April 06, 2006
Senators Hold News Conference on Immigration
CQ Transcriptions on Thursday, April 6, 2006; 12:48 PM
SPEAKERS: U.S. SENATOR BILL FRIST (R-TN), SENATE MAJORITY LEADER
U.S. SENATOR HARRY REID (D-NV), SENATE MINORITY LEADER
U.S. SENATOR ARLEN SPECTER (R-PA)
U.S. SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ) U.S. SENATOR CHUCK HAGEL (R-NE)
U.S. SENATOR PAT LEAHY (D-VT)
U.S. SENATOR EDWARD KENNEDY (D-MA)
U.S. SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-IL)
U.S. SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC)
U.S. SENATOR PETE DOMENICI (R-NM)
U.S. SENATOR MEL MARTINEZ (R-FL)
U.S. SENATOR JOSEPH LIEBERMAN (D-CT)
U.S. SENATOR SAM BROWNBACK (R-KS)
"FRIST: Good afternoon. We have several senators with me now. Other senators will be coming in. We're just completing our vote. But wanted to go ahead and get started to really make a very important announcements. And that is the American people are well aware of the challenge that we have today in terms of having an immigration system that is flat out broken, broken at the borders, broken interiorly, at the level -- at the place of the work site and also in terms of a temporary worker program.
In October of last year, I set out a two-week plan that is being fulfilled this week, where we would start with a strong border security bill, build that out based on the tremendous work under Arlen Specter's -- Senator Specter's tremendous leadership -- build that out with a more comprehensive bill looking at work site enforcement, interior enforcement and a temporary worker program that does address the 12 million people who in this country are undocumented.
The good news is that because of the hard work of the people who are with me, we've had a huge breakthrough which will allow us to pivot in the next several hours that will lead us to the conclusion of passing a very important bill.
I'm going to turn it to my colleagues, I guess initially Senator Specter and then -- I'll turn to Senator Specter and then Senator Kennedy to reflect what this alternative that has come forward is all about and the implications for the country, but also for the 250 million, 300 million people who will be affected both now and people in the future".
More at; http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/06/AR2006040600959.html
Posted by VisaLawyer at April 6, 2006 02:32 PM