As I have said before, Americans must beware of bipartisanship when it is the Democrats and Republicans colluding to give away the store and our tax dollars to their corporate cronies.
Furthermore, Americans should be especially wary of both parties passing a bill that allows an immigrant to legalize despite the fact that they have two convictions for misdemeanors. In what universe can the American people be asked to overlook criminal convictions? Forgiving the violation of an illegal border crossing or the overstaying of a visa is asking enough.
I will not support any immigration reform that says it’s OK for immigrants to have criminal convictions on their records. The other insidious part of this bill is the hyper-technical definition of felony–it obscures the seriousness of the crimes someone could have on their record.
Well, I’m here to tell you exactly what part (3)(A)(i)(I) means when it comes to felonies. When the Senators write “an offense classified as a felony in the convicting jurisdiction”, they are creating giant loophole through which dangerous criminals can climb straight into realm of legitimacy.
The classification of crimes varies from state to state, so what qualifies in one state as a felony may be only a misdemeanor in another state. For example, some domestic violence crimes in some states are only misdemeanors. I have not fought all these years for domestic violence survivors (a record none of my competitors can claim in my race for Congress) just to see our so-called leaders allow immigrants to legalize even though they may have such convictions.
The violation of a restraining order and locking the fire doors during business hours (you know, the exact cause of the horrible Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire that killed 146 young women, mostly Italian and Jewish immigrant girls) are both misdemeanors under Massachusetts law. But your Senators want to hand out a green card to someone who could have such a conviction. I am not on board with that.
Direct Language from S.744, Passed by the U.S. Senate on June 27, 2013, By a Vote of 68-32
‘‘(3) GROUNDS FOR INELIGIBILITY.—
‘‘(A) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in subparagraph (B), an alien is ineligible for registered provisional immigrant status if the Secretary determines that the alien—
‘‘(i) has a conviction for—
‘‘(I) an offense classified as a felony in the convicting jurisdiction (other than a State or local offense for which an essential element was the alien’s immigration status, or a violation of this Act);
‘‘(II) an aggravated felony (as defined in section 101(a)(43) at the time of the conviction);
‘‘(III) 3 or more misdemeanor offenses (other than minor traffic offenses or State or local offenses for which an essential element was thealien’s immigration status, or violations of this Act) if the alien was convicted on different dates for each ofthe 3 offenses;….”