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S. 1348, The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (324 comments ↓ | 13 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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rob coppock

May 15, 2007, 10:26am (report abuse)

This bill is against everything america stands for, If you legalize one group of felons, then lets legalize the actions of all Felons

Stephan Hudson

May 15, 2007, 5:45pm (report abuse)

It frightens me to think of what the US will look like in 25 years.

Laurie Adams

May 15, 2007, 11:08pm (report abuse)

If this bill passes, we are screwed as Americans! Wake-up America!!!

immigrant

May 16, 2007, 8:05am (report abuse)

High-skilled immigrants have lot of hopes on this immigration bill. H1B workers who had applied for their greencards are waiting since past 7 -9 years due to the backlog. This bill will help clear the backlog. Organization like immigrationvoice.org was formed by such immigrants themselves to solve this issue. This is a mass movement that everyone should join.

Cecil Nixxon

May 16, 2007, 8:35am (report abuse)

Ours is a country of conditional laws, applicable only to those with influence, power or wealth.

The importation of workers, or disregard for illegal immigration of workers at a wage level that undercuts American workers is unconscionable.

The arguments in favor of amnesty programs and lassiez-faire global economic practices harp on how "difficult" and "complex" these issues are, and how it is "impossible" to enforce laws and convince business to behave responsibly. Consider the source of these arguments and you'll certainly find a minority of special interests posed to profit from immigration abuse.

If you know your elected officials and you are outraged as I am, you will call them today and tell them what you believe. If you really want to take your country back, you will call them regularly and keep yourself well-informed of the issues.

Democracy works only as long as the citizens participate. Otherwise, just lie there and let the man have his way with you.

Diptam Chatterjee

May 16, 2007, 10:07am (report abuse)

I'm in this country legally for almost 7+ years working for Fortune 500 corporations in IT sector. I'm really sick of this EB3 and EB2 retrogression - it’s like a nightmare which brings down your productivity as an individual. Being in this country for 7+ years I still can't plan for my future...

I don’t know much about illegal immigrants who cut through neighbouring borders - But I see some peoples who came in this country with some VISA and by AIRLINES and they wear good looking clothes,have some Degree and they somehow managed to get GREEN CARD in 1 year by paying CASH thru the process of manipulating/stealing someone else's Priority Date- Would you call that Legal immigration ?? They have also given a name to that racket - "labor Substitution".

Let’s stop all this. Either says a straight Yes/No to all qualified legal immigrants quickly and professionally.

Krish

May 16, 2007, 12:05pm (report abuse)

Please read and understand the issue clearly before objecting it. There is a difference between people legally here and illegally here. Legal High skilled immigrants are asset to the Country, they share knowledge wealth and as well pay tax, medicare etc., etc., as every American citizens do. Even though they dont get benefit for Social security and etc., etc.,.

They are not a threat to American economy or Americans job. They are helpful to American economy and America to be competative enough to other countries. Read about what George Bush and Bill Gates are saying about Legal High Skilled Immigrant.

Dan

May 16, 2007, 3:58pm (report abuse)

It just amazes me that with appox 80% of American people and legal immigrants AGAINST guestworker Amnesty programs both the Dems and Reps want to shove it down our throats.

We really need a new party of the people that will LISTEN to what the American public wants, needs and demands. Until then throw every incumbent out of office till they start to listen and pay attention!

Of course, amnesty is wrong and punishes those here legally, those trying to immigrate legally and to the American citizen.

Who looks out for us? Not the politicians...not until they kill a bill which is in direct conflict with what 80% of the American public wants.

To foreign workers

May 16, 2007, 6:43pm (report abuse)

THIS IS NOT YOUR COUNTRY!

You do not belong in our country, and you certainly do not have any say in our laws! What the hell makes you think you are entitled to American jobs? You are not even Americans!

Div Reddy

May 16, 2007, 8:29pm (report abuse)

People have misunderstood this one... American people shud welcome the legal immigrants. i dont want to say anything abt illegals,

Joe DeSchryver

May 17, 2007, 10:00am (report abuse)

I can't find anywhere in this bill where an American Citizen can file a complaint against a suspected employer for having hired an illegal alien or displaced an American worker. Where are the remedies for the people who abide by the law?

