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Bush hails deal on immigration reform
Associated Press ^ | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS

Posted on 05/17/2007 12:16:18 PM PDT by 300magnum

WASHINGTON - Key senators in both parties and the White House announced agreement Thursday on an immigration overhaul that would grant quick legal status to millions of illegal immigrants already in the U.S. and fortify the border.

The plan would create a temporary worker program to bring new arrivals to the U.S and a separate program to cover agricultural workers. Skills and education-level would for the first time be weighted over family connections in deciding whether future immigrants should get permanent legal status. New high-tech employment verification measures also would be instituted to ensure that workers are here legally.

The compromise came after weeks of painstaking closed-door negotiations that brought the most liberal Democrats and the most conservative Republicans together with President Bush's Cabinet officers to produce a highly complex measure that carries heavy political consequences.

Bush called it "a much-needed solution to the problem of illegal immigration in this country" and said, if approved, the proposal "delivers an immigration system that is secure, productive, orderly and fair."

"With this bipartisan agreement, I am confident leaders in Washington can have a serious, civil and conclusive debate so I can sign comprehensive reform into law this year," he said in a written statement. Bush planned to make remarks about the bill later Thursday at the White House.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, his party's lead negotiator on the deal, hailed it as "the best possible chance we will have in years to secure our borders and bring millions of people out of the shadows and into the sunshine of America."

Anticipating criticism from conservatives, Sen. Arlen Specter (news, bio, voting record), R-Pa., said, "It is not amnesty. This will restore the rule of law."

The accord sets the stage for what promises to be a bruising battle next week in the Senate on one of Bush's top non-war priorities.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (news, bio, voting record), D-Nev., called the proposal a "starting point" for that debate, but added that it needs improvement.

"I have serious concerns about some aspects of this proposal, including the structure of the temporary worker program and undue limitations on family immigration," Reid said in a statement.

The key breakthrough came when negotiators struck a bargain on a so-called "point system" that prioritizes immigrants' education and skill level over family connections in deciding how to award green cards.

The immigration issue also divides both parties in the House, which isn't expected to act unless the Senate passes a bill first.

The proposed agreement would allow illegal immigrants to come forward and obtain a "Z visa" and — after paying fees and a $5,000 fine — ultimately get on track for permanent residency, which could take between eight and 13 years. Heads of household would have to return to their home countries first.

They could come forward right away to claim a probationary card that would let them live and work legally in the U.S., but could not begin the path to permanent residency or citizenship until border security improvements and the high-tech worker identification program were completed.

A new temporary guest worker program would also have to wait until those so-called "triggers" had been activated.

Those workers would have to return home after work stints of two years, with little opportunity to gain permanent legal status or ever become U.S. citizens. They could renew their guest worker visas twice, but would be required to leave for a year in between each time.

Democrats had pressed instead for guest workers to be permitted to stay and work indefinitely in the U.S.

In perhaps the most hotly debated change, the proposed plan would shift from an immigration system primarily weighted toward family ties toward one with preferences for people with advanced degrees and sophisticated skills. Republicans have long sought such revisions, which they say are needed to end "chain migration" that harms the economy, while some Democrats and liberal groups say it's an unfair system that rips families apart.

Family connections alone would no longer be enough to qualify for a green card — except for spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens.

New limits would apply to U.S. citizens seeking to bring foreign-born parents into the country.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; immigrantlist; immigration; presidentejorge; treason
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1 posted on 05/17/2007 12:16:19 PM PDT by 300magnum
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To: 300magnum
Why of coarse you would presidente!
2 posted on 05/17/2007 12:18:52 PM PDT by servantboy777
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To: 300magnum

dEPORT tHE pRESIDENT aND cLOSE tHE bORDERS.


3 posted on 05/17/2007 12:18:56 PM PDT by VU4G10 (Have You Forgotten?)
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To: 300magnum

Oh, lord, save us from these fools.


4 posted on 05/17/2007 12:19:07 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: 300magnum

Bump to watch the fireworks..


