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March 06, 2006

Indentured Servitude Has Its Privleges

Can he sell the Senate "Tarjetas Dorado" aka "Gold Cards" for Illegal Aliens allowing them to stay in U.S. indefinitely?

The Stein Report has learned of an secret briefing for Senate staffers by the Bush administration today. In a move to build support for Bush's guest worker amnesty plan, administration officials talked about how they would actually implement the program. Jaws dropped as the administration reps explained the centerpiece of the program, a "Gold Card" that would enable illegal aliens to enter the U.S. at will, and work at any job with no labor market or other tests needed but would deny them citizenship. "Gold Cards" would be valid forever, similar to current "Green Cards" but illegal aliens holding a "Gold Card" would not be able to adjust their status through naturalization.

Update 3/7: As we scooped yesterday, in a Senate briefing it was announced Specter was pushing the Bush-designed initiative of allowing illegal aliens to receive “gold cards” renewable indefinitely. In other words, a massive amnesty! Both the Star-Telegram and CQ have stories about this proposal. We do know from other Hill sources that the Specter bill is the de-facto Bush administration bill at this point, with the "Chairman's Mark" being drafted with Bush administration input. The phrase "gold card" doesn't appear in the Specter bill text, but was used at the briefing yesterday. From CQ: "Gold card applicants would have a year to come forward once the legislation is enacted. They would pay no fines, and they would not be forced to return home at any point, provided they remain employed. Aides say the program would not provide a path toward U.S. citizenship." The Star-Telegram has more detail as well. "The [gold card] workers wouldn’t participate in the Social Security system but would contribute to future savings through worker investment accounts."