U.S. Senator Grassle 15 Points on Immigration Bill

From Sen. Grassley Press Release May 22nd, 2007:

GRASSLEY OUTLINES HOW AMNESTY REALLY WORKS IN IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL
Top 15 Amnesty Flaws Revealed

WASHINGTON — Senator Chuck Grassley today revealed his Top 15 flaws with the amnesty program in the immigration reform bill being debated in the United States Senate. He pointed out that the amnesty section in the Senate immigration bill is ripe for abuse and rotten for national security.

“I voted for amnesty more than 20 years ago. I believed at the time that by giving illegal aliens blanket citizenship, we would solve the problem. I was wrong. We’ve now got at least 12 million people illegal aliens thumbing their nose at our laws,” Grassley said. “We found out that by rewarding illegality, we only get more illegality.”

Grassley said that if the bill passes, the amnesty provisions would allow for illegal aliens to immediately apply for probationary status. If they are approved, the illegal alien would automatically receive a Social Security number and work authorization. In 1-2 years, once certain requirements are met by the federal government, the illegal alien can apply for a “Z” visa for himself, spouse, children and parents over the age of 65. At this point the illegal alien may legally remain in the United States while waiting for the current backlog of visa applications to be cleared. After the backlog is cleared, the illegal can apply for a greencard or renew his/her “Z” visa. Click here for a chart outlining the amnesty process.

Here are Grassley’s Top 15 amnesty flaws.

1. Probationary benefits not subject to the trigger — Probationary benefits, including work authorization, protection from removal, and a social security number are granted to illegal aliens immediately, even if the alien’s background check is not complete.

2. Many criminal provisions may be waived — Numerous criminal provisions are waived for eligibility purposes. For example, an alien who falsely claims U.S. citizenship would be considered eligible for amnesty even though it’s a crime.

3. Background checks taken too lightly — An illegal alien can apply for probationary status and a Z visa without thorough background checks. Immediately after the bill passes, the alien can apply for probationary legal status and receive a card even if the alien’s background check is not complete.

4. Illegal aliens protected from removal — If an alien is in removal proceedings, or being detained, at the time of enactment, the alien can still apply for amnesty. Aliens who apply for amnesty cannot be detained or deported while their application is being processed, essentially giving them immunity from justice.

5. Terrorists and criminals can apply for amnesty — The Secretary of Homeland Security is allowed to waive the grounds of ineligibility for those who have an outstanding administrative final order of removal, deportation or exclusion. Currently there are more than 637,000 alien absconders in the United States that have defied orders to leave.

6. Taxes — Illegal aliens are required to provide the IRS information about tax payments only when applying for legal permanent residence, if that avenue is pursued. Illegal aliens can skirt the federal, state and local tax laws because its not a requirement to prove one has paid outstanding tax liabilities to get probationary or Z status.

7. Limits eligibility to illegal aliens — Creates a Z nonimmigrant visa program for illegal aliens and illegal aliens only. No one else is eligible for this program, particularly those waiting their turn in line. Also, there’s no cap on the number of eligible participants.

8. Indefinite renewal for Z nonimmigrant visas — Z nonimmigrant visas are valid for four years and may be renewed indefinitely. This is a disincentive for illegal aliens to pay the $4,000 penalty, touch-back to their home country, prove they’ve paid their taxes, or receive a medical exam.

9. Health standards ignored — No medical exam or immunizations are needed to get a Z visa.

10. No incentive to learn English — There is no English requirement to get a Z visa. Each Z nonimmigrant must only demonstrate “an attempt to gain an understanding of the English language” upon the first renewal of a Z visa. There are waivers for this requirement.

11. Green card applicants not required to return to home country — Green card applications (only for heads of household, not dependents) must be filed in person outside the but not necessarily in the alien’s country of origin. The alien can then reenter (same day) under a Z nonimmigrant visa because it serves as a valid travel document. There are exceptions for this requirement.

