Skip to comments.S. 1348: FULL TEXT of the comprehensive immigration reform bill
Posted on 05/19/2007 8:34:18 PM PDT by LFOD777
Let's get to work! Time to uncover the fine print in this monster Comprehensive Invasion Bill
(a) Technical Assistance- The Secretary of State, in coordination with the Secretary, shall work to cooperate with the head of Foreign Affairs Canada and the appropriate officials of the Government of Mexico to establish a program--
(1) to assess the specific needs of Guatemala and Belize in maintaining the security of the international borders of such countries;
(2) to use the assessment made under paragraph (1) to determine the financial and technical support needed by Guatemala and Belize from Canada, Mexico, and the United States to meet such needs;
(3) to provide technical assistance to Guatemala and Belize to promote issuance of secure passports and travel documents by such countries; and
(4) to encourage Guatemala and Belize--
(A) to control alien smuggling and trafficking;
(B) to prevent the use and manufacture of fraudulent travel documents; and
(C) to share relevant information with Mexico, Canada, and the United States.
(b) Border Security for Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico- The Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of State, shall work to cooperate--
(1) with the appropriate officials of the Government of Guatemala and the Government of Belize to provide law enforcement assistance to Guatemala and Belize that specifically addresses immigration issues to increase the ability of the Government of Guatemala to dismantle human smuggling organizations and gain additional control over the international border between Guatemala and Belize; and
(2) with the appropriate officials of the Government of Belize, the Government of Guatemala, the Government of Mexico, and the governments of neighboring contiguous countries to establish a program to provide needed equipment, technical assistance, and vehicles to manage, regulate, and patrol the international borders between Mexico and Guatemala and between Mexico and Belize.
(c) Tracking Central American Gangs- The Secretary of State, in coordination with the Secretary and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, shall work to cooperate with the appropriate officials of the Government of Mexico, the Government of Guatemala, the Government of Belize, and the governments of other Central American countries--
(1) to assess the direct and indirect impact on the United States and Central America of deporting violent criminal aliens;
(2) to establish a program and database to track individuals involved in Central American gang activities;
(3) to develop a mechanism that is acceptable to the governments of Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, the United States, and other appropriate countries to notify such a government if an individual suspected of gang activity will be deported to that country prior to the deportation and to provide support for the reintegration of such deportees into that country; and
(4) to develop an agreement to share all relevant information related to individuals connected with Central American gangs.
(d) Limitations on Assistance- Any funds made available to carry out this section shall be subject to the limitations contained in section 551 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-102; 119 Stat. 2218).
I wonder how much this will cost our children and grandchildren. It irritates me to see the picture of Kennedy, McCain, Graham all laughing. These jacka$$es are responsible for this as they have been in Congress for 20 years doing nothing and let this illegal mess happen. The
Did you notice that this whole thing is funded, except were it calls for increased manpower for enforcement then it states “ Subject to the AVAILABILITY OF APPROPRIATIONS”
Guess what they are not going to have funds for.
This is bad enough but the final language will be written by Agencies with a mission to continue to destroy America...
What were the names of the "community-based organizations" who had a seat at the table when this bill was being worked on?
The groups that had input in the writing of this bill also stand to gain financially?
Oh, this bill smells worse with each passing hour...
I don’t know about “North America” ... but “united states” (no capitalization) is included 17 times. :-(
Yep. Bad laws make for even worse regulations. :-(
SEC. 117. COOPERATION WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO. ... (b) Cooperation Regarding Education on Immigration Laws.--The Secretary of State, in cooperation with other appropriate Federal officials, shall work with the appropriate officials from the Government of Mexico to carry out activities to educate citizens and nationals of Mexico regarding eligibility for status as a nonimmigrant under Federal law to ensure that the citizens and nationals are not exploited while working in the United States. (c) Cooperation Regarding Circular Migration.--The Secretary of State, in cooperation with the Secretary of Labor and other appropriate Federal officials, shall work with the appropriate officials from the Government of Mexico to improve coordination between the United States and Mexico to encourage circular migration, including assisting in the development of economic opportunities and providing job training for citizens and nationals in Mexico.
Impeachment is getting closer.
“`Sec. 1549. Alternative penalties for certain offenses
`(a) Terrorism- Any person who violates any section of this chapter—
`(1) knowing that such violation will facilitate an act of international terrorism or domestic terrorism (as those terms are defined in section 2331); or
`(2) with the intent to facilitate an act of international terrorism or domestic terrorism,
shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 25 years, or both.”