Beth-San marcos

May 17, 2007, 1:11pm (report abuse)

This is absolutely OUTRAGEOUS! Reward and Respect people who Steal their way here! I too fear what the End Result will be to America. What is Our Recourse?

Support Immigration Reform

May 17, 2007, 1:20pm (report abuse)

For those who hate immigrants, please take out a history book about this country. You ancetors were immigrants, you great-great-ancetors may have killed native Indians to become a settler in the 1500s or 1600s. So YOU do not have rights to preclude others from coming here. Plain and Simple.

From Foreign Workers

May 17, 2007, 1:22pm (report abuse)

Why did you create visa program to bring foreign workers in this Land legally ?

FYI,ask the companies and institutions why they hell they entitle Foreigners to American Jobs legally ?

By the way - there is no point arguing with you. Please study and figure out what "LEGAL IMMIGRANTS" have historically contributed to this country before saying foreigners "You do not belong in our country, and you certainly do not have any say in our laws"

By the way is your anger on Illegal immigrants(which is natural) or just on any immigrants/foreigners who wants to work hard and call America their Future home ??

jON rENNER

May 17, 2007, 3:31pm (report abuse)

DO NOT sign, agree to, or promote ANY form of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill currently being promoted by the President. Illegal aliens must not be allowed to enter, stay here, work here, enjoy life here unless they pay the same dues my grandparents did - LEGALLY. Vote no on current proposal.

DO NOT sell out America - Again!!

andy hales

May 17, 2007, 3:32pm (report abuse)

Speaking as an English man I know what it is like to be overrun by immigrants and the fact we are getting less wages because of this.

My wife is a nurse awaiting a Green card and has now got fed up waiting and applied to Australia to work.

USA like the UK needs good quality skilled workers or they will find the country goes backwards.

What you don't need is lots more unskilled workers, but the time it takes to get in you only get the unskilled workers so USA WAKE UP!

China will soon be the super power don't let this happen.

Michael Cook

May 17, 2007, 4:44pm (report abuse)

If this bill passes and the president signs it, George Bush should be impeached.

I haven’t voted for a democrat since Jimmy Carter ran against Reagan. I’m about as conservative as they come now. I don’t have a problem with anyone coming here as long as you do these four things:

1. Come here legally throught the right channels. Some courtries still shoot people trying to cross their borders illegally.

2. Work and be productive, not living off a welfare system that should be abolished anyway. I don’t care who you are, GET A JOB!!!!!!

3. LEARN TO SPEAK ENGLISH OR GO BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM!!!!!!!

4. Learn how to drive or don’t get behind the wheel!!!!!!! And don’t drink and drive.

I’ve looked up to and admired the strength of Bush since 9/11 but something’s changed. Obviously he’s not the man I thought and I’m very disappointed in him.

If he signs this bill giving these ILLEGALS amnesty, he should be impeached and sent back to Texas.

dust

May 17, 2007, 5:45pm (report abuse)

doesn't he realize that the weapons of mass destruction ARE the illigal immigrants??

trigs

May 17, 2007, 10:07pm (report abuse)

Ditto Michael Cook.

I to have admired the strength of Bush and believe he has always put this county first, but I cannot support this amnesty bill. This bill would legalize 12 - 14 million plus criminals. That’s the population of Michigan and Kentucky combined. I don’t know anyone republican or democrat that supports this bill so why is it being force-fed to us?

Wake up and smell the coffee now or we are going to wake up and smell the tacos tomorrow.

Diptam (Talking reality !!)

May 18, 2007, 7:09am (report abuse)

I'm legally waiting in the GC queue for a longtime and hate any kind of amnesty(This is Amnesty in slow-motion)

But what they can do - in 1 year they have worked on only 200K illegal immigrants ...so 12 MM will take 60 years to get rid of them !!!

Plus $5000 penalty from each of them is going makes a money pool of 50-60 BN which can be used for building Fence,employ cops in there etc..

Actions are Driven by economics/money in Capitalism..

Some one talking about making Manhattan a Toll-Zone to reduce cars and cabs - Same theory ! Controlling Public behaviour by economics - Capitalism ...!!

Makes sense ??

Pat

May 18, 2007, 8:35am (report abuse)

We need this bill. Families are being torn apart by deportation; all the Republicans who claim to be "pro-family" need to realize this.

