Updated: 1/29 8:18 am
Monday was a breakthrough in immigration reform. Eight senators from both parties came together, re-vamping the nation's immigration laws. Many are calling it the most comprehensive effort to solving the country's immigration hole.
On Monday, eight senators, equally republican and democratic, announced their plan for immigration reform. One of its four goals if for the millions of illegals already in the country could be given the right to citizenship, but Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor believes that once amnesty is granted the influx to the borders will only increase again. Amnesty isn't the only problem, according to O'Connor. He said finding out who these people are needs to come first. He said this lack of identification makes the job of law enforcement difficult.
Also included in the goals for the reform were awarding green cards to immigrants who obtained advanced degrees from an American university, creating an effective employment verification system to ensure employers do not hire illegals, and allowing more low-skilled workers into the country in addition to permitting employers to hire immigrants if they can show they couldn’t recruit a US citizen. Sheriff O'Connor believes something will come of this attempt at reform although he is not sure what that will be just yet.
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