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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Senate Continues to amend Immigration Reform Bill

Hattip to and thanks to Sanctuary for the image.

Cross posted from The Uncooperative Blogger

From FNC:

Heeding conservative demands to shore up the southern U.S. border to prevent illegal immigrants from freely crossing into the country, the Senate voted Wednesday to build 370 miles of triple-layered fence

Senators voted 83-16 to add fencing and 500 miles of vehicle barriers along the southern border.

Construction of the barrier would send "a signal that open-border days are over. … Good fences make good neighbors, fences don't make bad neighbors," said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. He said border areas where barriers already exist have experienced economic improvement and reduced crime.

Earlier in the day, the Senate unanimously approved an amendment that says legal or illegal immigrants who are convicted of a felony or three misdemeanors unrelated to their residency status will be deported immediately.

Those convicted will be permanently barred from the guest worker program or any chance of getting on a path to U.S. citizenship.

Let us hope they mean AFTER they serve their sentence! But the last sentence shows they still don't get it. We do not want anyone here illegally to get a path to citizenship, and we don't want a guest worker program until after the border is secured, and employers are held accountable with real penalties. Then we can discuss the need for a guest worker program. Also, the way it sits now the Guest Workers can apply for citizenship. That is not a Guest, Guests go home.

As for the Guard?

Speaking to the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld insisted that the deployment of National Guard troops to the southern U.S. border will not adversely affect the Guard and will actually provide "useful real-life" training for members during their two or three week active duty stints.

"The Department of Homeland Security is in the lead role, but Guard units may provide assistance such as mobile communications, transportation, logistics training and construction. Military forces will not be involved in apprehension or detention of illegal immigrants," Rumsfeld said.

They are not Guarding…

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