Thursday, May 17, 2007

Huge immigration bill in Senate

The Senate proposes to develop a "path to citizenship" for up to 12 million undocumented or "illegal" immigrants in the United States. There would be a fine ($5000), and at least one return to home country every eight years with a guarantee of right of return.

Guest worker programs would allow up to 400000 workers a year with a "Y" visa. Supporters deny that this is an "amnesty" program.

Citizenship and various visa applications would place more emphasis on individual skills and education and less on legal family ties. This is bound to become politically controversial in various committees. Many cultures have more children and place more psychological value on blood loyalty for its own sake than does some of the US, and many immigrants send money back home for relatives. The legal recognition of marriage becomes critical, and of course LGBT immigrants have potentially inferior opportunities without access to marriage. The CNN story for May 17 2007 is here.

There is a Washington Blade story on May 4, 2007 by Amos Linn, "No Place to Call Home: Recent state victories are good news, but don’t forget about plight of bi-national couples", here.

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