Capitol Hill Team has talked to a number of people who have been in
high level Hill meetings where leaders of both Parties have expressed a
desire during this time of economic turmoil to sneak through
giant increases of H-1B visas for foreign tech workers, H-2B visas for
foreign laborers, green cards for permanent foreign nurses and a
five-year visa for 12-20 million illegal foreign workers and their
dependents. (hat tip Mary Chamberlain)
Some House Democrats are having behind-the-scenes
discussions about creating a special visa for illegal aliens they
believe will enjoy considerable Republican support. Under the plan,
illegal aliens who can prove they have jobs, pay a fine, and pass a
criminal background check will receive the gift of legal status for 5
years. The plan is designed to attract pro-business Republicans and
those who backed the McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill by also increasing the
number of visas issued for technical, temporary and agricultural
Their plan appears to be to create a bi-partisan alternative to the bi-partisan
SAVE Act (Secure America with Verification Enforcement), which focuses on reducing illegal immigration instead of rewarding it.
Rep. Heath Shuler’s (D-N.C.) SAVE Act now has 144 bipartisan signers
in the House and Senate. The SAVE Act will require all employers to use
the electronic verification system to keep illegal aliens out of U.S.
jobs. NumbersUSA believes that this legislation is just the vehicle to
give us a chance to actually pass immigration legislation through a
Democratic-controlled Congress that could significantly improve the
lives of most Americans. "It's the one [immigration] bill that will
pass this Congress," said Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus
Chairman Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.) in an interview with The Hill. "We
have to make this about illegal employment and crack down on employers."
Click here to view list of signers and to read more information about the SAVE Act.
ELECTION 2008: View ratings in 16 immigration categories at NumbersUSA President Roy Beck's Presidential Grid.
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