Robert Rector debunks myths about the new immigration bill.
Although proponents of this amnesty suggest that illegal immigrants will be required to return home, in reality, Z visa holders are merely required to go abroad for a single afternoon when they apply for legal permanent residence, and they are permitted to return automatically and immediately to the U.S. Proponents claim that illegal immigrants must go to the back of the line before getting citizenship. In fact, Sections 501 and 503 of Title V of the bill create a privileged admission queue reserved for former illegal immigrants alone. This select queue leads directly to legal permanent residence and citizenship. Amnesty recipients will proceed smoothly down this reserved path to citizenship without ever competing with others who seek to enter and live in the U.S. lawfully.
The WSJ has a piece out trying to make sense of all the backlash they are getting for supporting amnesty.
A quote sums up my position:
However angry, most of these Journal readers want to move forward, not back, as summarized here: “By the way, this doesn’t make me anti-immigrant or a racist, either. If labor shortages are that big of an issue then lobby to adjust our legal immigration and work visa policies.”