“How about for life???”
I certainly agree, if we are talking about ‘terrorists’ as defined, historically. But don’t forget that there is at least one person trying to get legislation passed that in certain situations, redefines that term to include “vigilante” groups like the Minutemen.
Doing what the US Trade Rep said NAFTA would accomplish - keeping Mexicans in Mexico. But alas, that was to sell NAFTA. Now there’s good evidence that remittances does benefit the Mexican local economies and may slow/prevent migration. Why is Mexico’s socioeconomic failings OUR problem if we just enforce our own laws?
PING for deep-dive on the new monstrosity immigration bill - see also:
$450 million for UAVs???
How many miles of fence could you pay for with that?!?
“b) Purpose- The purpose of this section is to establish a grant program within the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services that provides funding to community-based organizations, including community-based legal service organizations, as appropriate, to develop and implement programs to assist eligible applicants for the conditional nonimmigrant worker program established under this Act by providing them with the services described in subsection (d)(2).”
The very ‘immigrant-rights’ lawyers writing this bill have written in their very own kickback!
Nice work if you can get it.
Thanks, Senator McCain, for stabbing taxpaying Americans in the back ... again.
PS. A question - how much of House bill passed in late 2005 is in there?
Call/email/write/fax and say NO to Amnesty!!
U.S. Senate switchboard: (202) 224-3121
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White House comments: (202) 456-1111
Find your House Rep.: http://www.house.gov/writerep
Find your US Senators: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
1) an assessment of the necessity of constructing such a system, including the identification of areas of high priority for the construction of such a system determined after consideration of factors including the amount of narcotics trafficking and the number of illegal immigrants apprehended in such areas;
That is...uhmm...doublespeak of the highest order.
My blood is boiling. It’s even WORSE than we thought!
Now now. Always hope for best.
But prepare yourself for the worst, it’s at our door.
There is an earlier thread today about a British cop complaining about England having 4.2 million cameres around the country. And the day before that I’d brought up Orwells 1984. He was only a few years off. Yes the middle class will be pushed out. There will a ruling class and a peasant class. Social Security will be broke before long. Taxes will rise for those who pay them, but not for the “family values” folks.
Don’t mean to sound paranoid, but to use a line from a cockroach, archy,”it won’t be long now, it won’t be long”.
We have to further the integtration, doncha know.
I’m so glad to see you posting against this legislation. Thank you.
"community-based organization" with "experience and expertise in meeting the legal, social, educational, cultural educational, or cultural needs of immigrants?"
Think La Raza and the ACLU, for starters.
These vermin work their hardest to destroy traditional American society, and we get to pay them for the privilege.
From the perspective of employer profitability, the imbedded H-1B increase is one of the “crown jewels” of the proposed amnesty, S. 1348.
From the U.S. Senate Calendar for May 21, 2007,
UNANIMOUS CONSENT AGREEMENT (This is supposed to be used only for noncontroversial legislation - GN)
S. 1348 (ORDER NO. 144)
Ordered, That at 1:00 p.m., on Monday, May 21, 2007, the Senate resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 1348, a bill to provide for comprehensive immigration reform, and for other purposes; provided that the Senator from Alabama (Mr. Sessions) be recognized and have up to 3 hours under his control, and that following the Senator from Alabama (Mr. Sessions), the time until 5:30 p.m. be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.
Ordered further, That at 5:30 p.m., the Senate proceed to a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill without intervening action or debate; further, that if cloture is invoked, the motion be agreed to without intervening action or debate.
Ordered further, That relative to the cloture motion filed on the motion to proceed to S. 1348, the mandatory quorum required under Rule XXII be waived.
Ordered further, That the Senator from Alabama (Mr. Sessions) be recognized for up to 2 hours on Tuesday, May 22, 2007. (May 14, 16, 2007.)
The H-1B increase provision is included in this draft, consistent with Senator Kennedy’s response at the Thursday Press Conference.
I suspect that the open-ended increase is hidden in paragraph (2)
I do not know why the title has been lined out in this version.
Gene A. Nelson, Ph.D.
For the May 17, 2007 draft at http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/files/immigration_consolidated_05.17.2007%20FINAL.doc
Here are the reviewers:
The Bennett Courey background is consistent with him being a reviewer of the proposed legislation.
