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Group Pushes Hillary Clinton, Sen. Schumer to Legitimize Illegals

Thursday, 22 December 2005 12:00 AM

Activists who want amnesty, legal status and citizenship for illegal immigrants and migrant workers are pushing New York Senators Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer to jump on their bandwagon.

But Sens. Clinton and Schumer have recently been sending mixed signals on illegals.

They support legislation that would stiffen the penalties and fines imposed on companies that hire illegal workers, but they also support "the Dream Act, [which] would allow students to receive temporary legal status when they graduate from high school. Upon completing their studies or military service, the immigrants could then apply for permanent legal status." according to the NY Sun newspaper.

Not exactly an endorsement of no-strings-attached immigration, which is what activists of the New York Immigration Coalition are looking for.

"Immigrant communities in New York are looking for a lot more leadership from our senators when it comes to immigration reform," the executive director of the NYIC, Chung-Wha Hong, has complained. "Their being silent makes them tacit supporters of an enforcement-only approach."

Hong, leader of a group which, on it's Web site, admits to "fighting for broad legalization and comprehensive immigration reform measures," laments that New York's two Senators did not take a stand against the Real ID Act, passed to strengthen anti-terrorist efforts with tough, new requirements for getting driver's licenses.

Hong also noted that the pair failed to respond to an immigration enforcement bill that passed in the House last week, which promises, among other things, to enlist military and local law enforcement help in stopping illegal entrants, require employers to verify the legal status of their workers, and build a wall along parts of the U.S.-Mexico border. The bill is not expected to pass in the Senate, and Mexico's lawmakers have vowed to stop any wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

The bill did earn some bad marks from one New York Congressman, Democrat Jerrod Nadler. "This bill has got to be the worst immigration bill since the national origins quota bill of 1925," Nadler said. "All of these people, who came here for economic opportunity, or perhaps for freedom, would be criminals."

The House bill does not solve the problem of what to do about the estimated 11 million illegals who are already in America. But the Senate's version of immigration reform does propose a solution.

The Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act, was introduced by Sens. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), and John McCain (R-Ariz.). It would allow illegal immigrants currently living in America to have an opportunity for permanent legal residency after paying fines, passing a background check, and completing a phase under a temporary visa.

The legislation would also provide new routes for legal immigration to America through a temporary worker program – a course likely to affect more than 500,000 illegal immigrants living in New York, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.

"[Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer] should be up there, up front, talking about immigration in the same way that Senator Kennedy is doing it, in the same way that Senator McCain is doing it," the executive director of the Latin American Integration Center, Ana Maria Archila, said. "In the Senate they're just basically handing over the conversation to the right."

Hong concluded that she hoped Senators Schumer and Clinton, who have proved in the past to be "dogged fighters for their issues," will eventually come out strong on comprehensive immigration and support a bill like Secure America.

An editorial in the Journal News may spell disappointment for Hong an other activists who want to give illegals unlimited free and clear access to the U.S.: "Her sound bites on immigration reform — decidedly tougher on the undocumented than one might expect from a pol portrayed as Michael Moore's half-sister — would play as well along the Texas border."

Indeed they would. Hillary said, "Clearly, we have to make some tough decisions," reports Indiana's Times-Mail. "One of them ought to be coming up with a much better entry and exit system. If we're going to let people in for the work that otherwise would not be done, let's have a system that keeps track of them."

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