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NYT: “Point System” Crucial To Amnesty Bill

From the open borders lobby, the New York Times:

A Point System for Immigrants Incites Passions


June 5, 2007

WASHINGTON, June 4 — Ekaterina D. Atanasova, a civil engineer from Bulgaria who lives in southern Maine, wants to bring her husband to the United States. Under the Senate immigration bill, he would get high marks — at least 74 points — because he too is a civil engineer, has a master’s degree and is fluent in English.

But Herminia Licona Sandoval, a cleaning woman from Honduras, would have no hope of bringing her 30-year-old son to the United States. He works as a driver at an oil refinery, lacks a high school diploma, speaks little English and would fare poorly under the Senate bill, earning fewer than 15 of a possible 100 points.

The point system, one of the most significant features of the Senate immigration bill, will be at the heart of the debate as Congress resumes work on the legislation after a weeklong recess. It has already stirred passions because it would profoundly change the criteria for picking future immigrants.

President Bush and some senators champion the point system as a way to select immigrants most likely to make long-term economic contributions to the United States. Supporters say it would be the most systematic effort in the nation’s history to evaluate would-be immigrants, using objective criteria to measure job skills, education and other attributes.

But the plan is provoking strong opposition from leading Democrats, who say it smacks of social engineering and reflects a class bias.

Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, said, “The point system would have prevented my own parents, a carpenter and a seamstress, from coming to this country.”

This week, the Senate is expected to vote on an amendment offered by Senator Barack Obama, Democrat of Illinois, to end the point system after five years. Senators will also vote on a Republican proposal to eliminate “bonus points” that could be given to many illegal immigrants who gain legal status and then seek green cards.

The bill, written by the White House and a bipartisan group of a dozen senators, would establish “a merit-based system” to evaluate people seeking the green cards, as permanent-residence visas are known.

An applicant could receive a maximum of 100 points. Up to 75 points would be allocated for job skills and education, with 15 for English-language proficiency and 10 for family ties.

The criteria favor professionals with graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But the point system would also reward people who work in 30 “high demand” occupations, like home health care and food service.

Spouses and minor children of United States citizens would still be allowed to immigrate without limits. But siblings and adult children of citizens and lawful permanent residents would be subject to the point system. They could get a maximum of 10 points for family ties, provided they had already earned 55 points for job skills, education and English language ability…

This is a typically laughable article from The Times for several reasons.

Firstly, does anyone really believe that the “point system” is the main bone of contention in this amnesty bill?

Secondly, as I understand it, these kind of issues won’t even come up until eight or so years from now.

And lastly, does anyone doubt that once amenesty has been achieved that any of these minor inconveniences will be allowed to stand?

For as the article notes, even as we speak that great Solon of the Senate Barack Obama is moving to have this damnable restriction effectively stricken from the bill.

For God’s sake, we wouldn’t want to have immigrants who could speak the language and might have some useful skills — and who might actually hold jobs rather than collect government benefits.

They might not vote the straight Democrat ticket. And make no mistake, that is what this bill is all about. Creating new Democrats for the next fifty generations.

And of course destroying what’s left of this country as we once knew it.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 5th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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