Hispanic Agents of U.S. Customs File Class Action Against Department of Treasury Fri May 10, (2002)
Bennett Courey - Office of Chief Counsel Marc Weinberger - Office of Chief Counsel U.S. Customs Service Office: 202-927-6900 Cell: 202-425-4200
According to LinkedIn, Bennett is an Attorney at CBP. (Customs and Border Protection)
Lawyer / Firm Name: Marc Bennett Courey
Address: Washington, DC, 20229-0001
Phone: (202) 927 - 6900 This is for the office for CPB Chief Counsel
Fax: (202) 344 - 2950
M Bennett Courey received a CBP Commissioner’s award in 2003
According to the CPB website, Chief Counsel is Alfonso Robles at (202) 344-2990
Here are the H-1B visa provisions, which are changed from those posted on May 9th at Thomas. The new visa cap levels match those disclosed in the May 18, 2007 Congress Daily update.
The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2007
SEC. 419. H-1B STREAMLINING AND SIMPLIFICATION
(a) H-1B Amendments.- Section 214(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1184(g)) is amended-
(1) in paragraph (1) by deleting clauses (i) through (vii) of subparagraph (A) and inserting in their place —
“(i) 115,000 in fiscal year 2008;
“(ii) in any subsequent fiscal year, subject to clause (iii), the number for the previous fiscal year as adjusted in accordance with the method set forth in paragraph (2); and
(iii) 180,000 for any fiscal year; or
(2) in paragraph (9), as renumbered by Section 405
(A) by striking The annual numeric limitations described in clause (i) shall not exceed” from subclause (ii) of subparagraph (B) and inserting the following: Without respect to the annual numeric limitation described in clause (i), the Secretary may issue a visa or otherwise grant nonimmigrant status pursuant to section 1101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b) in the following quantities:”;
(B) by striking subparagraphs (B)(iv); and
(C) by striking subparagraph (D).
(b) REQUIRING A DEGREE. Paragraph (2) of section 214(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1184(i)) is amended-
(1) by deleting the comma at the end of subparagraph (A) and inserting in its place ; and ; and
(2) by striking subparagraphs (B) and (C) and inserting the following:
(B) attainment of a bachelor’s or higher degree in the specific specialty from an educational institution in the United States accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association (or an equivalent degree from a foreign educational institution that is equivalent to such an institution) as a minimum for entry into the occupation in the United States.”.
(c) PROVISION OF W-2 FORMS. Section 214(g)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1184(g)(5)), as renumbered by Section 405, is amended to read as follows:
(5) In the case of a nonimmigrant described in section 1101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b) of this title
(A) The period of authorized admission as such a nonimmigrant may not exceed six years; [Provided that, this provision shall not apply to such a nonimmigrant who has filed a petition for an immigrant visa under section 203(b)(1), if 365 days or more have elapsed since filing and it has not been denied, in which case the Secretary of Homeland Security may extend the stay of an alien in one-year increments until such time as a final decision is made on the alien’s lawful permanent residence];
(B) If the alien is granted an initial period of admission less than six years, any subsequent application for an extension of stay for such alien must include the Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement filed by the employer for such employee, and such other form or information relating to such employment as the Secretary of Homeland Security may in his discretion specify, with respect to such nonimmigrant alien employee for the period of admission granted to the alien.
(C) Notwithstanding section 6103 of title 26, United States Code, or any other law, the Commissioner of Internal Revenue or the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration shall upon request of the Secretary confirm whether the Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement filed by the employer under clause (i) matches a Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement filed with the Internal Revenue Service or the Social Security Administration, as the case may be.
(d) EXTENSION OF H-1B STATUS FOR MERIT-BASED ADJUSTMENT APPLICANTS.
(1) Section 214(g)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1184(g)(4)) is amended by inserting before the period:
; Provided that, this provision shall not apply to such a nonimmigrant who has filed a petition for an immigrant visa accompanied by a qualifying employer recommendation under section 203(b)(1), if 365 days or more have elapsed since filing and it has not been denied, in which case the Secretary of Homeland Security may extend the stay of an alien in one-year increments until such time as a final decision is made on the alien’s lawful permanent residence.
(2) Sections 106(a) and 106(b) of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000 — Immigration Services and Infrastructure Improvements Act of 2000, Public Law 106-313, are hereby repealed.
