Rep. J.D. Hayworth, (R-AZ) introduced his tough immigration bill to Congress on Sep 29, 2005. The Enforcement First Immigration Act of 2005
includes adding 10,000 border patrol agents, increased customs officers at ports of entry and an increase in detention space for illegal aliens. The bill is more sweeping than just the staples though and it has all kinds of groups up in arms, including privacy advocates and proponents of illegal aliens.
It includes reducing visa's and specifically targets Mexicans, putting the military on the border and killing the "anchor baby" provision that is in the 14th amendment of the constitution giving citizenship automatically to those born on US soil, even to those here illegally.
In addition the bill calls for local law enforcement to be involved in enforcing immigration law, allowing them to question whether someone is here illegally and to detain them. It also calls for increasing the penalty for hiring undocumented workers to $50,000 per worker and up to five years in jail.
I see nothing wrong with this bill. We need to really take the border down before we can even start discussing guest-worker programs and other legal ways to enter the country.
The Arizona Republic
"The hope is that my model of enforcement will be a blueprint where the majority ... can come together," Hayworth said of the 113-page bill...
Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank that favors stricter immigration controls, said the bill is "the right approach because it focuses on enforcement first."
"It really does summarize the approach we need to take, which is to regain control of the border and then talk about whether we need an amnesty or guest-worker program," he said.