12. Fines are False and Misleading — Not everyone is required to pay the $5,000 penalty. To get a Z visa, a principal alien (Z-1 or head of household) must pay a $1,000 penalty, a $500 penalty for each dependent, a processing fee, and a $500 state impact fee. Dependents must also pay a processing fee. To renew a Z nonimmigrant visa, each Z visa holder must pay a processing fee no greater than $1,500. To get a greencard, if the alien intends to pursue this route, a Z-1 nonimmigrant must pay a $4,000 penalty. Z-2 (parents and spouse) and Z-3 (children) aliens are only required to pay application fees.

13. Fines won’t adequately pay for cost of amnesty — The bulk of the monetary fines are required at the end of the program. All fines may be paid in installments and waivers are available in extraordinary circumstances.

14. Impact on state and local government — State impact money will be granted to states to provide services for non-citizens only, instead of providing services to all citizens impacted by the large number of illegal immigrants (school systems, health care services).

15. Revocation of terrorist visas — Visas revoked on terrorism grounds would allow Z visa holders to remain in the United States and use the U.S. court system to appeal terrorism charges. The bill, including the amnesty program, does not address visa revocation for any visa holder.

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  • CRAWDUDE

    Round them up, send them home! Yes, it’s possible as long as we secure our borders so they can’t get back in.

  • Anonymous

    I know a young man from Mexico who has jumped through all the hoops and now only has a temporary work permit. He strongly desires to stay in the US, but can’t. After going through all the immigration hoops to help get him here, I had a real eye opener.

    Definitely amnesty should not be given to anybody who hasn’t passed a background check. This should also be contingent on their learning at least basic english within a set amount of time to be able to stay. My friend is busting his B— to learn everything he can and to be able to stay. His problem is lack of education and and close family ie parent or sibling is going to send him back when his permit expires. It is nearly impossible for somebody like him to get in our country illegally. He works for me and I can tell you he is the most honest, hardest worker I have. Yes he works circles around most of the americans I hire. No he doesn’t work cheaper. Yes he makes more because he earns it.

    • CRAWDUDE

      Well, not to argue with you but some of your points contradict each other. When you say that it’s almost impossible for someone like him to illegally enter this country……………are you saying that he is somehow diferent than the 12-20 million illegals already here? or is it the fact that he’s a great worker and the others are not?

      It also sounds like he has a work permit that is current that gives him the permission to be in this country, I have no problem with that provided he returns to his country once it expires. If he doesn’t go home and stays in this country illegally than your theory that it would be impossible for him to be here illegally is pretty much blown.

      As it stands right now, he is here legally and not an example of anything mentioned in the above article. So what was the point you were trying to make?

      Are you saying people in this country legally are harder workers than those here illegally? I’ll agree with you on that I guess; if that ‘s the case all illegal aliens should be sent home and a greater number of legal immigrants allowed to come into the country to take their place.

      • Anonymous

        Typo, should be legally. Actually no, people here legally don’t necessarily work harder than those that are not legal. Yes, I think more should be allowed to come in to work. I think that would help, not eliminate, those crossing without benefit of papers. A lot of them are wanting a better life. I believe they should be able to do that.

        Are you aware there is what is called a ‘green card lottery’? That allows 50,000 people to immigrate to our country by the luck of the draw. Mexican citizens are not eligible for that. Not sure why. Smacks of discrimination to me. Not the point. Point being they can’t get in unless they are smarter, or know more than an american or have a parent or sibling that can apply for them. I believe the guest worker program can really work for us, not against us.

        As an employer of unskilled workers, I can tell you there are a lot of americans who think the world owes them a living and they are being hired because somebody wants to give them a job. They have no incentive to work and don’t or won’t understand what a job is. They would be very happy if they could stay home and their employer could just mail them a check.

        My experience with mexican labor is much better. They believe if they don’t work, then they don’t eat. Makes them worth a lot. Not to say all are good, my friend says there’s bad mexicans out there.

