Right Side News Reports from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in this October 4, 2010 Legislative Weekly. FAIR tracks pending immigration laws in the United States which can impact homeland security in positive or negative ways and are a valued resource.
- Senator Menendez Introduces Amnesty Bill Day Before Congressional Recess
- Georgia Debates Barring Illegal Aliens from Attending State Universities
- Governor Schwarzenegger Vetoes California DREAM Act
Senator Menendez Introduces Amnesty Bill Day Before Congressional Recess
In a final attempt to woo amnesty advocates into the voting booths this November, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee Chairman, introduced an amnesty bill late Wednesday, just as members of Congress were leaving town. (Roll Call, Sept. 30, 2010) The 874-page bill, entitled the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 (CIR Act of 2010), would exponentially increase the number of immigrants in the country to unprecedented levels by:
(1) granting amnesty to the estimated 13 million illegal aliens currently in the U.S.; (2) permitting them to bring in their spouses, children, and other relatives from other countries; and
(3) by issuing hundreds of thousands of new green cards through the process the authors call “recapture.”
Under S.3932, illegal aliens are granted amnesty through the process of becoming a “Lawful Prospective Immigrant.” In order to be eligible for such status, S.3932 requires that the alien be physically present in the
Similar to previous amnesty bills debated in 2006 and 2007, the CIR Act of 2010:
- Includes the DREAM Act, which would grant amnesty to illegal aliens up to the age of 35 who meet minimal educational requirements. (
at §§ 531-542; See FAIR DREAM Act Summary, Mar. 2009) Id.
- Includes AgJOBS, which would grant amnesty to illegal aliens who have worked in the
agriculture industry and their family members. ( U.S. at §§475-484) Id.
However, unlike previous amnesty bills, the CIR Act of 2010 also:
- Preempts all state and local laws pertaining to immigration such that these entities would be left powerless to enforce immigration laws in the absence of federal action. (S.3932 § 131)
- Includes the Uniting American Families Act, which would permit legal permanent residents and citizens to petition to bring their same-sex partners to the
U.S.and grant them citizenship within three years. (S.3932 §§ 421-430) U.S.
- Creates a new executive agency to annually determine the number of guest workers eligible for admission. (
at § 401(a)) Id.
- Mandates free legal services to illegal alien detainees for civil proceedings—a right that not even
citizens are afforded. ( U.S. at §§ 241(9); 254(b)(2)(F)) Id.
- Grants illegal alien detainees the “right” to free prompt and adequate medical care, including primary, emergency, chronic, and reproductive health care, including providing free medication and hormonal therapies such as birth control. (
at § 249(a)) Id.
These new provisions in the CIR Act of 2010 do nothing more than expand previous unsuccessful attempts by pro-amnesty legislators to grant amnesty to illegal aliens and dramatically increase overall levels of immigration. (See FAIR Summary of the Reid-Schumer-Menendez Amnesty Bill, Apr. 30, 2010) And, just as Americans overwhelmingly rejected those proposals, this legislation is already proving to be completely out of touch with average Americans. Recent polls conducted by
Amnesty advocates hailed Senator Menendez’s introduction of the CIR Act of 2010. Frank Sharry of the pro-amnesty group
Whether Congress will act on S.3932 remains to be seen. During a CNN interview, Senator Menendez said the bill would be the jumping point for any possible action during the lame-duck session of Congress. (The Hill, Oct. 3, 2010) Menendez added, “If next Congress you need something as foundation,” the bill will be there, serving as an “invitation to bring Republican colleagues to discussion” on immigration reform. (
Debates Barring Illegal Aliens from Attending State Universities Georgia
A special committee formed by the Georgia Board of Regents, the body of
In March 2010, Jessica Colotl, an illegal alien and student at
Regent Larry Walker, an attorney who served in the Georgia General Assembly for more than 30 years, warned of political backlash if the Board failed to approve the committee’s proposal. (The Marietta Daily Journal, Sept. 22, 2010) “It shows our concern in this particular area, concern for our citizens,”
Governor Schwarzenegger Vetoes
DREAM Act California
On the last day of September, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed the California DREAM Act of 2010. The California Legislature sent the legislation to the Governor August 31, after both the Assembly and Senate passed SB 1460 and AB 1413 (collectively referred to as the DREAM Act). Together, the bills expanded the pool of illegal aliens who would be eligible for in-state tuition and provided that illegal alien students would also be eligible for certain education grants and benefits. (SB 1460 § 4; AB 1413 § 1(c)) Pursuant to state statute, illegal aliens in