Proposed Senate Immigration Reform

Legalization would also improve our national security. It would commence to drain the swamp of human smuggling and document fraud that helps illegal immigration. It would bring billions of people out of the darknesses so we would know who they are. It would also free resources for the “war against terrorism”. Besides, immigration reform would be better policy and good politics. Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies said that, the new bill will fail, and he does not think that it has any more chance than the Senate bill did the last year.

He farther said that, the democratic majority do not modify things as much as one can think. Moreover, As the Senate debates immigration reform, Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb, said that, without securing the United States border first, any effort to reform this country's immigration laws will ultimately fail. To emphasize Nelson's point, on Wednesday a Homeland Security official told Congress that, “We dodged a bullet when U. S. border officials failed to stop a man with a dangerous form of tuberculosis from entering the country.

Nelson said he will vote against any immigration reform package that offers an amnesty approach that would fast track citizenship to the estimated 12 million people illegally in this country before U. S. borders are secure. Nelson said it would be a waste of time and taxpayers' money to fast track U. S. citizenship to the illegals in this country without stopping the flow of illegals into the U. S. first.

Nelson said any legislation that liberalizes the citizenship process is a guarantee to bring a flood of more illegals into the U. S. We just need to make sure that we don't pass a bill that leaves us vulnerable to the same illegal immigration problem 10 years from now, but only worse. Instead of 10 to 12 million people, it could be 10 to 20 million people”. (Pore, pg, 1, 2007) More interestingly, since the president Bush took office in 2001, the Bush administration has spent more than doubled funding for border protection from $4. 6 billion in 2001 to $10. 4 billion in the period of 2007.

Fortunately, due to this huge investment and other deterrence elements, the number of individuals apprehended for illegally crossing the southern border is down by almost 27% in 2007 from this point in 2006. In this regard, the Bush government says that they are expanding manpower and improving technology and infrastructure at the border. Since the Congress has observed a change in its partisans, the immigration controversy has not been able to resolve the impasse by it.

Virtually, the current system has not been supported by anyone publicly, and in the past fifteen years, illegal immigration has been tolerated on a massive scale. Years ago, some meaningful changes would have been expected in midst of such overwhelming disapproval of the public. In the month of May 2006, a reform measure was finally passed by the Senate, by which, stricter control of the border was provided. In the month of March 2007, a major change in the policy was announced by the Bush administration, in which, a very costly visa and legalization process was advocated in the policy.

This change received bitter reactions from the immigrants and their supporters. In the result, grass root Republicans took this effort as the mollification of sentiments of the natives. Finally, two bills are currently considered by the congress for the addressing of illegal immigration. And one bill has been passed by the House. The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a bill of the Senate, in which, further action by the Senate is required in it. However, many similar provisions have been contained in both bills.

The areas of anti-terrorism and crime prevention at the border are some of the particular ones. However, great differences have been observed in he sections of the bills. Conclusion Every country has a right, recognized by both local and international law, to protect its borders and ports of entry and thereby control the persons and goods coming into its nation’s territory. In this regard, the US Immigration issue will continue even if new comprehensive reforms are introduced.

It is beneficial for Americans to participate in the public policy making process through various methods like surveys, polls, email correspondence, letters to editors of various periodicals, etc. Nevertheless, in the light of the above discussion, it must be noted that considerable time will be required for the successful implementation of any immigration reform as the problems are widespread and deep rooted. Furthermore, it is the responsibility of congress and the president to make sure that the immigration policy enforcement serves for national security.

Unfortunately, it seems that the immigration reforms will fail again if the responsible reform legislation has not adopted a different course of practice.


Carafano James Jay, PhD, (May 30, 2007), 1986 Redux: Proposed Senate Immigration Reform Repeats Past Failure, Web Memo #1476 Griswold Daniel, (December 3, 2004), Beyond the Barbed Wire, Bush won a mandate for immigration reform Pore Robert, (Jun 7, 2007), Journal Article, Nelson: Immigration reform will fail without secured borders