What is the Secure American and Orderly Immigration Act of 2005?
A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress on May 12 seeks to revise the current immigration system by allowing millions of illegal immigrants in the U.S. to apply to be temporary guest workers. It also permits citizens of other countries to seek the same status if they can prove that a job is waiting for them.The new visa program, proposed by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., would allow immigrant workers to leave and enter the U.S. as they pleased during the three-year life of the temporary visa.Under the bill, millions of illegal workers and immigrants who want jobs in could eventually gain citizenship. Illegal workers would pay $1,000 each to apply for H-5B visas that would require them to work for six years before seeking permanent residency. Foreign nationals would pay $500 each and would have to prove an employer had a job waiting for them. Both would be required to pass a battery of police background and medical checks.After working for three years, foreign national visa-holders could ask for three-year extensions and, in the meantime, apply for green cards. If the illegal immigrants continued working, paid an additional $1,000, studied English and broke no laws for six years, they could qualify for permanent residency. Ultimately, that could lead to full citizenship. In the meantime, visa-holders could leave and enter the U.S. legally.- The Greeley Tribune and The Associated PressVail, Colorado
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