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Congress Looks to Grant Legal Status to Immigrants; expect Judiciary to approve the bill this week
New York Times ^ | 10-13-03

Posted on 10/13/2003 10:50:14 AM PDT by Brian S


Published: October 13, 2003

Eighteen-year-old Yuliana Huicochea moved to the United States at age 4, but now faces deportation because immigration officials stopped her on a school trip to a science fair.

Ms. Huicochea's troubles began last year when she and other members of her high school science team traveled from Phoenix to Buffalo to enter their 15-foot solar-powered boat in the fair and decided to take a side trip to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Immigration officials stopped Ms. Huicochea and three teammates and told them they faced deportation because they were illegal immigrants.

"I'm scared," said Ms. Huicochea (WEE-coe-CHAY-uh), now a sophomore at Phoenix College, who declined to say what country she immigrated from. "I don't know any other place. My whole family is here. This is where my education is, my dreams, my goals. I don't know what I would do anywhere else."

Hispanic groups and immigrant advocates have embraced her cause, insisting that it is wrong to expel teenagers who immigrated as toddlers. And now, with many members of Congress thinking about next year's elections and paying increasing attention to the concerns of Hispanics, the issue is gaining bipartisan interest on Capitol Hill.

Orrin G. Hatch, the Utah Republican who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is sponsoring a bill that would grant legal status to Ms. Huicochea and tens of thousands of other high school students or graduates who are illegal immigrants. His bill — the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (or Dream) Act, has 36 sponsors, one-third of them Republican. His aides say they expect the Judiciary Committee to approve the bill this week.

The bill is part of a wave of immigration legislation that has gathered bipartisan momentum in recent weeks. One bill would grant accelerated citizenship to immigrants who serve in the armed forces. Another would grant legal status to 500,000 farm workers if they commit themselves to doing agricultural work for several more years. That bill's main sponsors in the Senate are Larry Craig, Republican of Idaho, and Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts. They say it has the support of the Senate leadership, conservatives, liberals, agricultural employers, the nation's largest farm workers' union, the Chamber of Commerce and the A.F.L.-C.I.O.

"On the farm workers' bill," said Cecilia Munoz, a vice president of the National Council of La Raza, a Latino advocacy group, "you're talking about an alliance of strange bedfellows who have agreed on a major policy that's in the interests of the industry and the workers."

Sharon Hughes, executive vice president of the National Council of Agricultural Employers, said, "For the first time, we have a large constituency for the reforms."

Several lawmakers say their strategy is to use the farm workers' bill as a wedge to advance other legislation that would grant legal status to other groups of illegal immigrants, like the hundreds of thousands working in restaurants and hotels.

"We think we have an excellent chance of getting the agricultural workers' bill passed," Senator Kennedy said. "I'm drawing up follow-up legislation for other industries. There's been a dramatic shift in the atmosphere on all this."

Republican backers in the House and Senate say the White House has signaled that President Bush will sign the farm workers' bill if it reaches his desk.

Claire Buchan, a White House spokeswoman, said, "We are reviewing this legislation and look forward to working with Congress."

Two years ago a push to grant legal status to millions of illegal immigrants was gaining momentum as President Vicente Fox of Mexico pressed President Bush to give a fairer deal to immigrant laborers. But the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, derailed those efforts, because the Bush administration began concentrating on securing borders rather than helping immigrants.

"We are farther away from the horrors of Sept. 11, and we've had a chance to digest it," said John F. Gay, co-chairman of the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition, a business group that supports granting legal status to millions of illegal immigrants. "People inside and outside of Congress are beginning to understand that immigration reform makes you more secure."

Under the Craig-Kennedy bill, immigrants who want legal status must show that they did farm work for 100 days over the past 18 months. They will then receive temporary resident status, but if they fail to do 360 days of farm work over the next six years, they will revert to illegal status. The bill would also reduce many bureaucratic barriers that make it hard for farmers to bring in seasonal guest workers from abroad.

"This is not an amnesty program," said Representative Howard L. Berman, a California Democrat who is co-sponsoring the House bill with Christopher P. Cannon, a Utah Republican. "This is an earned legalization program."

Opponents of helping illegal immigrants have vowed to fight the new bills. "It's never time to reward people for breaking the law," said Representative Tom Tancredo, a Colorado Republican who is one of Congress's most outspoken foes of easing immigration rules. "That's the worst kind of public policy."

Mr. Hatch's legislation would grant legal status to teenagers like Ms. Huicochea who have been in the United States at least five years, have graduated from high school and have no criminal record. The bill would also lift a restriction that discourages state universities from charging the lower in-state tuition rate to illegal immigrants.

"We've gone to high school at taxpayers' expense, and now we can't give back to the community because we face deportation," said Ms. Huicochea, who hopes to become a lawyer. "The Dream Act is not only for our benefit, but for everybody. We would be able to start giving back to the community."

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; US: Idaho; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: aflcio; amnesty; bush43; farmworkers; illegalimmigration; immigrantlist; judiciarycommittee; laraza; larrycraig; naturalization; orrinhatch; republicanturncoats; tedkennedy; tomtancredo; unions
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1 posted on 10/13/2003 10:50:15 AM PDT by Brian S
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To: Brian S
"But the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, derailed those efforts, because the Bush administration began concentrating on securing borders rather than helping immigrants"
2 posted on 10/13/2003 10:52:23 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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3 posted on 10/13/2003 10:55:26 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Brian S
"It's for the Children" puke alert!

