S. 2611, The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 (22 comments ↓)

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  • This bill, or a similar bill, was reintroduced in the current Congress as S. 1455, The Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment Act.

The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 would amend laws governing immigration, authorize numerous initiatives to improve enforcement of those laws, and increase the limits on legal immigration.

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May 22, 2006, 8:18am (report abuse)

This bill looks more moderate than the House's fascist attempt to destroy the American dream. I think more should be done to solve this "problem" by getting the government out of the way and incresing the limits on legal immigration. When the law is wrong, the law should give way, not the hard-working people who come to this country to make a better life.


May 22, 2006, 8:30am (report abuse)

Could not agree more, Charles. Something about dumping more and more money on a system that has not worked well to keep people out that seems kind of silly. More routes for legal immigration and a higher quota system is a good first step.


May 25, 2006, 7:13pm (report abuse)

Did the last minute Spector Amendment S.4188 carry the provision that the USA could not build a fence at the borderwithout the approval of the Mexican government?


May 25, 2006, 8:40pm (report abuse)

The House's Bill H.R.4437 is an awesome start to a problem that has been ignored for along time. S.2611, if passed in its current form will destroy America, overburden the social programs and erase middle-class America by allowing a massive influx of under-educated, under-skilled workers that will drive down the prevailing wages even more. This will definately create a servant class in our nation. This bill will create an environment and society that emulates what Mexico now suffers and their people are fleeing from.

And why should our great and soveriegn nation have to ask another country if we can build a fence on our border to protect its citizens from the onslaught of illegal criminals pouring over our border? Have you tried to cross into Mexico illegally? The federallies grab you, charge you with a crime and then jail you for a ransom from your rich American family! Why aren't we doing that here in America?


May 26, 2006, 6:05pm (report abuse)

Could not agree more, Stoptheinvasion. I have zero desire to reward those who show a criminal diregard for our laws. I first want our borders secured then we can talk about guest worker programs and immigration quotas.

For both Charles and RR who wish for more people to partake in our great system, please feel free to sponsor an immigrant for citizenship. You will have to provide financial guarantees for them as part of the process. Put your money where your mouth is, not mine.

Yes, I have sponsored an immigrant for citizenship ( a legal immigrant) and he is prospering quite nicely and will receive his citizenship soon. Put up or shut up.


May 26, 2006, 8:39pm (report abuse)

It's time for action people. I call all opposed to S.2611 to attend demonstrations at their state capitals on Wed May 31. Carry signs: No Amnesty; Secure Our Borders; No Guest Worker Increase; Make Illegal Immigration a Felony.

Mike P.

May 31, 2006, 9:58pm (report abuse)


n 1: a period during which offenders are exempt from punishment 2: a warrant granting release from punishment for an offense [syn: pardon] 3: the formal act of liberating someone [syn: pardon, free pardon] v : grant a pardon to (a group of people)

Just in case any Senator doesn't know the meaning of Amnesty.

Let's see: 1. Illegal entry into the U.S.

2. Forging documents....W2's

3. Identy theft...stealing SS#'s

That's at least three crimes most illegals have comitted. If I stole SS#'s or filed a false W2....our Gov't would come down on me like a ton of bricks!

Amnesty, pure & simple. Enforce our LAWS!!


June 2, 2006, 10:27am (report abuse)

Umm the Indians took the land by coming over the Bering Strait. They didn't believe in "ownership" of land, if they had they might have put up a better fight. If we all go back to where we come from ORIGIANALLY, we would be crowded on a few little acres of ground.

The reason Mexico is in the financial situation it is in now is because of its Socialistic tendencies. Get rid of the Socialists ideologies and the land has natural resources (the oil was nationalized in the early part of the century, yet it does the people no good). Mexico could profit and they could keep their culture, it is the socialism and corruption that is holding them down, why don't you all stay and fix your own country?

I have no problem w/ people wanting to emigrate from such a place with no hope (Read - Hell hole). But get in line with people from around the world and wait your turn. And wait in your own country.

People who immigrate should not have their first act upon arriving to their new county an unlawful one.

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June 2, 2006, 11:58am (report abuse)

It is up to the officer and judge of the immigration court to grant entry or amnesty. After the proper papers are filed and you stand in front of them, it is at that time that they should decide your fate. If the officer or Judge had any intelligence about them they would stamp denied on every form.


June 21, 2006, 11:36am (report abuse)

The reason we have the immigration problem is because of the jerks in congress and the white house


June 21, 2006, 11:40am (report abuse)

let's throw everyone in congress out and start over

AZ Man

July 12, 2006, 11:58am (report abuse)

Mojo.....Agree with that!


August 28, 2006, 8:47am (report abuse)

I agree with Stoptheinvasion and SaveAmerica AND Mojo!

I live in massachusetts, and the problems illegals bring are tremendous. Diseases previously thought erradicated are popping up in the suburbs! Illegals going thru trash cans looking for phone and water bills to use to steal identities, but the police blame neighborhood kids for dumping the cans. The people with these diseases and stolen ID's now work in the back rooms of resturants, spitting into YOUR food. I don't eat out anymore.


August 28, 2006, 2:04pm (report abuse)

it is necessary NOW in 2006 no point waiting. WE NEED IT!


September 9, 2006, 12:00am (report abuse)

I find it hard to see the truth and get the facts on the immigration policies. I feel for the citizens of mexico and for there struggles, but i dont think we in this country should have to be responsible. If companies here need to bring in a cheaper labor force they should be responsible for providing them with health care and paying the social security....taxes ..etc...

