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Shocker: The Senate Resurrects Amnesty Bill

From the open borders lobby at Bloomberg:

Senate Agrees to Revive Immigration Overhaul Measure

James Rowley and Nicholas Johnston

June 15 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Senate agreed to end a week- long stalemate over immigration legislation yesterday, just hours after President George W. Bush endorsed a plan to speed $4.4 billion in funding to border security projects.

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader, and his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said the Senate would resume debate on immigration.

“We have a pathway forward on that,” Reid said today on the Senate floor. “We should get to that sometime next week” and complete action on the legislation by month’s end, he said.

The plan would offer legal status to 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. and create a guest-worker program long championed by Bush to help employers fill jobs Americans won’t take. Bush’s support for a special fund to tighten security was intended to assure some Republicans the legislation would reduce the flow of undocumented immigrants from Mexico.

The legislation stalled last week after Reid shelved it when lawmakers wouldn’t agree to limit amendments clearing the way for a final vote. Republicans complained they weren’t given enough time to make changes to the measure.

The agreement reached last night calls for consideration of 10 Republican and nine Democratic amendments, lawmakers said.

Bush, in a speech yesterday, said the funding for border security, from money immigrants will pay in new fees and fines, would reduce illegal immigration even as the bill provides U.S. companies with needed labor and gives illegal immigrants a chance at citizenship.

“We’ve got to summon the political courage to move forward on comprehensive reform,” Bush said. “Doing nothing is not a solution.” …

No one is for doing nothing. How about enforcing the laws we have on the books now, before creating news ones — and more rights for lawbreakers.

Still, we all knew that any legislation so vital to the future of the Democrat party our country could not be allowed to die a quiet death.

But when have you ever seen so much effort put into any bill, such as for instance, tax reform?

Of course. being public servants, our representatives are just acting on the will of the people.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 15th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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