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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Color Coded Amnesty

Latest from the ICIRR website:

California Senator Dianne Feinstein to Introduce Orange Card Program Amendment on Monday, May 22nd

What is the Orange Card program?

The Feinstein Orange Card amendment replaces the three-tiered system for undocumented immigrants in Hagel-Martinez S. 2611 (the bill now being considered by the Senate) with one single process that applies to undocumented immigrants who have lived in this country since January 1, 2006 and meet other requirements.
Read all about it here.

These two news articles came up when I Googled "orange card"...

Of course, I'm totally against the whole thing, but a couple of phrases jumped out at me...

Orange Card holders may become lawful permanent residents when all current applicants for green cards have received them (estimated to be 6 years), or eight years after the bill becomes law, whichever is earlier.
In other words, if the system gets so bogged down processing millions of orange card applications, thereby delaying the processing of current green card applications (which would unfairly penalize those who came legally), the lawbreakers could actually step ahead of legal immigrants in the line.

S. 2611 will exclude too many immigrants who are hard working, law abiding, and making important contributions to this country.
Would those "law abiding" immigrants by any chance be the ones who came here ILLEGALLY, stayed here ILLEGALLY, and work here ILLEGALLY?

And here's the cherry on top of this banana split:

The best way to reform the law is to maximize the number of immigrants who legalize and to create a process that works.
Aaaaah, the stench of political purpose. Maximized legalization = maximized votes.

Note to the good Senator from California: immigrants don't need to legalize. They're already legal. Even though you refuse to use the word ILLEGAL, we know what you mean.

And you know what? I've got a better idea, anyway. It would require the passage of no new laws, just the enforcement of ones that are already on the books. How does this orange card grab ya?

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