Immigration Bill This Year?

“One of the more interesting [immigration] proposals ... is the Red Card Solution being promoted by Helen Krieble.”


Immigration Bill This Year?
By John McCormack
June 23, 2009


Harry Reid pledged that Congress would take up an immigration reform bill by the end of this year, but Ed Morrissey points out that the White House is trying to squelch any expectations that an immigration bill will come up soon, with health care and cap and trade dominating his domestic agenda.


As the recession has reduced the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States, the issue hasn't been in the news much. Immigration groups, however, are still clamoring for Obama to follow through on his pledge to change the law. One of the more interesting proposals, as Morrissey notes, is the Red Card Solution being promoted by Helen Kreible. The plan, which has earned praise from Newt Gingrich and Mike Pence, would set up private firms, funded by employers of guest workers, south of the border that would match up workers with employers in the United States. While the plan would help create an equilibrium between the supply and demand of foreign labor, I doubt that the federal government would allow private firms to be responsible for security background checks on prospective workers, as the video pitch for the Red Card Solution suggests.



Immigration On or Off the Table

By Ed Morrissey


Barack Obama claimed that immigration reform would remain at the top of his priorities for this year, but this expiration date lasted less than a day. Roll Call confirms that the White House will drop immigration this year, consumed by its efforts to do damage control on the health-care and cap-and-trade fiascos falling apart on Capitol Hill:


The White House on Monday acknowledged that immigration reform is unlikely to move in Congress this year.


“I can see the president’s desire for it to happen but understanding that currently where we sit the math makes that real difficult,” said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.


Obama will meet with a bipartisan group of lawmakers Thursday to discuss the issue at the White House.


But that meeting itself is in disarray as well, with people wondering whether they have invitations to the oft-delayed conference:


Backers of comprehensive immigration reform are gearing up for their first big meeting with President Barack Obama on Thursday, although it remains to be seen who will be attending and what will come of the bipartisan huddle.


Obama is hosting a small group of House and Senate lawmakers to begin discussions on the issue. Like Congressional leaders, Obama has signaled a desire to address the politically volatile issue but has given little detail on when or how to do so. ...


Details of the meeting remain hazy. Key lawmakers still don’t know if they are invited or what to expect from the gathering.


Just expect some hope & change, baby!


Democrats complained in 2007 that the White House didn’t engage on immigration reform, despite George Bush’s rhetorical support for the McCain-Kennedy approach, which opponents called “amnesty lite.” Now they have their own in the White House, and Obama makes Bush look like a legislative powerhouse. In fact, Obama has developed a clear pattern of talking in generalities and then abandoning issues as soon as Congress begins to address them. He’s done it on Porkulus, health care, cap-and-trade, and now on immigration.


Meanwhile, Helen Krieble has launched an effort called the Red Card Solution, a temporary worker program that requires workers to get the card in their home country before coming to the US:


Border security can only be accomplished by a combination of technology, border guards, AND a temporary work program to solve the labor problem.


The solution – border control and a temporary work program – does NOT require amnesty, and it does NOT require citizenship. The program is for temporary guest workers, not for immigrants – not for new citizens.


Well, this idea has floated around for a few years in different forms. However, I’m not sure we have a “labor problem” any more. We have unemployment hitting double digits, and the magnet for foreign labor has gotten a lot less powerful as a result. I’m also not sanguine about a system that creates another visa category, and that relies on faulty enforcement to find violators and get them out of the US. Much of the problem we have now came as a result of poor visa enforcement, and a red card won’t improve that on its own, although Krieble acknowledges that.


The small business owner plans to hold a briefing for staffers tomorrow morning, followed by a press conference in the afternoon. Maybe Obama’s invitees could attend this meeting. At least Krieble doesn’t keep postponing it.






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  • It’s a non-immigrant worker program that focuses strictly on boarder security and the economic needs of the United States


  • It’s a free market solution. The program would be largely run by private firms that pay fees to participate in the program and adhere to strict guidelines (no new big federal bureaucracy)


  • The federal government’s role would be to set the guidelines and manage the database of participants and background information.


  • Applicants would only be able to apply for the program in employment offices in their home country. Thorough background checks of activity in an applicant’s home country and the United States are required. Only applicants that pass the checks and are placed in a job would be approved and allowed to participate.


  • The home country application requirement will let the free market help drive many illegal immigrants back to their home countries to participate in this legal employment alternative.


  • Small Businesses will no longer be forced to act as border patrol agents, having to authenticate multiple forms of identification to ensure legal work status.


  • Small Businesses will have a legal channel to fill difficult positions and will have an alternative to engaging in the criminal act of employing illegal immigrants.


  • The levels of participation would not be set by an arbitrary government cap, it would be based on the free market demand to fill jobs that American’s are unwilling or unable to fill.


  • Participants would be issued a Red Card with a magnetic stripe and a smart chip, leveraging the proven technologies that keep a good portion of our financial transactions secure.


  • The program has no path to citizenship and is separate from the immigration process. Participants would be neither advantaged nor disadvantaged for permanent immigration status by participating in the program.


  • Workers in this program become tax paying members of society that can freely and legally cross back and forth across the border during their temporary work period.