04/07/2006 - LIke I said earlier, it will be STATUS QUO - no change - people remain in the shadows, employers will continue to hire illegals and not pay them health benefits, lower wages, and probably under the table to avoid taxes...THE VICTIMS remain victims...
- Senate Vote Shelves Immigration BillBy SUZANNE GAMBOA, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 35 minutes agoWASHINGTON - The Senate sidetracked sweeping immigration legislation Friday, leaving in doubt prospects for passing a bill offering the hope of citizenship to millions of men, women and children living in the United States illegally.A carefully crafted compromise that supporters had claimed could win an overwhelming majority received only 38 of the 60 votes necessary to protect it from weakening amendments by opponents.Republicans were united in the 38-60 parliamentary vote but Democrats, who have insisted on no amendments, lost six votes from their members.An alternative bill by Majority Leader Bill Frist with no provision to let illegal immigrants stay but imposing large fines on employers who hire them received even less support in a 36-62 test vote.Earlier Friday,prodded lawmakers to keeping trying to reach an agreement, but both sides said the odds were increasing that a breakthrough would not occur until Congress returns from a two-week recess."An immigration system that1. forces people into the shadows of our society,2. or leaves them prey to criminalsis a system that needs to be changed," Bush said at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. "I'm confident that we can change our immigration system in ways that1. secures our border,2. respects the rule of law,3. and, as importantly, upholds the decency of our country."Democrats and Republicans blamed each other for the stalemate."It's not gone forward because there's a political advantage for Democrats not to have an immigration bill," said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa.He said Democrats perceive a benefit ina. having only a GOP-written House bill that criminalizes being an illegal immigrant.That bill has prompted massive protests across the country, including a march by 500,000 people in Los Angeles last month.Democrats blamed Republicans for insisting on amendments that would weaken a compromise that Senate leaders in both parties had celebrated Thursday."This opportunity is slipping through our hands like grains of sand," said assistant Senate Democratic leader Dick Durbin of Illinois.The election-year legislation is designed to1. enhance border security2. and regulate the flow of future temporary workers3. as well as affect the lives of illegal immigrants.It separates illegal immigrants now in the U.S. into three categories.Illegal immigrants here1. more than five years coulda. work for six yearsb. and apply for legal permanent residencyc. without having to leave the country.2. Those here two years to five years would have toa. go to border entry points sometime in next three years,b. but could immediately return as temporary workers.3. Those here less than two years would have toa. leaveb. and wait in line for visas to return.4. The bill also provides a new program for 1.5 million temporary agriculture industry workers over five years. It includes provisionsa. requiring employers to verify they've hired legal workersb. and calls for a "virtual" fence of surveillance cameras, sensors and other technology to monitor the nearly 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexican border.Demonstrations in support of the compromise were planned for Monday across the nation, including one in Washington that organizers claimed would draw 100,000 people.The acrimony in the Senate at Thursday night's end was a sharp contrast to the accolades 14 members of both parties traded just hours earlier when they announced their compromise.Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist called it tragic "that we in all likelihood are not going to be able to address a problem that directly affects the American people."The House has passed legislation1. limited to border security, but Speaker, R-Ill., and other leaders have signaled their willingness in recent days to1. broaden the bill in compromise talks with the Senate.But Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., said anything with what he called amnesty would not get agreement from a majority in the House.The immigration debate has given the American public a glimpse of what may lay ahead in 2008 GOP presidential politics.Frist, R-Tenn., a potential presidential candidate in 2008, sought to establish more conservative credentials when he initially backed a bill limited to border security. At the same time, he has repeatedly called for a comprehensive bill adopting Bush's rhetoric and involved himself in the fitful negotiations over the past several days.___On the Net:Senate: http://senate.govBuy Hydrogen/Hybrid (1,000+mpg) or a Hydrogen fueled only (100+mpg) or Hybrid only Vehicles (45-50mpg), not a Hummers ( 4 - 9 mpg). The government and the NEWS should reflect, not determine, the desires of the people.The cable news is a melodrama of constant trivia. Government is always corrupt, civil liberties only protect us from them. The people must lead to survive corrupt governments. Read the constitution. (In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this includes information for research and educational purposes.) Al Soto (c) 2006
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