- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Spanish-language news reports on the immigration bill being debated in the Senate have focused on the boost that immigrants give the U.S. economy and the hardships they face if they are forced to leave.

An editorial from the news agency EFE, based in Spain, said this week that Latin American immigrants commonly take low-wage jobs that leave a greater portion of earnings to well-educated American citizens.

“While in the United States , the most-skilled local workers benefited from a 20 percent increase in their real weekly salaries” as a result of immigrant workers, the EFE editorial said.

President Bush said at a law-enforcement training center in Glynco, Ga., yesterday that the immigration reform bill in Congress would secure U.S. borders while still allowing legal immigration. The Senate is scheduled to resume debate on the bill next week after the Memorial Day break.

The hopes of about 12 million illegal aliens for the “American Dream” will depend on their decisions, according to several Spanish-language commentators.

El Tiempo Latino, a Spanish language newspaper owned by The Washington Post, ran an editorial last week describing a raid this month on a Hyattsville home by aImmigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

They were searching for someone who was not at the home, said the editorial written by Alberto Avendano.

It questioned a “schizophrenic” government policy that raised hopes among immigrants of staying in the United States but subjected them to raids.

“Power carries an obligation to be careful with human rights, even more than immigration status,” the editorial said.

It ended by saying, “Mr. Bush, order an end to the terror.”

An editorial last week in El Pregonero, a Spanish-language publication of the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, expressed concern that Senate policy would trample the interests of immigrants.

“Various observers are of the opinion that in the game of political pressures there are high-priority themes that are mentioned only in a tangential manner, demonstrating a worrisome degree of insensitivity,” the El Pregonero editorial said.

It mentioned the small children and families who depend on earnings of illegal aliens and the efforts of others to attend college.

Leo Beato, a writer for Tiempos del Mundo, a Spanish-language publication owned by the parent company of The Washington Times, said in an editorial this week that illegal aliens were the subject of a “witch hunt” by hard-line conservatives.

“Suddenly, they have been converted into scapegoats of terrorism, the economic fiasco of balance of payments, the high cost of pharmaceutical drugs, bank crimes and even global warming,” Mr. Beato wrote.

He said their human rights should not be overlooked in the debate over illegal entry.

The bill that the Senate is considering would give temporary legal status to millions of illegal aliens if they pay a $5,000 fine and undergo criminal background checks. They would be required to learn English and return to their home countries before they could be granted legal residency here.

The proposal also would create a guest-worker program to allow hundreds of thousands of workers to enter the United States temporarily but would not guarantee them citizenship.

Other provisions would hire more Border Patrol agents, add fences and barriers along the Mexico border and set up an identification system that requires employers to verify the legal status of workers.

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