As I understand it there isn’t anything too new in the bill. They threw borrowed money ($4.4 billion) in for border security and may extend the background check period to 30 days (I’m not sure about this). It seems that proponents think throwing money at the problem (rather than substantive changes) and shutting down Senate critics will somehow magically solve the major issues the bill continues to have. Ultimately, serious gaps will remain and, unfortunately, more problems continue to be found:
The Senate Immigration Bill: A National Security Nightmare (Giving Terrorists Options) A short MUST READ
Loophole in Senate Immigration Bill to Pay $966 Billion in Social Security to Two Million Illegal Workers (TREA)
Can’t forget the Congressional Budgeting Office’s report: Bill will cut immigration by only 25%, claims CBO
The Senate shouldn’t be ramming through such a massive bill with far reaching effects in such a short amount of time. Each reform category (enforcement, traditional immigration, guest workers, illegals) should be given due time for open consideration (instead of this ridiculous closed door stuff) so that various organizations etc have time to find loopholes and allow lawmakers to fix them as much as possible. Enforcement could be rapidly passed and implementation begun. While that progresses, “traditional immigration” reforms (the guest worker program shortly thereafter) could be addressed. Ultimately the process would take a few years rather than a few weeks. Instead, they seem intent on pushing this through for the sake of saying they did something.
In terms of the drafts I put up:
I don’t think they would address the above issues. In the end, this only provides more reasons as to why we need to split the bill up and start with the enforcement stuff.
I also keep reading and hearing better ideas than mine (such as placing a portion of guest worker pay in an escrow service collectible at the border). The SSA should also be henceforth required to inform law enforcement and victims if their identity is breached (currently, there is some sort of legal barrier to doing so). We should also ban the use of the “matricula consular” as a form of valid identity for financial institutions, among other security concerns, given the cards lack of required security measures and identity verification prior to issuance.
A note on part IV: I never really gave the thing a good review but I don’t feel I have the time to comb back through it (so I posted it as I had promised). That should be fairly obvious as I didn’t get a chance to develop a list of difficult to forge documentation required to prove your pre 2006 residency/work and your identity (which would start to address the “National Security Nightmare”). I also don’t like giving the ID thieves a break but that’s all I could come up with (at the moment) as an effective means to find which numbers were compromised and inform victims.
If none of this lights your fire, just look to the border: Illegals light border fires to sidetrack U.S. agents