Politics

Obama’s immigration bill offers amnesty to criminal immigrants, money for lawyers

Neil Munro
White House Correspondent

Some of the eight senators also employ staffers who are trained immigration lawyers or who have lobbied for the immigration association before. In 2003, for example, Cesar Conda, Rubio’s chief of staff, lobbied the White House on behalf of the lawyers’ association.

The pending draft would also allow judges to offer bail to detained illegal-immigrants who claim they would be persecuted if forced to return home.

Once offered bail, many illegal immigrants do not return to the courthouse.

The draft’s offer of bail is a “much needed change,” said a Feb. 19 tweet from Philip Wolgin, an immigration advocate at the Center for American Progress.

The center is an advocacy group for the interests of university-trained progressives who profit from complexity and change. They include rights lawyers, media workers, diversity advocates, social workers, government regulators and education-sector managers.

The interests of the high-status post-graduate class often clash with the interest of unskilled and skilled workers, who tend to prefer simpler laws and rules that can’t easily be exploited by clever and established professionals.

Nationally, roughly 20 million workers are unemployed or underemployed.

Winograd, Wolgin and other immigration-advocates favor an amnesty for at least 11 million illegal immigrants now in the country, and the award of visas to applicants’ relatives and many low-skilled and high-skilled foreign workers.

The legal details are part of a 200-page detailed draft that only covers a portion of the planned immigration rewrite.

The leaked White House plan doesn’t include any language on the contentious demand by companies for a “future flow” of skilled and unskilled workers. Those sections would describe the how many workers could be imported by which companies, and for what purposes.

Currently, industry advocates say companies should be allowed to import as many workers as they wish. But that demand is controversial, because unions and many voters oppose such “open borders” rules.

Those rules would allow companies to import new workers who would compete for jobs against the 20 million Americans are now unemployed or underemployed.

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