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.
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