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Reuters: “Compromise” Immigration Bill Survives

From those lovers of diversity at Reuters:

U.S. immigration compromise survives first bout

photoWed May 23, 2007

By Donna Smith

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A fragile immigration pact in the U.S. Senate withstood its first major test on Tuesday as lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected a Democratic effort to torpedo the guest worker program that has drawn fire from unions and Hispanic groups.

The Senate voted 64-31 against the first of what is expected to be many challenges to the bipartisan deal that ties tough border security and work place enforcement measures to the guest worker program and a plan to legalize an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants.

The opening salvo came in an amendment by Democratic Sens. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota and Barbara Boxer of California who said the program would create an underclass of cheap laborers with few rights.

“This is a cave in for the big economic interests that want to import more cheap labor into our work force,” Dorgan said of the plan to let at least 400,000 temporary work visas each year.

The amendment would have stripped the guest worker program from the broad immigration legislation being debated by the U.S. Senate. Others also plan amendments aimed at limiting the program that businesses say is needed to fill jobs Americans cannot or will not do.

The compromise brokered between the White House and a bipartisan group of senators has already drawn criticism from many quarters and its fate in the Senate is uncertain with debate now expected to last weeks, not days as originally envisioned… 

You see, the main complaints about this amnesty bill is that it is just too darned mean to the illegal aliens immigrants. But you have to take the rough with the smooth if you want progress. At least according to Reuters.

And just in case there was any doubt about Reuters’ feelings about this heroic and statesman-like “compromise,” check out the photo that they attached to their report.

Photoshopping is really the least of their crimes.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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