Bill gives illegals temporary status
— reported by The Washington Times
[snip] …introduced an immigration bill that would give illegal aliens five years of temporary legal status before making them return to their home country, from where they could apply for a new guest-worker program open to any foreigner who qualifies.
The measure has a leg up on the other proposals because it was written by Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican and chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s immigration subcommittee, and Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican and a member of the Republican Senate leadership.
As the guest-worker debate heats up in Congress, the new bill’s sponsors said their version stands out by combining strong enforcement with the worker program.
On the enforcement side, it would boost border-enforcement efforts as well as add 10,000 agents to conduct work site checks and go after companies that hire illegal aliens.
On the immigration side, the bill creates a guest-worker program, open to anyone overseas, to fill jobs for which employers say they cannot find American workers.
Workers could come for two years, then must return home for a year. They could apply for three total work periods. Current illegal aliens would have to leave the U.S. within five years, but could then apply for the temporary-worker plan from their home countries.