Micheal Cook

May 18, 2007, 8:55am (report abuse)

Dear Pat,

I’m not Republican. I’m a Reagan Conservative.

As for the families being torn apart, it’s regretable this is happening. However, just like you and I, they must suffer the consequences of their own actions.

If an Illegal comes here, gets married, has kids, then gets deported, it’s no one’s fault but their own. They broke the law by coming here illegally and must pay the consequences of their own actions - PERIOD.

J

May 18, 2007, 9:55am (report abuse)

write to your congressman,call their offices, fax them, tell them they will be held responsible for their stance on this Amnesty Bill.Tell them you will get your community involed, tell them your communities will not forget their stance on this Bill and that we will vote them and their party OUT of office.. thats the way to play. But then again, are we in a Democracy or a (Corporate)Dictatorship????? and this bill is a way to have more slaves serve."The Masters of Money" (look it up)

L Croft

May 18, 2007, 10:37am (report abuse)

STOP the practice of making every baby born in the US a citizen. I'm against S. 1348.

EB3

May 18, 2007, 10:40am (report abuse)

I am a highly compensated, well-published, highly educated brown temporary worker on H1B in a fortune 100 company. The company has applied for a green card for me, and I want to make U.S. my future home. I have been educated (college) in the U.S. on an F-1 visa, after which I started working.

For those who are speaking against this bill, are saying that people hard working people like myself are not welcome in America. I should go back to my country & get a job there.

Am I reading this currectly ? If so, is it because I have "taken" a white american job ? Is this about race, or class or just insecurity about survival in the face of global competition ? Can someone (on the far right) please explain.

Thanks

L Croft

May 18, 2007, 11:03am (report abuse)

If you are here legally and are gainfully employed, welcome. If you want to make America your home and adopt the American way of life and speak English, welcome. If you want to live here and force your language on us, go home.

dabeyen

May 18, 2007, 11:05am (report abuse)

Diptam said - Some one talking about making Manhattan a Toll-Zone to reduce cars and cabs - Same theory ! Controlling Public behaviour by economics - Capitalism ...!!

If there were less people in the US there would be less traffic. I do not understand why politicians are hellbent on turning the US into a poor, crowded 3rd world country.

Far Right

May 18, 2007, 11:39am (report abuse)

To EB3:

It sounds like you are going through legal channels to become an American. You and other people like you are being punished by this bill. We're not against immigrants, just ILLEGAL immigrants.

EB3

May 18, 2007, 12:37pm (report abuse)

I love the values America stands on, I do speak English primarily. I am big fan of the foresight of the founding fathers of America. And I particularly like the fact that this country accepts Americans in all shapes, sizes, & colors.

L Croft: I do know & enjoy four other languages - which I don't force on to others. I do not practice religion and I not a Christian. Does that matter ? While I don't go to a church myself I do do respect those how do believe in a personal God.

Far Right: This particular bill (after reading parts of it - please refer Title IV & V) seems to help legal Employment Based visa workers like myself. Can anyone point to a section in the bill so I can focus on that (except title IV & V)?

Unskilled people who came here without a visa or with a visa but did not return are in trouble if the bill passes (see title III).

Diptam

May 18, 2007, 1:27pm (report abuse)

dabeyen-Seems you are getting suffocated by loads of immigrants and you think they will make America Poor,crowded 3rd world country ??

While i can't prevent you from thinking whatever you can please check with your politicians, Fortune 100 company executives, Scholars of American colleges why they brought 3rd world immigrants in America in the first place and what their role was in the last few years !! I'm hoping that your perspective will change.

Once again I do agree that illegal immigration is criminal and any kind of amnesty (immediate or slow motion) is not a good thing at all.

Thanks

EB3

May 18, 2007, 3:15pm (report abuse)

American law makers need to decide the severity of the crime of staying in America beyond the visa permit date or entering the country without a visa (illegal immigration). Justice delayed is justice denied. There has been a delay of 15-20 years relative to the execution of immigration laws. The immigration program of the U.S. has not worked due to a lack of enforcement. The current immigration rules are out dated, unreasonable and unenforceable. The new bill defines an approach that changes the severity of the crime, in other words the change to the law is essentially substituting punishments. Are the people against the substitution of the punishment from deportation to fines? Which part of the bill are people really against? Is it that immigration laws have not been enforced historically and now they want all law breakers to pay at once? Or is it because there is an insecurity regarding the "browning" of America and possibly changing the texture of the country in the years to come?

