3.03.2006

Senate: Work Legally

Arizona Republic's Mike Madden writes:
Millions of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before 2004 could work legally under a new plan that the Senate will start debating next week. If passed, it would bring sweeping changes to border security and immigration laws.
Everyone knows this will be hard.
"The committee must grapple with a realistic means of bringing out from the shadows the possible 11 million illegal aliens in the United States," Specter wrote.
(They're talking about the Senate version of this bill.)

Knight-Ridder's Dave Montgomery writes:
As a starting point for the Judiciary Committee's deliberations, Specter last week unveiled a 305-page bill that includes a guest-worker program as well as toughened law-enforcement provisions. Specter's compromise package includes elements from two other major bills — one co-sponsored by Cornyn and Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and the other by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.

The committee took no votes Thursday, but opening statements by members suggested Specter faces an arduous task in trying to find a compromise.
Here's the challenge:
"If we go forward on a temporary worker program, our problems will get worse," declared Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.