Fresh Ideas for the Immigration Debate
With Congress set to take up the contentious issue of immigration reform, we asked experts to weigh in with some constructive thoughts
by Peter Elstrom
In the next week or so, the U.S. is going to begin a ferocious debate over immigration. Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) are expected to introduce legislation into the Senate for what they're calling comprehensive immigration reform, an ambitious effort to address everything from illegal immigration from Mexico, and the estimated 12 million undocumented workers now in the country, to technology companies' request for more visas for programmers and engineers. The House is likely to follow with its own legislative effort. And President George W. Bush has already said he supports immigration reform.
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Rep. Peter King, who blocked efforts to provide a path to EARNED legal status for the undocumented Irish is quoted as saying, "If there were a vote tomorrow, it would pass."