|06-21-2007, 10:43 AM||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2004
Obama's immigration ammendment
I just saw this, and frankly I don't know if it is legit. But has anybody seen anything else about his amendment? If what Chertoff says is correct, Obama's attempt to make it easier on employers is complete crap.
Chertoff attacks immigration plan
Senate effort to help employers is called 'step backwards' in enforcement of hiring
Originally published June 21, 2007
WASHINGTON // The Bush administration came out strongly against a bipartisan effort by Sens. Charles E. Grassley and Barack Obama to make the immigration bill easier on employers.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told senators in a letter late Tuesday that the amendment, which makes a new program to stop businesses from hiring illegal workers less burdensome, "would be a serious step backwards in our enforcement effort."
The amendment sponsored by Grassley, an Iowa Republican; Sen. Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat; and Obama, an Illinois Democrat, "eliminates needed tools and allows unscrupulous businesses to continue to freely hire illegal workers," Chertoff wrote in matching letters to Sens. Edward M. Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat, and Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, two architects of the bill.
In an angrily worded reply to Chertoff yesterday, the unlikely allies sponsoring the amendment dismissed his criticism as "erroneous and misleading," and defended their proposal as one that would improve a deeply flawed system.
Their amendment is one of a limited list of two dozen that the Senate would consider adding to the immigration measure under a plan to revive the stalled bill before the July Fourth recess.
Consumed with a debate on energy policy, the Senate is unlikely to turn back to the bill until early next week. When it does, skeptical senators in both parties will get the lion's share of the opportunities to revise it through amendments that could cut to the heart of the measure.
The proposal by Grassley, Baucus and Obama addresses the worker verification program, which is despised by labor and business groups. Businesses fear it would wreak havoc with their ability to hire workers and would impose exorbitant costs. Labor organizations worry it could result in discrimination against workers.
The same interests are eagerly pushing for the broader immigration overhaul, which would legalize 12 million unlawful immigrants and create a new temporary guest-worker program.
The proposal would ease the measure's strict requirements for employers to verify that their workers are legal by allowing businesses to check only the identities of new employees and those existing ones who they have reason to believe are unlawful.
It would strip a requirement that employees present a federally standardized "REAL ID," instead allowing them to produce a driver's license or any identity card. Workers denied a job under the system could appeal to Department of Homeland Security for lost wages.
Chertoff called that proposal "a poorly concealed effort to make DHS avoid tough enforcement."
In their letter to the Homeland Security secretary, the three senators wrote, "We strongly support creating an effective, mandatory employment verification system for all employers to verify the legal status of their workers. But the design, implementation, and oversight of the system as proposed in the pending immigration bill are flawed in several respects."
|06-21-2007, 10:44 AM||#2|
Hokie since 1993
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Denver, CO
this law is already on the books...all this immigration **** is already on the books. Enforce the laws we already have.