- Enhanced border security: EXCELLENT - This is the most important issue of this debate for a number of reasons including national security. We need to stop the "bleeding" of illegal immigrants into this country before tackling any other immigration policy.
- Regulated future flow of immigrants into the U.S.: GOOD/OK - Not really sure of the details of this measure, but it does go hand in hand with making sure the good guys get over to our soil, especially when we're looking for specific skills that American workers lack.
- Legalized status to the millions of men, women and children in the country unlawfully: BAD - Granted the Senate proposed a tiered system that based on the length of time illegals spent in the U.S., but this is still AMNESTY. We are literally awarding people for breaking the law.
Missing from the initial text of this legislation are the penalties to businesses who still hire illegals after this legislation is enacted and the logic explaining why any illegal would want to come forward and actually go through the citizenship process. For example - If you are making money under the table, not paying taxes or insurance, why would you come forward to go through the citizenship process if after you successfully go through the process are tax deductions, insurance costs, and possibly union dues all coming out of that SAME paycheck?
Not to mention the impact to all those businesses who are now going to pay illegals at least minimum wage, and possibly a market-corrected wage now that they are "on the books."
The Senate really had the opportunity to stop ignoring this illegal immigration problem, but instead they took are adding yet another law to the book that won't be enforced and provides no solution to "dealing" with our growing illegal population.