Day laborers wait for work outside of a strip mall in Encinitas, Calif. on Saturday, April 1, 2006. At issue on the immigration controversy is a debate over a proposal that would legalize an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States and expand guest worker programs for an estimated 400,000 immigrants each year.
ASSociated Press: Frist Wants Immigration Vote This Week
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Sunday he wants a full Senate vote on an immigration bill this week and believes that urgent action is needed despite sharp divisions over whether proposed legislation would amount to amnesty.
“There are 3 million people every year coming across our borders illegally. We don’t know who they are; we don’t know what their intentions are. We absolutely must address it,” said Frist, R-Tenn. “I hope by Friday that we will have a bill on the floor that is comprehensive.”
The bill passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee is too accomodating and essentially creates an “amnesty” type track towards American citizenship. It is unacceptable and Republican Senators should filibuster its passage. Passage of this “poor” bill is worse than NO bill at all.
A chief sponsor of a House bill, meanwhile, also called on the Senate to avoid deadlock so lawmakers in both houses can start work on reaching a compromise “for our national security and our economic well-being.”
“No bill will end up being the worst of all possible worlds,” said Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. “This will be tough, and it’s the toughest thing that I’ve done in 37 years in elective public office. But it is an important priority.”
Passage of the Senate Judiciary Committee bill would give too much power to the House-Senate Conference Committee charged with working out differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.
But, the limp wristed Republican Senators will sell out and pass some sort of bill by Friday.
Flap only hopes that Bill Frist names some soild conservative senators to the conference committee and NOT John McCain or Lindsey Graham.
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