4 posted on 10/13/2003 10:55:43 AM PDT by Weimdog
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To: Sabertooth
5 posted on 10/13/2003 10:57:20 AM PDT by KantianBurke (Don't Tread on Me)
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To: KantianBurke
Eighteen-year-old Yuliana Huicochea moved to the United States at age 4, but now faces deportation because immigration officials stopped her on a school trip to a science fair.

Yeah, that's why.
6 posted on 10/13/2003 11:05:26 AM PDT by just mimi
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To: gubamyster; HiJinx; madfly; JustPiper
7 posted on 10/13/2003 11:05:55 AM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP (Ideas have consequences)
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8 posted on 10/13/2003 11:07:26 AM PDT by Brian S (" In the United States, armed masses represent the foundation of political order.")
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To: Brian S
Makes me sick to see a great nation caving into 3rd world scammers. We do this and we will get a lot more of the same scammers. Making our borders a joke.

Word is out that USA is a soft, idiot nation
9 posted on 10/13/2003 11:10:51 AM PDT by dennisw (G_d is at war with Amalek for all generations)
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To: Brian S
"This is not an amnesty program," said Representative Howard L. Berman, a California Democrat who is co-sponsoring the House bill with Christopher P. Cannon, a Utah Republican. "This is an earned legalization program."

Maybe I'm dense but it sure sounds like an amnesty program.

I can see cutting slack to young adults brought here as kids though. They shouldn't be punished for their parents wrong doing and after so many years they're probably more American than whatever country the parents come from. Maybe there should be some kind of case by case review to determine the best course of action.

10 posted on 10/13/2003 11:11:34 AM PDT by NEPA
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To: Brian S
Write your Congressman and Senators to tell them you oppose these bills. Let them know we are watching and taking names on who is selling out America.
11 posted on 10/13/2003 11:14:36 AM PDT by RicocheT
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
"But the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, derailed those efforts, because the Bush administration began concentrating on securing borders rather than helping immigrants"

Things are getting back on track...

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      Posted by Sabertooth
On 10/12/2003 5:18 PM PDT with 24 comments

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      Posted by VU4G10
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      Posted by Sabertooth
On 10/06/2003 10:37 AM PDT with 57 comments

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      Posted by Brian S
On 10/02/2003 7:02 AM PDT with 74 comments

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      Posted by jokar
On 09/26/2003 11:26 AM PDT with 63 comments

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      Posted by JustPiper
On 09/19/2003 1:30 AM PDT with 34 comments

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      Posted by Brian S
On 09/18/2003 9:21 AM PDT with 64 comments

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On 04/04/2003 6:35 AM PST with 167 comments

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      Posted by Destro
On 09/06/2003 2:53 PM PDT with 78 comments ^ | September 6, 2003 |
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      Posted by Sabertooth
On 07/11/2003 8:38 AM PDT with 14 comments

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      Posted by 4.1O dana super trac pak
On 09/05/2003 5:51 PM PDT with 88 comments

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      Posted by Brian S
On 09/05/2003 7:09 PM PDT with 127 comments

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12 posted on 10/13/2003 11:18:51 AM PDT by Sabertooth (No Drivers' Licences for Illegal Aliens. Petition SB60.
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To: Brian S
From two threads here today..."Congress Looks to Grant Legal Status to Immigrants;..." "Latino gangs strike fear in heart of US capital"

Anybody see anything here?

13 posted on 10/13/2003 11:22:29 AM PDT by Thom Pain
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To: Sabertooth
but...but...Bush hasn't done anything about the borders. Or so I was told by the antibots!
14 posted on 10/13/2003 11:25:49 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Sabertooth
You know this about does it. No matter what we think they will just go ahead and do what they want.

The only recourse we have is armed revolt or hitting them in their pockets. They say they can't find and deport 8 million illegal criminals. Ok, then 8 million of us should not only withold our votes but our taxes too. After all I'm sure that they will be glad to have some program for people like us. They don' have to call it amnesty. But I would like amnesty for the rest of my life on paying taxes and so would at least 8 million more. Let's see if they can find all of us.

It's time. It's way past time for the American people to do something.
15 posted on 10/13/2003 11:35:19 AM PDT by georgiabelle (Bleeding hearts should bleed)
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To: Sabertooth
The insidious invasion of America, allowed by an American President and other elected idiots.
16 posted on 10/13/2003 11:36:18 AM PDT by janetgreen (IS ANYONE AWAKE AT THE WHITE HOUSE? AMERICA IS BEING INVADED!)
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To: Sabertooth
Cornyn's bill is Gramm's old bill I think.
17 posted on 10/13/2003 11:41:06 AM PDT by GraniteStateConservative ("We happy because when we switch on the TV you never see Saddam Hussein. That's a big happy.")
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To: Brian S
If RINO support this we will remember. I will vote against the aholes if they support this, regardless of the outcome - even if I elect a lib by default.
18 posted on 10/13/2003 11:47:00 AM PDT by sasafras (sasafras (The road to hell is paved with good intentions))
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To: Brian S
I guess they are trying to send the message that if you break the law and get away with it for a long enough period of will get rewarded. Great message!
19 posted on 10/13/2003 12:10:36 PM PDT by Feiny (We Will Never Forget!)
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