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Posted on 04/18/2013 8:15:19 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Immigration bill calls for slew of regulations, new bureaucracy By Ben Goad and Kevin Bogardus - 04/18/13 05:00 AM ET

The sweeping immigration reform bill unveiled Wednesday would bring a raft of new regulations and add more layers to the federal bureaucracy.

The 844-page Senate bill calls for a dramatic expansion of the country’s worker verification system, an overhaul of visa programs and a new set of proposed regulations allowing undocumented workers to become “registered provisional immigrants.”

The bill would establish penalty systems for employers and create protections for vulnerable immigrant workers in order to achieve the largest overhaul of the nation’s immigration system in decades.

The bipartisan Gang of Eight in the Senate, which penned the bill, set out “to establish clear and just rules for seeking citizenship, to control the flow of legal immigration, and to eliminate illegal immigration, which in some cases has become a threat to our national security,” according to the legislation’s preamble.

Unlike the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, President Obama’s healthcare overhaul and other legislation requiring major regulatory undertakings, the immigration proposal has significant support from Republicans and business groups.

Still, its passage would set the stage for intense lobbying efforts to influence the federal rules that an assortment of agencies would be required to write. Business groups are already girding for the fight.

“As was the case with immigration legislation from the 1980s, there are going to be many regulations coming out from this bill,” said Craig Regelbrugge, vice president of government relations for the American Nursery & Landscape Association. “It’s going to be a full-court press by those of us working on the legislation to make sure that these regulations are workable.”

Regelbrugge, a co-chairman of the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform, was heavily involved in negotiations on the Senate bill to help draft its farm worker component. That section of the bill will create a new “blue card” for farm workers.

The designation, along with a new visa program for low-skilled workers, would require new rules from the government.

“Both of those will have extensive regulatory processes associated with them,” Regelbrugge said. “Our goal is get to the statutory language clear enough so we won’t have to struggle with the regulations once the bill passes.”

In addition to a flurry of rulemaking, the bill calls for major structural changes in the agencies that oversee immigration. The bill would remake U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as the “Office of Citizenship and New Americans,” whose chief would help direct the major changes proposed in the legislation.

The Senate bill would also create a taskforce of Cabinet members and other high-level administration officials. The panel would begin work 18 months after enactment of the law and establish programs to assist with immigrant integration issues.

A nonprofit corporation, to be called the “United States Citizenship Foundation,” meanwhile, would solicit donations and provide assistance for those seeking provisional immigrant status.

Angelo Amador, vice president of labor and workforce policy for the National Restaurant Association, raised concerns over another new government apparatus that would be created by the bill: a bureau to devise when and where new low-skilled worker visas, or “W Visas,” are needed.

“The bottom line is we don’t want more bureaucracy created on a guest worker program where we already have so much bureaucracy that doesn’t work,” Amador said.

Agricultural groups are sifting through the bill to see how it deals with a federal mandate for electronic employee verification, or “E-Verify.” Farms could find it difficult to institute the system due to their high turnover and rural location, which can sometimes lead to limited Internet access.

“Farmers tend to lean conservative and could see E-Verify as an intrusion, as big government. Not everybody is going to be enthusiastic about E-Verify, but those of us advocating for the agricultural industry knew it was coming and we want to make sure that it can work,” Regelbrugge said.

Now largely voluntary, E-Verify would be mandatory for companies with at least 5,000 employees two years after the new regulations are published. Firms with at least 500 employees would have three years to comply, and the program would be mandatory for all employers after four years.

The dramatic expansion, along with the addition of “biometric,” or photo-matching components, would amount to government overreach and a step toward a national identification system, according to The Cato Institute’s Jim Harper, a lawyer specializing in information studies.

“It’s not the role of employers to do immigration law enforcement,” Harper said.

Some business groups expressed concerns when previous drafts of the immigration reform bill had employee verification language that allowed workers to file workplace complaints in order to avoid deportation. Kelly Knott, senior director of federal government relations for the National Retail Federation, said she is carefully looking at that section of the bill.

“There are some concerns that it will allow people to file workplace complaints just for the sake of filing workplace complaints,” Knott said. “I was hoping that there would be some clarifying language moving against frivolous claims. I’m still hoping that I will find that in the bill.”

Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), a longtime champion of E-Verify, said he was optimistic that the competing immigration legislation expected to emerge soon in the House would also expand the program, and called the Senate language “something we can work with.”

Calvert said the imposition of new regulations was necessary given the scope of the immigration problem in the United States.

“When you have people coming here under no rules, no regulation, by definition you have to come up with a set of rules and regulations,” Calvert said.

Restaurants are pleased with the addition of the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act, which would speed up visa processing to help boost tourism.

“There is a lot of money coming into our restaurants from travelers. Anything facilitates that travel is something of course we would support,” Amador said.

Other provisions that would require potentially contentious regulations include a proposed pilot grant program for states and local governments to fund “New Immigrant Councils” to help integrate immigrants. The grants would total $100 million over the first five years.

The Agriculture Department would also be charged with creating new housing and pay standards for certain parts of the agricultural industry, including sheep and goat herders, those involved in open range livestock and other itinerant workers.

