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Some Features of the STRIVE Act

May 7, 2007

On March 22 , Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez and 29 co-sponsors introduced in Congress, the STRIVE Act (Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy Act of 2007). This newly proposed anti-immigrant legislation is being advertised by the Democratic Party as a "major reform;" in various immigrant communities Democrats and opportunists are trying to drum up support for this law by hiding its basic provisions.

Some of the important provisions of the STRIVE Act include:

1) Drastically increased militarization of the border and immigrant communities.

The STRIVE Act would increase the number of enforcement personnel by more than 15,000 in the first year and by tens of thousands more in subsequent years. The Defense Department would also be directly brought into immigration-related surveillance activities. State and local police departments would also get additional authority and funding for immigration enforcement.

2) Stepped up repression against immigrants.

Criminal penalties would be imposed for "evasion" of border inspection procedures, failure to depart after removal findings, "gang" related activities, drunk driving, possession of firearms by undocumented immigrants, and a range of other offenses.

At least 20 new detention facilities (concentration camps) would be built to detain more than 20,000 immigrants at any time who are facing removal decisions.

3) Moving in the direction of a national ID system.

All employers would be required to phase in a system of employment authorization checks based on documents approved by the Department of Homeland Security (including biometric IDs).

4) Extend "guest worker" programs with a flexible cap based on the market needs of the capitalists. "Guest" workers would be allowed to work in the U.S. for a period of 3-6 years and then be required to return to their homelands. "Guest" workers who become unemployed for more than 60 days would be required to immediately leave the U.S.

5) Create a new caste of undocumented workers seeking legalization.

Undocumented workers who could prove continuous employment in the U.S. and who pass a background check could apply for "conditional nonimmigrant status." "Conditional nonimmigrants" would go to the back of the line for permanent visas. After six more years of continuous employment "conditional nonimmigrants" could apply for citizenship if they meet English and civic requirements and pay thousands of dollars in fees and taxes.