By John Maki
April 27, 2007
A new immigration reform proposal has been drafted by two members
of the US House called Flake Gutierrez that is supported by the
White House. This is an appropriate time for citizens to educate
themselves and let their voices be heard by contacting their
representatives in Washington. Some of the proposals in the
bill are downright scary.
Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA), Chairman of the Immigration
Reform Caucus, issued the following statement following the unveiling
of the illegal immigration proposal introduced by Congressmen
Flake and Gutierrez:
Unfortunately, the proposals introduced by Congressmen Flake
and Gutierrez amount to nothing more than repeating the failed
policies of the past. This bill sends the message that the 12
million illegal immigrants who are currently living in our country
were justified in breaking our immigration laws.
Proponents of this bill say that illegal immigrants will have
to wait, pay a monetary fine and learn English. That s the
same thing Congress said in 1986 when they passed an amnesty
bill with the promise of securing the border and enforcing the
law. Twenty-one years later, that promise has been broken and
the problem has multiplied. The interior enforcement provisions
of the 86 amnesty were never implemented.
Under the Flake-Gutierrez bill, employer verification would
have to be certified by the Department of Homeland Security before
the guest-worker provisions can be enacted. The same department
that has failed to implement the REAL ID Act and the U.S. VISIT
Employer enforcement must be more than a benchmark; it needs
to be the centerpiece of our effort to address illegal immigration.
The opportunity for employment is the driving force behind illegal
immigration. The problem may be coming from the border, but
it manifests itself beyond the border and in our communities.
The starting point for addressing illegal immigration should
be something we all agree is a problem which is illegal employment.
We have a consensus so why don t we work to address the things
we do agree on first?
This bill will lead to another new wave of illegal immigration
that will far exceed the effects of the 86 Amnesty and we will
be right back where we started with an even larger illegal immigrant
Received April 25, 2007 - Published April 27, 2007
About: "Former Deputy
Chief of Police and resident of Ketchikan"
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