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Sen. Orrin Hatch's support for high-skilled immigrants with STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) may be appropriate and proper.
And his attempt to improve the proposed Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S.744) is appreciated. In the spirit of supposed compromise, bipartisanship and comprehensive "reform," the bill would allow an additional 20 million new immigrants. But there are currently 20 million unemployed Americans.
Hatch recently told KUTV-Ch. 2, "This country has always been open to immigrants, but we do need people to obey our laws." But the 1986 amnesty law proved exactly the opposite; ignoring enforcement promotes more violations.
This "comprehensive" reform will cost $6 trillion, and it doesn't even address birthright citizenship where children born in the United States to parents who are not U.S. citizens automatically become citizens.
In the Judiciary Committee, Hatch voted for the bill, but he was unsure about further support.
Please, Sen. Hatch, vote against S.744.