Dave

May 18, 2007, 3:31pm (report abuse)

Welcome to the third world, USA! The middle and poor classes of the U.S. are really going to suffer. This nation is about to resemble India, with poverty, hunger, disease, dying, and the level of education is going to get dragged down further. Oh and don't forget about gangs and crime. America, the home of the brave and the bars over the home windows.

Donny

May 18, 2007, 3:33pm (report abuse)

We have 78 Visa programs. Border invaders need to apply for a visa and then wait in line.

EB3

May 18, 2007, 3:40pm (report abuse)

Donny - 100% agree.

Dave - not sure what you are talking about!

YOU PEOPLE R NOT OK

May 18, 2007, 4:09pm (report abuse)

CAME ON IT THE END OF THE WORD PLEASE WE DONT CARE IF PASS OR NOT WE GOIN KEEP WORKING ON THE SAME JOB THAT I DONT SEE NONE OF YOU.

Deport Illegals

May 18, 2007, 4:27pm (report abuse)

First, deport all illegal aliens. Second, secure the borders. Third, hold a rational discussion on immigration. Forth, let some of the good ones back in as guest workers with a path to citizenship.

Proud American

May 18, 2007, 6:17pm (report abuse)

People who are here with out papers are not felons. Crossing the border with out inspection is a civil offense, not a criminal one. We are not simply talking about illegals, they are human beings. Most of these people hold anywhere from one to three jobs, pay their taxes, and contribute to the betterment of their local community.

WELCOME

May 18, 2007, 6:23pm (report abuse)

Welcome to any one who dares to dream the American dream. Be strong, educate yourself, and prosper. Ignore those nay sayers whom would have you believe the sky is falling, and follow the example of previous immigrants who dared to dream the American dream and achieved greatness in our land.

win

May 18, 2007, 10:46pm (report abuse)

The really said part is U.S. citizens don't mind immigration, we are against illegal immigration.

If there weren't so many illegal immigrants, including marching for their "right" to citizenship, if our government, and various other political factions weren't trying to shove this down our throat, if they people came into the country legally and treated us and our country with respect, we wouldn't be against us.

We are not against those legally here to give respect to us and our country, they are the reason we have an immigration policy, not our businesses, not our political parties, but just because we like the people.

At least that is the way it should be.

Dick

May 19, 2007, 9:42am (report abuse)

The American people have worked hard to earn the SS money they can retire on. I don't appreciate my hard earned money being given away. I did not earn a free ride and neither should anyone else. My kids have worked hard so they can retire and there wont be any if we keep adding free loaders to the system.

Gwen

May 19, 2007, 10:39am (report abuse)

The border will never be closed with the current elected officials. The bill needs to separate the issues of the border and legalization of 12 million illegal people. Plain and simple,we have to secure our borders FIRST. Then after several years then and only then should we consider the rights of illegals currently in OUR country.

Make no mistake about how we feel as AMERICANS. We are NOT okay with this. This bill was crafted behind closed doors. Doesn’t that ring a bell??

I feel very strongly on the issue of the immigration reform bill. This bill is being railroaded to the American public without any strong opposition. The borders are not closed and will not be closed with the current administration. We already have 12 million "ILLEGALS" in this country and more to come if this leglislation is passed. I lived in San Diego for many years before coming to Florida and I am very aware of the huge problem that is facing this country.

win

May 19, 2007, 11:06am (report abuse)

Crossing the border without papers is a federal offense. Invalid Social Security, Fake ID, are fraud, usually a felony.

"We are not simply talking about illegals, they are human beings."

We are human beings. Our rights should count more in this country. Our voice should count more.

"Most of these people hold anywhere from one to three jobs ...

We are told "they are in the shadows." If they are in the shadows we don't know what most are doing. We do not know how many illegal aliens are here. Estimates are between 12 and 20 million. Once legal, family members can come here. Family is about anyone related to you in anyway in immigration law.

A loophole allowed this bill to avoid the environmental impact statement required by law. Think about what a massive increase in population does for roads, schools, pollution, land going to housing, water shortages, air quality, more garbage.

