Monday, January 23, 2006

House Passes Stricter Immigration Reform

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4437, the Border Protection, Anti-Terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005, by a vote of 239-182. The bill now goes to the Senate. The Senate is drafting its own bill & it remains to be seen if the provisions in House bill will stand.

Key provisions of the House bill include:

1. Making it a criminal felony to remain illegally(unlawful presence)in the U.S. Illegals would now face jail time as well as being barred from future legal status & re-entry into the U.S.
2. Anyone or any organization who aids an illegal “to reside in or remain” in the United States knowingly or with “reckless disregard” as to the individual’s legal status would be liable for criminal penalties.
3. Expedited removal of illegals apprehended within 100 miles of the border & within 14 days of crossing, rather than appearing before an immigration judge.
4. An additional 700 miles of multi-layer fencing along the border.
5. State and local law enforcement are authorized to enforce federal immigration laws. State and local governments which refuse to participate would be subject to the loss of federal funding.
6. Document fraud would be considered an aggravated felony, as well as increased penalties for crimes of violence by illegals.
7. The visa lottery program, which allows 50,000 immigrants each year from countries around the world to permanently reside in the United States, is eliminated.
8. Creates a new electronic employment verification system modeled on the Basic Pilot Program. The pilot program was voluntary & few business used it. The new program is mandatory.

Unfortunately, the rescinding of birthright citizenship was removed from the bill. This is a key tool to dissuade illegals from giving birth after 5 minutes into the U.S. & having it become a U.S. citizen automatically.

Nevertheless, the bill is far & away a big step in finally doing something about the massive illegal invasion of our country & the negative impact that invasion has caused. It will also help in the fight against terrorists entering the country. But there is still a long way to go. It is unclear if any of the bill's provisions will survive a compromise from the Senate. The Senate is wimpish stopping illegal immigration.

Naturally, Mexico & other Latino countries are livid, especially with the border fence. The same old racist blah blah is coming from them, as it is from organizations & people who support illegal immigration.

The House bill should have included a provision for a supply of crying towels for these hand-wringers.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can make all the laws we want to in order to end illegal immigration, but unless they are enforced they will do no good. We don't have the jail space to put all the illegals in them. I say go after the employers and start jailing some of them. That would pull the stopper out of the whole illegal immigration process.

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