Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 12, 2011 – When the winds of fortune change, politicians tend to change with them. Too bad that may not help comprehensive immigration reform.
“It’s indeed interesting that a hunger strike by students in San Antonio didn’t stop Senator Kay Hutchison from voting against the DREAM Act. Fast forward to what the political landscape looks like now, and Hutchinson is saying she will work to pass a scaled down version of the act; one that wouldn’t offer illegal aliens citizenship,” said Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida.
What things look like now is the senator does not support amnesty that allows citizenship, which was in the DREAM Act, but instead is aiming for a bill to protect foreign-born students and people in the military from being deported. However, she does not want them to get automatic citizenship.
“If you got whiplash from reading that stance several times, join millions of other Americans who are puzzling their way through that position. Add in the question of what happened to the original comprehensive immigration reform act and you have a definitive mess,” Rifkin said.
The most Hutchinson offers is she feels those educated in American schools should not be deported; that they should instead be encouraged to go to college. Fair enough, but if they finish college and are still not American citizens for a variety of reasons, most likely political, what is to stop them from taking their American education back home? There goes good taxpaying dollars that could have been earned from an educated immigrant who became an American citizen.
To refresh one’s memory, the DREAM Act was to have provided, eventually, a path to citizenship for foreign-born children, brought to the U.S. illegally. To be eligible for this path to citizenship meant the completion of two years of college or military service. It appears immigrants are good enough to be sent to war on behalf of the American nation, but now, not good enough to be given citizenship, at least that may be the implication of this new stance by Hutchinson. “Remember, she doesn’t want those educated here or those in service to be deported, but that seems to be as far it goes,” said Rifkin, the Miami immigration attorney.
Instead, a new proposal may be in the works that deals with people who, to quote Hutchinson, had no part in coming into this country illegally. This may cause a few “huh?” moments for many, as she made these comments to at least three organizations that support comprehensive immigration reform. The comprehensive immigration reform act was also supported by Latino rights and immigration advocacy groups.
What good this “new” proposal will be to them is questionable. In any event, what the lady chooses to do or not do or works on in relation to comprehensive immigration reform may be a moot point. She has publically stated she will not seek re-election.
What is really going on? It appears that the time machine has been cranked backwards and Congress is entertaining, if not actively promoting, streamlined legal immigration, workplace enforcement and expanding E-Verify. What this does for the long list of those waiting to get citizenship while here illegally is still a question no one seems to have an answer for.
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