Legal Immigrant

May 19, 2007, 6:08pm (report abuse)

All those who feel this bill to be scaped should volunteer to join the border patrol. go and signup. they are not finding enough agents to fill these positions.

HH

May 20, 2007, 7:39am (report abuse)

USA is a built on strong immigration foundation and values. Don't turn this country xenophobic. Try to learn and respect other countries' values. The current arrogance of USA being a superpower will pull it down in the long term. Remember - What goes around comes around!!

win

May 20, 2007, 10:47am (report abuse)

Contrary to the views of those that are for amnesty being against amnesty for illegal aliens is not the definition of

xenophobic, racist, nativist or other terms with negative connotations.

As far as joining up with the border control, the borders of this country though are one of the very few reasons I would serve in a capacity where you carry a weapon.

Grumpy

May 20, 2007, 2:50pm (report abuse)

EB3: You sound like the type of immigrant that any Western nation would be glad to have. You do yourself a great disservice when you group yourself with an illiterate Mexican prostitute who got knocked up, snuck across the border to have her baby at US taxpayer expense, then stayed and applied for welfare, food stamps, housing assistance...

Please consider

May 21, 2007, 10:10am (report abuse)

Please for a moment and stop thinking only about yourself. I would say a greater problem than immigration in our country is its entitlement mentality. Have you ever considered where these people are coming from? What would you do if you were in the same situation? Furthermore, the fact that you are an American is pure luck you could just as easily been born in Sudan. You have no God given right to be American. My guess is that many of you against this bill are also for lower taxes and would be opposed to increase aide to other countries. What do you expect this people to do? It's time we stopped being so nationalistic and start being more humanitarian. Lastly, a fence is not going to do much good. Most illegal immigrants didn’t sneak across the border, they came here legally on a legal tourist visa and simply overstayed. Why are we wasting so much money on a stupid fence?

ORLY

May 21, 2007, 10:36am (report abuse)

Damn illegals. Thats the problem, the illegals use up all our tax money!!!! Less we forget there is a war going on where people are killed everyday and its putting our country in debt. Who allows this? Why Mr. President, thank you for diverting attention once again; you are a great magician. I mean rly, you have a WAR going on, people are dieing; many families are mourning, You are s****ing tax money, like you have diareah, on this war- but its those immigrants who hurt this country.

Immmigrants are going to continue to come, regardless. Best bet is to speed up the process so they can be here legally. F**k your H-2 guestworker programs. Guestworker programs are just a joke.

Concerned Citizen

May 21, 2007, 10:44am (report abuse)

We say that illegal aliens are "taking U.S. jobs" but what is it that makes Americans any better than the illegal aliens? We aren't doing a good job deporting them, and as long as there is incentive to come, they will come. No one wants to "reward lawbreakers", but if we open up legal channels to come to the U.S. we can serve the needs of both America and these illegal aliens.

EB3

May 21, 2007, 11:54am (report abuse)

If illegals are not contributing to ss & medicare. First make them do that.

If they are already here, slap on a visa & get taxes to support the community.

Just sayin'

Legal Resident

May 21, 2007, 3:43pm (report abuse)

The problem with any of these proposals comes with the Taxpayer Funded Benefits. So long as people can get a free ride, this argument will continue.

People are nostalgic about immigration but fail to realize that immigration and welfare don't mix.

Dump the welfare system then let anyone in that wants to come. If they can't make it, they will leave. That is how it was until the 1960s when the Taxpayer got the task of feeding, clothing, and housing everyone.

Renee

May 21, 2007, 3:49pm (report abuse)

If America doesn't open their eyes and ears now. Look at the big picture. The Government is being secretive on the Immagration. All they are doing is letting another Country take over our "FREE" Country. I really don't like the bill, because if it passes or not, the "Illegal Aliens" are still going to come no matter what our Laws states. They know the "GOVERNMENT IS NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT ANYWAY" that's why they are over powering our Government and Country. Is America ready for another revolution or civil war.

If America doesn't open their eyes they are going to find themselves in the middle of a war on our soil. When we write our Government or call them, they don't want to hear the "REAL AMERICANS VOICES" unless they are for it.

