Via this and this we learn that Harry Reid has introduced Senate Bill 9 (S.9, S9), the "Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007". This actually took place on January 4, and it's a very short placeholder, no doubt to be stuffed with loopholes and such at a later date.
The co-sponsors of this bill are: Barbara Boxer, Maria Cantwell, Patrick Leahy, Chuck Schumer, and Debbie Stabenow. Leahy responded to the introduction with an enormous pile of verbage, from which it's difficult to select the worst parts so let's concentrate on some from the top of the pile:
We need to put aside the mean-spiritedness and short-sighted policies driven by fear and recognize the dignity of those whose work contributes to reinvigorating America. Consistent with our heritage as a nation of immigrants we need to bring people out of the shadows... Through comprehensive immigration reform, we can increase the opportunities for American businesses to obtain the workers they need while ensuring that priority is given to willing domestic workers -- from dairy farms in Vermont to multi-national corporations. We have been told of the plight of American farmers from New York to California and have seen the photographs of piles of rotting fruit that have gone unharvested.
Of course, Leahy did not do his job and look into whether those growers were simply lying in order to obtain cheap labor. And, the press did not do their job by calling him on his blather.
Immigration2007a · Wed, 01/17/2007 - 13:51 · Importance: 1