Labor and business groups working with Senate negotiators have reached a tentative agreement that would put a visa program in place allowing businesses to bring in “up to 200,000 low-skilled workers annually depending on economic conditions.”
The outcry against this is expected to be great, especially from conservatives who will see this as amnesty by another name. But Senate supporters plan to use the AFL-CIO and U.S. Chamber of Commerce “to blunt attacks by conservative activists.”
On March 19, radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh warned that if this agreement were reached, the real goal would be to register the workers “as voters”–Democrat voters. And he said that unless the special workers’ visas included a ban on voting in American elections for 25 years from date of issuance, then signing this bill would spell the end of the Republican Party, period.
Nevertheless, half the Senators supporting and pushing immigration reform are Republicans. These are John McCain (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ). Their Democrat counterparts are Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Michael Bennett (D-Col.), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Robert Menendez (D-FL).
This group is expected to put final touches on the legislation during the next week, then introduce it for hearings and debates after the Senate reconvenes following Easter break.