Towards A Good Samaritan World

Friday, May 13, 2005


And demand that they support this bill.

The proposal would allow illegal immigrants to apply for temporary work permits that could last for six years. They would have to clear criminal background checks, pass an English language test and pay a $2,000 fee to qualify.

At the end of the six years, they and their families could apply for permanent resident status, and five years later for citizenship.

The bill would also allow foreign citizens to apply for low-paid jobs that Americans do not want to do from outside the country. If the worker lost his job, he would have 60 days to find a new one or return home.

The bill is sponsored by Senators Kennedy and McCain. I will be very proud if this bill passes. Republicans be warned: I'm a big fan of a lot of Republican positions, but I'm a swing voter on this; I won't belong to the party of the New Segregation, if that's what you become.

I'm so excited to think of all those new citizens. One downside: why does the $2,000 have to be levied up front? Why not take it out of their paychecks later, after permanent resident status has enabled them to get jobs?


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