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    Anyone know the outcome of the recent immigration discussion that went to the senate?

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    Anyone know the outcome of the recent immigration discussion that went to the senate?

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      House plans community hearings on immigration

      By Donna Smith
      Wed Jun 21, 8:21 AM ET


      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In an election-year battle over immigration, congressional Republicans said on Tuesday they plan to take the issue directly to voters with hearings across the country on whether millions of illegal immigrants should have a path to citizenship.

      The hearings are being called by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, which passed a tough border control and work place enforcement bill and oppose the citizenship plan in the Senate's version.

      Details are still being worked out but Rep. Peter King (news, bio, voting record) of New York said House leaders planned to take the hearings "to the places where we can get the best input." Hearings would likely be held in July and August, he said.

      Senate Democrats said the hearings were a delaying tactic to push House and Senate negotiations over a final bill beyond the November congressional elections.

      "It is now becoming clear congressional Republicans are doing their best to make this a major issue in the campaign," said Sen. Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat.

      "This is clearly a delay tactic by the House Republicans who have been dead set against comprehensive reform from the beginning," said Massachusetts Democrat Sen. Edward Kennedy.

      The Senate bill combined tougher border security and enforcement measures with a guest worker program and provisions to give some of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States a chance to earn citizenship.

      "This is an issue that is on the minds of the American people," said House Majority Leader John Boehner, an Ohio Republican. "The House bill is very different than the Senate bill and I think we want to have a clear understanding of what is in that bill."

      President George W. Bush, mindful of the growing political clout of Hispanic voters, backed comprehensive reform along the lines passed by the Senate. But the issue divides his fellow Republicans and many in the House consider the Senate bill an amnesty that rewards immigrants who violated U.S. laws.

      The House bill became the focus of massive protests this spring across the country by mainly Hispanic groups and their supporters because it would make illegal presence in the country a felony instead of a civil offense.

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        The voters will tell the real story!! And if you are illegal you will not like the outcome!! The American people will speak and they will not grant any guest worker program!!

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          Pegasus,
          Until there is real immigration reform, both legal and illegal residents will get the short end of the stick. I did not like everything in the Senate bill, but at least it was a start. The ploy by House Speaker Hassert only deepens the poltiical divide. The immigration system is in shambles with long wait times and a oversized, inept beauracracy.
          "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." John Adams on Defense of the boston Massacre

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          • #6
            Why were these kinds of issues such as boarder controls and felony deportation not considered back in the 80's with Regan and his amnesty. If they had perhaps America would not be in the situation it is in now

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