I travel to mexico and i wish to buy a home there. When i go , i have to stop at the border and go through the legal process. I agree that mexicans should have to adhere to our laws. I wish there was more information for the general public.


September 26, 2006, 7:08pm (report abuse)

I am a man who normally expressed my opinion at the voting booth. However now days you can trust only a few of your elected politicians (and those may change at the drop of a promised vote) I for one am sick of our elected officials waiting till election time to put forth a halv-harted effort to appease their voters...I have recently taken to calling, and emailing my congressmen, demanding: 1. a secure border. 2. worker verification papers. 3. NO welfare benifite's for immigrants. 4. no college tuition assistance for immigrants. I am keeping watch, and will NOT vote for anyone who doesn't vote for laws that will get this epidemic under control.


October 1, 2006, 6:14pm (report abuse)

How can people promote building a wall or fence on our borders? Sounds like the Berlin Wall or the fencing in Lebanon. I challenge all of you promoting that to think what you might do to have a better life, especially for your children. Mexicans are us by I diffent name. People are dying in the deserts, not "criminals" by and large either. Humanity is all of our responsibilities and there is no excuse to treat other human beings subpar. By virtue of being born in this country, do we somehow deserve more? What about our ancestors who were not born here? Thats what a lot of you seem to think and seem to be totally unable to identify with people immigrating because they come from a few miles south. Empathy is a virtue you guys. Maybe we could follow that path for awhile instead of bringing such anger and arrogance into the world.


October 2, 2006, 8:17pm (report abuse)

I am not sure why everybody is so worked up about this bill. Though this bill provides a road for \"legalization\", this road will be so long and people will be so lost in hope that it will not be funny. So, I suggest everybody should relax.

Personally I am trying to immigrate legally. And these lines are incredibly long as well. I can imagine how long the illegal to legal queues would be.

I like the provisions in the bill that increase the GC numbers and provide hope to thousands of people like me who have been working in this country (mostly IT jobs) for over 8 years!


Ron dorn

October 7, 2006, 8:33am (report abuse)

Why are we the people asked to pay for a bill to support illegal aliens when we all ready have laws pertaining to illegals. Lets use this money for American Veterans.


October 21, 2006, 4:00pm (report abuse)

Weapons of mass destruction aren't only Artillery, Arms and Missiles.... It's.... the threat of Invasion of a Country, Potential passage for Terrorist, Digging holes and tunnels for unlawful passage into our Country, Over- staying visas, Unknown Illegals within, Vicious and Violent intruders turned loose on our streets, Violent Illegal Gang and Drug wars, Murder of Citizens and Government Workers, Smuggling Humans, Felons, Animals, Weapons and Drugs by the tons, Aiding and abetting criminal activity, Corruption, Mexican Militia crossing our borders questioning and trying to intimidate Citizens. Personal attacks on our Citizens, Property and Government, Illegal and Fraudulent use of State and Federal documents to obtain Money, Social Services and passage into and around our Country and bringing in diseases that threaten large populations. All of these atrocities result in Mayhem and Endangering lives of Citizenry. As a result there has been a magnitude of: Theft of people's identifications, buying, selling and using fraudulent Social Security cards, Licenses, Voter's Registration cards, Passports, Visas, Green cards and other Government Documents, driving with/without legal licenses, no insurance and a danger to all people. A crippling effect on States spending, Federal Government spending because of Illegals fraudulently obtaining State and Federal Social Services, Education, hiding from the government, tax evasion, unlawful employment and businesses not paying their share

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Henryk A. Kowalczyk

November 2, 2006, 11:07am (report abuse)

Will the anti-immigration lobby destroy the U.S. economy? I hope that not; however, this is where they are heading. The outcome will depend on how much influence they will have on the reform of the immigration laws.

• At my immigration home page, http://www.henrykkowalczyk.com/immigration.htm there is a simple outline of the best possible solution of our current immigration dilemma. On this page there are also links to other immigration related information.

• At http://www.henrykkowalczyk.com/Migration.htm there is an essay explaining how immigration can either cause problems or build the wealth of the nation.

• At http://www.henrykkowalczyk.com/Neither.htm there is a text explaining why HR.4437 is bad and S.2611 is not good either.

• The desperation of the anti-immigration proponents and how to satisfy Tom Tancredo, is discussed at http://www.henrykkowalczyk.com/Desperation.htm .

• The wall on the Mexican border, in fact, is against American employers. Please read: http://www.henrykkowalczyk.com/kc_002.htm .

The immigration mess is a result of the flaws in our current political system. We will not mend it by throwing immigrants out of the country or blocking new from coming.

I looked for other reports on immigration that are as comprehensive as mine are. When I could not find any, I placed a $200 challenge for the written report proving me wrong. I received some submissions and I gave awards. It could be fun reading about it: http://www.henrykkowalczyk.com/$100_challenge.htm .

When visiting my website, you may want to find out how to leave Iraq without leaving it: http://www.henrykkowalczyk.com/comments.htm .

Have fun.

Henryk A. Kowalczyk


last patriot left

December 13, 2006, 4:12pm (report abuse)

This is a joke. It should never have came to this. Now the illegals are being protected. I am seriously considering asking to be an illegal so I can get more benefits and will not be held accountable for breaking some laws. Absurd.

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