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« on: October 04, 2012, 11:53:20 pm »
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      A BILL

      To provide a path to citizenship for offsprings of undocumented migrants

      Be it enacted by the Senate of the Republic of Atlasia assembled.

      SECTION 1. TITLE

      This legislation may be cited as the ‘Development, Relief, and Education Act for Alien Minors’ or the ‘DREAM Act.’

      SECTION 2. PERMANENT RESIDENCY FOR ALIEN MINORS

      Undocumented migrants below the age of eighteen that arrive to the United States will be afforded permanent residency status, provided that the following standards are met:

      • The undocumented migrant lacks a criminal record or any recorded history of juvenile acts
      • The undocumented migrant undergoes security and background checks
      • The undocumented migrant undergoes a medical examination and submits biometric information
      • The undocumented migrant graduates from an Atlasian high school with a minimum GPA of 3.10 and without any history of suspensions or expulsions
      • The undocumented migrant demonstrates the ability to read, write, and speak English and demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the history, principles, and form of government of the Republic of Atlasia
      • The undocumented migrant serves a period of at least two years in the Atlasian military and, if discharged, receives an honorary discharge, or completes four years at an institution of higher learning
      • The undocumented migrant lives in the Republic of Atlasia at least five years prior to the enactment of this legislation

      SECTION 3. RESTRICTIONS

      1.) Citizenship status possibilities will be revoked from any undocumented migrant who has done the following:

      • Has committed one felony or three misdemeanors
      • Is likely to become a public charge
      • Has engaged in voter fraud or unlawful voting
      • Has committed marriage fraud
      • Has abused a student visa
      • Has engaged in persecution, or;
      • Poses a public health risk

      2.) Undocumented migrants that are guilty of the previously mentioned activities may be subject to deportation or detainment.  Penalties shall be determined in a court of law.

      SECTION 4. IMPLEMENTATION

      $25 billion will be allocated to the Department of Internal Affairs for implementation of this law.[/list][/list]

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      « Reply #1 on: October 04, 2012, 11:55:57 pm »
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      This is Atlasia, do you really think that the progressive paradise hasn't already "solved" this problem, Scott? Tongue


      MasterJedi once told me that Ebowed gave amnesty to all the illegals, though I don't recall when or what bill he mentioned.


      Oh yea, you got 24 hours to advocate for this.
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      « Reply #2 on: October 05, 2012, 12:33:57 am »
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      Was amnesty afforded to illegal immigrants residing in Atlasia at the time, or amnesty to all illegal immigrants permanently?  Personally, as someone who feels that immigration laws need to be enforced, I oppose amnesty if it's unconditional, but I support a path to citizenship for those who demonstrate appropriate behavior.  That's why the bill I introduced is not intended to create an 'amnesty program' because it requires a lengthy and rigorous process to be eligible for the benefits.  However, if this is already a settled issue, I suppose I should withdraw it.
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      « Reply #3 on: October 05, 2012, 12:42:12 am »
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      Was amnesty afforded to illegal immigrants residing in Atlasia at the time, or amnesty to all illegal immigrants permanently?  Personally, as someone who feels that immigration laws need to be enforced, I oppose amnesty if it's unconditional, but I support a path to citizenship for those who demonstrate appropriate behavior.  That's why the bill I introduced is not intended to create an 'amnesty program' because it requires a lengthy and rigorous process to be eligible for the benefits.  However, if this is already a settled issue, I suppose I should withdraw it.

      No, I wouldn't withdraw it based on a fading memory of second hand comment from three years ago about a bill that occured years before that even. I would suggest diving through the wiki and seeing if anything close to that is on there.
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      « Reply #4 on: October 05, 2012, 10:27:51 pm »
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      Neither of the two immigration-related bills on the wiki appear to grant blanket amnesty.
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      « Reply #5 on: October 05, 2012, 11:58:30 pm »
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      Do you have the links, so I can take a look at them. I fear this thing will be even slower on the wiki.
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      « Reply #6 on: October 06, 2012, 12:30:00 am »
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      http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Immigration_Reform_Act_of_2007
      http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/The_Illegal_Immigration_Act_of_2009

      One of these bills might not be even be in effect for the fact that it appears to amend laws that aren't on the books in Atlasia, presumably because the text was copied from some US law.
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      « Reply #7 on: October 06, 2012, 01:40:11 am »
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      All illegal immigrants arriving before 2007 were given an amnesty - http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/Illegal_Immigrant_Act
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      « Reply #8 on: October 06, 2012, 01:41:51 pm »
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      Why will this bill cost $25 billion?
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      « Reply #9 on: October 06, 2012, 01:43:33 pm »
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      Why will this bill cost $25 billion?

