Towards A Good Samaritan World

Monday, April 11, 2005


This is good news:

[A recent] poll, conducted for the pro-reform National Immigration Forum and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, shows that Americans would support reforms even more liberal than Bush's – the kind expected to be jointly proposed soon by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.

Bush has proposed that foreigners and illegal immigrants be allowed to obtain permits to work legally in the United States, but has left it unclear whether they would have to return to their home countries when the permits expired.

Kennedy and McCain are proposing that, after six years of legal work, law-abiding immigrants who pay a "fine" and undergo a background check would be eligible for permanent resident status (a "green card") and eventual citizenship. Their proposal also speeds up processing of the huge backlog of applications for normal immigration so that work-permit holders (including former "illegals") would not gain an advantage over those waiting in line.

The Goeas-Lake poll showed that, even after hearing strong arguments against the Kennedy-McCain reforms, 77 percent of likely voters would favor their proposal.

The Bush proposal is good, but it sounds like the Kennedy-McCain proposal is even better. My only worry is that nothing originating on the Democrat side of the aisle seems to stand much of a chance of passing in a GOP-dominated Congress, so the bill may just be political posturing. It's wonderful to hear there's so much support for it. Maybe a counter-protest against the Minutemen would tap into some real national feeling.


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