An immigration reform bill moving through Congress is a “massive rewrite on immigration laws” and will affect far more than the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., an expert said.
An Immigration Forum — hosted by the Georgia Highlands College Political Science Club and the Floyd County Democratic Party — was held at the Center Stage at Heritage Hall on East Third Avenue.
Immigration expert Charles Kuck, of Kuck Immigration Partners LLC, outlined five key pillars of the bill that passed in the U.S. Senate last month in a 68-31 vote. Gianncarlo Cifuentes, news director of WUVG Univision Atlanta, moderated the free, bilingual event Saturday.
Kuck focused on the following:
Securing the border
Kuck said that the country would spend about $4 billion more a year to “secure the border,” including adding 19,000 more border patrol agents. Currently, the U.S. employs about 19,000, and that number is nearly double what it was 15 years ago. To qualify as a border patrol agent, one must have a high school diploma, be able to speak Spanish and be willing to live in the middle of nowhere.
Kuck said there was a high corruption rate among the agents.
“When you hire a lot of people fast for jobs that are very difficult in places that nobody wants to live, you’re not getting the best employees, and yet they want to double that,” he said.