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US Senate committee takes up immigration bill


Lorena Tule-Romain, right, and Nicole Anonuevo, members of the North Texas Dream Team, react during an announcement on the new U.S. immigration policy at the offices of Domingo Garcia in Oak Cliff, Texas on Friday, June 15, 2012. AP FILE PHOTO

WASHINGTON—A bill to enact dramatic changes to the US immigration system and put some 11 million immigrants here illegally on a path to citizenship is facing its first congressional test.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday was to begin considering proposed changes to the 844-page bill, with some 300 amendments pending on a wide range of issues that include border security and workplace enforcement, along with Democratic-authored measures to make the legislation more welcoming to immigrant families.

The bill aims to secure the border, provide new avenues for workers to come to the US legally, crack down on employers who would hire people here illegally, and provide eventual citizenship to millions already in the country.

Although the bill allows citizenship to go forward only after certain border security goals have been met, those “triggers” haven’t proven convincing enough for many Republican lawmakers. Early fights in the committee session are likely to center around that issue, according to the schedule laid out by Sen. Patrick Leahy, the committee’s chairman.

Even one of the bill’s authors, Florida Republican Marco Rubio, has said border measures need to be stronger, so some changes may be accepted. But measures offered by some Republican senators would dramatically change the bill’s delicately crafted compromises in a way its authors are unlikely to accept.

For example, Sen. Charles Grassley, the top committee Republican, has filed an amendment to prohibit anyone from obtaining legal status until the Homeland Security Department has maintained “effective control” of the border for six months — a potentially arduous standard to reach, depending upon how it is defined.

Such measures are “designed to undermine critical components of the bill,” Mary Giovagnoli, director of the Immigration Policy Center, which supports the legislation, told reporters on a conference call Wednesday.


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  • kanoy

    THE USA SHOULD NOT ALLOW ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO REMAIN IN THE USA IF THE COUNTRY THEY ARE FROM DOES NOT OFFER THE SAME BENEFITS TO AMERICANS IN THEIR COUNTRY ILLEGALLY,,,,NO EQUALITY NO DEAL

    • WeAry_Bat

      If an american is stupid enough to enter the Philippines illegally, they can remain.

      • kanoy

        its easier for an American to enter the RP illegally than it is for a Filipino to enter the US illegally but that is not how the millions of illegal Filipinos got there nor Americans here…they overstay on whatever visa they entered legally on

      • chupsup

        can u please help my stupid brain and tell me a single scenario where an American is said to have entered RP illegally? Via the shores riding the boat without going thru customs maybe? All they need is a valid US Passport and they’re in – legally – as a tourist on vacation or on business.

  • ReneV

    if they can be assets to the country then allow them to be american citizens.

    • kanoy

      again i disagree with that because the same opportunities are not available to Americans here as they are to Filipino in USA
      too much inequality such as a Filipino living in the RP can own and operate a business in the USA and own as much property as he can afford yet a foreigner can not live in the RP and own a business due to the 60/40 law and can own ZERO land…make it equal or deny and deport

      • riza888

        Expecting equal treatment from a developed country vs a poor one, is like expecting a petulant child not to whine. It’s just the nature of the beast. That’s why a lot of Pinoys go TNT because of the bad situation in the Philippines. Americans who enters the Philippines enters at their own risk.

      • 33Sam

        Hate to burst your bubble, but the thrust is to DESTABILIZE THE ECONOMY IN THE U.S. in a long range plan that started decades ago by moving all factories overseas and industrializing other nations while America goes through a POST INDUSTRIALIZATION AND DISMANTLING OF THE ECONOMY. AGENDA 21 CO-OPED BY THE ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION, AND THE UNITED NATIONS ARE PART OF THIS. Bill Clinton REPEALED THE GLASS-STEAGALL ACT TO ALLOW BANKS TO GAMBLE ON DERIVATIVES TO CREATE FAKE DEBT AND TO CAUSE THE ECONOMY TO IMPLODE WORLD WIDE.The world is not a safe place anywhere, you take risks going wherever. There is less freedom in the U.S. You can’t grow a garden in your back yard, you can’t wash your car in your driveway, there are cameras everywhere, in your smart phone, on your flat screen, laptop, in the bathroom stalls, watching what you say and do. look this up before you flame.

