Republicans are planning to make end runs around opposition to a border security bill with the expected Senate approval of billions of dollars in immediate spending and with the Bush administration announcing an increase in workplace enforcement.Please contact as many Senators as possible and let them know you're opposed to any kind of amnesty, no matter how they try to hide it and no matter what they try to call it.
Party leaders hope the moves will satisfy voters concerned about illegal immigration and pave the way for more comprehensive reforms, such as a guest-worker program and a path to U.S. citizenship.
...Majority Leader Bill Frist plans to include even more money in Mr. Gregg's proposal, aides said.
"Frist wants to make clear to conservatives that security isn't forgotten as the Senate handles broad-based immigration reform," a leadership aide said. "Spending money now helps Republicans with the base this fall."
Mr. Frist then will work for passage of a proposal by Sens. Mel Martinez, Florida Republican, and Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican, that would offer a path to citizenship for illegal aliens who have been in the country for more than two years.
Mr. McClellan yesterday called the Hagel-Martinez plan "a good agreement."
Immigration · Mon, 04/24/2006 - 11:34 · Importance: 1