The bill outlines new regulations that would impose penalties totaling into the thousands of dollars for companies found to be employing illegal immigrants, while establishing protections for whistleblowers that expose them.

Even the proposal’s centerpiece — a path to legal status for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants now in the country — would require new federal rules.

Those seeking registered provisional immigrant status would have to demonstrate compliance with regulations requiring them to pass a background check and pay penalties and back taxes. Just how their tax liability would be calculated would be dictated through regulation.

The bill would require that many of the new rules be finalized within a year after the bill is enacted. Some, including the E-Verify provision, must be in place before the provisional immigrant status is given to people in the country illegally.

Lawmakers, businesses and other groups with a stake in the bill were poring over the highly anticipated document for other clues about how its provisions would affect them.

“I plan to have some fun reading the bill this weekend,” Amador said. “Not everyone is going to be 100 percent happy.”


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: amnesty; attackoneconomy; carteldeocho; cfr; nwo; rubio; unagenda
It never ends does it?
1 posted on 04/18/2013 8:15:19 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
Almost every bill creates new government agencies. And this is a plus for democrats that they get to import 100 million new democrat voters (relatives back home in Mexico also given amnesty with this bill)

the problem is laws. we don't need to pass new laws but just start repealing those already on the books , all of them actually why not?

2 posted on 04/18/2013 8:19:26 AM PDT by Democrat_media (Mary Landrieu voted for the UN to take away our 2nd amendment rights)
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To: Sub-Driver

Under the immigration reform bill, some employers would have an incentive of up to $3,000 per year to hire a newly legalized immigrant over a U.S. citizen.

http://news.investors.com/041713-652257-immigration-reform-meets-obamacare-employer-mandate.htm


3 posted on 04/18/2013 8:21:16 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: Sub-Driver
stop this bill.

illegals are destroying this country as they vote for democrats and so this is why california is so liberal and bankrupt

4 posted on 04/18/2013 8:21:48 AM PDT by Democrat_media (Mary Landrieu voted for the UN to take away our 2nd amendment rights)
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To: Sub-Driver

Amendment #1: Rename the bill “Amnesty”.

Truth in Legislating....


5 posted on 04/18/2013 8:23:27 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Leftists favorite Mass Murderer: Kermit Gosnell)
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To: opentalk
Maybe politicians should read the 1500 pages of this bill first before they pass it. How many have even read the 2700 pages of Obamacare that they passed? All democrats in Congress voted to pass Obamacare.
6 posted on 04/18/2013 8:23:43 AM PDT by Democrat_media (Mary Landrieu voted for the UN to take away our 2nd amendment rights)
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To: Sub-Driver

Proof Obama was not a U.S. citizen in 1973.

http://svenmagnussen.blogspot.com


7 posted on 04/18/2013 8:24:42 AM PDT by SvenMagnussen (1983 ... the year Obama became a naturalized U.S. citizen.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Call me simple, but what if we just enforce the border and deport anyone found violating it......anyone and everyone...


8 posted on 04/18/2013 8:25:01 AM PDT by Forty-Niner (A Strong Man Armed who guards his home, lives in peace.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Killing this bill is every bit as important as defeating the attack on the second amendment.


9 posted on 04/18/2013 8:25:46 AM PDT by Piranha
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To: Piranha
Yes this is probably one of the worst bills, gives Amnesty to illegals, creates huge government bureaucracies, is 1500 pages long , etc.

this is my main point: laws that politicians pass are the problem

we don't need government nor politicians, we have the free market and google etc.

10 posted on 04/18/2013 8:28:59 AM PDT by Democrat_media (Mary Landrieu voted for the UN to take away our 2nd amendment rights)
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To: Sub-Driver
This is a deeply racist bill in favor of our mooching,panhandling neighbor to the south. Are provisions made in the bill for proportional immigration totals from the other 192 countries in the world?
11 posted on 04/18/2013 8:29:12 AM PDT by Cyman
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To: SvenMagnussen

Sven, perhaps Obama was claimed by his grandparents as a dependent?????

Doesn’t matter anyway, Obama is ineligible to serve as POTUS because of the Constitution’s NBC clause.


12 posted on 04/18/2013 8:30:40 AM PDT by Forty-Niner (A Strong Man Armed who guards his home, lives in peace.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Now read this garbage..also, several stories I’ve read are referring to this bill as an amnesty bill. Marco LaRaza Rubio probably not too happy that his bill is being called what it is..even thought he tries to deny.

http://news.yahoo.com/immigration-bill-spend-50-million-advise-illegals-055033744.html


13 posted on 04/18/2013 8:33:30 AM PDT by rainee (Her)
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To: Sub-Driver

This bill also gives Amnesty not just to illegals already here but to all their relatives back in Mexico and other hell holes

I mean of course after they illegals get Amnesty then they can bring their wives , 6 kids etc from Mexico and these get Amnesty too


14 posted on 04/18/2013 8:33:49 AM PDT by Democrat_media (Mary Landrieu voted for the UN to take away our 2nd amendment rights)
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To: Sub-Driver

The purpose of government is government. When government reaches 100% of the economy will we have a collapse like a star becoming a black hole (or would that be racist?)?


