Key senators tentatively agreed on a plan to revive a stalled immigration bill on Thursday, aided by President Bush’s support for a quick $4.4 billion aimed at “securing our borders and enforcing our laws at the work site.”
Officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said Republican and Democratic supporters of the bill were presenting their proposal to the Senate’s top two leaders, who in turn arranged an early evening meeting to discuss it.
Precise details to be presented to Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., were not disclosed.
In general, according to officials familiar with the discussions, Republicans and Democrats would each be accorded roughly a dozen chances to amend the measure, with the hope that they would then combine to provide the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster by die-hard opponents. The officials who described the emerging plan did so on condition of anonymity, saying the negotiations had been conducted in private.
The legislation has generated intense controversy, particularly for provisions envisioning eventual citizenship for many of the estimated 12 million immigrants now in the country unlawfully. The bill also calls for greater border security and a crackdown on the hiring of illegal employees.
Lucianne posted this image of Theodore Roosevelt as well as his statement on immigrants and immigration:
becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated
on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage
to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin.
But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American,
and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here.
Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all.
We have room for but one flag, the American flag..
We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language…
and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
Theodore Roosevelt 1907
Update: According to Fox News, Reid will try to bring the immigration bill back to the floor next week.