Un Cachito de la vida

Un Cachito

Un Cachito de la vida - A little piece of Cameron's life

I've been quietly passionate about the whole immigration issue for the past few years. I commented on it over two years ago in my old blog here. In the second comment, you'll see how I praised a points or merit-based program for immigrants to achieve citizen status. It appears that the Senate and Bush Administration have come to the same conclusion of merit-based immigration.This is good news in my opinion. I find the extreme hard-line approach by the Republican majority to kick out all illegal immigrants to be an unreasonable and inhumane approach. I also disagree that giving those immigrants a path to citizenship is amnesty. They still need to earn their way to legitimacy, but it's a path where progress can be made. I feel we need to make it easier to come legally, harder to come illegally and more necessary to have immigrants become "Americans" as opposed to their own small country in America. Giving them a path to achieve citizenship and setting requirements to help them become Americans is the right way. I hope this bill passes.

Posted by charr at 11:26 AM

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As I've found out more about the bill (it's a very large bill), there are some things that I don't necessarily agree with. However I still think it's the right track. The basic gist is that workers will be given a new Z visa, giving them a temporarly legal status. However, to progress to citizenship, they must return to their country of origin, pay a $5000 fine and get in the back of the line for legal immigrants. I agree with the fine, but not really the part about returning to their country, as that could put them in limbo for some 8 years as the immigration queue clears. I think what I'd rather see is a way for people already here with credible language and labor/technical skills be able to advance quicker, as they are those who will be of most benefit to the economy.

Posted by Cameron at May 20, 2007 10:32 AM

There's an interesting point of view from Mexico's former foreign minister here. Of his three objections I only object to the second that the $5K fine is too much. Yes, it's a lot, but I don't think it's unreachable. It'll just mean some additional sacrifices in certain areas.

Posted by Cameron at June 2, 2007 12:54 PM

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