Illegal Immigrants’ Free Ride to Legalization Closer than Ever

California probes the idea of state-wide amnesty.

Arizone Daily Star
December 3, 2011

Nearly 1 million undocumented immigrants could live and work openly in California with little or no fear of deportation under an initiative unveiled Friday by a state legislator and others.

Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, a Democrat, is helping spearhead the measure, called the California Opportunity and Prosperity Act.

The proposal was filed Friday with the state Attorney General’s Office, marking a first step toward a drive to collect the 504,760 voter signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.

Fuentes called the measure a “moderate, common-sense approach” necessitated by the federal government’s inability to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

“I hope this shows Washington, D.C., that if they fail to act, California will take the lead on this critical issue,” Fuentes said in a written statement.

Supporters say the initiative could generate up to $325 million in new tax revenue from undocumented workers that could assist education, public safety and other state programs.

Regardless whether Californians would support such a measure, implementation would depend upon the federal government agreeing not to prosecute participants.

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a Republican, blasted the proposal as an attempt to sidestep immigration law. He predicted that it wouldn’t have a “snowball’s chance in hell” of winning voter approval.

“There’s a proper process for coming to this country,” Donnelly said. “Why don’t you respect that?”

The proposed initiative would apply to illegal immigrants who have lived in California for four years, have no felony convictions, are not suspected terrorists, pay a fee to administer the program, and can speak English or are learning it.

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2 Responses to Illegal Immigrants’ Free Ride to Legalization Closer than Ever

  1. ordman says:

    So if the Supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution is the basics for all the law suits against the States that if passed anti-illegal immigration laws like Alabama, Arizona, and others why shouldn’t the Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder file suit against the state of California if the “California Opportunity and Prosperity Act” becomes law? Either the federal government is in-charge of and responsible for Immigration issues or they are not.

    So that being the case the federal government would have to file suit against the state of California or drop all the others suits against all the others States. What would really put the Obama administration and the Attorney General in a quandary would be if the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of the federal government on one or more for the pending suits already filed. If that happened then the president and the Attorney General would be left with no choice.

  2. Norman says:

    Their time has come. Employers have reaped the benefits from the labor[s] of the undocumented for so long, probably many generations, (both the immigrants as well as the employers). After all, taxes are withheld, though seldom paid to the state or federal, but the immigrants spend the $$$$ here, as well as send back home to where ever they came from. Also, the employers receive welfare in the form of reduced cost of services rendered toward them, while denying adequate housing, sanitation, health care, etc. So, let the bleeding hearts cry, give the ones who shovel the crap, the chance to live a peaceful life.

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