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Senate’s Action on Immigration Means the Hard Work Can Begin

Posted by thelamp on July 14, 2006

Last week the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill. That set the stage for a test of political will with the House, which has already passed a more stringent and narrowly focused bill dealing almost exclusively with border security.

House leaders during the past weekend labeled the Senate’s version of the bill as “a non-starter” and “dead on arrival.” It will be interesting to see if that inflammatory rhetoric holds once a conference committee is convened to resolve differences between the two bills. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., said last week that “the Senate and the House started miles apart, and as a result of some amendments in the Senate miles have become moons apart or oceans apart, this has made a difficult task even more so.”

CMC believes Congress should strive for an immigration reform bill that addresses both the House’s concern for securing our nation’s borders and the more comprehensive approach favored in the Senate. The Senate’s approach holds immigrants who entered this country illegally accountable for their actions while permitting them a chance to become ultimately become citizens.

Resolving the differences between the House and Senate versions of the immigration bill will be difficult – but that is no reason to accept a failure to find a resolution. The problem of illegal immigration has become one America can no longer ignore. To leave the situation unaddressed this year, simply because it will be difficult, should not be acceptable.


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