Law: Expected Changes and President Bush’s Plan
Immigration Law Changes Mentioned
During State Of The Union Address
January 23, 2007
Bush’s Plan for the Upcoming Immigration Law-
Comprehensive Immigration Reform
his State of the Union Address on January 23, 2007,
President George W. Bush indicated that:
The United States Must Secure
Its Borders pursuant to Immigration law.
In regards to securing
the American borders, President George W. Bush informed
the public of the following current events:
Approximately 6,000 National
Guard Members have been sent to the US southern
border in coordination with State Governors.
Secure Border Initiative (SBI) another
method of enforcing the changes in immigration
law, is the most technologically advanced Border
Enforcement Initiative in American history.
The Presidential Administration
is increasing infrastructure investment at the
In 2006 and 2007, the Administration
funded 6,700 new detention beds, for a total
of 27,500 detention beds to hold violators of
immigration law, added this fiscal year.
The Administration expanded
the use of “EXPEDITED REMOVAL” which
allows the US government to send illegal immigrants
who breach immigration law by either entering
the US without inspection or staying over the
time alloted on their visa, home more quickly.
Immigration Customs Enforcement
now has the money to train 1,500 State and City
police officers to work jointly with Department
of Homeland Security in finding, arresting,
and detaining illegal immigrants.
This is definitely an example
of the upcoming expected enforcement of immigration
America must hold Employers
Accountable For The Workers They Hire.
In Fall of 2005, President
George W. Bush signed a bill doubling federal
monies allotted for worksite investigation and
Department of Homeland Security
has issued a proposed
“no-match” regulation to assist
employers in ensuring a legal workplace and
to help the government identify and crack down
on employers who knowingly hire illegal workers
and thereby violate US immigration law.
To Secure the US Border,
America Must Create A Temporary Worker Program
(expected to be part of the upcoming immigration
worker program must follow these principles:
American workers must be
given priority over guest workers.
The program must be truly
Participation should fluctuate
with market conditions. More openings in the
program when the economy is doing well.
America Must Bring Undocumented
Workers Already in The Country Out of The Shadows.
regards to the comprehensive immigration reform,
the President’s comments are that:
The comprehensive immigration
reform (pending immigration law) must account
for the millions of immigrants already in the
He opposes an automatic path
to citizenship or any other form of full amnesty
with no further requirements.
To be considered for legal
status, illegal immigrants should pay a penalty
fee, learn English, pay their taxes, pass a
background check, and hold a job for a number
America Must Promote Assimilation
Into Our Society By Teaching New Immigrants English
and American Values.
that note, there is a new
immigration test pilot program being implemented
throughout this year. The new test will have questions
regarding American society and will include a different
set of English language sentences.