      It was more of an estimated cost than anything else.  The real DREAM Act was estimated to actually cut costs in the long run.  However, if all pre-2007 illegal immigrants were given amnesty, I'm no longer sure how this bill could be useful...
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      « Reply #10 on: October 06, 2012, 01:43:58 pm »
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      I propose this amendment in a patriotic display of solidarity with those seeking to become citizens:

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      A BILL

      To provide a path to citizenship for offsprings of undocumented migrants

      Be it enacted by the Senate of the Republic of Atlasia assembled.

      SECTION 1. TITLE

      This legislation may be cited as the ‘Development, Relief, and Education Act for Alien Minors’ or the ‘DREAM Act.’

      SECTION 2. PERMANENT RESIDENCY FOR ALIEN MINORS

      Undocumented migrants below the age of eighteen that arrive to the United States will be afforded permanent residency status, provided that the following standards are met:

      • The undocumented migrant lacks a criminal record or any recorded history of juvenile acts
      • The undocumented migrant undergoes security and background checks
      • The undocumented migrant undergoes a medical examination and submits biometric information
      • The undocumented migrant graduates from an Atlasian high school with a minimum GPA of 3.10 and without any history of suspensions or expulsions
      • The undocumented migrant demonstrates the ability to read, write, and speak English and demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the history, principles, and form of government of the Republic of Atlasia
      • The undocumented migrant serves a period of at least two years in the Atlasian military and, if discharged, receives an honorary discharge, or completes four years at an institution of higher learning
      • The undocumented migrant lives in the Republic of Atlasia at least five years prior to the enactment of this legislation

      SECTION 3. RESTRICTIONS

      1.) Citizenship status possibilities will be revoked from any undocumented migrant who has done the following: committed one felony or five misdemeanors.

      • Has committed one felony or three misdemeanors
      • Is likely to become a public charge
      • Has engaged in voter fraud or unlawful voting
      • Has committed marriage fraud
      • Has abused a student visa
      • Has engaged in persecution, or;
      • Poses a public health risk

      2.) Undocumented migrants that are guilty of the previously mentioned activities may be subject to deportation or detainment.  Penalties shall be determined in a court of law.

      SECTION 4. IMPLEMENTATION

      $25 billion will be allocated to the Department of Internal Affairs for implementation of this law.
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      « Reply #11 on: October 06, 2012, 01:47:39 pm »
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      And, to save Yankee time, I object. Tongue
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      « Reply #12 on: October 06, 2012, 01:49:34 pm »
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      Unfriendly.

      I'm probably going to motion to table unless Yankee or the SoIA think this bill can accomplish something.

      (And just for the record, Hagrid, you wouldn't object unless I considered the amendment friendly. Wink)
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      « Reply #13 on: October 06, 2012, 01:51:00 pm »
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      Scott, I would say it’s a very useful bill. Blanket amnesty for pre-2007 illegals would have sent the message that people could come over to this country illegally without any consequences whatsoever, so I expect there must be quite a few illegal immigrants in the Southwest by now.

      In all seriousness though, the bill can’t hurt. I’d change the price tag though.
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      « Reply #14 on: October 06, 2012, 01:55:25 pm »
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      Scott, I would say it’s a very useful bill. Blanket amnesty for pre-2007 illegals would have sent the message that people could come over to this country illegally without any consequences whatsoever, so I expect there must be quite a few illegal immigrants in the Southwest by now.

      In all seriousness though, the bill can’t hurt. I’d change the price tag though.

      From my understanding, the pre-2007 illegals already have amnesty, so this bill wouldn't change that.  The only people this would affect are those who illegally migrated to the United States in the past five years, so I'm not sure if the benefits outweigh the costs.  The price tag will definitely be reduced, but I think the GM should give us an estimate.
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      « Reply #15 on: October 06, 2012, 01:57:06 pm »
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      No, I understand. I just think you'll find there is a substantial enough number of new illegals to make it worth it. I'd also want to defer to the GM on this though.
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      « Reply #16 on: October 06, 2012, 01:57:48 pm »
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      This bill could be a very useful vehicle for allowing those who arrive here while still minors a fair opportunity to spend their adult lives in Atlasia - receiving all the rights and shouldering all the burdens that accompany the status of citizenship. Ideally, one would be a member of this nation not because of blood lines or on which side of an arbitrary political line they were born. Rather, it would be a matter of who pledges to sign on and adhere to the stipulations of our social contract.
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      « Reply #17 on: October 07, 2012, 02:11:32 am »
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      I would suggest seeing what the GM says about the costs before moving forward.

