Skip to main content

Senator Schumer and Immigration


Okay, the opening salvo is fired. Senator Schumer has announced the starting point of this year’s immigration reform debate, kind of. In an article in the Washington Post, Senator Schumer has outlined what he sees as the baseline of immigration reform. Spencer Hsu, of Washington Post reports that Schumer sees immigration reform:

requiring that an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants register with the government and “submit to a rigorous process to convert to legal status” or face immediate deportation. [The][l]egislation must also create mechanisms to attract high-skilled immigrants, control the flow of low-skilled immigrants and protect native-born workers.

Senator Schumer is calling for a National ID card (something to displease everyone):

Schumer’s proposal for a national “biometric” identification system to verify work documents — based on fingerprints, iris scans or digital photographs –stems from a key weakness of past immigration overhaul efforts . . . .

and omits a temporary worker visa program. Both of these elements will be key discussion points for the overall package of immigration reform that kicks officially tomorrow with a meeting at the White House between President Obama and key Senators and Congressman.

What does Senator Schumer’s position statement, and the meeting tomorrow at the White House mean? First, and most importantly, it means the debate has begun. There is no going back now without loosing face, prestige, and likely more importantly, the support of millions of Latinos.

Second, it means we have a lot of work to do. We do not agree with all these positions, there is more to be done. We have to help shape this package and beat back some of the awful and hateful baggage that anti-immigrationists will try to add to it. We have to call, write, visit, cajole, argue, blog, twitter, march, protest and demand proper immigration reforms. We cannot allow what happened in the summer of 2007 (a closed door, back room deal with no negotiation from people who actually knew and understood the law). Now is the time to get the emails out and the fax machines moving. We will be sending out alerts to notify folks about what they can do to effectuate change.

Finally, Senator Schumer’s comments today mark the official transition from Senator Kennedy to Senator Schumer as the water carrier on immigration reform. While we may not agreed with Senator Schumer on all aspects of his ideas for immigration reform, it is important to thank him for having the political courage to move this debate forward. Senator Schumer, Thank You! Hopefully, other Senators will get on this train and help drive it forward to a successful CIR Bill we can all support.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

If You Are An Immigrant (even a US Citizen), Here Are 9 Things You Should Know

Are you a Naturalized U.S. Citizen, Lawful Permanent Resident, Visa Holder, or an Undocumented Immigrant? We recommend you take the following steps to protect yourself in our current version of America.
The last couple of weeks have reminded immigrants, even naturalized U.S. citizens, that they were not born in the United States. Our office has received countless phone calls, emails, and social media messages from people worrying about what their family’s future in the United States holds.
Most people want to know what they can do now to protect themselves from what promises to be a wave of anti-immigration activity by the federal government. Trump's Executive Order on Interior Enforcement has some provisions that should make most Americans shiver.  We recommend the following actions for each of the following groups:
Naturalized U.S. citizens. In particular if you have a foreign accent, and you are traveling within 100 miles of any US Border (including the oceans), we strongly rec…

Why is USCIS Taking So Long to Renew DACA Work Permits?

If the calls to our office are any indicator, there are thousands of DACA recipients whose work permit applications were filed at least three months prior to expiration, who are still waiting for their renewed work permits.  Without renewed permits, these individuals lose the right to work legally, the right to drive, and may once again accrue unlawful presence.

The DHS published a notice in October 2014 advising DACA recipients that they could file their request for extension up to 150 days (5 months) prior to expiration.  As with all things government, very few of the DACA recipients, who tend not to frequent government websites, knew about the memo and many did not file so far before expiration perhaps thinking that extending a work permit was a like extending a drivers license, its is done in a few minutes.  As an experienced immigration lawyer will tell you, the USCIS does nothing quickly, and certainly does not worry that a person may lose their job or their driver's licens…
Si usted es inmigrante (incluso un ciudadano de los EE.UU.), aquí hay 9 cosas que usted debe saber.

¿Es usted un ciudadano estadounidense naturalizado, residente legal permanente, titular de una visa o inmigrante indocumentado? Le recomendamos que tome los siguientes pasos para protegerse de nuestra versión actual de América.
Las últimas semanas hemos recordado a los inmigrantes, incluso a los ciudadanos estadounidenses naturalizados, que no nacieron en los Estados Unidos. Nuestra oficina ha recibido innumerables llamadas telefónicas, mensajes de correo electrónico y mensajes de medios sociales de personas preocupadas por el futuro de su familia en los Estados Unidos.
La mayoría de gente quiere saber qué puede hacer ahora para protegerse de lo que promete ser una ola de actividad anti-inmigración por parte del gobierno federal. La orden ejecutiva de Trump sobre la aplicación de la ley interior tiene algunas disposiciones que deberían hacer temblar a la mayoría de los estadounidenses. …