The Anti-Assimilation President
Today's featured article by Paul Donnelly, "The Anti-Assimilation President: Democrats Need A Values-Based Alternative To Bush Immigration Initiative" makes many interesting points:
- Bush is anti-assimilation the way a bigamist is anti-marriage: what he says counts for less than what he does. It is simply not possible to promote the assimilation of new Americans while outlawing and exiling their husbands and wives, forcing legal permanent residents and their spouses to choose between obeying the law and their obligations as parents ... So the spouses and minor children of legal permanent residents should be an unlimited category, the same as the nuclear families of US citizens ...While some might object fewer than you might think, however to this as a vast increase in legal immigration, it simply isn't so. The spouses and minor children of legal permanent resident are people whom we want in the US, right? That's why it's called legal PERMANENT residency. Moreover, all these people whether we're talking a million, or 2 million are already eligible for green cards. There is no value whatsoever in forcing these should-be-legal immigrants to become illegal residents, making them a problem to be fixed later, if at all as the record since 1986 proves.
- Sooner or later, we must face the fact that the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act has become like an old building the foundation and architecture is sound, but the wiring, floors and plumbing, not to mention the windows and walls need to be gutted and rebuilt.
- Values-Based Immigration would recognize the fundamental connection between sibling based immigration and employment. Surely, no one needs to remind President Bush just how much a brother can help in getting a job and the fact is, sibling immigration is largely an employment network. Without abandoning the family values involved, much less eliminating the category, let's treat it as such.
- ... the most senior legislators with immigration expertise notably Senator Kennedy have a career vested in the mess made by tinkering at the margins of the 1965 Act -- legislation which, after all, Senator Kennedy managed to enactment.
- ILW.COM readers can play an important role in that, because this periodical serves those who understand just how badly broken the current immigration system really is, and who recognize that the usual debate between the usual suspects hasn't gotten us very far. For better or worse, even without actual legislation, Bush has said he supports the most significant change in our national approach to immigration since 1965 ...
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The Anti-Assimilation President: Democrats Need A Values-Based Alternative To Bush Immigration Initiative
Paul Donnelly writes "For better or worse, even without actual legislation, Bush has said he supports the most significant change in our national approach to immigration since 1965 a radical shift away from the assimilation model epitomized by Ellis Island, and toward a German gastarbeiter approach."
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State Of The Union Address And Immigration Policy
During a press briefing, White House Spokesman responded to a question, "Is the President going to use the State of the Union as another opportunity to defend and explain his immigration policy, which hasn't really been very popular in many sections of his own party?"
EOIR Announces Latest Disciplinary Actions
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Republicans May Oppose President Bush's Guest Worker Plan
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Public Interest Parole Aids In Arrest
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Letters to the Editor
Regarding the scripted, but very clarifying interview with Mr. Cheney, one has to answer to the first question with a sound yes. Someone asks the VP, "Why should we give millions of people in our state a break for a prima facie breaking of the law? Is there any other country in the world, including Europe and Latin America, that would do so?" yes.
In many countries amnesty has been exercised towards otherwise illegal immigrants, most times broadly, sometimes applicable specifically to one immigrant category. As examples we could point to Portugal in 1992 and 1996, Brazil in 1980, 1988, and 1998 (all immigrants without complications with the law benefited), and many others. Voila: Europe and Latin America.
The big difference here is the extent of the current American situation; having dealt so poorly with immigration for so many years, US legislators now face a huge, although not unsolvable, problem. However, it is naοve to believe that millions of undocumented immigrants would apply for the new temporary workers' visas, exposing themselves to a deportation three years later. We need a permanent solution to the problem, not a means to facilitate deportation police work.
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