Sunday, May 20, 2007

Will illegals cooperate?

From New York Times:

TUCSON, May 19 — Under the shade of a mesquite tree here one morning this week, waiting for work that did not come, Elías Ramírez weighed the hurdles of what could be the biggest overhaul in immigration law in two decades.

To become full legal residents, under a compromise bill Senate leaders announced Thursday, Mr. Ramírez and other illegal immigrants would have to pay a total of $5,000 in fines, more than 14 times the typical weekly earnings on the streets here, return to their home countries at least once, and wait as long as eight years. During the wait, they would have limited possibilities to bring other family members.

“People do not believe it but we really do come to work,” Jesús Antonio Rodríguez, 49, said. “We are not delinquents here. We have to work. And we want to cooperate, but everything is always so hard here.”

Read entire article here.

Today on This Week with George Stefanopoulos, George Will said, in so many words, why should illegals go through this arduous and difficult process to get on the path to becoming U.S. citizens? They won't do it. The bill won't pass.

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