The Government does not want the borders closed because they want one world Government.If you really love your Country and want to stand up for it come out of the shadows and together we stand, the better our Country will be.

Richard K

May 21, 2007, 7:02pm (report abuse)

Amnesty by any other name is still amnesty. Who really expects any enforcement?

Concerned Citizen2

May 21, 2007, 7:23pm (report abuse)

Most individuals would prefer to stay in their birth countries. There are push/pull factors that many opponents are blind to around here.

The US supports many companies to go abroad and exploit the labor, and the enviroment. The US supports governments which allows US companies and interests to take advantage of the poor in these countries. Small Farms are being overtaken by US Aggricultural forces. Many rural people are having to move to the city to fight for the limited jobs. These are the illegal aliens the poor individuals that sometimes cross not one but several borders to come to the United States to find sometype of economic stability for their families.

win

May 21, 2007, 11:29pm (report abuse)

Mexico needs to clean up its own economy and we need to clean up ours.

The second richest person in the world is a Mexican. He overtook Buffet and is close behind Gates, the first richest this year. A large amount of this was made post NAFTA.

http:/www.forbes.com/business/2007/04/11/billionaires-helu-telecom-biz-cz_hc_0411helu.html

Outraged

May 22, 2007, 12:38am (report abuse)

If this passes, God Bless (what used to be) America!!! As a 20 year veteran of this country I will feel betrayed by our so called leaders. It's time for a good third party candidate! One that has nothing to gain but the respect of the people that vote him in!

Joe Zimmerman

May 22, 2007, 11:58am (report abuse)

This is perhaps the most poorly designed piece of legislation in the last eight years, especially if you are an AMERICAN! Discounting all of the immigrant rhetoric, this bill provides for (1)border enforcement personnel only if we have the money,(2)all of the construction must be completed within 2 years of the the enactment of the bill, (3)a biometric database for ALL AMERICANS, (4)no provisions for those 3rd country nationals who overstay their visit to the US,(5) a southern border study that will take 2 years itself, (5) a Firearms Trafficking Action plan with Canada and ONLY a feasibility study of the same plan with Mexico. This is ridiculous and this bill must be scrapped and sent back to the PEOPLE!

Stop the Insanity

May 22, 2007, 1:46pm (report abuse)

First, I love immigrants. The country was founded by immigrants.

Second, I am not a republican or a democrat. I'm in the middle.

Finally, I think this bill is a terrible idea. Granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants who broke the law and are a burden to the system is just plain wrong and unfair.

Instead, let's secure the borders, make immigration easier for those who want to come and stay, and let the illegal immigrants apply to work here legally via their country of origin.

As a temporary solution, grant all existing illegal immigrants TEMPORARY work visas. After a few years, they will have to return home to apply for a more permanent work visa or citizenship if they want.

but please, no amnesty.

I am against this bill and the "Z" visa.

tofuish

May 22, 2007, 10:08pm (report abuse)

If this bill is passed, we are just one step closer to National ID's. This bill will allow an influx of immigrants into the country, giving the government the excuse it needs to force National ID's in order for citizens to work.

Jose Jiminez

May 23, 2007, 11:16am (report abuse)

Chu kan peek yur hown dam ledduz & cabbheg gringos!

NAWER

May 23, 2007, 12:31pm (report abuse)

Please sign this petition to Congress against Amnesty and Guestworker for Illegal Aliens

http://www.newsbull.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=45563

Educate yourself first.

May 23, 2007, 1:37pm (report abuse)

Many of the people leaving negative comments should read and educate themselves prior to posting. This country was made by immigrants many of them here fleeing injustice and poverty like today's immigrants.

PRAGMATO

May 23, 2007, 1:39pm (report abuse)

FOR ALL THOSE CRITICIZING THIS BILL, CAN U PROPOSE A PRACTICAL AND REALISTIC SOLUTION TO THE IMMIGRATION PROBLEMS OF THIS COUNTRY??

Legal

May 23, 2007, 1:40pm (report abuse)

guys if breaking a law, you need to send all those illegals out of US,. then think of how many people break the law (DUI) driving under influence. The punishment for DUI is 2 months to 2 years in jail. At this rate the whole of US will be in jail. except for the legal immigrants who have just arrived.

Everyone shud look at this with a humane heart.

