According to reports today, we should be hearing a lot about immigration reform this week. Senator Chucky Schumer (D-NY) thinks the Gang of Eight will have the immigration plan finished by the end of the week. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Chucky were on the Sunday news shows chatting it up and agreeing that there are going to be a lot of unhappy campers.
"There will be a great deal of unhappiness about this proposal because everybody didn't get what they wanted," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a leader of the eight senators negotiating the legislation, said Sunday. "There are entrenched positions on both sides of this issue.""There's a long road," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., appearing alongside McCain on CBS' "Face the Nation." ''There are people on both sides who are against this bill, and they will be able to shoot at it.""Shoot at it"??? Senator Schumer, shame on you! Remember, Sarah Palin got in trouble for saying such things. Oh, wait, I forgot. She's a republican...never mind.
Wonder if the "long road" will end with Mr. Obama making another executive order. He has warned Congress that, if they don't move fast, he's got his own immigration bill waiting in the wings.
I keep hearing that my Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), who is part of the Gang of Eight, does not want this bill rushed through:
But Rubio advisers made clear that he views a lengthy, traditional process that includes hearings, a healthy committee markup and an open floor debate during which senators can offer amendments as key to his ability to build and maintain conservative support for a comprehensive immigration rewrite. Rubio does not have a specific timetable in mind. But anything viewed as “rushed” would violate promises he made to grass-roots conservatives and could cost his support, even if he is OK with the bill in principle.Let's hope he keeps his promise.
I found this article that contains everything you wanted to know about "immigration", but were
ALL ABOUT IMMIGRATION: GREEN CARDS? CITIZENSHIP? By NANCY BENAC
I found one paragraph especially interesting:
Nearly two-thirds of the 5.4 million legal immigrants from Mexico who are eligible to become U.S. citizens haven't done so, according to a Pew study released in February. Their rate of naturalization is half that of legal immigrants from all other countries combined. The barriers to naturalization cited by Mexican nonapplicants include the need to learn English, the difficulty of the citizenship exam and the $680 application fee.
Here's an intersting article I found:
High-Skilled Visa Requests Exceed Supply in 1 Week
The article does not mention the nationality of these people.