Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) on Wednesday announced plans to introduce
legislation that would overhaul the U.S. immigration system by placing tighter
restrictions on legal immigration and increasing pressure on illegal immigrants
currently in the country to leave.
"Throughout the immigration debate, out of touch amnesty-only critics
of enforcement have tried to hide behind their cry of 'what is your solution?'
Well this week we will show them and the president what immigration reform
should look like and what the American people deserve," Tancredo said in a
statement announcing the proposal.
Tentatively dubbed the Optimizing Visa Entry Rules and Demanding Uniformed Enforcement (OVERDUE) bill, Tancredo's proposal would "restor[e] America's immigration system to more traditional numbers and encourages the assimilation of America's most recent great wave."
Tancredo's proposal uses indirect measures to encourage undocumented residents to leave on their own. The bill would eliminate "chain migration," tighten the employment-based green card category, and limit automatic birthright citizenship to those with at least one parent who is a citizen or legal permanent resident.
Other provisions of the proposal include suspending the Visa Waiver Program and prohibiting states from granting in-state tuition to illegal immigrants, according to a summary provided by Tancredo's office.
It also requires federal immigration authorities to assist state and local law enforcement officials in enforcing immigration laws. The bill does not include provisions addressing the construction of a fence along the U.S. border with Mexico, because the funding for the fence has already been approved by Congress and including it in this bill would be "redundant and unnecessary
Could this be the bill that the "anti-amnesty" crowd is looking for? If I had to pick the person in Congress to write such a bill it would be Tancredo, that is for sure.
When can we expect this bill:
The final version of the bill is still under construction by Tancredo's office and should be submitted to Congress later this week.