Playing "Where's Waldo" with the amnesty bill
As you probably know by now, the bill is well over 700 pages long...which means there's LOTS of room for stuff to hide. You know, the kind of stuff that the vast majority of the public would be overwhelmingly opposed to if they knew about. The kind of stuff that could potentially bring a bill like this down - but is buried in hundreds of pages of legalese. Which makes looking for that type of stuff like a legislative version of "Where's Waldo".
So what's in it? Well, more than can be recounted here, but I thought I would try and dedicate a few posts here and there to pointing out some of the less well known facts. So, onward...
* The so-called "temporary" Z-visas granted by the bill, which last four years, are renewable indefinitely. And, contrary to myth, they won't have to return to their home countries to get them.
* The bill would allow the government only one business day to do criminal background checks on applicants. Even fugitives that have been ordered deported by a federal judge, but who are on the run, qualify for a visa under the bill if its determined that leaving would be "a hardship".
* Even gang members qualify for the amnesty so long as they're willing to sign a "renunciation of gang affiliation". (Now THAT'S the kind of people we want in this country!).
* The bill would essentially shut down our immigration court system, (since almost all aliens would qualify for amnesty).
* It will turn our immigration law enforcement agencies into quasi-welfare agencies, in that they will be responsible for initiating amnesty applications instead of enforcing our current laws.
How's that for immigration "reform"?? According to our political leadership, those are all vital parts of the measure needed to "fix" our broken system.
If that's the fix, I say let it stay broke.