worker program to accomodate future labor demands.”
12/15/09 UPDATE 2: Per this:
The 700-page bill... will carry the name of Rep. Solomon Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi, the longest-serving Latino currently in the House and selected by his peers to shepherd the legislation through Congress... The bill would create a Southern Border Security Task Force composed of federal, state and local law enforcement to crack down on crime, increase the number of inspectors at border land ports and provide more training and equipment for Border Patrol agents... It would include a worker verification program and visa reforms that promote family unity and expand those for agriculture-related work.
There's an audio report here; per another page on their site the fee to get on the "path to citizenship" is $500.
Among those cheering the bill are:
* UFW Foundation Director Diana Tellefson "said her group and agricultural employers backed the bill" (last link; that group is associated with the United Farmworkers of America).
* Rep. Sam Farr of California; he notes that the bill includes AgJOBS, the DREAM Act, and his "Proud to be an American Citizen Act" (link).
* Proud former MEChA member Rep. Raul Grijalva (link).
* The AFL CIO, which says that it includes the following from their "joint framework for immigration reform" (link):
- An inclusive and effective solution that allows a path for undocumented immigrants to come forward and regularize their status. Trumka says “this is fundamental to our ability to crack down on employers who are using unauthorized workers to drive down wages and other standards.”
- An independent commission to assess and manage future flow of immigrants, based on labor market shortages that are determined on the basis of actual need.
- Reform, not expansion of existing temporary worker programs immediately to stop the exploitation of workers and safeguard standards in impacted industries.
* The Service Employees International Union (link).
* Amnesty International USA (link)
12/15/09 UPDATE 3: Per this:
A draft overview of the bill, circulated with the letter, ends some enforcement tools such as the 287(g) local police cooperation program, calls for an electronic verification system to replace the voluntary E-verify program, argues that there's no need for more U.S. Border Patrol agents or fencing, and establishes a long-term path to citizenship for illegal immigrants... That path would require illegal immigrants to pay a $500 fine, pass a background check and learn English and civics to gain legal status. After six years, they could apply for legal permanent residence, or a green card, which is the interim step to citizenship. There is no "touchback" provision requiring them to return to their home countries at some point in the process.
They also quote someone who I stumped four years ago:
"Of course [the high unemployment rate] complicates [the push for amnesty]. Of course the public's first reaction is understandable, it's why do we need more workers when upwards of 15 million Americans are out of work," said Tamar Jacoby, president and chief executive officer of ImmigrationWorks USA, a coalition of businesses pushing for immigration reform... But she said history has shown that there are some jobs that American workers won't take and immigrant workers will... She pointed to resort communities in Michigan that struggled to find workers this summer even though they were just a couple of counties away from Detroit, which has been devastated by layoffs... "Laid-off autoworkers in Detroit don't want to travel across the state, let alone across the country, to pick pears, pick apples," she said.
The example she provides is the same as that recently used by America's Voice.
12/15/09 UPDATE 4: I take a look at some of the provisions here; they're as bad as you'd expect.
12/21/09 UPDATE 5: There's an interview with Brian Bilbray about the bill here.
Me (not verified)
Fri, 12/11/2009 - 21:56
HS 20049 firstname.lastname@example.org 2009-12-11T23:56:32-06:00
Thank you for the lovely carole you posted at Althhouse. I appreciate your diligence.
