The provision you refer to already exists in the Senate bill and in discussion and text of any other legislation that is being discussed. Individuals with a criminal record, deportation orders based on a criminal act are ineligible under the law for any of the legalization provisions that are in the Senate bill or any other bill. Primarily dealing with felonies and high misdemeanors as the criteria for non-participation.
Because at the job site under the law in the Senate presently you would know that the person working next to you has the legal right to be working there. The issues of prevailing wage, wage scales would be protected and you could not have workers without protections at working at the whim of the construction company making less than you and driving wages down. The fall in the construction industry was a consequence of the housing bubble bursting as construction starts to come back, and it is, comprehensive immigration reform guarantees all workers that their work is legal and protected and that wages cannot be depressed by exploiting other workers at less pay, I think that's a benefit in the long run.
9/11 terrorists came through Canada, just as a reminder. The Boston bombers were residents of the area had gone through the current immigration process. I would suggest to you that not having immigration reform with the checks and balances that will be part of it is potentially more risky than passing immigration reform. As a country of laws we deal with a delicate balance in protecting the privacy rights of all Americans from such as things as NSA-sweeps to assuring we have vigilance over people who would want to hurt this country, that delicate balance doesn't change with the passage of comprehensive immigration reform.
I believe that Congress and specifically the House of Representatives has a constitutional obligation and right to declare war and sanction and military actions. Let every member of Congress be judged on how they vote on this question rather than continue the practice that started under Pres. Bush of allowing the Executive Branch to make unilateral decisions on military action. I and other members of Congress are circulating a letter to be sent to the President demanding restraint and insisting that the issue come before the House of Representatives before any action is taken.
We've ran out of time. I believe this chat important now because the issue of immigration reform in Congress and nationally is going to continue to be an item that will constantly be in debate. This will not be the last time that this issue is discussed. This is a good opportunity for me and hopefully for yourselves to engage in what I believe to be one of the most important domestic policy discussions in this country over three decades.
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