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Deserving credit, yes. For setting himself up to be shot at (sorry for the violent imagery) by the bleeding-heart liberals who are offended (terribly and grossly offended) by anyone who disagrees with them.
The first question people should ask themselves is.."How does this differ from what the liberals are suggesting, and what are the potential unintended consequences?"
Lets be honest. What is the likelihood that illegals with something in their past , would come forward to be evaluated?
Law makers seem to care so little about illegals invading this country, that states will issue drivers licenses and ID's, and have unchallenged "Sanctuary Cities" for these criminals.
why do these reformers assume "visa" or "legal presence" always means "road to citizenship"? there are visitor (nonpermanent) visas that exist or could be created.
why should some illegal forest peasant or some dude here on a student or visitor visa who overstays suddenly become a candidate for citizenship? why should a third cousin twice removed of a legal permanent resident now be on the track to citizenship? why do we need seasonal agricultural workers who are citizens? why not let them in to do their thing and then send them packing, welcome to return when and as they're needed?
I view as essentially dishonest any reform discussion that doesn't make a case for some reform based on non-citizenship residency. and especially any discussion of "reform" in the abstract. immigration law is very, very specific. if someone wants to increase the numbers of visas in certain preference categories, that person had better have the details: what categories (brother/sister, uncles, third cousins twice removed), what numbers (essentially meaning, how long the wait -- legally this can take 15 or more years in some categories).
otherwise, this is all just asshats gassing for the public and press.