        The plan of the globalist bankers who control the U.S. is to bring civil war to the U.S. They want to bring in as many immigrants to work for lower wages, displacing real Americans who have been there for generations, causing loss of jobs and a sick economy, weigh down the welfare and social systems. If you notice its easy to get into the U.S. at an airport, but they make it difficult to leave going through the TSA and cancer causing radiation xray machines. TSA AGENTS ARE NOTICING A RISE IN BRAIN CANCER CLUSTERS FROM STANDING NEXT TO THESE MACHINES!

        The U.S./Mexican border wall is not being built to keep Mexicans out, it is the opposite, TO KEEP AMERICANS IN FROM ESCAPING TO MEXICO.

        If you are up on American thought processes, this JULY 4TH, AN ARMED MARCH IS BEING PLANNED TO MARCH INTO WASHINGTON D.C. WEARING LOCKED AND LOADED RIFLES AND SHOTGUNS TO PROTEST OBAMA’S TYRANNICAL COMMUNIST TAKE OVER OF AMERICA.

        “Activist Adam Kokesh, a Marine Corps Reserve veteran, has announced an armed march on Washington D.C. for July 4th.”

        The Immigration bill is just a distraction to make PIE IN THE SKY IMMIGRANT HOPEFULS THINK THAT THEY ARE BEING CARED FOR. Its not! Its a distraction to make sure that they OVERLOAD THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM UNTIL IT COLLAPSES TO ATTRACT AS MANY PEOPLE AS THEY CAN TO THE GREAT BIG BONFIRE WHICH WILL INCLUDE AS MANY AS THEY CAN ROAST. LIKE MOTHS TO A FLAME,

        The land of the free and the brave is not that anymore. The REAL AMERICAN IS ONE THAT KNOWS AND UNDERSTANDS THIS INFORMATION. ALL OTHERS ARE LIVING IN THE PAST, NAIVE JOHNNY-COME-LATELY’S, TOO ILITERATE AND NAIVE ABOUT THE WAY THE WORLD HAS COME UNDER TYRANNY WITH GENOCIDAL PLANS OF 90% POPULATION REDUCTION. THIS IS AGENDA 21. YOUR PRESIDENT FIDEL RAMOS SIGNED THE PHILIPPINES ONTO AGENDA 21 IN 1997 THROUGH EXECUTIVE ORDER PA21. Check on the net for Ramos’ SONA of 1997 where he mentions this. He was knighted by the Queen of England in 1995 to make sure Ramos acts like a good little puppet. The United Nations made sure Ramos signed PA21. Its not the “green movement” that the write up explains, no more than the witch’s gingerbread house is there for little minds to believe it was built by “caring and concerned” people. Wake up sheeple!!!

  • WAUNAKEE

    Let all concerned be also aware that there are still so many dependents of legal immigrants in USA who are still waiting for so long to get their immigrant visas to LEGALLY join their families in US and be economically productive in that land of the free & home of the brave. As to milk and honey, they should not expect much as the staples would be gone once the unauthorized aliens get the share ahead of them!

  • 33Sam

    You all might want to know that the 21st century IMMIGRATION PROGRAM IS NOT THE SAME as it was in the late 1800′s where it was to industrialize the U.S. and the world with talented skilled workers and inventors. This time its to allow low I.Q. immigrants to move to the U.S. under the guise of freedom and liberty, but its main purpose is to BANKRUPT THE U.S. ECONOMY, bringing in low wage workers to destabilize the work force, and to weigh down the welfare and social services systems to the same ends. The people controlling the U.S. want to IMPLODE THE U.S. ECONOMY and BRING THE AMERICAN CONTINENT INTO A CIVIL WAR. They have purposely put in place an open border policy to attract illiterate immigrants, who will naively vote for bills and politicians who will implement all manner of freedom killing measures to achieve their goals. Before you start posting comments about “hate” this and that, you might want to research this before flaming.



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