Another activist posted the following information
Perhaps inadvertently, it appears that a recent draft of the COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM text is on the web. I recommend saving as a local file:
Sounds exactly like Howie Mandel intoning "DEAL, OR NO DEAL?" to me!!!
You’re very welcome, James.
CLARITY is as...
...CLARITY does, perhaps..?
There is nothing stupid about it. It is deliberate.
Hangingis too good for them.
I am listening to an audio clip of Zell Miller speaking about American patriotism, to cleanse my weary brain.
Good link, TG. The more I find out about this bill, the worse it gets. Major sell-out.
Why stop there? Why not just open the effing door and we'll all have a gardener and a maid.
The sheer magnitude of this treasonous sellout by the U.S. Senate puts all of their jobs in jeopardy. Every Senator voting YES on this outrage is a traitor to the United States and should be treated as such.
With these traitors, any excuse will do.
LEt me get this right...
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, who violate AMERICAN LAWS are entitled to Visa’s faster than LEGAL American Citizens can get Passports??
WTF is wrong with this picture?
Even more so than I thought before! Apparently the text of this S.1348 that Thomas and GPO Access just put up on Friday/Saturday is NOT the “Compromise” deal that they are actually looking at. At NRO and Heritage yesterday, they posted a shorter (326 page) document. Much of the text is the same—but much is not or addressing in the Senate tomorrow. For example, this S.1348 does not have the famous “Z Visa” included. You can’t tell whether the compromise “draft” is a complete or partial document so these traitors don’t even want people to know what they are supposedly agreeing to!
Each and every Senator who votes YES on this sellout of America is in breach of his/her oath of office and is comitting treason. Every one of these traitors should resign or be removed from office.
Carry_Okie uncovered this disgraceful treaty that was ratified by voice vote that commits the USA to all this shameful GovernMental EnvironMental foolishness we find this nation struggling under at this time. (with piling on by Republican Schwartzenrenegger)
I wish he would come on this thread and refresh the particulars so everyone could see the far-reaching damage that has been done in my lifetime by our own Senators, so we could compare it to what they're getting ready to sneak through their house of ill repute, right now!!!
Every time they pass more and more stupidly stringent EnvironMental laws that trash out economy and you people sit out there at your keyboards thinking "they can't do that to us!" Just remember that they did do it in 1941 and they will do it again and even AGAIN, until you people make them stop it!!!
When Senator Sessions explains their vile intent in plain English, it curdles my blood. Carry_Okie has a way with words, as well.
This "voice vote" stuff is SOP whenever our treasonous Senators are too ashamed for a recorded vote, and want political cover from the wrath of the voters. Voice votes should be forbidden on all matters of substance.
Got this list of 800#’s for congress in an email. I haven’t tried them all.
Call all of the Senators today - leave a voice mail.
Demand they vote against cloture on Monday. How
can anyone possibly digest over 10,000 pages of
information in two days? The new bill is about 1,000
pages and it refers to other bills and laws which would
require the reading of more than 10,000 pages of
Toll free numbers are:
It just never stops, I don't care WHO we work to get elected, or who we punish by withold our un-earned voting franchise!!!
But you're right! We should do right anyways!!! Let's call 'em!!! But's let's be pursuasive, rather than just threatening this time and see it that works just this once. (grin)
Bump for later.
What really caused me to git totally pist off Friday was when I heard they shut off all their phones and email!!!
Because the opposition is well organized and calling. Do it so they can’t say, ‘but most of the calls were from supporters!’...bah!:<) And most of all, call because we still can!
Furthermore, I wonder where the text and provisions originated. I can’t imagine that senate staffers did this all in the past few months.
Trying to ram this bill through the Senate and the House aided and abetted by this administration is nothing less than a coup d’etat, overthrowing the citizens rights to govern themselves.
Had a similar edict with regard to French Canada come from the Houses of Parliament and King George III, an immediate call to arms would have gone out among the colonies.
Any honest and sane citizen should be outraged at the process and at the provisions buried in this Surrender Document. These stupid bastids are laying a powder trail to a potential conflagration that will make 1860-1865 look like a toddler’s spat.
One day.... this whole thing needs to see the trash bin.
Actually, General MacAuliff was the one who said “Nuts”...but Capt. Kinnard suggested it was the best response to send. See http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-vetscor/810690/posts