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Senate Gang Of Eight Completes Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

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The Gang of Eight senators intend to propose comprehensive immigration reform legislation on Thursday, presenting Congress with a bipartisan bill that may actually stand a chance of getting passed.

A member of the group told The Hill that the bill is virtually complete. The plan is to bring the bill to the floor this Thursday, but there is a chance the bill could slip into next week.

“There’s a tentative agreement on a number of things, and we’re waiting to see if it can get wrapped up,” Senator Dianne Feinstein of California told reporters gathered outside of the Senate chamber today. Feinstein has led the effort to negotiate agricultural visas, a key issue in the upcoming bill. The Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO came to an agreement on a guest worker program last month that played a large role in the debate.

Members of the Gang of Eight include Republican Senators Marco Rubio of Florida, John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Jeff Flake of Arizona.

On the Democratic side, there are Senators Chuck Schumer of New York, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Michael Bennet of Colorado, and Dick Durbin of Illinois.

Durbin and Menendez sponsored the DREAM Act in 2011, which would have granted citizenship to students who came to the US as children, passed a background check, and completed either two years of college or military service. The bill was ultimately killed by a Republican filibuster.

Rubio has reportedly put a great deal of effort into producing a quality bill.

“He’s very fact-based, and he’s gotten his way a good percentage of the time,” Schumer said told Hot Air. “He’s persuaded people to his point of view a good part of the time. He comes prepared with facts, and if he doesn’t know something, he’ll ask the staff in the room. He’s not afraid to admit what he doesn’t know.”

The blog reports that some conservatives are concerned by the roles played by John McCain and Lindsey Graham in drafting the legislation, two of the more moderate Republicans in the Senate. Conservatives have opposed comprehensive immigration reform out of concern that undocumented immigrants should not be rewarded for, as conservatives frame the issue, breaking the law. The upcoming bill will place such immigrants on a 13-year path to citizenship if passed.

“All of us have said that they’ll be no deal until the eight of us agree to a big, specific bill, but hopefully we can get that done by the end of the week,” Schumer said on CBS’s Face the Nation.

The Gang of Eight originally planned to unveil a comprehensive immigration reform bill in March, but assuming all things go according to plan this time, better late than never.

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  1. Dave Francis

    WHEN IS THE CONGRESS GOING TO BUILD THE TWO PARALLEL FENCES, TO HALT THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT INVASION?

    NOW is the time to build an exact replica along the U.S. border, THE FENCES that goes through San Diego into the coastal waters of California? It has a marked success rate of not only stopping illegal aliens, but the movement of drugs into California. The original design was based on Rep. Duncan Hunters the Secure Fence, a bill signed into law in 2006. The $57.7 million project is one section in the massive expansion of border infrastructure approved by Congress. In 2005, Hunter (R-CA) introduced legislation calling for the construction of a reinforced fence along the entire U.S.-Mexico border, citing crime statistics as measures of San Diego-Tijuana fence's successes. So after productively adding an amendment to a House-passed the bill that ultimately stalled in House-Senate negotiations, Hunter's amendment was later incorporated into H.R. 6061, the 200 Secure Fence Act signed by former President Bush.

    THE law cited (1) systematic surveillance of the international land and maritime borders of the United States through more effective use of personnel and technology, such as unmanned aerial vehicles, ground-based sensors, satellites, radar coverage, and cameras; and (2) physical infrastructure enhancements to prevent unlawful entry by aliens into the United States and facilitate access to the international land and maritime borders by United States Customs and Border Protection, such as additional checkpoints, all weather access roads, and vehicle barriers. (b) Operational Control Defined.–In this section, the term “operational control'' means the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, and other contraband.

    IT was Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) who attached S.Amdt 2466 to the measure in order to noiselessly gut the SFA's spending requirement. Conservatives labeled Hutchison as a traitor after she slipped an amendment into the federal budget bill that passed in May 2006 that some say efficiently killed the border fence." The Hutchinson amendment stated… “nothing in this paragraph shall require the secretary of homeland security to install fencing, physical barriers, roads, lighting and, cameras and sensors in a particular location along the international border of the United States, if the secretary determines that the use or placement of such resources is not the most appropriate means to achieve and maintain operation control over the international border at such location.”.

