An amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants has been proposed by Rep. Maria Salazar (R-FL) along with other congressmen, with the backing of the US Chamber of Commerce, which represents some of the biggest international firms in the country.
Salazar joined others this week to offer a modified version of her amnesty proposal, which she first put up a year ago but failed to gather support amid record-breaking numbers of illegal immigrants.
As a supporter of Salazar, the Chamber of Commerce hailed the amnesty and the extension of foreign worker visas as successes for big businesses seeking to swell the American labor market to increase international competition, maintain low wages, and increase the number of customers for whose goods are sold.
According to Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Immigration Affairs Jon Baselice, “this proposal provides the kind of bipartisan solutions required to protect our borders, repair our asylum system, and assist American companies to fulfill their workforce needs to survive. We are eager to collaborate with the bill’s authors to see these urgently needed changes to our country’s flawed immigration system become law.”
The idea combines a biometric entry-exit system as a whole, a crackdown on asylum scams, as well as nationally obligatory E-Verify, among other things, with an amnesty for the country’s 11 to 22 million illegal immigrants who are able to pass a background check and settle back taxes.
Illegal aliens who submit applications for amnesty will have to pay $5,000 in restitution and be placed on a 12-year course to eventually obtain a green card and then become naturalized Americans after adhering to a set of requirements which includes learning English, meeting more restitution, and acquiring community service points.
The idea also raises the per-country immigration ceilings from the existing seven percent to fifteen percent while completely eliminating legal immigration limitations on the H-1B, H-2A, and H-2B visa categories.
In addition to issuing over a million temporary work visas to foreign people each year, the United States also distributes green cards to over a million legal immigrants. Legal immigration levels have increased the proportion of immigrants to the United States to the highest level ever, together with illegal immigration.
Given that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has made it plain time and time again that he would not accept any amnesty measures, it is doubtful that the plan will find support among House Republicans.