The below is parked here for when we get time to expose the fairy-tales spun by amnesty-supporter and GALEO Chair Caharles Kuck. And ignored by both the Rome newspaper and the AJC PolitiFact.
Expert at forum: Immigration reform would impact entire nation
by Lauren Jones, staff writer Rn T.Com
Charles Kuck (left), managing partner of Immigration Experts LLC, explains topics on Immigration Reform while Gianncarlo Cifuentes, news director at WUVG Univision Atlanta, helps moderate an Immigration Reform forum at Heritage Hall on Saturday. (Lauren Jones / Rome News-Tribune)slideshow An immigration reform bill moving through Congress is a “massive rewrite on immigration laws” and will affect far more than the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., an expert said.
An Immigration Forum — hosted by the Georgia Highlands College Political Science Club and the Floyd County Democratic Party — was held at the Center Stage at Heritage Hall on East Third Avenue.
Immigration expert Charles Kuck, of Kuck Immigration Partners LLC, outlined five key pillars of the bill that passed in the U.S. Senate last month in a 68-31 vote. Gianncarlo Cifuentes, news director of WUVG Univision Atlanta, moderated the free, bilingual event Saturday.
Kuck focused on the following:
•Securing the border
Kuck said that the country would spend about $4 billion more a year to “secure the border,” including adding 19,000 more border patrol agents. Currently, the U.S. employs about 19,000, and that number is nearly double what it was 15 years ago. To qualify as a border patrol agent, one must have a high school diploma, be able to speak Spanish and be willing to live in the middle of nowhere.
Kuck said there was a high corruption rate among the agents.
“When you hire a lot of people fast for jobs that are very difficult in places that nobody wants to live, you’re not getting the best employees, and yet they want to double that,” he said.
•Make E-Verify mandatory
Another aspect is that the bill would make E-Verify mandatory for every employer to use in the U.S. within a five-year period.
The database includes information about Social Security, proof of citizenship, names and photographs. The problem, Kuck said, is that nearly 15 million people in America change jobs annually.
“When you want to get a second job, you’ll get what’s called a ‘tentative confirmation’ that says somebody’s used this ID to work somewhere else,” he said. “So you have to have government permission to get a second job.”
•Addressing issues in the legal system
“Why do people come (to the U.S.) without papers?” Kuck asked, citing reasons like better life opportunities and fleeing persecution. “The real reason people come without papers is because it’s impossible for them to come with papers. What we need is a system in place that allows people to come in legally — we can substantially reduce illegal immigration. Why don’t these people get in line?… Most of them already are.”
A complicated issue, he said, was that there are about 10 different “lines” with various waiting times. Sometime it takes people a decade or longer to procure a work visa or a green card.
“What this bill does is increases the number of visas, green cards available in virtually every category for employment,” he said, adding that currently, the federal government only issues about 140,000 green cards a year.
There are some jobs, such as lower paying agricultural jobs, that many Americans just won’t do, Kuck said, but under the immigration reform, a W-Visa would be created that would allow lower-skilled foreigners to work legally in the U.S.
Under the “W-Visa” program, which would start in April 2015, those with lesser skills would be able to apply for positions in the country. The program, based upon a system of registered employers, would allow them to hire a certain number of W-Visa category individuals each year.
Under the new legalization program, Kuck said if someone came into the country before Jan. 1, 2012, and did not have a felony conviction or three misdemeanors, and have paid taxes throughout their time in the U.S. and pays a $500 fine, they’ll receive temporary status and a work permit. Ten years later, they could apply for a green card and then three years after that, for full citizenship.
A final House vote on the reform, Kuck said, could be expected some time in November, and if an agreement isn’t reached by then, they have until January 2015.
Kuck answered some questions after his speech, and a commonly asked question, he said, was whether a 21-year-old person could sponsor his or her parents. Kuck said that depends on whether or not the parents came to the U.S. with or without a visa.
“If you came in with a visa and just over-stayed … then, yes, your son can file for you. If you came illegally, he can’t, and you’re barred from having a green card.”
Another question was “What if I was deported and I came back? If this new law passes, will it help me?”
“It does,” Kuck answered. “Part of the law says if you were deported, but not because of criminal activity, simply because you didn’t have papers, and if it happens before a certain date, you will benefit from the legalization program.”
Another issue was that the Georgia Board of Regents does not currently give in-state tuition benefits to recipients under the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals Act, although the law clearly states they should, Kuck said.
Ricardo Rivera, a 17-year-old who has college aspirations, said following the forum that issue particularly bothered him.
“Out-of-state tuition is crazy,” Rivera said.