U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, among a bipartisan group of senators proposing a far-reaching immigration reform bill, said Tuesday that he feels "very positive" about the measure's chances, calling it a "good, balanced bill."

"A lot of effort has gone into this," Durbin, D-Ill., said in an interview Tuesday afternoon.

A 17-page summary of the compromise was circulated Tuesday, and the bill was expected to be filed late in the day.

The bill would create a means for millions of illegal immigrants to gain citizenship, but they would have to wait 13 years, pay $2,000 in costs over that time and meet other conditions. They couldn't start down that path until the government takes concrete steps to secure the border, according to the summary.

The legislation also would reform the system of issuing visas, creating a new merit-based approach. It also would impose new requirements on employers to ensure they don't hire people in the country illegally. Expenditures on border security and building a fence also would be increased dramatically, according to the summary.

The White House praised the compromise, but senators representing the Quad-Cities withheld judgment, saying they wanted to see the bill itself.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said he would study the details to see that it "avoids repeating the mistakes made in the 1986 reform," when amnesty was granted to 3 million people.

Grassley, of Iowa, said he hadn't seen the bill, but from what he had been told, it "appears to be a good starting point."

Still, he said committee hearings, the first of which are scheduled for Friday, are being rushed and there won't be time to study the bill before then.

"Just reading a 1,000-page bill, let alone studying the impact of a comprehensive overhaul, is practically impossible before the Friday hearing," he said.

A spokesman for Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., said he would carefully review the legislation when its available.

In a statement, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said he couldn't comment without seeing the legislation, either. But he added he was looking for "commonsense approach" that would pave the way for a long-term solution, yet also "preserve and expand opportunities for American workers so we do not further erode the middle class in this country."

Among the concerns over an immigration deal is the effect it will have on workers in several industries.

As for Grassley's concern over the time to examine the bill, Durbin said the 800-page bill would be available two days before Friday's hearing and over the weekend before hearings on Monday. He said Grassley also could read it before it goes to committee in early May.

"He'll have a whole week back on his Iowa tractor reading this bill and be ready for it," Durbin said.

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DaveFrancis
DaveFrancis

ARE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GOING TO BE SEEN GULLIBLE AGAIN, AS IN THE 1986 AMNESTY?

IS THIS A $2.6 TRILLION DOLLAR CATASTROPHE ABOUT TO HAPPEN, AS THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION SURVEYS THE COST?

As an independent voter just having heard the broadcast on TV of the move towards legalization status for illegal migrants and immigrants who have either remained here after their visa has expired, called overstay. Or those people who enter America without permission, via the Southern border or those who slip easily across the border with Canada. It’s important to check the website of “American Patrol” which shows the limits of the fencing between the U.S. and Mexico. In 2006 former President George Bush signed into law the Secure Fence Act, which according to the bill was to stretch 700 miles. Learn more about the fence as it is currently stands today, which is just 40 miles. The only areas have heavy concentration of fencing barriers is between cities and towns between the two countries. This was the promise before but one politician in particular wrecked the whole scheme of things, by adding an amendment to the enforcement law. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson severed funding and that is why we don’t have any double layer fencing at the Southern fence, and therefore brought upon us floods of more desperate foreign nationals who we are still forced by law to support.

The new plan from the Gang of Eight indicates they will have enforcement triggers before; illegal aliens get any immigration reform, including the strictest of enforcement at the fence. But how can we trust the words of our politicians, when all they do is lie to us, over and over again? Is this going to be yet another circus of fools, who cannot even honor their oath of allegiance when they place their place their hand on the bible. Are we going to remain just as gullible, when the majority of the American populace signed on to the 1986 Amnesty fraud? Then they are talking about a mandatory E-Verify program, but that is a heavy commitment to prosecute without reservation employers. To me MANDATORY means that every business and corporation needs to be held accountable? But look at the statistics for this, few businesses owners are ever prosecuted by going to prison?

DaveFrancis
DaveFrancis

Byron York -- Townhall.com -- April 16

New Data on Border Crossings Could Change Immigration Debate

There's a confrontation coming between the Obama administration and Republicans in Congress over the most basic question of immigration reform: How secure is the U.S. border with Mexico? Not only does the administration not know -- and perhaps doesn't want to know -- but there are signs the border is less secure than some of the most skeptical Republicans thought. Last year the Border Patrol began experimenting with a new drone-based surveillance system that had been developed for finding Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. Starting in the fall, officials used the radar-based system over a fairly small portion of the Arizona border. The results were striking.
"According to internal reports, Border Patrol agents used the airborne radar to help find and detain 1,874 people in the Sonora Desert between October 1 [2012] and January 17 [2013]," reported the Los Angeles Times last week. "But the radar system spotted an additional 1,962 people in the same area who evaded arrest and disappeared into the United States."
"The results speak for themselves," says one GOP Hill aide involved in border security issues. "We can't really use apprehensions as an accurate measure when we're not even seeing half the people."

The promise of illegal aliens that are eligible for legal status, will still remain in the United States, when hundreds of thousands of honest people in backlogs sit patiently waiting in other countries to receive an entry visa? Those already here are supposed to pay back taxes, pay a fine, learn English and civic law as more or less the same situation as in 1986. However because they were designated low income or itinerant or so they said on their applications, were able to apply for waivers and paid nothing in fines, back taxes and even skipped learning English to any degree. The whole amnesty was one solid fraudulent mess, even down to the photocopies of doctored documents filed with the authorities, which indicated they had been in America before the deadline. Then as I stated before once grasping their “Green Card” vanished from the farms and headed into the communities. This seems to me exactly what is going to happen for the second time? All those millions of Americans still unemployed, in temporary work or only have part time jobs, including those just given up trying, will be fighting competition from the extensive onslaught of new legal job seekers.

TWO MAJOR IMMIGRATION BILLS THE CONGRESS SHOULD ENACT UPON IMMEDIATELY, IS TO ADD A SUPPLEMENT TO THE 14th AMENDMENT THAT ONLY CHILDREN OF CITIZENS SHOULD RECEIVE CITIZENSHIP? AND ADDITIONALLY A NATIONAL BIOMETRIC ID CARD, THAT THEY SAY IS TOO EXPENSIVE, WHEN IT WOULD BE INSIGNIFICANT TO WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS SPENDING ANNUALLY?

Whether the immigration reform plans is accepted from the Gang of Eight or not, it still has to be voted upon? There is not much time left before we are going to be confronted with this overhaul, and anybody who cares about the financial implications to our country, better speak up now. I have seen the polling from Rasmussen Reports disagreeing that the 11 million illegal immigrants should get a pathway to citizenship and amnesty. Then just by reading a daily dose of hundreds of comments from daily articles in the media, also denies that the general public supports another comprehensive reform deal. Millions of voices raised above the Special Interest lobbyists, unions, radical pro-open border demented people can make a difference. Voice your opinion by contacting through the Washington central network your Senator or House Representative at (202) 224-3121. Don’t lose the chance to have some influence in illegal immigration or any other issue? Want more information on all pressing subjects, the Liberal Democrats are keeping away from you, then go to the daily reports, news, blogs and articles at American Patrol & NumbersUSA web site.

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