New Immigration Proposals

President Bush introduced legislation aimed at curing our nation’s immigration problems. It includes a three year renewable, temporary employment visa and overseas travel permit, regardless of undocumented immigration status. It’s no amnesty (permanenat residence), and requires employers to recruit from US workers before the alien’s case can be approved. Millions will gain legal status, for the short haul, but it is unclear what will happen as permanent residence is needed. It may also complicate the process for legal workers. In the long run, those whose status expires may become removable and employers may be sanctioned continued employment of undocumented aliens. When Department of Labor's receives registration of workers, it could use it later for immigration enforcement, rather than legal employment for qualified aliens.