Both Democratic and Republican House members have signed on to the enforcement-only SAVE Act immigration bill, with Rep. Thelma Drake (R-VA) filing for a "discharge petition" (link) that, if it gets 218 signatures, would force a floor vote no matter what the Democratic leadership wants. It had 181 signatures as of Friday (updated list here).
Now, this has Rosemary Jenks from Numbers USA saying:
"[The Democrats] know that the American people want enforcement and will hold them responsible if they pass something that does not look like an enforcement bill... So essentially they are trying to negotiate a deal to attach various kinds of visas, including amnesty visas, to this bill... The [Congressional] Hispanic Caucus is driving the negotiations to attach an amnesty to the SAVE Act... They want something that they can go home and tell their special-interest constituents that they voted for in terms of amnesty."
The politics of the issue are discussed here.
Immigration2008a · Wed, 03/19/2008 - 14:32 · Importance: 1