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April 06, 2006

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According to the NY Times:

The compromise, which followed a day of negotiations, was endorsed by Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee, the majority leader. But it did not have the commitment of all Republicans, much less Democrats who have backed an approach that would put nearly all illegal immigrants on a path toward citizenship.

Just saw in CNBC that some deal has been struck between McCain, Hagel, Mel martinez and the Dem leadership, Kennedy, Salazaar, Obama--all up on the podium. Apparently it includes those here less than 2 years go home; those here 2-5 years go across the border, touch base and reenter the US somehow (the SF Chronicle article talked about how hard that would be to process) and those here for 5 years or more would be able to stay, and from the news conference, probably proceed to citizenship.

MSNBC describes it thus:

"While final details were not available, in general, the compromise would require illegal immigrants who have been in the United States between two years and five years to return to their home country briefly, then re-enter as temporary workers. They could then begin a process of seeking citizenship.

Illegal immigrants here longer than five years would not be required to return home; those in the country less than two years would be required to leave without assurances of returning, and take their place in line with others seeking entry papers."

The devils are in the details of proving residence and processing returning immigrants. Also, what to do with the children when their parents have to go home? This is a big issue in the CA, TX and other school systems. In CA school funding is by average daily atendance.

I vote "not till next year."

Yet, Bush's HSA plan is as popular as his Social Security plan.

This surely must be an exaggeration of its popularity.

It seems like the Democratic leadership blocked amendments to protect the Judiciary Committee bill and demanded negiotations with the Republicans. They gave up a lot and created this strange system that split off and sold out about half of the people in question. Then the Republicans just did the same thing again and pushed the same Kyle amendmet that would have cut in about half the remaingn half and when the Democrats blocks this then President Bush denounced Reid by name as being the obstructionist.

So now we are right back where we were but with a much less desirable bill on the table. I don't get it. How can our leaders be doing negiotations like that? Is there something I am missing?

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