Divisions on immigration bill.
Until last week there was substantive unity between immigrants rights groups, community groups, religious groups, and major parts of organized labor in the effort to craft a comprehensive immigration reform bill. Now, with the amendments and passage of S477, the Senate bill, this unity is challenged. The draft of S477 by the Gang of Eight was always a compromise. There is, for example, a redesigned guest worker program, the growth of a special status for H1 B hi tech workers, enhancement of border enforcement, a extended period of time required for application for legal status, and more.
Conservative Republican forces in the Senate amended the bill to achieve a massive 30 Billion $ expansion of border enforcement. The National Network for Immigrants Rights, a network of grass roots community groups, sharply criticized this developments and Presente, a new on-line group that claims to speak with the Latino community has called the bill unacceptable, while the big Washington D.C. lobbying groups such as the National Council de La Raza continue to support the bill.
Labor too is dividing. The national AFL-CIO praised the passage of S477 in the Senate, Richard Trumka said,
“The United States Senate today moved our country a big step closer to building a common sense immigration system that will allow millions of aspiring Americans to become citizens. Continue reading
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