Immigration Reform Plan is Offensive to Legal Immigrants

In the 2012 election, a number of Republicans failed to get elected or re-elected because of their opposition to giving everything to illegal immigrants.  In places like the Southwest, where a large part of the population is Hispanic, (Hispanics will be the majority population in California by end of summer), they control a lot of the votes.

In an effort to win some of those votes over to the GOP, some key Republican Senators have worked out a tentative outline for immigration reform.  From the legal immigrants I know, this reform is an insult and affront to them.

Republicans Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, both from Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Marco Rubio of Florida have agreed to an immigration reform plan with Democratic Senators Charles Schumer of New York, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Michael Bennet of Colorado.

The outline of the immigration reform package is:

  • Creating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already here, contingent upon securing the border and better tracking of people here on visas.

  • Reforming the legal immigration system, including awarding green cards to immigrants who obtain advanced degrees in science, math, technology or engineering from an American university.

  • Creating an effective employment verification system to ensure that employers do not hire illegal immigrants.

  • Allowing more low-skill workers into the country and allowing employers to hire immigrants if they can demonstrate they couldn’t recruit a U.S. citizen; and establishing an agricultural worker program.

The senators say that there are still many details of the plan that need to be worked out, but they are all optimistic about the final outcome.  Even though Rubio seems to be on board with the reform, the Las Vegas Review-Journal quoted him as describing the existing plan as a de facto amnesty plan and he recommended that the senators involved use commonsense.

It’s the pathway to citizenship that concerns me and is the affront to many legal immigrants.  My friends from South Africa took several years to get their paperwork to immigrate to the US.  Because of a technicality, they had to leave their teenage daughter behind with relatives in a very dangerous part of the country until a couple years later when her paperwork finally came through.  Once here, they went through the process of naturalization in order to become US citizens.

I’m all for streamlining the process for legal citizenship as it is a timely and costly process for many.  One of the world’s foremost karstologist (cave scientist) tried to immigrate to the US from Romania, but the process was going to take around 7 years.  He and his family decided to immigrate to Canada instead because their process from Romania was only several years.

I have other friends here from Australia and they obtained their citizenship the legal way also.  They took the naturalization classes and then the test, which they passed with flying colors.  They now actually hold dual citizenship with the US and Australia.

They have told me that they are against any form of amnesty for the millions of illegals here in the US.  One of them put it this way: ‘Why would you reward someone for committing a federal felony for entering the country illegally by just granting them citizenship while you do nothing to reward those that come here and obtain their citizenship legally?’

I asked him what his solution to the immigration problem would be and he told me that the US should deport EVERY illegal immigrant and then tell them if they want to come to the US and become citizens that they do it the same way everyone else does.  He also told me that we should post our troops along the border to secure it like other countries do.

I wholeheartedly agree with him.  The 11 million plus illegal aliens in the US are all guilty of committing a federal felony by their actions.  In no way should they be rewarded for doing that.  If anything, they are criminals and need to face the consequences of their crimes.  They all know when they come here that they are breaking the law, which to me makes it all the worse.

Would you reward someone for breaking into your home and living off of your household, eating your food, taking advantage of your medical and educational benefits?  Would you reward someone for stealing jobs from American citizens, especially when you know that it’s illegal for them to work here in the country and that they don’t pay taxes?

That sounds like what our politicians are about to do.  It’s not because of what’s right and wrong, they’re doing it about one thing – the vote!  While these politicians, including Republicans, may think they are winning votes from the Hispanics, they also have to realize that they will be losing votes from patriotic Americans and thousands of immigrants who came here legally.  Will the tradeoff be worth it?