Skip to comments.Immigration Amnesty Passes House
Posted on 03/13/2002 3:24:46 AM PST by Enemy Of The StateEdited on 04/22/2004 12:32:49 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt said he would support the bill with the border security provisions.
WASHINGTON — Despite calls to tighten the country's immigration laws following the September terror attacks, House leaders on Tuesday pushed through a bill that would allow some illegal immigrants to stay in the country while their residency paperwork is being processed.
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"It is not right to let families be victimized by, if you will pardon the expression, bureaucratic indifference or incompetence," Armey said. "That is not right and we don't believe that is the way it should be."
Dear Rep. Armey, you mean the INS that approved Mohammad Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi's visas just in time for the sixth month anniversary of 9-11? THAT INS you say can't get its work done fast enough? If anything what the incident revealed my dear Armey, is the INS' right hand doesn't know what its left hand is doing. And well most Americans believe for a fact its not right the INS should be in the business of rewarding illegal aliens with green cards. Not even for a $1,000 processing fee. There are indeed families being victimized by the INS, Mr. Armey and they are ordinary law-abiding American families who are being victimized by the INS' inability to protect our borders from illegal aliens and terrorists who have taken up residence in our country. To quote your own words right back at you, "that is not right and we believe that is not the way it should be." Its time to put America's national sovereignty and America's national security first.
LOL, you all are so funny. You all will praise the former klansman(Byrd) all the money he wants to put his name on every square inch of West Virginia, but let a Meixcan who busts his/her ass cleaning toilets or bussing tables try to get out of the underground, Off with his head.
You all expose yourselves more and more with your hyperbolic rantings.
House Again Passes Border and Visa Security Legislation
WASHINGTON, March 12 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The House today by a 275-137 margin passed legislation providing critical visa and border security safeguards. These protections, already passed by the House without opposition on December 19, 2001, have been held up by Democratic opposition in the Senate.
"This legislation provides vital changes to our immigration laws to fight terrorism and prevent exploitation by some illegal aliens who wish to harm Americans. It builds upon enhanced data sharing requirements in the PATRIOT Act and includes key changes to our immigration laws such as requiring new biometric visas and strengthening the foreign student tracking system," stated House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.). "It's time for the Senate Leadership to act on this legislation. The visa and border security provisions passed almost three months ago and we've seen zero movement by the Senate."
Visa and border security highlights include:
-- Strengthening the foreign student tracking system by requiring that it track: 1) the acceptance of aliens by educational institutions; 2) the issuance of visas to the aliens; 3) the admission into the U.S. of the aliens and the notification of these educational institutions of the admittance of these aliens; and 4) the enrollment of the aliens at the institutions.
-- Requiring the State Department by October 26, 2003 to only issue to aliens visas and other travel documents that are tamper-resistant and machine-readable using standardized biometric identifiers. Aliens entering the U.S. under the visa waiver program will have to possess passports with the same features (if issued after this date). By the same date (October 26, 2003) the INS must install scanners to read the biometric documents at all ports of entry. The INS must implement an integrated entry and exit data system (for nationals of countries other than Canada) containing arrival and departure data from these documents.
-- Requiring U.S. embassies and consulates to utilize terrorist lookout committees in order to ensure that the names of known terrorists are routinely and consistently brought to the attention of consular officials.
-- Barring nationals of countries that are state sponsors of terrorism from receiving temporary visas unless it has been determined that the aliens do not pose a threat to the safety of Americans or the national security of the U.S.
-- Providing an electronic data system that allows current and immediate access for consular officers and INS officials to information in databases of U.S. law enforcement agencies and the intelligence community.
-- Authorizing an additional 200 INS inspectors and 200 INS investigative personnel for each of the fiscal years 2002 through 2006. Also increases the pay and training of INS personnel, including Border Patrol agents, and beefs up consular offices at U.S. embassies. $150 million is authorized for the INS for improving technology at the border.
Today's legislation also included a temporary extension of the 245(i) immigration program. H.R. 1885 will allow qualifying illegal aliens to utilize section 245(i) as long as they have green card petitions filed on their behalf by the earlier of November 30, 2002, or four months after the date the Attorney General issues implementing regulations. It also requires that aliens must have entered the family relationships qualifying them for permanent residence by August 14, 2001. Under H.R. 1885, section 245(i) is a temporary program that will not become a permanent part of U.S. immigration law. A similar extension of the 245(i) program passed the House on May 21, 2001 by a 336-43 margin
Looks like your newest bestest Klan buddy Byrd is holding up some needed legislation.
I'm not in favor of the pork, however, I am in favor of getting rid of those people who have made their way into the country illegally. If they want in so bad, if they want so badly to be a part of the American system, then they need to start by entering the country legally, not by sneaking in under a fence in the dark of night, not by crossing a river illegally, not by hiding in the back of a tractor trailer. If they're so desperate to be law-abiding citizens, then let them take the first step in obeying the law.
Tried to explain it to my former sister-in-law in simple terms by comparing it to someone who breaks into your house in the middle of the night. You are not obligated to feed him, clothe him, provide him medical care or to take care of his children. Basically, that's what we're doing with the illegal immigrants. We're providing them with more care and more government funding than a lot of rightful American citizens are getting.
And those people have no obligation to clean your toilets, pick your food, or work in searing heat putting roofs on your buildings, and then go out and buy food, clothes, and other consumer goods in stores in America, but they do it and they do it voluntarily in hope of finding a better life.
Outstanding point. Imagine if we had these America haters in power 250 years ago. They would have closd the borders to George Washington!