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Friday, May 12, 2006
By Steven L. Taylor

Via the NYT: Senate Leaders Expect Immigration Bill Next Week

Senate leaders said today that they had broken a political stalemate and would bring to the floor next week an immigration bill that could put millions of illegals on the road to eventual American citizenship.

As I have noted before, I am not sanguine about a bill passing this session. Nor am I, for that matter, convinced that a bill at this moment at time would be a good thing. Still, we shall see.

Indeed, from the GOP’s POV, I have to wonder why they would want to even touch this issue at this point in time.

The piece does not detail what the nature of the compromise is, but correctly notes the following:

Even if the Senate passes an immigration bill, it would have to be reconciled with a bill enacted in December by the House. That bill generally emphasizes border security rather than attainment of citizenship, so negotiations between Senate and House would probably be long and heated.

No joke.

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