    NOW is the time to revise the 2006 Secure Fence Act with no amendments, to cut a defense swathe from Brownsville, Texas to hook up with the San Diego fences. A double layer prison type reinforced chain link fence for the interior, coordinated with a double track way between, for the accelerated movement of Border Patrol vehicles and would force illegal border crossers to scale two barriers instead of one. For the exterior fencing, a solid, concrete and steel fence separating us from our Southern neighbor. Both the inside fences would be at least 15 foot high, and adorned with flesh eating concertina barbed wire An major obstacle to any drug traffickers or illegal aliens or any individual or thing, to slip into America. We have a porous border of almost 2,000 miles long with precious little passable protection. And yet there's plenty of money for the legalization of an underestimated 11 million illegal aliens in the oncoming Comprehensive Reform bill. Members of Congress who care more about protecting their own seats than the 23 million America's jobs are a wretched disgrace to their oaths. Texas U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) was a sponsor of Hutchinson’s totally negligent amendment that she inserted into the already approved $555 billion Omnibus Spending Bill at the last minute.

    SO before any more time passes, bombard your Senators and House Congressional Representatives demanding the real, fences, not the sieve type thing (singular) that appears mostly in built up areas that is currently in operation. A double layer fence approved by Congress of appropriated funds that Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson cannot compromise this time. That whoever illegally arrives there in the future is greeted with an almost impregnable structure that stretches into the horizon, and the only way through the fences is at the legal ports of access. It should be a formidable task to climb it, with all Seeing Eye of powerful cameras on rising platforms way above the open range, deserts, rivers and lakes. Inside the two parallel barriers a “No man’s land” within the fences perimeters intermittent electronic sensors that is able to locate people on either side of the tracks who manage to scale the concertina razor wire on the top of the fences. But with time as an essential element, soon detected would bring the rapid arrival of federal agents. If amended thousands of able bodied construction workers out of work, who had to compete with foreign nationals and lost to cheap labor, should be hired by the U.S government to construct the fence.

    No foreign national should have the opportunity to gain any form of “Green Card” or legal status, until the last steel piling is settled into the ground. You can petition your Washington representatives at (202) 224-3121 to insist on a federal ID card for all Americans issued to impede illegal aliens, taking American jobs, to cut down on voter fraud, credit theft and available to buy a handgun for protection. Learn more at NumbersUSA and American Patrol that serves the people to enlighten them on the truth not lies about illegal immigration. Read the real news reports at American Patrol, not the bogus propaganda from the Liberal press. ITS A MUST READ THE AMERICAN PATROL DAILY REPORT.

    A TV crew from ARD, Germany, spent yesterday getting a briefing on the situation on the U.S.-Mexico border from American Border Patrol. After a briefing by Glenn Spencer, head of American Patrol web site, the Germans filmed a demonstration of the Sonic Barrier, a system that could finally solve the border problem. Spencer took the reporter and cameraman on an aerial tour of the border, including a flight over what is known as the "Amnesty Trail." Then a Danish Broadcasting TV crew flew along the border across Arizona and reporter Peter Keldorff asked as we flitted along the border east of Douglas. “Why didn't they finish the fence? It's silly to build a fence if all you have to do is walk around it," he added.

    "AFTER getting a complete picture of the border situation, I can honestly say these people were truly stunned," Spencer said. Producer Juergen asked why American TV doesn't visit ABP. He told him ABP is blacked out "because we know too much." During the SONIC BARRIER test a group of four people were detected 400 feet from the sensor line — during a fairly brisk wind. Spencer explained that if the Sonic Barrier was installed along the border that leads to the Amnesty Trail, it could be shut down. Spencer said reporter Stuchlik seemed befuddled at the failure of our government to secure the border when the technology to do so was available?

    A new innovation is being used to check statistics of how many illegal aliens are reported crossing the border, when the left says the numbers have dropped. In actual fact according to this new state of the art camera unit, that had been used in Afghanistan the numbers of foreign nationals are intensifying. It just goes to show that the word of a new Comprehensive reform policy for illegal immigrants is drawing hundreds of thousands towards the border regions.