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Immigration Through the Eyes of Thompson and Reid/Durbin

Scott on October 24, 2007 at 2:35 pm

Fred Thompson has rolled out a 7 point plan for dealing with the immigration “issue” in the United States. At the same time, Dick Durbin’s DREAM Act, aimed at “comprehensive immigration reform,” is being brought up for a vote in the Senate (again) by Harry Reid. When viewed side-by-side, it becomes fairly obvious which party is concerned about the well-being of the country and the safety of its citizens, and which party is going for votes and power.

The Fred Thompson Plan

1) No amnesty for illegal immigrants

2) Attrition through enforcement (meaning that the number of illegals will drop as the laws are enforced and as they are either deported or they leave on their own)

3) Increased enforcement of current laws

4) Reduced incentives from jobs (meaning that employers of illegals will face both financial and criminal repercussions, thus finding it less attractive to hire them)

5) Bolster border security

6) Increased prosecution

7) Rigorous entry and exit regulation.

The Dick Durbin/Harry Reid Plan

1) Conditional legal status for any illegal alien who CLAIMS to have arrived in the U.S. prior to age 16 (as of now, no proof is required to verify the claim of residency)

2) Any illegal alien can apply for the program (as of now, there are no clear restrictions preventing criminals from applying for legal status)

3) Those who gain legal status then can sponsor any family members (as of now, there are no restrictions on the number of family members that can be sponsored, nor are there strict guidelines regarding proof of familial relation).

4) There would be a ban on deportation for anyone who applies

5) Illegals would be granted taxpayer-funded in-state tuition rates for college (ignoring the fact that legal U.S. residents/citizens are not exempt from out-of-state tuition guidelines)

Call me silly, but Thompson’s plan certainly seems to be aimed at securing the border and ensuring the safety of U.S. citizenry. The Reid/Durbin plan seems to be aimed at ensuring that law-breakers in the country illegally are protected and guaranteed as many benefits as possible.

But maybe that’s just me.

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