Friday, May 18, 2007

New Immigration Bill: DOA?

A bipartisan coalition of U.S. Senators has introduced an immigration bill so mind-numbingly complex that there is a good chance it will not see the light of day.

Even I can’t understand its working. There are “Y” visas, “Z” visas, merit points, fines, some illegal immigrants can remain in the United States while others must leave and re-enter at a later date (an absolutely preposterous proposition!), provisions for guest-worker programs are equally nutty, and then there are triggers; and don't forget about the lengthy timelines (8-13 years to get a green card). At times, it seems it’s better to remain illegal than going through all the bureaucratic hassles of becoming legal.

Presently, it’s a 360-page bill right before amendments are added, eventually the bill will exceed north of 1,000-pages. In addition, in order to accomplish this task, the Department of Homeland Security, specifically the USCIS, which is responsible for immigrants, legal or otherwise, will need billions in funding to process everyone that is eligible. Before this, America’s borders must be fortified, one of the infamous triggers, in order to prevent further illegal immigration. Good luck on that!