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September 27, 2006

Border Bills Come Down to Last Minute

By Nicole Gaouette, Los Angeles Times, September 25, 2006

“There is bipartisan resistance to the House legislation before the Senate. Much of it may die as Congress prepares for a recess in a week.

WASHINGTON — The Senate will begin considering a series of House bills this week aimed at strengthening border security and toughening enforcement of immigration laws, but given the cool reception the measures are getting from many senators, it appears unlikely that much of the legislation will pass.

The bills, which include proposals to fence a third of the U.S.-Mexico border and allow state and local police to enforce immigration law, have raised hackles in the Senate for both political and policy reasons, and senior Republicans, as well as Democrats, have indicated they are not likely to support them.

With one week left before Congress adjourns, time is short to pass any immigration bills. The outcome will rest in part on closed-door decisions that committee chairs and Senate leaders make early this week. The fate of some of the legislation could be decided as early as today.

House Republicans have promoted their legislation as a necessary step before other immigration issues, such as establishing a guest worker program, can be addressed.

But with elections in November, many in the Senate see the House effort as little more than a campaign ploy…”.

www.latimes.com

Posted by VisaLawyer at September 27, 2006 09:13 AM

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