Brittanicus (not verified)
Fri, 12/11/2009 - 22:54
HS 20050 email@example.com 2009-12-12T00:54:11-06:00
The fools in Washington don't have a clue, about the consequence of calling for another Comprehensive Immigration Reform package. Has anybody really got any conceivable idea of the ramifications, once President Obama and his political troops whisper AMNESTY. It will be like the final Marconi radio SS (Save our Souls) urgent message from the sinking HMS Titanic? Those perpetrators who want to pass a bill of Immigration reform, are completely ignorant of the masses of humanity that will be pushing against the border fence. From the tip of South America to the huge continent of Asia, new peoples are already biding their time? It will not matter if E-Verify becomes a permanent fixture or even if Homeland Security fully empowers once again the uniformed police 287 (g) federal immigration detainment bill. Even a sudden surge in ICE raids or any enforcement matters will be completely obsolete, as millions more will be swarming the border barrier. It might as not exist, for all the good it will do against millions of destitute, sick, handicapped, pregnant, criminal and just illegal immigrants looking to feed their families. Tell me who is going to stop this sudden surge in numbers, that will start moving towards the fence in Canada and the Southern border line. Then we have tourists and students who have arrived for years by aircraft, but never returned to their home country. People trying to cross the undermanned border will never end. Knowing that there is always a chance of another AMNESTY, those who cannot make it in their own country will keep on coming--and never STOP? Has anybody with at least one brain cell in their head, considered that once somebody yells AMNESTY--everybody and their Grandmother are going to be slipping across the border or boarding a jet to come here. Neither the Border Patrol, National Guard or Jesus Christ himself are going to stop, the millions of destitute, uneducated, unskilled foreign labor and all the rest in this behemoth deluge? They will wait for the call to go out and just like the 1986 AMNESTY, they will appear with fraudulent documents, that indicates they have been here 5 years or more. Those 3 million people who were legitimized, turned into 5 million after the Simpson/Mazzoli bill was ratified? We already are subsidizing 20 to 30 million foreign national families, whose going to pay for the unknown number waiting just across the fence? Its going to be the unmentionable mass numbers, exiting from every far corner of the impoverished countries on this Earth to be departing for America. GOD HELP THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND ITS SURVIVAL. So get on the phone and demand as a voter for your lawmaker to vote for THE SAVE ACT (H.R. 3308) and be relentless. The number to call is 202-224-3121. Also bombard the House-Senate policy makers with 28 cent postcards, to stop the open border organizations from engineering another Path to citizenship or AMNESTY. Tell them to amend the 1986 Immigration Reform Act, not
Steve (not verified)
Sat, 12/12/2009 - 05:09
HS 20051 2009-12-12T07:09:48-06:00
What I expect is Gutierrez's to be way far left (although he'll try to temper it with claims that illegals won't be able to take jobs from Americans blah blah), and Schumer's (while still bad) won't be as far left and will appear more "moderate" with (hollow) claims of more enforcement -- although both of their mass amnesty bills will of course will be terrible. We should get active NOW -- calling, faxing etc. I read in Roll Call the other day that not many Repubs have gone along with the Dems so far on amnesty talks, so don't forget to focus on the GOP as well (and moderate Dems like Ben Nelson, Landrieu etc.).
Fred Dawes (not verified)
Sat, 12/12/2009 - 16:53
HS 20052 firstname.lastname@example.org 2009-12-12T18:53:40-06:00
The shit pigs have one idea remove Americans and replace the population for control reasons its time to think a civil war and fight in the old way "we can do it". Facts: this government is not our government but has been subjugated by our enemies. facts: this government is not a Legal government but is doing the work of other government in order to do total conquest and total suppression of all ideals of freedom and laws and the American way of life. all real Americans need to start thinking of ways to remove this government at all levels the next move by this government will be to start its total subjugation of all written and spoken words and its half done.
Steve (not verified)
Sun, 12/13/2009 - 03:32
HS 20053 2009-12-13T05:32:41-06:00
As of a couple of weeks ago at least, Jeff Flake had not teamed up with Gutierrez again.
The Fiddler (not verified)
Mon, 12/14/2009 - 00:08
HS 20054 2009-12-14T02:08:40-06:00
Slightly off topic but... Has anybody been following USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. Every time I read about him he is talking about comprehensive immigration reform. He has no managerial experience. What is his track record at USCIS?
Alejandro (not verified)
Mon, 12/14/2009 - 18:13
HS 20055 email@example.com 2009-12-14T20:13:12-06:00
A comprehensive immigration reform is needed. Let's leave the xenophobia behind us, please. Anyone opposing this or any other (much needed) immigration reform should join us in this millenia at any time. There is no progress without change. People will of course oppose any immigration reform (not amnesty), but their efforts will prove to be futile. The DREAM Act is also a much anticipated piece of legislation that will help America and its future generations. "Hate" comments welcome.
Euge (not verified)
Tue, 12/15/2009 - 20:06
HS 20056 2009-12-15T22:06:54-06:00
Brittanicus, you are talking evil. We are all immigrants on this blessed land. Everyone deserves a chance. There are plenty of great people among so-called "Illegal immigrants". America will definately benefit from them in the long run. I guess, you are just scared that the work you have done by collecting all this crap evidence supporting your point of view is going bye-bye after the bill passes (if this one - doesn't, there is another one on the way) and you are going to be left with nothing else but your anger, that is hurting you. Go to church/temple/mosque (whatever religion you belong to [I doubt that you belong to one]). Get cleaned, feel happy about yourself and other people. We are all God's children.
Fred Dawes (not verified)
Fri, 12/18/2009 - 00:14
HS 20057 firstname.lastname@example.org 2009-12-18T02:14:13-06:00
a comperhensive immigration reform is needed in mexico and the third world hate monkeys that live here and take our money rape our woman and make drug deals all day long we need to help the gang monkeys with the old ideals by mass MG fire inside the hood of evil.