5 posted on 05/17/2007 12:19:18 PM PDT by mnehring (Enough with the clowns- time for a real man to step up - Fred Thompson '08)
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To: 300magnum

That does it.


7 posted on 05/17/2007 12:20:58 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: The Blitherer

My brother had started to call him El Presidente Jorge Arbusto.


8 posted on 05/17/2007 12:21:13 PM PDT by Hydroshock (Duncan Hunter For President, checkout gohunter08.com.)
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To: 300magnum
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9 posted on 05/17/2007 12:21:17 PM PDT by NYleatherneck (It ain't a World War until the French surrender.)
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To: 300magnum
"struck a bargain on a so-called "point system"

Yeah, just point South and say "there's YOUR country, go live there, you illegal bastards"......

10 posted on 05/17/2007 12:21:18 PM PDT by traditional1
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To: The Blitherer
I’m startin’ to get on board with the impeachment folks.

Treason is the reason.

11 posted on 05/17/2007 12:21:21 PM PDT by Types_with_Fist (I'm on FReep so often that when I read an article at another site I scroll down for the comments.)
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To: The Blitherer

“I’m startin’ to get on board with the impeachment folks.”

Instead of an “easy button,” I’d like to walk into a voting booth and push an “Impeach All” button. All of Congress included.


12 posted on 05/17/2007 12:21:25 PM PDT by TheRiverNile
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To: 300magnum
Hail it all you want Mr. President you just lost a lot of my support.

What an absolute disgust with all politicians.

Can’t trust those who your supposed to have confidence in.

13 posted on 05/17/2007 12:21:33 PM PDT by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, DUNCAN 08, ELECTION 2008, MOST IMPORTANT OF MY LIFE TIME)
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To: VU4G10

We still have Tancredo, Hunter and Fred Thompson on our side. This bill wont go anywhere when our representatives start receiving our faxes

http://www.numbersusa.com/fax

(email this to your friends and relatives)


14 posted on 05/17/2007 12:21:48 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com)
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To: 300magnum

The rule of law has just been thrown out the window. I agree that impeachment is in order.


15 posted on 05/17/2007 12:22:44 PM PDT by albie
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To: 300magnum
Key senators in both parties and the White House announced agreement Thursday on an immigration overhaul that would grant quick legal status to millions of illegal immigrants already in the U.S.


16 posted on 05/17/2007 12:22:46 PM PDT by Spiff (Rudy Giuliani Quote (NY Post, 1996) "Most of Clinton's policies are very similar to most of mine.")
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To: 300magnum

So far, I hear a lot of hot air and empty words about how good it is. What I don’t hear is what the enforcement will be for all those who don’t want anything but the gravy our country offers.

Next, will someone in D.C. please explain why we are to have a ‘temporary worker’ program and pay out millions and millions in unemployment to citizens?

Is there anyone in D.C. who actually cares about America any more?


17 posted on 05/17/2007 12:23:07 PM PDT by DakotaRed (Liberals don't rattle sabers, they wave white flags)
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To: 300magnum

High-tech employment? Show me how many of the 12 million could even work in “high-tech”. Get rid of the idea of being born here makes a person a citizen. The 14th ammendment that states that was only for the black slaves, not immagrants.


18 posted on 05/17/2007 12:23:27 PM PDT by RC2
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To: 300magnum

And the SELL OUT of the AMERICAN people begins!


19 posted on 05/17/2007 12:23:49 PM PDT by hophead
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To: 300magnum
would grant quick legal status to millions of illegal immigrants already in the U.S.

Yeah, but at least the majority of them are "hard-working cultural conservatives" who'll register and consistently vote GOP. ....right? .....Right?

Wrong. These tens of millions of new citizens are natural Democrat constituents, many of whom are already addicted to welfare goodies. And in a nation as evenly divided electorally as ours, say adios to the GOP.

20 posted on 05/17/2007 12:23:54 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: DakotaRed
What I don’t hear is what the enforcement will be for all those who don’t want anything but the gravy our country offers.

