Obama Streamlines Immigration: Will the Real Juan Mendez Please Stand Up?
Because then he wouldn’t be able to tell us what a bunch of hateful bigots Republicans are.
The White House is circulating a draft immigration bill that would create a new visa for illegal immigrants living in the United States and allow them to become legal permanent residents within eight years, according to a report published online Saturday by USA Today.
President Barack Obama’s bill would create a “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” visa for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. The bill includes more security funding and requires business owners to adopt a system for verifying the immigration status of new hires within four years, the newspaper said.
USA Today reported that the bill would require that immigrants pass a criminal background check, submit biometric information and pay fees to qualify for the new visa. Immigrants who served more than a year in prison for a criminal conviction or were convicted of three or more crimes and were sentenced to a total of 90 days in jail would not be eligible. Crimes committed in other countries that would bar immigrants from legally entering the country would also be ineligible.
Those immigrants facing deportation would be eligible to apply for the visa, the newspaper reported. Immigrants would be eligible to apply for a green card within eight years, if they learn English and U.S. history and government, and they would later be eligible to become U.S. citizens. [Read more]
And senators and congressmen and head of AT&T, even. If they pass that background check. Of course, they can’t admit to using someone else’s Social Security card for the 10-, 15- or 20-plus years they’ve been here.
So that probably won’t be in the Barack Obama King’s X-Ollie Ollie Oxen Free, Free, Free-“Lawful Prospective Immigrant” background check. Because then anyone who has held a job here without legal status would be guilty of Social Security fraud.
There has to be a simpler way.
Maybe if everyone just signs up for Vonage?