Part of the White House plan for immigration reform leaked to the press over the weekend, caused chaos.
What was leaked is real; this is according to White House itself. The leaked plan was actually a partial draft of half a bill. What was only known is is the administration’s current thinking about what to do about the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States right now.
The administration wishes a temporary four-year visa to grant legal status. This means there will be no more deportations. This visa can be renewed, after eight years, they will be able to apply for Green Card, meaning they have a permanent legal residency.
There are also some thoughts about border security and an unspecified increase in border security by the administrations but this is still subject to negotiations with Congress.
Intended for workers who will look for jobs in the future and who don’t posses documents, the arrangement incorporates an E-Verify system to make sure undocumented workers aren’t given jobs.
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But they are lacking a section concerning future legal immigration issues: high-skilled workers, seasonal farm workers and workers who work in hotels or restaurants. Without that, this plan doesn’t have much of a chance.
The fear is it might not get through Congress without the section dealing with legal immigration; consequently Republicans were so critical this weekend.