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Thursday, April 6, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

The NYT reports that a potential compromise over immigrations has been forged in the Senate (Senate Republicans Strike Immigration Deal) and lists the basics as follows:

¶Those who have lived in the country at least five years would be put on a path toward guaranteed citizenship, provided that they remained employed, paid fines and back taxes, and learned English, a senior Republican aide said. The aide said this group accounted for about 7 million of the roughly 11 million illegal immigrants believed to be living here.

¶Those who have lived here for two to five years, said to number about three million, would have to leave the country briefly before reporting to an American port of entry, where they would be classified as temporary workers. They would be allowed to apply for citizenship but would have no guarantee of obtaining it. Those who did not would have to leave after participating in the temporary worker program for six years.

¶The remaining one million or so, those who have lived in the country less than two years, would be required to leave. They could apply for temporary worker status but would not be guaranteed it.

The stratification is interesting, although I have to think that those concerned about “amnesty” aren’t going to like it in any event. The above also creates some rather intriguing, if not problematic, bureaucratic issues. How is one to prove, for example, exactly how long one has been in the country.

There is also the question as to what the motivation is going to be for the short-termers to reveal themselves.

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2 Comments

  1. Republicans Reach Compromise On Immigration

    Too shrewd by half, though it has some merit: Those who have lived in the country at least five years would be put on a path toward guaranteed citizenship, provided that they remained employed, paid fines and back taxes, and

    Trackback by Riehl World View — Thursday, April 6, 2006 @ 7:16 am

  2. The problem with majoritarian minoritarian governance: The Senate Republican deal on immigration

    There is almost certainly a majority within the Senate for an alternative bill that was more liberal and would have had broader political support … But that majority party–majority only in the sense of the seats it holds–contained elements t…

    Trackback by Fruits and Votes — Thursday, April 6, 2006 @ 11:55 am

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