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The Road To Immigration Reform
The Road To Immigration Reform

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AIR DATE: February 4, 2013

A bipartisan group of Senators and the President laid out plans for comprehensive immigration reform this week. Although lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree some sort of immigration package is needed, there will still be some obstacles in Congress before any bill gets passed. Tougher border security, penalties for employers who hire undocumented workers and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants are all part of the initial plans. We'll discuss the road to comprehensive immigration reform and how it could affect real people.

GUESTS

David Damore, Political Scientist, UNLV

Al Martinez, President, SEIU Nevada

Tibi Ellis, Author and Political Activist

Maria Espinosa, Local Immigrant

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    It is about time that our President and the Congress did something that has been long overdue.
    Norma PriceJan 30, 2013 11:01:32 AM
    One last comment, some of the folks on the panel seem to think that it is an insult to put unauthorized immigrants at the back of the line... There are plenty of legal immigrants in the country that work, pay their taxes, etc that are already in line with wait times of 10-12-14 years, why should they be by-passed by unauthorized immigrants? Those folks pay their lawyers, meet with the immigration officers, go back to their country to renew their status, and all their dutifull work should be somehow dumped to the garbage so they get at the back of the line so the administration can help unauthorized immigrants get a status, how is it fair to them?
    PatJan 30, 2013 09:54:15 AM
    Pat, no one implied in the program that it was an insult (listen to the audio again). I said that President Obama now is asking (putting 11 million unathorized immigrants on the back of the line)for what President Bush and other Republicans called for and were vilified because "it was an insult to Latinos". I dont believe it is an insult and thanks to President Obama now he made it clear that it not only OK to expect that because is fair, but also he is calling for it.
    Tibi EllisJan 30, 2013 10:33:03 AM
    By the way why cant we give a path to Green Card holder is to the 11-15 millions illegal/unauthorized immigrants instead of a path to citizenship. After all the conversation is about bringing people living in the shadows to make a decent a civil contribution to the country in which they live in a decent way. They can do that with a green card renewed every ten years, without having to become citizen.
    PatJan 30, 2013 09:43:40 AM
    There are only 50,000 people that can win the Lotery from the Whole Wide World, if that number was expanded why shoul it still include nationalities overly represented like Mexicans or Chinese immigrants? It is incredibly hard for a Canadian or a German or a Cameroonian to immigrate in this country not withstanding how educated and full of potential these people are, why should we spend all out time, energy and money helping more 'unauthorized' and 'uneducated' immigrants in this country? I mean that adding room for more people to come from Mexico legally will drain the source of educated intellectuals and professionals not resolve the problem of low income-uneducated member of the population wanting to emigrate. As well how does Mexico include south american immigrants in their society? Show us the example we can follow????
    PatJan 30, 2013 09:40:46 AM
    Pat, Canada is included on the restiction countries that do not get lotery granted legal immigration visas, that is why they dont get it not because anyone else get ahaed of them. THe cyrrent system is flaw. see "4. Diversity Lottery: For those who dont have a family member or employer to sponsor them, the Diversity Lottery may be an option. Only 50,000 winners are granted visas annually in this process. Not everyone is eligible to enter the lottery: The program aims to increase immigration from underrepresented countries, so each year the State Department issues a list of those countries whose citizens may not apply. For 2008, immigrants from the following countries are excluded from the visa lottery: Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines, Peru, Poland, Russia, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Vietnam"
    Tibi EllisJan 30, 2013 10:19:01 AM
    Tibi, Just a few months ago you were on this very program criticizing Obama for taking executive action with Deferred Action and going above congress. Now you cite examples where he could have taking executive action like Bill Clinton and Bush and say he should do the same. Not fair. As far as doing things right...keep in mind I have relatives in Mexico who more than ten years ago applied to come live in the U.S. and are still waiting. People typically don't realize that it's not that easy.
    Michelle BJan 30, 2013 09:35:25 AM
    Michelle, I am not encouragin President Obama to engage in excutive action. Fixing the existing immigration system and operation is an administrative fucntion under his leadership and administration in the excutive arm of gov. President befor him have done it without circunventing congress or waiting for a broad reform. I critized him earlier for the temporary fix he made (only two years) circunventing congress. Presidented before him, have made permanent fixes.
    Tibi EllisJan 30, 2013 10:22:48 AM
    This is a new immigration model that I believe will be fair for all. The Sign-In Immigration Policy Upon arriving to the United States of America a person who would like to become a citizen of the USA must sign in at a immigration office. Upon signing in at the immigration office the immigrant agrees to paying a graduated tax based on the years it takes to becom a citizen. The first year the immigrant agrees to pay 14% extra tax. The next year 13%. Until the final year where the tax will be one percent. If an immigrant is to become unemployed and unable to pay the tax, then the immigrant's status will be held in stasis until the immigrant is employed again. The immigrant must pay the full 14 years in the graduated tax to become a citizen. If an immigrant leaves the country for any period of time, then the immigrant must sign out. Upon the immigrants return the graduated tax will be reinstated at the level that the migrant left when the immigrant left. Upon completion of the 14 years of the graduated tax the immigrant becomes a citizen.
    DougJan 30, 2013 09:30:03 AM
    Well done, President Obama. Immigration reform is sorely needed and the fact that the announcement was made in Las Vegas helps the city's image as a center of economic and cultural diversity.
    Ron MaderJan 30, 2013 09:27:28 AM
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