Friday, May 12, 2006

Bend Over--Here It Comes

Senate leaders reached a deal yesterday on reviving a broad immigration bill that could provide millions of illegal immigrants a chance to become American citizens and said they will try to pass it before Memorial Day. (WaPo article)

Captain's Quarters comment:

Given the politics surrounding this issue, clearly whatever comes out of committee will need to have elements of strong border security and normalization in order to pass in both chambers. Absent one of these elements, the legislation will fail, especially in the Senate which clearly shows a bipartisan sympathy for normalization.

...What we need to watch is the crucial composition of the conference committee and the amendments the Republicans can pass before the Senate version gets there.

Frist is reported to be sending 26 Senators to the Joint Committee to negotiate w/Sensenbrenner, et al. A quarter of the Senate!!

And some local pundits think Sensenbrenner is a bump on the log...

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