Four Major Myths of Opponents to Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Part 3
Continues from Charles Foster's previous post: “Four Major Myths of Opponents to Comprehensive Immigration
Reform: Part 2
Immigration Myth #3
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Means That We Will Have Millions Of Extra Voters Who Will Be Inclined To Vote Democratic
This is a myth. Under the most generous proposals, qualified, undocumented aliens could only apply for a temporary work visa status that under such conditions could be extended. It would take 15 years or longer before the foreign national would be eligible to apply for Lawful Permanent Resident status.
They would then have to wait an additional 5 years before being eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship. Furthermore, once they achieve the right to work temporarily in the U.S., many would never bother to even apply for Lawful Permanent Resident status.On top of that, statistically speaking, a significant percentage of those who did obtain Lawful Permanent Resident status would never after an additional 5 years apply to become a U. S. citizen.
As a practical matter, once Lawful Permanent Residency or “green card” status was achieved, the foreign worker would have the benefits of being able to work legally in the U. S. and freely travel in and out of the U.S.
In terms of possible political affiliation, which will impact the U.S. citizen children of the foreign workers primarily, that is hard to predict; but it is frequently said that the predominantly Hispanic work force is overwhelmingly Catholic, who are conservative on social issues and big supporters of the military.
In fact may actually be more inclined to the principals of the Republican Party except for the fact that in the minds of many- the Republican Party has become anti-immigrant, which is also interpreted by some to mean anti-Hispanic.