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Immigration plan puts skills ahead of family
Senators are working on deal to grant visas to 12M illegal immigrants based on work they do.
Carolyn Lochhead / San Francisco Chronicle
WASHINGTON -- Key Senators and the White House are trying to negotiate a "grand bargain" on immigration that would grant visas to immigrants based more on their skills as workers than their family ties to those here.
As part of the deal, the estimated 12 million people in the country illegally would be allowed to remain here.
So, let me get this straight.... We will ignore the 12 million people who are in the U.S. illegally (4% of our population or 1 person in 25 who passes you is supposed to be somewhere else)... and then we'll bring people in based on their skills.
And that "fixes" the problem. The government doesn't have to do their job with respect to 4% of the population that doesn't belong here and then they can have some amorphous test of "skill" to determine who they will allow in legally... while they continue to ignore the next 12 million who will come in illegally.
As they say in Washington: "The fix is in."
Republicans asked [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid for more time, but the Senate leader said a deal must be in place by next week, when he intends to begin debate.Act, react, plan....