After some confusion, pro-Amnesty forces started the predictable wail that the proposals were inadequate, and lesser MSM outlets experimented with AP’s blatantly misleading headline White House offers more conservative immigration plan By SUZANNE GAMBOA March 29 2007.
As is often the case, the most lucid accounts of these US immigration policy subterfuges are to be found in the Anglophone Indian press. These newspapers know a large element of their readers are extremely interested in the matter and they have no incentive to deceive. Thus the Indo-Asian News Service account New US plan moots work visas for illegal immigrants Magalorean.com March 30 2007 goes straight to the key (using ”moots” in the English English sense of being a pivotal component):
Under the plan circulating on the Capitol Hill, undocumented workers could apply for three-year work visas, dubbed as Z visas. They would be renewable indefinitely but renewal would cost $3,500 each time. The undocumented workers would have legal status with the visas, but to get a green card, making them legal permanent residents, they'd have to return to their home country, apply at a US embassy or consulate to re-enter legally and pay a $10,000 fine.
These Z visas, in other words, are amnesty. Costly, and giving rise to plenty of rent-seeking opportunities for bureaucrats and immigration lawyers, but perpetual. Green Cards would be obsolescent and consequently all the proposed changes in their issuance essentially irrelevant.
VDARE.com insists that any Immigration proposals meet an acid test: what do its proponents say about Birthright Citizenship? Any failure to deal with this belated and dubious interpretation of the 14th amendment, which, rather than any Congressional determination, is why all babies born here are citizens, destroys the reform credentials of any plan. A proposal such as this, which envisages the presence of large volumes of alien young women, and ignores this question — as of course it does — is just another immigration acceleration/nation wrecking measure. Patriots who do not want their country converted into a Spanish-speaking third world slum must reject it.