Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The latest Senate amnesty plan.

I'm not sure this is such a terrible approach, but it has at least two major flaws even if it gets out of the Senate. One legislative and the other logistical. Reconciling this with the House bill will be extremely difficult and even if that is done with some compromise that resembles the Senate proposal how do you implement this plan? One of the big arguments now is that we can't find or deal with illegal immigrants that are already here so this plan will only work with those illegals that want to voluntarily comply.

Some highlights of the new proposal:

• Those who had been in the country the longest, more than five years, would not be required to return to their home country before gaining legal status. They would be subject to several tests, including the payment of fines and back taxes, and be required to submit to a background check, according to these officials.

• Illegal immigrants in the United States less than five years but more than two would be required to go to a border point of entry, briefly leave and then be readmitted to the United States. As with the longer-term illegal, other steps would be required, these officials said.

• Illegal immigrants in the United States less than two years would be required to leave the country and join any other foreign residents seeking legal entry.

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