Immigration Bill Will Ramp Up Border Security
Senate preps legislation as marchers gather in DC
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 10, 2013 1:50 PM CDT
Denise Villagomez, a union member, writes on a sign as she and other union volunteers prepare for Wednesday's immigration reform rally at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – Today, thousands are gathering in Washington to demand immigration reform—and with a Senate bill set for release as soon as tomorrow, "we are optimistic," an activist tells WCSH. Possible details of the legislation are emerging, and it may set some tough standards in terms of security, notes the Wall Street Journal. Before immigrants can obtain green cards, the full border with Mexico will have to be monitored, and border agents will have to significantly improve their success at catching those trying to cross illegally in areas deemed "high risk."

Another requirement: Within five years, all employers must be using a government E-verify system to detect illegal workers. The US must also develop a new electronic screening system for airports and seaports to crack down on those overstaying visas. Achieving all this could take a decade, meaning a potentially long wait before illegal immigrants can even apply for permanent residency. Just 44% of the border was effectively monitored as of 2010, the Department of Homeland Security said. During the wait, immigrants would be eligible for probation if they pay a fine and have a criminal background check, among other requirements.

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Apr 11, 2013 8:04 AM CDT
"Today, thousands are gathering in Washington to demand immigration reform..." And just who the fk are these "thousands" and who the fk are they to "demand" anything? Are they people from a cross-section of countries around the world or are they from just one country south of the border? Why are there 11 million (probably much more) children of hispanic illegals and only 5 or 6 each (hyperbole) from other countries? Americans can thank corporations for arbitrarily making labels on consumer products English/Spanish decades ago that coddle and encourage hispanics to NOT learn english.
Apr 11, 2013 6:59 AM CDT
sad, but markojaric has stated our problem well.
Apr 11, 2013 12:41 AM CDT
Of course they talk all the tough talk on illegal immigration for the majority of the article, because that is what most Americans want, enforcement of the existing laws. But then in the last sentence or two they bring up the amnesty provision if the illegals pay a small fine. They should each pay a $150,000 fine for all of the free schooling their children got from our hard earned tax dollars. Not only are most of them on welfare, but US Citizens get the double whammy of illegal immigrants not paying taxes. There is little support for amnesty of illegal immigrants with $150 fine for citizenship. Just please start enforcing the border, and consistently deport every single one that you catch (criminal or not).