      Giving Amnesty to illegals is one of the most insane proposals out there. I understand compassion but it is a cyclical, self-fullfilling prophecy. I understand compassion and I understand idealism, but it is essential to understand the reality of the situation. 1) Every country retains the sovereign rights to control what comes across their borders. 2) Choosing not to do so is just as much an assertive action as choosing to do so. 3) The impact of this decision not is a distortion on the economy. 4) This distortion is manifested in wage depression which hurts the working poor. 5) Nothing in 3 or 4 should be taken to mean that immigration hurts the economy, it helps, but it has to be controlled and regulated. 6) No amount of idealism will change the fact that there is a certain numerical threshold for the number of new immigrants that society can absorb at one time, and crossing that limit will do more to harm your idealistic vision then help it. That number is a mystery but I am not inclined to tempt fate. As much as believe in "country exceptionalism", such is limited to certain things and just like no country is exceptional enough to not have to pay its bills forever, no country can escape these limits in terms of population upheaval. That leads to 7) With just legal immigration you can bring in people within an acceptable range, and not risk that.

      That said, if you put enough standards and qualifications, I can accept making exceptions for the children since they weren't the decision maker at the time. The standards must be tight, they must have to pass whatever schooling they are in and/or serve honorably for the entirety of their military service. Mass cheating of the system is indicative of a disturbing process whereby people who have cheated the system once (though not by their choice), continue to have no other desire but to cheat the system when the opporunity affords them. That shouldn't be rewarded. As for having no standards at all, see what I posted above. I just listened to "Crazy on You" by Heart, I can't think of a better description for what Redalgo's amendment is doing to us. Tongue

      It may be in the morning before I can process the amendment.
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      « Reply #18 on: October 07, 2012, 02:25:41 am »
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      Quote from: Amendment 51:14 by Redalgo
      A BILL

      To provide a path to citizenship for offsprings of undocumented migrants

      Be it enacted by the Senate of the Republic of Atlasia assembled.

      SECTION 1. TITLE

      This legislation may be cited as the ‘Development, Relief, and Education Act for Alien Minors’ or the ‘DREAM Act.’

      SECTION 2. PERMANENT RESIDENCY FOR ALIEN MINORS

      Undocumented migrants below the age of eighteen that arrive to the United States will be afforded permanent residency status, provided that the following standards are met:

      • The undocumented migrant lacks a criminal record or any recorded history of juvenile acts
      • The undocumented migrant undergoes security and background checks
      • The undocumented migrant undergoes a medical examination and submits biometric information
      • The undocumented migrant graduates from an Atlasian high school with a minimum GPA of 3.10 and without any history of suspensions or expulsions
      • The undocumented migrant demonstrates the ability to read, write, and speak English and demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the history, principles, and form of government of the Republic of Atlasia
      • The undocumented migrant serves a period of at least two years in the Atlasian military and, if discharged, receives an honorary discharge, or completes four years at an institution of higher learning
      • The undocumented migrant lives in the Republic of Atlasia at least five years prior to the enactment of this legislation

      SECTION 3. RESTRICTIONS

      1.) Citizenship status possibilities will be revoked from any undocumented migrant who has done the following: committed one felony or five misdemeanors.

      • Has committed one felony or three misdemeanors
      • Is likely to become a public charge
      • Has engaged in voter fraud or unlawful voting
      • Has committed marriage fraud
      • Has abused a student visa
      • Has engaged in persecution, or;
      • Poses a public health risk

      2.) Undocumented migrants that are guilty of the previously mentioned activities may be subject to deportation or detainment.  Penalties shall be determined in a court of law.

      SECTION 4. IMPLEMENTATION

      $25 billion will be allocated to the Department of Internal Affairs for implementation of this law.

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      « Reply #19 on: October 07, 2012, 02:31:53 am »
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      NAY!


      Sorry, Redalgo, but someone has to protect the working people here, both domestic and immigrant actually. Tongue

      Damn, these are pretty bad times for the Labor party, one of their Senators has gone Tea Party and the other is throwing workers under the bus. Tongue
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      « Reply #20 on: October 07, 2012, 10:17:45 am »
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      « Reply #21 on: October 07, 2012, 10:32:02 am »
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      « Reply #22 on: October 07, 2012, 11:29:04 am »
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      Nay.

      I will definitely withdraw support and sponsorship for the bill if this amendment passes.
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      « Reply #23 on: October 07, 2012, 12:01:41 pm »
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      SECTION 2. PERMANENT RESIDENCY FOR ALIEN MINORS

      Undocumented migrants below the age of eighteen that arrived to the United States Republic of Atlasia before the year 2012 will be afforded permanent residency status, provided that the following standards are met:

      I figured this amendment would be necessary to discourage potential abuse of the system.
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      « Reply #24 on: October 07, 2012, 01:16:23 pm »
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