Americans, Lawmakers Consider Immigration Reform Options

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One explanation of the legislative failure of most immigration reform efforts and the trepid nature with which many politicians wade into the debate could be that, when presented with the multifaceted consequences that arise from one immigration plan or another, the American public as a whole is a bit fickle on the issue.

According to a recent Reason-Rupe poll, 79 percent of Americans support the implementation of a national government-funded eVerify system to ensure that employers hire workers eligible to work in the United States. But when told of the idea of small businesses having to foot the bill — paying about $150 per employee — for part of the e-Verify program, 58 percent opposed the measure.

From Reason:

Among the 8 in 10 Americans who initially supported eVerify, half changed their minds upon learning that eVerify could cost employers $150 per person. These Americans tend to be more Republican, older, church-going protestants, and more likely to support the tea party movement.

The issue provides a catch-22 situation for conservatives in particular. Often, the same people who staunchly oppose more regulatory burden on small-business and big-government spending are also the biggest critics of lax immigration policy.

The poll was conducted as a bipartisan group of lawmakers put the finishing touches on a comprehensive immigration reform bill that is expected to make its way through the Senate over the course of the next month.

According to FOX News, that bill, still in its infancy, will include measures that would:

  • Bring tens of thousands of low-skilled workers into the country as part of a guest worker system.
  • Create a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants. There would be a 10-year wait for a green card, and a total 13-year wait to apply for citizenship.
  • Strengthen border security.
  •  Require employers to use eVerify to check immigration status of workers.
  • Overhaul the legal immigration system to provide more visas for high-skilled workers.

Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • Lillydaggerrose

    Why are we allowing the illegals to stay once they are found to be here illegally ? Hand them a pamphlet with how to “legally” become a citizen and drop them back over whatever boarder they crossed to get here. And when they are locked up for committing crimes send them back to where they came from and DO NOT let them return because you are a law breaking illegal. We do not need more criminals. We need more honest hard working Americans. And with unemployment rates being what they are already… Why would we bring more people to do even less jobs. Illegal immigrant is an icy moron. Either you are a legal immigrant or you are a criminal. It isn’t rocket science.

  • Guest

    So lemme get this straight: Law abiding gun owners may now be illegal, if this UN Small Arms Treaty is passed by the Senate. Gun owners will be registered, both guns and ammunition, for later confiscation. And yet, illegals from Mexico are above the law, and allowed to do anything? Where do I sign up? For it appears that to be an illegal means far more rights, privileges, and freebies, than being a U.S. citizen that pays taxes, stays out of debt, and does not break the law by simply being here. Wide open borders are going to destroy this country. Then again, was that not the goal all along?

  • John Mitchell

    Illegal aliens are in this country partly because there is a market for less than minimum wage workers, and partly because they receive welfare benefits they don’t receive in their own country. If we make them legal they will be eligible for minimum wage work. Unfortunately there are already too many legal citizens competing for the limited amount of minimum wage work that is currently available.

    By becoming citizens they will find themselves unemployed because the very businesses that have illegally hired them will be unable to pay them minimum wage. These same businesses will be unable to pay them less than the legal wage because legal workers would turn them in.

    So the “path to citizenship” is in reality a path to welfare for at least 12 million illegal aliens. There is currently a surge of aliens charging across our borders in a frenzied attempt to get grandfathered in before the legislation passes. So the path to citizenship might be for as many as 20 million illegal aliens by the time it is passed. All of which will most likely end up on welfare, and voting for more of it.

    There will still be a demand for less than minimum wage work so there will soon be another 12 million illegal aliens in this country doing the work that our new welfare recipients used to do.

  • John Mitchell

    We have the best government that foreign money can buy.