• Subscribe to our newsletter

    Email address

  • Archives

  • Tags

  • Newswatch Categories

  • « | Main | »

    US Senate makes deal on undocumented

    By Noreen Bowden | May 18, 2007

    Irish immigration advocates in the US have welcomed the agreement hammered out yesterday by Democratic and Republican senators, which would provide a channel for the 12 million undocumented immigrants to achieve legal status.

    The proposals would allow for the vast majority of today’s undocumented to register, pay a fine of €5,000, and undergo security screenings; in return, they will get work authorisation, travel permission, and protection from deportation.

    On the negative side, the bill includes a “touchback” provision, that would require undocumented immigrants to make a costly trip back to their home country to apply for adjustment. In addition, the deal will create a large number of workers with only temporary visas, which could lead to increasing numbers of undocumented in the future.

    Perhaps the most dramatic change is the institution of a points system and the elimination of family ties as the foundation of immigration.

    Sheila Gleeson of the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers calls the deal “a major step forward”, and says that Senators Kennedy, Menendez, Feinstein, and Salazar are to be commended for getting this compromise hammered out”.

    The bill will be debated in the Senate next week; once the Senate process is completed, the House of Representatives will take on the issue.

    Topics: Latest News, US, US immigration reform | Comments Off on US Senate makes deal on undocumented

    Comments are closed.