A group of Democratic and Republic Senators, working with the Bush administration
criminals cabinet, came up with a bipartisan plan on immigration that Ted Kennedy believes Bush will sign. The logjam was broken when:
The key breakthrough came when negotiators struck a bargain on a so-called "point system" that would for the first time prioritize immigrants' education and skill-level over family connections in deciding how to award green cards.
So, Republicans get what they've always wanted. They kick out the mothers and fathers of kids born here in the U.S. unless they are highly skilled. At the same time, if you have an education and are highly skilled you can become a documented citizen, which means you won't WANT to work the jobs that undocumented immigrants work.
So, the agreement is to screw the unskilled laborer and their families, and to grant citizenship to skilled laborers.
The proposed agreement would allow illegal immigrants to come forward and obtain a "Z visa" and - after paying fees and a $5,000 fine and returning to their home countries - ultimately get on track for permanent residency, which could take between eight and 13 years.
They could come forward right away to claim a probationary card that would let them live and work legally in the U.S., but could not begin the path to permanent residency or citizenship until border security improvements and a high-tech worker identification program were completed.
Riiiiiiight. Come forward, pay $5,000, go back to your country of origin, apply for a "probationary card" to come back to the US and we'll let you back in sport (wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more, say no more).
Why do I feel like the Democratic Party just got punk'd?