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Does Bush Want a Permanent Mexican Slave Class?

27 October 2006 at 10:09:07 AM

I saw Bush change his terminology about *guest* workers the other day, now calling them *temporary* workers (You can almost smell the poll pundits suggesting that change to make it more palatable). Not that the substance has changed-let Mexicans and other immigrants into this country to do cheap labor work that others won't do (subtext: because the employers don't pay well enough), and then kick them out after X amount of time.

But here's a new one. Suppose that you are a legal immigrant, following the law, and taking the steps to become a citizen. Bush is considering options to make it much tougher for you to become a citizen.

The proposals being drafted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a division of the Department of Homeland Security, could nearly double application fees, toughen the required English and history exams, and ask probing questions about an applicant's past, such as "Who is your current wife's ex-husband?"...

Changes in the citizenship application process are being contemplated amid a contentious debate over whether the federal government should undertake a comprehensive reform of immigration policy that includes establishing a guest worker program, or just build a barrier along the Mexican border and adopt a get-tough policy toward illegal immigrants and companies that employ them. Throughout the debate, however, opponents of illegal immigration have said their quarrel is not against immigrants who are in the country legally.

Groups such as the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights said that a near-doubling of the $400 application fee is being considered, and that the new fee would be more than legal residents who earn a minimum wage can pay. "It's going to take twice as long for those people to save up money to apply for citizenship," said Fred Tsao, policy director for the coalition. "You won't have Mom, Dad and children all going to the citizenship ceremony together. You'll have Mom going first, then Dad, then maybe the children."...

In recent days, concerns arose about another test -- for DNA samples. Immigration officials use the tests to verify the paternity of immigrant parents who apply to bring their children to the United States.

But lawyers recently complained that officials are starting to require the tests -- about $800 each -- even when the relationships are strongly documented by paperwork.

Immigration advocates say the costs to immigrants keep piling up. They said USCIS Director Emilio T. González seemed unsympathetic, and perhaps insensitive, when he said: "American citizenship is priceless. I think people will pay."

"It was a ridiculous statement," Tsao said.

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