In a strange turn of events, Senator Lindsey Graham and a group of House Republicans are now promoting amnesty for illegal immigrants living in the United States.
On Wednesday, Rep. Maria Salazar unveiled a new amnesty plan to not only give green cards to illegal aliens who are eligible for Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (DACA) but also give work visas to the estimated 22 million illegal immigrants in the United States.
The GOP lawmakers who support the amnesty plan, also known as the “Dignity Proposal,” include:
- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
- Rep. David Valado (R-CA)
- Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
- Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
- Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT)
- Rep. Blake Moore (R-UT)
- Rep. John Curtis (R-UT)
- Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-FL)
- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
- Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY)
The proposal will give legal residency to nearly 3.5 million aliens. Eventually they will be able to apply for green cards and obtain an American citizenship.
All other illegal aliens would be eligible under the amnesty to get 10-year work visas so long as they pass a criminal background check, pay taxes, and continue taking an American job. The amnesty states that these illegal aliens will not be eligible for “means-tested benefits or entitlements” and must pay a fine.
After holding work visas for 10 years, illegal aliens would be eligible to go through a five-year program, which includes learning English and taking civics courses, to eventually secure a green card. Once a green card is secured, illegal aliens are able to apply to become naturalized American citizens.
“They came here as kids,” Graham said. “If you told them to go back to their country, they don’t know where you’re talking about. You’ve had people who have lived here for decades that have worked, hard assimilated into the country, and there’s a place for them under our terms.”
Salazar’s amnesty also includes mandatory E-Verify, funding for a “full border infrastructure system,” asylum reform, and increased interior immigration enforcement.
Also slipped into the amnesty are provisions that would bring more foreign visa workers to the U.S. to work on farms and take jobs in seasonal occupations.
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