A new "probationary legal status" falls short of citizenship or permanent residency. Undocumented immigrants may live and work in America "provided they pass criminal background checks and pay back taxes owed."
They also have to learn English and prove they're employed. They'll be subject to mandatory employer E-Verify. It's a government-run online system. It enforces draconian harshness.
It compares employee information to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security data. Numerous false alarms are triggered. Millions of legal immigrants are falsely targeted.
Millions of family members of legal US residents await permanent residency status.
Undocumented immigrants will be forced to the back of the line. US citizens trying to bring unmarried Mexican children to America requires waiting 17 years or longer. Most never succeed.
Proposed legislation blocks the road to citizenship until borders are secured. So-called disqualifying crimes are largely minor misdemeanors or youthful indiscretions. They're enough to deny citizenship.
They ignore sweeping Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) discriminatory harshness. Post-9/11, hundreds of thousands of immigrants have been mercilessly hounded, harassed, and persecuted.
Billions have been spent on ruthless targeting. Obama deported record numbers. They deserve better.
Sweeping workplace and community raids target them. They've been rounded up, incarcerated, brutally treated, denied all rights, and sent home for being the wrong color from the wrong country.
One-quarter or more deported are parents of children born in America. They're US citizens. It doesn't matter. They can stay. Parents can't. Policy separates families trying to stay together.
Claiming "immigration reform finally began" turns truth on its head. Expect no better now than earlier. Even The Times admits it's "easy to be skeptical."
Immigrants never were treated fairly. The 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act grudgingly went further than previous laws. It made immigrants of all races eligible for citizenship based on strict quotas.
White Judeo/Christian Europeans get preferential treatment. People of color get shortchanged. The 1996 Immigrant Responsibility Act and Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act proved bipartisan harshness.
Due process and judicial fairness were ignored. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) agents were empowered to detain legal immigrants without bond, deport them without discretionary relief, restrict their right to counsel, bar judicial appeals, and use misdemeanors or youthful indiscretions be reasons for deportation.
No second chances are allowed. Unwanted immigrants get unwelcome messages. Immigration courts target them unfairly. They don't leave home easily.
They come to America because NAFTA and other exploitive trade agreements destroyed their ability to earn a living at home. Come north or perish. Millions have no choice.