After first paying visa fees and a $5,000 (£2,530) fine - and returning to their home country - illegal immigrants in the
Holders of this proposed visa would have to wait between eight and 13 years for a decision on their permanent residency application.
Another key component of the deal was the establishment of a "points system" that would emphasise new immigrants' education, language and job skills over family connections in awarding green cards.
After decades of hiding from the INS and contributing to the US economy, making life comfortable cleaning up after some rich Anglo, what could be fairer than paying $5000 for the privilege of returning home, probably sacrificing your job, waiting the BBC doesn’t say how long to receive the coveted ‘Z visa’, and then waiting another 13 years to find out whether the beneficent US government deems you worthy to stay?
The bill also establishes a two-year temporary guest worker visa.
Holders of this visa would be allowed to renew their papers twice, but would have to return home for a year between each stint, and would have virtually no chance of gaining permanent residency or citizenship under this program.
Another terrific deal. Do the work no
But these measures would not come into force until the number of border guards had been doubled, the fence with
"The agreement we just reached is the best possible chance we will have in years to secure our borders and bring millions of people out of the shadows and into the sunshine of
And don’t forget your sunscreen.