Over the weekend, USA Today leaked a draft of the White House immigration bill. At the heart of the bill is a plan to allow all of the illegal immigrants to apply for a Lawful Prospective Immigrant visa.
In order to qualify for the LPI visa, the illegal immigrant would have to pass a criminal background check, pay the required fees and submit certain biometric information. If the visa is granted, it is good for four years, at which time the illegal could apply for an extension.
The background check would look for crimes that resulted in a 1 year prison sentence or longer, 3 crimes that total 90 or more days in jail or a crime outside that would result in the immigrant being denied permission to enter the US legally or that would result in deportation. Anyone currently in custody and facing deportation would also be allowed to apply for the LPI visa.
The application forms will be available in the any of the most common languages spoken in the US. However, the application and all supporting evidence must be done in English only. If the new LPI visa is approved, the illegal could also apply for the same LPI visa for their spouses and children still living outside the US.
Once an LPI visa has been granted, the illegal could then apply for legal permanent residence and would be provided with an official identification card. The process of becoming a legal resident would involve their learning to speak English, maintaining a work history and paying all back taxes owed from their working in the US illegally. The process to citizenship could take up to eight years.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio, considered to be one of the front runners for the 2016 run for the White House, is currently in the Middle East, visiting Jordan and Israel when he heard about the Obama immigration plan. He called the plan half-baked and said it would be dead on arrival when it reaches Congress. In a statement released by Rubio, the senator said:
“It’s a mistake for the White House to draft immigration legislation without seeking input from Republican members of Congress. President Obama’s leaked immigration proposal is disappointing to those of us working on a serious solution. The president’s bill repeats the failures of past legislation.”
“It fails to follow through on previously broken promises to secure our borders, creates a special pathway that puts those who broke our immigration laws at an advantage over those who chose to do things the right way and come here legally, and does nothing to address guest workers or future flow, which serious immigration experts agree is critical to preventing future influxes of illegal immigrants.”
“Much like the president’s self-described ‘stop gap’ Deferred Action measure last year, this legislation is half-baked and seriously flawed. It would actually make our immigration problems worse, and would further undermine the American people’s confidence in Washington’s ability to enforce our immigration laws and reform our broken immigration system.”
“If actually proposed, the President’s bill would be dead on arrival in Congress, leaving us with unsecured borders and a broken legal immigration system for years to come.”
When I read the early draft, I saw it to be nothing more than an attempt to win 11 million votes for the next election. Oh yeah, many of those illegals probably voted illegally in the last election, so Obama’s just trying to keep those votes for his 2016 run for the White House after he successfully gets the 22nd Amendment repealed by his kangaroo Supreme Court.