Hugh Hewitt proposes Necessary Amendments And An Argument For Discretion
(1) An amendment to establish a special category of illegal aliens which includes all males between the ages of 18 and 30 from countries with significant jihadist networks, with that list of countries to be determined by the DoD, the CIA and State. No probationary Z visas under Section 601(h) would issue to such illegals. A special visa could issue, but one that required special care in the background checks and special restrictions on the movement of such applicants until after their background checks were complete.
(2) Construction of at least half of the double-fencing prior to the issuance of a single probationary visa, and completion of all 800+ miles of the double fencing prior to the issuance of any 4 year Z visa or any Y visa.
(3) Acceleration of the six-year build-up in the authorized level of Border Patrol agents so that its number of agents reaches 25,000 within 3 years with the funding for their hiring in place. This should be another hard trigger.
(4) A detailed statement of how and by whom the millions of background checks and interviews called for by the act are to be done, with funding authorized and allocated to support such obligations. This should also be a trigger.
(5) A set of easy to read ceilings on Y visas which cannot be raised except by Congressional directive.
(6) The elimination of social security credits for years worked as an illegal, and the payment –perhaps over a term of years– of at least 50% of unpaid back taxes
That would be a start.
Under the compromise, 400,000 guest workers each year will get special visas that could be renewed up to three times for two years. Four million more would be allowed to come in under generous family provisions. So there will be a big jump in newcomers.
Troubling, too, are the so-called Z-Visas for which those now here illegally will be eligible. This document will give those here illegally access to driver’s licenses and Social Security numbers. If that’s not amnesty, nothing is.
That said, the bill has some positive features. For example, it starts to move us away from an immigration system based on family ties to one based on merit and skills. This is important. It also seems to commit the government to securing the border before the rest of the provisions take effect. If security isn’t first, it will fail.
Further negotiation is no doubt on the way. A common-sense starting point might be Rudy Giuliani’s idea of securing the border first, then making sure all who come are fingerprinted and have tamper-proof IDs. So let the negotiating begin.