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Point Scoring on Immigration

By Alec MacGillis
LOS ANGELES -- A big guffaw went up in the huge press room when Barack Obama said he was not bringing up Hillary Clinton's waffling on the issue of driver's licenses for immigrants to cast her in a poor light. "The only reason I bring this up is to underscore that this is a difficult issue," he said, flashing the sort of debater's disingenuousness some thought he lacked.

A minute later Clinton got some revenge, reminding viewers that Obama had also gotten a bit tongue-tied on the driver's license issue in a subsequent debate.

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hcsubbarao-The Bill is HR1940:Birthright Citizenship Act. You'll find it sitting on Pelosi's Desk!

The one with all the Dust on it!

Then, folks, get real!

It is an EMPLOYMENT Issue! The criminals are the Contractors hiring Un-Documented "Skilled" Laborers(Construction and Landscaping especially-Autos next!), and the SORRY WORTHLESS P'sOS we have in Offices NOT Representing us and enforcing protective laws they swore to! :-[

Posted by: rat-the | February 1, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I have a simple and good solution to the immigration problem. Immigration should be allowed only through existing H-1 procedures but without quotas except in extraordinary cases (such as war veterans, refugees, etc.) as determined by Congress on case by case basis. If the person entering US under H-1 is found to be essential after a minimum of one year of service by the organization sponsoring the immigrant, the person may apply for permanent residence along with spouse and dependent children.

Nonresident parents of citizens & permanent residents may be given 10 year B-1/B-2 visas as is being done now. They should also be given drivers licenses (as they are normally frequent visitors) and allowed to do voluntary work but should not be allowed to earn. Other family members should be treated as visitors only.

Temporary work visas may be given to less educated workers as and when required as determined by Congress. They should not be forced to stay back for a long period when they temporarily return to their homeland if their employer wants them till they reach retirement age. They should pay all the US taxes and are not eligible for retirement benefits since workers of retirement age are not eligible for temporary work visas.

If existing laws on illegal immigration are strictly enforced, particularly heavy punishment for hiring illegal immigrants, the unwanted immigrants will selfdeport themselves as they will get no jobs because of not have legal papers. If potential terrorists enter through the open borders, they need a place to live. All hotels and landlords should be responsible to check their documents before giving them a place to live. There is no need for additional laws and particularly, border fences. Also, children born in the US should be entitled to citizenship of one of the parents as selected by parents. If after reaching suitable age they want to become US citizens, they should follow the H-1 route if highly educated and temporary worker route if required. They should not be denied education if the parents are legal. For example, if both the parents are noncitizens, their US born children should not be given automatic US citizenship and should follow H-1 route or temporary worker route. I am sure that this will solve all our immigration headaches with hardly any additional expenditure to the government!

Posted by: hcsubbarao | February 1, 2008 3:02 AM | Report abuse

Alec,

I believe it was Wolf Blitzer who brought up the illegal immigrants and drivers' license issue.

Posted by: factorfiction | February 1, 2008 2:19 AM | Report abuse

Looking backward, it may appear that Edwards's influence was at its apogee as of this extended weekend. But if he truly wants to build one America, and wants to play an active role in this momentous change, he still may act in timely fashion to point his fans toward support of the candidate who best promises the fulfillment of this hope.


Posted by: FirstMouse | January 31, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Controversy!

Say, Alec MacGillis, does the WaPo have a blog where grown-ups can discuss how neither Clinton's nor Obama's immigration plans are good for the country?

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | January 31, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

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