It’s being reported today that President Bush is calling on Congress to create a compromise comprehensive immigration reform bill. A good compromise is Rep. Mike Pence’s bill, which is made up of four sequential parts. He published the Executive Summary of his No Amnesty Immigration Reform bill on his blog:
1. Secure our border.
2. Make the decision, once and for all, to deny amnesty to people whose first act in the United States was a violation of the law.
3. Put in place a guest worker program, without amnesty, that will efficiently provide American employers with willing guest workers who come to America legally.
4. Enforce tough employer sanctions that ensure a full partnership between American business and the American government in the enforcement of our laws on immigration and guest workers.
President Bush insists that “[t]he vast majority of illegal immigrants are decent people. They’re hardworking people. They’re people who love their families. … They are part of American life and they’re vital to our economy.”
Rep. Pence’s bill addresses President Bush’s concerns. It includes a guest worker program that the president and the Senate say are absolutely necessary to the health and well being of the country. At the same time it denies amnesty to illegals who break the law to enter the country, an issue the House Republicans must have.
Rep. Pence’s bill is similar to the idea former Attorney General Ed Meese discussed in last week’s blogger conference call.
Hat tip: Tim Chapman at the Capitol Report.