Johanns, Fischer want amendments to immigration bill

Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns says he could not vote at the present time for the immigration bill moved to the floor for full debate but voted like other senators to get out of committee because the current immigration laws are flawed.

Johanns told reporters he is hoping for an open amendment process that will correct the problems he sees with the bill. Johanns says more specifics are needed about border security, ensuring that illegal immigrants are behind those who played by the rules when seeking American citizenship, and enforcing eligibility requirements in the workplace.

Neb. Republican Sen. Deb Fischer says there are many amendments ahead for immigration legislation before it will get any support from her. Fischer says the legislation must, first and foremost, secure the border. Fischer also lawmakers must remove the so-called 'pathway to citizenship' for illegal immigrants, and like Johanns enforce worker eligibility requirements.

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