Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Setting up the bait and switch on immigration "reform" 

Much of the detail of president's proposal was to be worked out by Congress in future negotiations with the White House.

For instance, Bush wants to increase the nation's yearly allotment of green cards that allow for permanent U.S. residency, but won't say by how much, the officials said. Approximately 140,000 green cards a year are issued now.

He also wants the workers' first three-year term in the program to be renewable but won't say for how long; he won't set the amount workers should pay to apply for the program....

All good so far—get the political credit for 2004; punt on the problems 'til 2005. Just like Medicare "reform."

But it gets better:

.... and he won't specify how to enforce the requirement that no American worker wants the job the foreign worker is taking, according to administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

So the whole plan is really about driving down wages for US workers! Shameless. How stupid do they think we are?

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