That's because with the "Z" cards, there won't be any.

21 posted on 05/17/2007 12:24:24 PM PDT by Types_with_Fist (I'm on FReep so often that when I read an article at another site I scroll down for the comments.)
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To: mnehrling

Bump to watch the fireworks..


May 17

It may well end up being one of the most popular National holidays of all for many here, now albeit illegally or otherwise. at least it will for FiReworks vendors. ;-)


22 posted on 05/17/2007 12:24:34 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... A nation bent on being consigned to the dustbin of history, we weep for thee.)
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To: tsowellfan
We still have Tancredo, Hunter and Fred Thompson on our side

I'm not so sure about Thompson, myself.

23 posted on 05/17/2007 12:25:02 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Types_with_Fist

“I’m startin’ to get on board with the impeachment folks.

Treason is the reason.”

Refusal to uphold the US Constitution he swore to. Abdication of power to the ILLEGAL lobby. I’m sure there are more.


24 posted on 05/17/2007 12:25:28 PM PDT by hophead
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To: 300magnum
Sen. Arlen Specter, RINO-Pa., said, "It is not amnesty. This will restore the rule of law."

Whew, now we can all relax.

25 posted on 05/17/2007 12:25:33 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: 300magnum

si, claro que si, el guapo presidente


26 posted on 05/17/2007 12:25:37 PM PDT by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet!)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Bring my Step-Son home from Iraq now El Presedente. You don’t deserve his service.


27 posted on 05/17/2007 12:25:46 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: 300magnum
The plan would create a temporary worker program to bring new arrivals to the U.S.

Good Lord, how many more do they intend to bring into the country? Isn't 30-50 million enough for them? The sorry bast*rds. They're traitors to America/Americans. I hope they rot in hell.

28 posted on 05/17/2007 12:26:01 PM PDT by NRA2BFree ("The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves!")
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To: Cicero

“”I have serious concerns about some aspects of this proposal, including the structure of the temporary worker program and undue limitations on family immigration,” Reid said in a statement”
This idiot has concerns about limits on family immigration, like we owe them something. Dammit, it’s our country they need to earn their way in.


29 posted on 05/17/2007 12:26:35 PM PDT by mortal19440
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To: 300magnum

Bush blasphemy! Shameful leader!


30 posted on 05/17/2007 12:26:42 PM PDT by dforest (Fighting the new liberal Conservatism. The Left foot in the GOP door.)
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To: 300magnum
"It is not amnesty. This will restore the rule of law."

It is amnesty because this immigration program, like all the previous programs will not be enforced. The securing of our borders will never take place under the two current political parties.

31 posted on 05/17/2007 12:27:08 PM PDT by WesternPacific
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To: NRA2BFree
...how many more do they intend to bring into the country?

The defunct plan last year, by the Senate, allowed up to 100 million more. I'm sure something similar is planned with this one as well.

32 posted on 05/17/2007 12:27:24 PM PDT by Types_with_Fist (I'm on FReep so often that when I read an article at another site I scroll down for the comments.)
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To: 300magnum

I’m done with him on this and many other issues.
I’ll never vote for him again.

Illegal invaders are going to kill us all.


33 posted on 05/17/2007 12:27:27 PM PDT by GRRRRR ( What's Next? - Lead, Crash or Get Out of The WAY!~)
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To: massgopguy

I agree. I want my kid to be able to get OUT of the US Navy, NOW!


34 posted on 05/17/2007 12:27:52 PM PDT by dforest (Fighting the new liberal Conservatism. The Left foot in the GOP door.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Why was my comment removed? If the President refuses to protect America hasn’t he abdicated his right to govern? Was that an offensive thing to say?


35 posted on 05/17/2007 12:28:07 PM PDT by The Blitherer ("What the devil is keeping the Yanks?")
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

ping


36 posted on 05/17/2007 12:28:07 PM PDT by gubamyster
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To: 300magnum

I never thought I would ask this about a GWB announcement, but... where’s the barf alert?