15 posted on 04/18/2013 8:33:51 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Sub-Driver

This bill also gives Amnesty not just to illegals already here but to all their relatives back in Mexico and other hell holes

I mean of course after they illegals get Amnesty then they can bring their wives , 6 kids etc from Mexico and these get Amnesty too


16 posted on 04/18/2013 8:33:55 AM PDT by Democrat_media (Mary Landrieu voted for the UN to take away our 2nd amendment rights)
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To: Sub-Driver
The twist for Rubio and Rand is that on one side they 'talk' the game of small gov't, but this is a expansion of Gov't to another level.

We don't need immigration, we need assimilation.

A country is only as strong as its borders and culture.

Not only will this program increase the prices for business and everyone, it will encourage invasion instead of meritocracy.

17 posted on 04/18/2013 8:34:33 AM PDT by Theoria
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To: Sub-Driver

I am against ANY path to citizenship for these illegals.

However.

I could possibly support giving them some sort of work visa to remain here after they pay a fine IF the children they have while they are here are not automatically made citizens and give up any and all rights to government assistance and agree to go back home after a specified period of time.


18 posted on 04/18/2013 8:38:00 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Sub-Driver

These Republicans and Democrats want to GROW our government!

At a time when we need to SHRINK our government, these idiots are creating new committees, new bureaucracies and new self-fulfilling loop-holes that will create MORE government after this fails!

No, NO, HELL NO!


19 posted on 04/18/2013 8:45:11 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: Sub-Driver

SECURE THE FRIGGIN BORDERS FIRST111


20 posted on 04/18/2013 8:45:53 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Sub-Driver

“It never ends does it?”

No it never does as long as it’s in the hands of those that need IT to keep them funded.

Seems to me the best way to eliminate all the problems as depicted in the article above is to secure the border, and enforce the laws we already have. We already have an immigration system that was working, and should function just fine once again if we secure the borders, and enforce the existing laws.

It would make too much sense, and wouldn’t serve the goal of more Leftist voters though would it.


21 posted on 04/18/2013 8:48:10 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Proud contributer to the Free Republic Q-2 Freepathon.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The I-9 form has been in effect and has been the law for MANY years.

It requires ALL employers to verify the citizenship of any prospective employee. The electronic E-Verify is supposed to an aid to such verification.

It applies to a company hiring their one and only employee. It doesn’t ‘start’ at 5,000 employees. It starts at ONE employee.

This bill is just plain bogus.

It only is helping hire more Fedceral workers to intrude on businesses who follow the law.

Spend the time & money on going after the constant & chronic companies who break the law.


22 posted on 04/18/2013 8:49:42 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Sub-Driver

Attention all Marco Rubio for president fanatics. This is your tea party guy. The Gang of 8 member who is just another big govt RINO.


23 posted on 04/18/2013 9:01:24 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Forty-Niner; Fred Nerks

Obama didn’t move in to live with his grandparents until 1976.

See http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2008/Sep/12/ln/hawaii809120379.html posted on another thread by Freeper “Fred Nerks”

The article states: Dunham took young Maya back to Indonesia in 1976 to live with Soetoro’s mother, while Barack moved into his grandparents’ apartment on Beretania Street while he finished his high school years at Punahou.

The Soetoros took Maya as an exemption in 1973 because she was a dependent and a U.S. Citizen. The Soetoros did not take Obama as an exemption because he was not a U.S. Citizen.


24 posted on 04/18/2013 9:07:35 AM PDT by SvenMagnussen (1983 ... the year Obama became a naturalized U.S. citizen.)
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To: Sub-Driver
This bill seems to give more power to head of homeland security.

… As noted before, this bill fails to mandate any specific trigger for legalization. After Janet Napolitano merely submits a strategy for “achieving and maintaining effective control between the ports of entry in all high risk border sectors along the Southern border” within 6 months, everyone is eligible to apply for “Registered Provisional Immigrant” (RPI) legal status. That’s it. From there, the legal status will never practically be revoked.

Gang Plan: Perennial De Facto Amnesty

25 posted on 04/18/2013 9:24:28 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: Sub-Driver
It never ends does it?

The tolerance of the American taxpayer never ends.

If we could not stop obamacare, which affects each of us directly and personally, there is no hope whatsoever that we can stop this. Or gun control/confiscation either.

There is just one way to stop it: stop funding the government.

That's it. There'll be no CW2 or it would have happened by now. People sit on their hands -- until it's time to open their wallets and feed the government. The baby-killing, invader-loving, gun-running, moocher-suckling government. Doesn't matter what you think or say; it only matters that you keep paying it to do what it does.

26 posted on 04/18/2013 9:32:14 AM PDT by HomeAtLast
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To: Sub-Driver

Does this Bill make US employers of illegal alien invaders financially responsible for hiring them?

Are these employers to be fined $1,000 per day , per illegal alien invader worker that they hired?

Does this Bill abolish the “Anchor Baby” citizenship Law?

Without these basic stipulations, the Bill will fill just as badly as the previous Border Bill of 1986.


27 posted on 04/18/2013 9:36:55 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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