Florida GOP lawmaker introduces sweeping immigration invoice with ‘dignified’ pathway for legalization


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Florida Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar unveiled a brand new immigration invoice Tuesday that might give undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship whereas requiring them to pay for border safety and American employee retraining applications. 

Salazar, a freshman GOP congresswoman from Miami, mentioned “The Dignity Act” would finish unlawful immigration as soon as and for all by securing the border and would permit thousands and thousands of undocumented immigrants to come back out of the shadows in a dignified approach to redemption. 

“I’m a brown girl from the hood. I can do this because I do know my people and what they want and what my people want is dignity,” Salazar mentioned Tuesday in a name with reporters saying her main laws. “They love the promised land and … this is the right thing to do for them and for the country.”


Salazar mentioned her invoice represents the primary time a freshman member has proposed complete immigration reforms on her personal and with out the assistance of a committee. She issued a problem to immigration hardliners who’ve rejected any types of reform beneath the guise of “amnesty” by saying “amnesty is what we have now.

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“We have 11 million plus people using our roads, our schools, our hospitals for free,” Salazar mentioned. “There is no accountability. Living for free with no consequences is a real amnesty.”

Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, R-Fla., speaks during a news conference to highlight Cuban Independence Day outside the Capitol on Thursday, May 20, 2021. 

Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, R-Fla., speaks throughout a information convention to focus on Cuban Independence Day outdoors the Capitol on Thursday, Could 20, 2021. 
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Below her laws, so-called Dreamers who had been dropped at america illegally as kids would have rapid authorized standing and a pathway to citizenship. The thousands and thousands of different undocumented immigrants presently in america could be allowed to enroll within the “dignity” program that gives a 10-year short-term authorized standing, the place they have to pay $1,000 a yr, cross a legal background verify and be barred from accessing federal advantages and entitlement applications.

These funds – estimated to usher in $90 billion over the last decade if 9 million individuals are enrolled– could be earmarked for U.S. employee job abilities and retraining applications in an effort to handle issues that immigrants are displacing American staff.

The immigrants would additionally should pay 2% of the paychecks to a brand new Immigration Infrastructure Fund that might be used to safe the southern border, with new border building boundaries, added expertise and using an extra 3,000 border brokers. 

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The two% levy on immigrant wages is estimated to usher in an estimated $45 billion to $90 billion {dollars}, assuming wages would vary from a median of $25,000 to $50,000. 

A pair of migrant families from Brazil pass through a gap in the border wall to reach the United States after crossing from Mexico to Yuma, Arizona, to seek asylum on June 10, 2021.

A pair of migrant households from Brazil cross by a niche within the border wall to achieve america after crossing from Mexico to Yuma, Arizona, to hunt asylum on June 10, 2021.
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The laws additionally would mandate E-verify nationwide to curb the employment of unlawful staff, create more durable penalties for smugglers, create new processing facilities on the border to carry immigrants whereas their circumstances are pending whereas the rising the variety of immigration judges and attorneys to expedite the backlog.


Salazar’s laws has the help of fellow Republicans Dan Newhouse of Washington, John Curtis of Utah, Pete Periods of Texas, Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon of Puerto Rico, Tom Reed of New York and Peter Meijer of Michigan. 

She mentioned Democrats have failed for many years to provide immigration reform. Republicans, she mentioned, have a possibility to welcome Latinos to the social gathering.

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“There’s a very big movement within the Republican Party understanding that this is the invitation letter for the Browns, the Hispanics, the Latinos – the largest minority in the country – welcoming them into the Republican Party because we know that we need them in order to continue improving the American economy,” Salazar mentioned. 

However with the present border disaster, which has seen greater than 100,000 migrant encounters, and typically greater than double that every month, some Republicans are cool to any thought of welcoming immigrants.

Rep. Maria Salazar introduces resolution denouncing the horrors of socialism, which included examples in China, Cuba and North Korea.

Rep. Maria Salazar introduces decision denouncing the horrors of socialism, which included examples in China, Cuba and North Korea.
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GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a freshman and member of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus, mentioned he hasn’t seen Salazar’s laws, however on the whole, shouldn’t be supportive of a pathway to citizenship and believes it might be “dangerous” messaging to cartels to carry extra individuals throughout the border.

“I believe we need the exact opposite,” Cawthorn informed Day by day Submit Digital. “We should be focusing on deportations and securing our border.”


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