      • Anonymous

        Typo, should be legally. Actually no, people here legally don’t necessarily work harder than those that are not legal. Yes, I think more should be allowed to come in to work. I think that would help, not eliminate, those crossing without benefit of papers. A lot of them are wanting a better life. I believe they should be able to do that.

        Are you aware there is what is called a ‘green card lottery’? That allows 50,000 people to immigrate to our country by the luck of the draw. Mexican citizens are not eligible for that. Not sure why. Smacks of discrimination to me. Not the point. Point being they can’t get in unless they are smarter, or know more than an american or have a parent or sibling that can apply for them. I believe the guest worker program can really work for us, not against us.

        As an employer of unskilled workers, I can tell you there are a lot of americans who think the world owes them a living and they are being hired because somebody wants to give them a job. They have no incentive to work and don’t or won’t understand what a job is. They would be very happy if they could stay home and their employer could just mail them a check.

        My experience with mexican labor is much better. They believe if they don’t work, then they don’t eat. Makes them worth a lot. Not to say all are good, but my experience has been good

        • CRAWDUDE

          Once again, I’m not sure the point you’re trying to make. Yes, I believe the vast majority of illegals (from Mexico and Lati America) want to come here and make a life for themselves and are harder workers than most of the products of the failed big city school districts.

          However, the fact that our border is closer than other people from other coutries should not give them the right to sneak across the border and claim citizenship. Our immigration laws are set up for people through out the world to apply and after fulfilling the requirements become a citizen. Giving anyone who illegally enters the same benefits is a slap in the face to those who honorably fulfill the requirements of citizenship. Regardless of how well or hard they work.

          Your assertion that an illegal Mexican is due extra consideration due to their closer location to our border than a legal immigrant from another continent smacks of favoritism………………and so we don’t show favoritism that is why we have immigration laws. If everyone was held accountable for the im,migration laws of this country there would be no need for this discussion.

          • Anonymous

            I did not say an illegal Mexican is due extra consideration. I said it is so impossible to come to this country to work if they aren’t educated or don’t have a family. I said a guest worker program would take some of the pressure to cross illegally off. any person who is in this country illegally Whether they be Mexican or some other country, has broken our laws. I’m not excusing that at all. I just believe if they had more legal opportunity to come to this country, they wouldn’t push the border as hard. As it stands now, they stay in mexico and work for $65.00 a week or cross over to improve their situation

          • CRAWDUDE

            Fining / punishing severly the businesses and people who employ illegals would be the only way a guest worker program would work. Of course this would also involve deporting illegals when found and securing our borders so they cannot re-enter.

            Securing our borders would severly hamper illegals from crossing. No guest worker program, amnesty program, immigration laws changes or any other idea will stop the influx until we secure our borders.

            After that we need to take the employers of illegals to task, if they can’t get a job here many will leave on their own, the rest we round up and send home. It might take a while but it will be worth it in the end! I don’t subscribe to the Prez. and his liberal buddies theory that it can’t be done, it’s your normal defeatists attitude and is the lazy way out.

    • Anonymous

      Tough titty.

      • Anonymous

        Don’t be a knee jerk

      • CRAWDUDE

        Nice attempt at a real dialogue about the issue, you only bolster my views with your antics!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t disagree with you. What is your plan to round up all the illegals and send them back? How are you going to pay for it? I believe if a guest worker program were in place, the problem of securing our borders would not be as big a problem

    • CRAWDUDE

      Since you’ve made 3 comments about my post, I doubt you have an open mind about the situation. Had we had a guest worker program in place in the past we would not have the problem we have now. Since we did’nt have a program in place having one now will only work if we remove the currenmt law breakers first.

      It’s easy to pay for the round up by confiscating the illegals property and fining the people / businesses that employ them.

  • CRAWDUDE

    Nice attempt at a real dialogue about the issue, you only re-enforce my views with your antics!!!!