On Legal Immigration Reform — New York Senator Schumer on right track regarding a system to better track peopleby Dee Dee Garcia Blase on Apr. 25, 2013, under Legal Immigration Reform
I love this New York Senator Schumer with regard to some of the progress I see on legal comprehensive immigration reform discussions.
As we all know, far right wingers have taken advantage of home grown terrorist activities during the Oklahoma City Bombing and they also used the national tragedies of 9-11 to advance their anti-immigrant agenda in an unhealthy way that has kept millions in the shadows of society. We need to know who is here.
As a proud veteran of the United States Armed Forces, I want to underscore that the 2013 Legal immigration reform bill is a major step forward in securing our Nation because only after everyone is registered and documented will we know who is in our Nation and where we can find them. We know that once we fix the broken immigration system, and once we document all immigrants — then they can feel safe to help law enforcement agencies to target criminal activity without the fear of deportation when they report suspicious activity to the law enforcement authorities. Therefore, bringing the immigrants out of the shadows will only strengthen our Nation’s security.
Schumer is on the right track from a National Security standpoint!
Several Republican members of Congress have tried to slow down the bill. And Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the highest-ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the Boston Marathon bombings should prompt lawmakers to more closely scrutinize the national security implications of the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill.
Schumer dismissed such talk, saying their bill “might’ve made a difference” in the Boston case. Part of the bill requires the Department of Homeland Security to implement a system to better track every time someone enters and exits the United States, and that could have avoided one of the possible missteps in the Boston case.