Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Small steps towards a immigration bill

The Senate is now discussing a "border enforcement first" bill.

Key backers of the Senate immigration bill said yesterday they are willing to consider a compromise that would delay the guest-worker program and "amnesty" portions until the borders have been secured.
The proposal was floated by Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter in an interview Monday with editors and reporters at The Washington Times.
"I think it's worth discussing," said Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican. "Many of us have said we could work on border enforcement and, at the same time, work on other aspects that would take more time."

By digging in their heels, Sensenbrenner and the House have actually moved the immigration debate forward.

On Monday, Mr. Specter, the Pennsylvania Republican who will lead House and Senate negotiators in the conference committee, told The Times that border security should be the top priority in the final bill and that he is open to a compromise that would make the guest-worker program and path to citizenship for illegal aliens contingent on first ensuring a secure border and improved interior enforcement.

2 comments:

jim smith said...

Bravo to all of the Senators with a spine who are supporting this. I truly believe that unless we enforce the border first, any other measures are meaningless. I was around in '86, and I remember the news showing lines blocks long of people seeking amnesty, all the while, more people are pouring across the border.
Borders are the way to solve our immigration problems, not amnesty.

jeff said...

The Sensenbrenner bill is the opposite side of the coin from the Reagan Immigration solution from 1986. It is enforcement and border security without dealing with those already here illegally.

The Senate has it right with its comprehensive package.