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Easily Earned Legalization

By on 12.26.06 | 9:32AM

If you thought the problem with the Senate's Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill was that it wasn't enough like a straight-up amnesty, there's good news:

Counting on the support of the new Democratic majority in Congress, Democratic lawmakers and their Republican allies are working on measures that could place millions of illegal immigrants on a more direct path to citizenship than would a bill that the Senate passed in the spring.

The lawmakers are considering abandoning a requirement in the Senate bill that would compel several million illegal immigrants to leave the United States before becoming eligible to apply for citizenship.

This may seem likely to attract a new wave of illegal immigrants, but that will be mitigated by beefed-up enforcement. Oh, wait...
The lawmakers are also considering denying financing for 700 miles of fencing along the border with Mexico, a law championed by Republicans that passed with significant Democratic support.
Never mind.

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