On the first day of Congress, Senate Majority Leader Reid introduced the "Stronger Economy, Stronger Borders Act" (S. 9), suggesting his intention in the first months of the new Congress to push through some version of amnesty and immigration increases.
Exactly what the bill will do is left open. Sen. Reid (D-Nev.) introduced the bill as a shell to serve as a place holder until he decides what the legislation will be. But this does not bode well for American workers who must compete against imported authorized foreign workers and against uninvited illegal workers. For weeks, Reid has told the news media that he intends to push for an amnesty for 11-19 million illegal aliens in the country and to greatly increase the number of foreign workers legally brought into the country.
The filling of S. 9 on Tuesday shows that Sen. Reid is serious.
Perhaps one piece of good news is that Reid introduced 10 placeholder bills and that the immigration one was No. 9. Since three bills are about economic recovery, one on mortgages, one on energy, one on national security, one on health care and one on reviewing Bush's "midnight regs," we can hope that immigration won't be first up to bat.
On the other hand, American voters may want to push Reid and others in the Democratic leadership to fill their "shell bill" with immigration reform that suspends the illogical importation of 138,000 foreign workers each month.
Updated: Thu, Jan 8th 2009 @ 1:05pm EST