May 15, 2006
If enacted, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (CIRA, S.2611) would be the most dramatic change in immigration law in 80 years, allowing an estimated 103 million persons to legally immigrate to the U.S. over the next 20 years—fully one-third of the current population of the United States.
Much attention has been given to the fact that the bill grants amnesty to some 10 million illegal immigrants. Little or no attention has been given to the fact that the bill would quintuple the rate of legal immigration into the United States, raising, over time, the inflow of legal immigrants from around one million per year to over five million per year. The impact of this increase in legal immigration dwarfs the magnitude of the amnesty provisions.
Bush immigration speech draws fire from both sides
By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent, Reuters Tuesday, May 16, 2006
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush's national address on immigration appeared to change few minds in Congress and make little headway toward a middle ground, with critics on the left and right blasting his approach as inadequate....
The general public took a kinder view, with a CNN poll immediately after the speech finding 79 percent of Americans had a "very positive" or "somewhat positive" reaction, and only 18 percent had a "negative" reaction