37 posted on 05/17/2007 12:28:34 PM PDT by Kevmo (Duncan Hunter just needs one Rudy G Campaign Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVBtPIrEleM)
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To: DakotaRed

Is there anyone in D.C. who actually cares about America any more?

I would think after day it is pretty obvious the answer is....mmmm.....mmmmm.....NO.


38 posted on 05/17/2007 12:28:42 PM PDT by sheana
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To: 300magnum


39 posted on 05/17/2007 12:28:54 PM PDT by dubie
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To: DakotaRed

Is there anyone in D.C. who actually cares about America any more?

I would think after today it is pretty obvious the answer is....mmmm.....mmmmm.....NO.


40 posted on 05/17/2007 12:28:57 PM PDT by sheana
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To: 300magnum

WTF were they thinking?


41 posted on 05/17/2007 12:28:57 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (I buy gas for my SUV with the Carbon Offsets I sell on Ebay!)
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To: 300magnum

They can pass all of the laws they want. The new ones won’t be enforced any better than the old ones were.

In fact, as far as I’m concerned, there ARE no laws in the US that I am bound to respect.

These jackass SOB’s have just seen to that.


42 posted on 05/17/2007 12:29:03 PM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (Our Forefathers roared for Liberty, their children now whine for security and safety.)
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To: 300magnum

hearing report that Sen. John Cornyn says he and others haven’t even seen anything on paper yet,,,

not sure why Sen. Kyl is knee deep in this latest thrust to the gut .. (it’s still a little early to burn the barn or build a funeral pyre for the GOP)


43 posted on 05/17/2007 12:29:09 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... A nation bent on being consigned to the dustbin of history, we weep for thee.)
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To: 300magnum
Anticipating criticism from conservatives, Sen. Arlen Specter (news, bio, voting record), R-Pa., said, "It is not amnesty. This will restore the rule of law."

Oh, bull____! A "quick legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants" is AMNESTY.

Republican and Democratic senators huddled Thursday trying to close in on an immigration compromise to grant quick legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants while fortifying U.S. borders against new ones.

44 posted on 05/17/2007 12:29:18 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: gubamyster
quick legal status to millions of illegal immigrants already in the U.S.

Take care of the 12+ million illegals sooner rather than later....... provide better enforcement later rather than sooner.

45 posted on 05/17/2007 12:29:37 PM PDT by umgud ("When seconds count, the police are just 10 minutes away!")
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To: Spiff
Bush planned to make remarks on the bill later Thursday at the White House

Can't wait to hear him stammer and stutter about how his long-wished-for betrayal of America is finally coming true.

How nice for the little man that fellow immigration-leftist Pelosi has taken the reigns of the House.

46 posted on 05/17/2007 12:29:56 PM PDT by RodgerD (Mexico-Merger is Treason)
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To: Mr. Mojo

And, what exactly does “fortify” the border mean?
They once told me my breakfast cereal was “fortified” with vitamins, but why use that nonsensical term when refering to the border security.
Oh, wait. I can fortify my back yard fence by putting plastic strips in the chainlink. Maybe that is what they have in mind!!!!!!
Lock and load, the time is coming.....


47 posted on 05/17/2007 12:30:09 PM PDT by 9422WMR ("This will make parents, students, faculty and visitors FEEL SAFE on our campus")
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To: tsowellfan

I called one senator and emailed the other. This is absolutely disgusting.


48 posted on 05/17/2007 12:30:19 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: RegulatorCountry

Thompson On Illegals

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQLFfTd2l44


49 posted on 05/17/2007 12:30:23 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com)
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To: indylindy; massgopguy
I am so sorry, guys.

We need to have a vote of "no confidence" on Bush.

He just spoke and looked so proud of himself. He couldn't wipe that crappy grin off his face.

sw

50 posted on 05/17/2007 12:30:35 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife (Build it and they won't come)
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