From the Queens Campaigner:
Queens members of Congress helped to lead the push for national immigration reform last week, co-sponsoring legislation to legalize millions of undocumented individuals that has drawn praise from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, foreign workers and immigrant rights activists in the borough.
U.S. Reps. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills), Nydia Velazquez (D-Ridgewood), Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) were four of the more than 87 co-sponsors of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act introduced by U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) Dec. 15.
“We believe part of our effort to pull the country out of the economic doldrums has to include immigration reform,” Weiner said. “We need to make sure we encourage this work force to come out of the shadows.”
The bill, which has come under fire from some Republican lawmakers, seeks to legalize undocumented individuals by requiring them to prove they have been working, register with the government, learn English, undergo a criminal background check and pay a $500 fine, among other steps.
Should an individual meet all the requirements, he or she would be able to receive a six-year visa and then a green card. The recipient also would be able to travel throughout and outside the country.
The act would funnel more funds into training and equipment for border guards and require the U.S. Homeland Security Department to improve immigration jails.
How about public assistance, Medicaid, etc? When will they be eligible for those? Why would we invite an entire class of people to help themselves to handouts?
How will they prove they have been working when most are paid cash and off the books?
Won't they be subject to minimum wage standards and compete with Americans for jobs once they are granted amnesty, which defeats the purpose of looking the other way and reaping the benefits of having them be "guests" here?
What about the ones that don't qualify? Will we still be embracing our sanctuary city policies so they can stay?
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