Skip to comments.Senate Blocks Ag Worker Citizenship Plan
Posted on 04/19/2005 3:45:36 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
WASHINGTON The Senate today blocked a measure that would have created a path to citizenship for an estimated 500,000 farmworkers and their families, dealing a setback to those who advocate legalization as the key to immigration reform.
The measure's supporters failed to secure the 60 votes needed to prevent a filibuster by opponents, ending the effort by Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) to attach the plan to an $80-billion emergency funding bill that mainly would pay for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Under the plan, any illegal farmworker who could demonstrate that he or she had worked in agriculture for at least 100 days in the 18-month period before Dec. 31, 2004 and meet certain other criteria would be eligible for temporary residency.
Once the worker obtained temporary residency, he or she would have to work another 360 days over at least the next three years and no more than six years to be eligible for permanent residency. The spouse and children of farmworkers who obtained permanent residency would also be eligible for permanent residency.
Opponents attacked the measure as a thinly disguised amnesty program that would only increase the flow of illegal immigration into this country, and said it was inappropriate to try to attach such a sweeping change to an emergency spending bill needed to supply troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Otherwise known as the Vicente Bush "reward a felon" plan
Dare we rejoice at the news?
A different but similar amendment also failed. It provided no path to citizenship. It was voted down by a super majority.
This is a victory for Americans! Now, we need to round up the illegals and deport them.
GOOD NEWS BUMP
Good news but we gotta keep the pressure on.
According to an Ed Goeas poll 80% of voting Americans are against that idea, so maybe you can celebrate your above fanatsy in the privacy of your bathroom and let the adults try to figure out a solution to this problem that has been festering for 40 years.
Sure, Larry. Idaho has what, about 25,000 illegals? We'll pay for them for you. Forget the fact that California has millions and other states have millions more. Sure. We'll all pitch in and help you pay for them.
This man has no more patriotism than Clinton; Hillary or Bill.
victories abound on the illegal alien front. When will the leadership in the White House realize they need to take a hard line on criminality?
Sucks to lose doesn't it?
Who said anything about losing? I wasn't for the Craig amendment.
It also must suck to be against 80% of the American electorate who don't condone mass deportations.
"...100 days in the 18-month period before Dec. 31, 2004 and meet certain other criteria would be eligible for temporary residency.
Once the worker obtained temporary residency, he or she would have to work another 360 days over at least the next three years and no more than six years to be eligible for permanent residency. The spouse and children of farmworkers who obtained permanent residency would also be eligible for permanent residency."
Lets see.......that means that one person must work for a total of 460 days within a 7 1/2 year period, and is therefore rewarded along with a spouse and children.....how on earth would one make a case that this many people could have existed on 460 days pay for 7 1/2 years? Gimme a break! By the time the reward occurs, there will be 7 anchor babies born and then the farce matters not........but we will have financed it that long with a long list of social benefits.....the unearned kind......to the tune of at least 6 figures a copy.
Where is your poll that 80% disapprove of no Illegal Immigration?
This is unbelieveable. If anything I'd have said this would have passed, and Bolton would have been passed. Instead Bolton is stuck in committe, and this amendment fails.
I'm happy it failed, understand, but it's as though the world is upside down today. We've had far more success in Bush's nominations than on the illegal front.
Who said I condone mass deportations Mr Wizard?
".... festering for 40 years"
The crisis is that it has gone fulminant for the last ten years. (Yes, I chose the word carefully, for context)
I think he said 80% Americans are opposed to mass deportations of illegal aliens.
it doesn't matter whether they are citizens or not,
because the federal government issues them i.d. #s so that that they can buy houses.
the u.s. government depends on the housing market, new and used to push our economy.
Voinovich is a moron...that is why Bolton failed.
Uh it's 80% who disapprove of mass deportations,
Some 80 percent of voters say it's unrealistic to deport some 10 million illegals.
They call it a set back...I've been here 5 years now, I wasn't offered any special treatment, why should they?
Get in line like me...
I think ya'll are celebrating too soon--this afternoon an amendment was passed that was put up by Mikulski that allows ---illegals to come in and do "seasonal" work in NE restaurants--
When THAT amendments passed 94-6, it opened up the supplemental to the REST of the immigration bills that got voted down....
Those will prolly be voted on tomorrow----the dems won 2 big ones today---
the GOP should hide their heads in shame!!!
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Nice link. I'm convinced.............
Do you think the Ag Jobs bill is basically a sellout to American agricultural corporations and interests?
Yes 97% 813 votes
No 3% 25 votes
Total: 838 votes
It's a real bummer to LOSE isn't it? LOL!! It just makes our victory that much sweeter! Does this mean that you'll be moving back to Mexico in the near future? Glad to see ya made it in time for our victory party! ;-)
P...S...Spell checker is your friend. Don't get so mad you forget to use it. :-)
"It also must suck to be against 80% of the American electorate who don't condone mass deportations."
Definition of "mass deportation?"
Source of poll?
The BurbankKarl amendment is as follows:
"No guest worker shall work or reside in a county that has any citizen on unemployment benefits in that county."
"Some 80 percent of voters say it's unrealistic to deport some 10 million illegals. "
Forget my earlier post.
Huge difference between "unrealistic" and "don't condone."
Perhaps all 9 of you can get together tonight for a pity party...
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You beat me to Danes "spin" of the poll. Glad you caught it.
Well from someone(czar) who has major experience portraying looniness, you should know.
The CS Monitor states that Ed Goeas's poll says 80% of the voting public don't think mass deportations are realistic.
You should get down on you knees and thank Bush and Frist for stopping this.
But it ain't over. AgJobs, or its ugly step-brother aka the McCain-Kennedy compromise will be back.
I hope you noticed that 53 senators voted for AgJobs.
I vote "AYE"!!!!
But I bet you would have a hard time passing that amendment in the GOP caucus!!!!
Exactly!! I'm sure about right now they realize they were on the wrong side in this dog fight! I hope they get booted in 06 by a real Conservative..
"You should get down on you knees and thank Bush and Frist for stopping this."
Uh, right theres your problem, the fact that you're on your knees for ANY politician.
Greatest news today other than the new Pope is a real conservative whom the libs are calling "God's Rotweiller." Grrrrr - get 'em Papa!
Same difference, basically it says that mass deportations are not feasible, despite the almost pornographic prognostications of some on FR of such an event.
""...100 days in the 18-month period before Dec. 31, 2004 and meet certain other criteria would be eligible for temporary residency."
Work 100 days out of 547 days, for those who think that crops are not harvested on weekends, work 100 days out of 360 days.
No wonder these people need subsidies!
When they become citizens they will understand the public assistance programs better than the people who wrote the programs or the legislators who approved them.
Can you tell me a reason why they will not continue being the parasites they were prior to citizenship?
One more qustion, can you tell me the benefits of citizenship for them?
A permanent Green Card would be their permanent membership card to the worlds largest and best public assistance program sytem known to man!
I'd guess if they asked 800 likely voter's in San Diego, CA., Brownsville, TX, or Niland, CA.....the poll would be skewed differently.
I think most reasonable American's would agree that when illegal aliens of any nationality are apprehended...they ought to be sent back to their country of origin. Not turned loose and rewarded with work visas, schooling, healthcare, foodstamps...etc..etc...
I dunno...maybe I'm wrong.