Senate Takes Up Immigration This Week
The Senate has been waiting to take up the immigration reform legislation - and this week they are doing just that. Senate Democratic leaders would like to pass a bill before the one-week break which is scheduled to begin Friday.
The Senate will consider and debate various proposals to reform immigration - which includes a path to citizenship for 11-million undocumented immigrants in exchange for tougher border security. The bill's advocates reached a bipartisan deal last week to double the size of the U.S. Border Patrol and require 700-miles of fencing at the Mexican border. However - even if the Senate passes an immigration bill - it's unlikely a bill would pass the House.
Nebraska U.S. Senator Mike Johanns has already announced his opposition to the nearly 12-hundred page Corker-Hoeven amendment introduced Friday night as a complete substitute to the legislation the Senate has been considering the past two weeks - saying the amendment's promise of secure borders isn't airtight.
Johanns says he believes in a trust - but verify - policy and the amendment allows the Administration to simply verify with itself the border is secure - with the backlog of those wishing to be legal cleared.
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