Friends of Jan Schneider, P.O. Box 57, Sarasota, Florida 34230 | 941-955-6595

Comprehensive Immigration Reform


Jan Schneider recognizes that the situation at the United States southern border is in crisis. She also believes that, obediently following former President Donald Trump, Republicans are being dangerously hypocritical on issues of border security and immigration.

In early February 2024, the United States Senate released a $118 billion Bipartisan Border Bill, formally titled Emergency National Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024, which would also have provided aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. President Joe Biden quickly “urge[d] Congress to come together and swiftly pass this bipartisan agreement.” Former President Trump, however, opined that he did “not think we should do a Border Deal, at all, unless we get EVERYTHING needed to shut down the INVASION” and expressed confidence that “our wonderful Speaker of the House, Mike Johnson, will only make a deal that is PERFECT ON THE BORDER.” Speaker Johnson, a faithful acolyte, declared the bill “dead on arrival” if it reached his chamber. Thereafter, Senate Republicans blocked the Border Bill from advancing.

There is, of course, no such thing as a “perfect” border deal. Republicans killed the bipartisan compromise in order to prolong the crisis and thereby to preserve the border as a premier campaign issue. Some Republican moderates in Congress did tender some further compromise proposals, which had no chance of prevailing. And once more the “do-nothing” Congress lived up to its billing.

A comprehensive immigration bill, in Jan’s opinion, needs multiple elements. The first is obviously improved border security, including among other things: (a) additional funding for the United States Customs and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection; (b) an efficient and fair process for considering asylum and other protection claims; (c) a clearer and perhaps tougher standard for asylum claims at the initial interview stage; (d) strengthened provisions against trafficking of fentanyl and other drugs, human trafficking and currency smuggling; and (e) assurances of humane treatment of asylum seekers and particularly children.

Immigration issues, however, encompass more than border security. A comprehensive immigration bill should also include: (a) protection and an eventual path to citizenship for “Dreamers” covered by the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act and young undocumented immigrants who received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protection; (b) preservation of the Temporary Protected Status program for individuals and their families from designated countries afflicted by armed conflict, environmental disaster, epidemic or other extraordinary and temporary conditions; and (c) accelerated transition to permanent status for Afghan allies and their families who entered the United States under Operation Allies Welcome.

For our nation of immigrants, Jan favors a comprehensive immigration bill containing the elements identified above. While she finds some provisions and some omissions objectionable, Jan would have voted for the Bipartisan Border Bill as a valuable step toward stemming the chaos at our southern border. Opponent Vern Buchanan (R-FL16) has summarized his position on immigration/border issues as “No Amnesty. Secure the Border. Enforce the Rule of Law. Respect the Constitution.”


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