It’s not funny, because that’s exactly what an amnesty bargain would look like. It’ll have goodies for everyone:
- For hopelessly deluded yahoos like me, mandatory E-Verify.
- For big business, cheap “guest” workers.
- For conservatives, probably a 15-year delay before a single illegal is able to vote.
It won’t be called a 15-year delay, but there’ll be something like a 10-year “temporary” work permit, followed by the ability to apply for permanent residency, AKA a Green Card. Green Card holders can usually apply for citizenship in 5 years.
- For liberals, the prospect of a permanent liberal majority after 15 years.
The news, now:
First, immigrants would apply for temporary legal status by registering with the government, completing a background check and paying a fine. Before any immigrant could obtain a green card, “a commission comprised of governors, attorneys general, and community leaders living along the Southwest border” must recommend that the government has taken enough steps to beef up border security and has also implemented a system that tracks when temporary visitors have left the country. It’s unclear how long that would take, especially since border state governors are divided on how secure the border is now and ideally should be in the future.
The plan also says that no undocumented immigrant would receive a green card until every legal immigrant who is currently waiting for a green card has already received it. Wait times for green cards can be as long as 20 years in extreme cases, depending on whether the applicant is being sponsored by an employer or a family member. Family-based immigration, especially when a U.S. citizen is attempting to sponsor his or her sibling, can have especially long wait times.
The blueprint says the senators want to reduce these wait times and drastically increase legal, high-skilled immigration, so it’s possible that the bill could expedite the process. If not, illegal immigrants seeking a green card could be waiting for decades.
Just as Ted Kennedy did with his immigration expansions in the 1960s, today’s liberals are willing to wait decades to cement a permanent liberal majority. Meanwhile, today’s Republicans can only think of (ephemeral) short-term political gain from attempting to appease immigrants.