To speak the truth after reading the Bill, only the government is making some profit out of this Bill. the illegals its a bad deal for them. $5000 times 12 million = 60 Billion. imagine how much more. this can probably fund a 50 foot tall fence between US and Mexico.

legal immigrant

May 23, 2007, 1:42pm (report abuse)

guys if breaking a law, you need to send all those illegals out of US,. then think of how many people break the law (DUI) driving under influence. The punishment for DUI is 2 months to 2 years in jail. At this rate the whole of US will be in jail. except for the legal immigrants who have just arrived.

Everyone shud look at this with a humane heart.

To speak the truth after reading the Bill, only the government is making some profit out of this Bill. the illegals its a bad deal for them. $5000 times 12 million = 60 Billion. imagine how much more. this can probably fund a 50 foot tall fence between US and Mexico.

S

May 23, 2007, 1:47pm (report abuse)

I am a member of Immigration Voice – a group that represents legal skilled immigrants.

We oppose the senate’s immigration bill in its current form.

The bill reduces the number of green cards for legal skilled immigrants and

diverts those green cards to future guest workers program and to untested merits based system.

We request senate to increase the number of green cards for legal skilled immigrants in the current backlogs

and fix the backlogs first before starting a new merits based system.

We urge the Senator to amend the section 501(b) and increase the number of green cards for

legal skilled immigrants from 140,000 to a higher number to eliminate the current backlogs the same way

the bill reduces backlogs for family-based immigrants in section 501(a).

legal immigration

May 23, 2007, 1:48pm (report abuse)

I am a member of Immigration Voice – a group that represents legal skilled immigrants.

We oppose the senate’s immigration bill in its current form.

The bill reduces the number of green cards for legal skilled immigrants and diverts those green cards to future guest workers program and to untested merits based system.

We request senate to increase the number of green cards for legal skilled immigrants in the current backlogs and fix the backlogs first before starting a new merits based system

raj

May 23, 2007, 1:50pm (report abuse)

This bill has totally overlooked high skilled legal immigrants.

1. Reduce green card quota from 140k to 90K.

2. without addressing backlog, they proposed horrible point system

3. They are granting green card to 12 millions illegal and they have no per country cap. Employment and Family based will have 10% per country cap.

4. Person came here legally and maintain legal status trough out have family members not having work permit. under dream act, kids illegal alien will get green card in three years. While kids (more than 21 years) of high skilled legal immigrant will never get green card.

Big injustice to high skilled legal immigrants. "US is no more heaven for best and brightest but heaven for illegals.

prdgl

May 23, 2007, 1:55pm (report abuse)

I am a high-skilled immigrant living in this country for more than 5 years. I was given education here and started working like any other people.

Lately, its becoming really difficult to live peacefully with all the uncertainities in immigration that's happening. I have been waiting in line LEGALLY for very long time in the process of Permenant Residency and nothing seems to happen yet.

Even the most simplest decisions in life is very difficult because everything is based on the immigration provisions and law.

Even after we obey the laws, pay taxes on time and contribute for the greater advancement of this nation we are not given the basic rights as an important contributor to this nation.

I kindly urge you to help pass some provisions that will make our lifes little easier

dont_mess_up_america

May 23, 2007, 1:56pm (report abuse)

Call lawmakers and oppose this bill.

Raj Sivaraj

May 23, 2007, 1:57pm (report abuse)

Dear Everyone.

It's so disappointing that the bill has made me worthless. I have been here in US user legal immigration visa for 6 years and have MS. This bill do not address the issues in immigration for us, the tax payer, law abiding Highly Skilled LEGAL immigrants. It has rather made our lives miserable. I see that illegals are treated great for thier vote bank , but how can these lawmakers take our bread and give to those people. I was proud to be in this country for it's clean system and technology, now I see bad politics dancing for the illegal votes. I am neutral to the illegals but Law Makers please respect the educated law abiding people like me. - www.immigrationvoice.org

Jenny

May 23, 2007, 2:01pm (report abuse)

My husband as a principal greencard applicant has lived in the U.S.A for 12 years. He got his PHD degree in the States and is a professor now. After years of waiting as legal immigrants, our green cards are still not in the sight. Now all the illegals are allowed to get green cards in five years. How ironic it is! Breaking the law, asking your fellow people breaking the law, and then you can change the law favor of you! That is a message the U.S.A. is sending by this ridiculous bill.

dont_mess_up_america

May 23, 2007, 2:04pm (report abuse)

to Joe DeSchryver - "I can't find anywhere in this bill where an American Citizen can file a complaint against a suspected employer for having hired an illegal alien or displaced an American worker. Where are the remedies for the people who abide by the law?"

because if this bill gets passed, there would be no illegals. Everybody is legal in this country, and you have nowhere to complain.

Trimbak

May 23, 2007, 2:09pm (report abuse)

It's so disappointing that the bill has made me worthless. I have been here in US user legal immigration visa for 9 years and have Masters. This bill do not address the issues in immigration for us, the tax payer, law abiding Highly Skilled LEGAL immigrants. It has rather made our lives miserable. I see that illegals are treated great for thier vote bank , but how can these lawmakers take our bread and give to those people. I was proud to be in this country for it's law and order and high value of honeshty, hard work and technology industry, now I see bad politics dancing for the illegal votes. I am neutral to the illegals but Law Makers please respect the educated law abiding people like me.

Dhaval C

May 23, 2007, 2:09pm (report abuse)

Dear Everyone.

It's so disappointing that the bill has made me worthless. I have been here in US user legal immigration visa for 6 years and have MS. This bill do not address the issues in immigration for us, the tax payer, law abiding Highly Skilled LEGAL immigrants. It has rather made our lives miserable. I see that illegals are treated great for thier vote bank , but how can these lawmakers take our bread and give to those people. I was proud to be in this country for it's clean system and technology, now I see bad politics dancing for the illegal votes. I am neutral to the illegals but Law Makers please respect the educated law abiding people like me. - www.immigrationvoice.org

DPP

May 23, 2007, 2:11pm (report abuse)

It is very disappointing that this bill is not having any reliefs for legal high skilled immigrants struck in ever-ending backlogs.

First clear all backlogs and give GCs for all legal high skilled immigrants and then discuss on illegals.

This bill gives the meaning that it is better to be illegal than legal. We legal immigrants renew visas every year, paying all medical, SS, fedaral, state, county taxes. Fist give some relief to them by giving GCs right away and then control the border, discuss on existing illegals.

May be it is the time for us (legals) to try to be illegal so that we get the GC in fast track.

Dr Reddi

May 23, 2007, 2:11pm (report abuse)

I am MD PhD and struck up in green card backlog. After reading text of this proposed immigration bill, I ashamed with myself as a high skilled legal immigrant. My family and I want to be a illegal immigrant so that we all get Z status and my son, who is turning to 21 in 6 months do not loose his status !!

Do you think any worst situation???

Jay K

May 23, 2007, 2:14pm (report abuse)

The current version of this bill,

does not have any provisions for

the legal immigrants. Infact, it

even makes the existing broken

system move backwards by decreasing

the 140K EB visa numbers to 90K.

Thanks

Jay

H

May 23, 2007, 2:23pm (report abuse)

I am a member of Immigration Voice – a group that represents legal skilled immigrants.

We oppose the senate’s immigration bill in its current form.

The bill reduces the number of green cards for legal skilled immigrants and

diverts those green cards to future guest workers program and to untested merits based system.

We request senate to increase the number of green cards for legal skilled immigrants in the current backlogs

and fix the backlogs first before starting a new merits based system.

We urge the Senator to amend the section 501(b) and increase the number of green cards for

legal skilled immigrants from 140,000 to a higher number to eliminate the current backlogs the same way

the bill reduces backlogs for family-based immigrants in section 501(a).

Tushbush

May 23, 2007, 2:28pm (report abuse)

It's so disappointing that the bill has made me worthless. I have been here in US user legal immigration visa for 5 years and have MS. This bill do not address the issues in immigration for us, the tax payer, law abiding Highly Skilled LEGAL immigrants. It has rather made our lives miserable. I see that illegals are treated great for thier vote bank , but how can these lawmakers take our bread and give to those people. I was proud to be in this country for it's clean system and technology, now I see bad politics dancing for the illegal votes. I am neutral to the illegals but Law Makers please respect the educated law abiding people like me. - www.immigrationvoice.org

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