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Posted: 4/11/2006 3:22:04 PM EDT
Border bill may lose felony clause
WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) -- A controversial provision is likely to be cut from the House's version of the immigration bill currently before the U.S. Congress, says the law's sponsor.

During rallies Monday in more than 60 cites across the country, immigrant rights advocates blasted as draconian the border security bill that has already been passed by the House of Representatives. The marchers tend to favor the broader immigration reform measure still being worked on by the Senate, according to media reports.

However, the provision in the House legislation attracting the most anger is unlikely to become law, CongressDaily said Monday, quoting a spokesman for the bill's sponsor.

Immigrant advocates are particularly angered by language in the House bill that would make it a felony to be in the United States in violation of visa conditions or other rules. At the moment, it is a criminal offence to enter the United States illegally, but merely being here illegally, for example over-staying a visa, is not a crime.

"The chairman has repeatedly said he would make sure that it is changed to a misdemeanor," a spokesman for House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis, told CongressDaily of the provision.

That still may not settle the issue, since Democrats and some Republicans have argued that mere illegal presence should not trigger criminal penalties, even as a misdemeanor.

Indeed, Democrats in the House joined with conservative House Republicans to vote down an amendment to the bill that would have reduced illegal presence to a misdemeanor, saying they would not support any criminalization that would effect for instance the innocent children of undocumented workers.

The row is complicating the bill's prospects, already uncertain after the Senate left for its two-week Easter recess without passing its own bill. The Senate bills' sponsors insist the effort to pass the reform this year is not dead.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 3:31:15 PM EDT
The politicians are falling over each other to appease the millions of new voters they saw marching through the streets over the last couple of weeks.

The Aztlaners are going to get everything they want. America is going to get a cardboard cut out of an immigration reform bill to fool us into thinking that the politicians are serious about defending this coutry and to make us think that the rule of law means something.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 3:33:30 PM EDT
There was someone on the news today that was saying that republicans will not be able win elections if they don't get the hispanic vote

Are they really so stupid that they believe that folding on NATIONAL SECURITY will be in THEIR best interests? How about OUR best interests?
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 3:36:24 PM EDT
Who'll attack us after they control the country from the inside?
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 3:37:20 PM EDT
Republicans don't get the Hispanic vote anyway.

I keep hearing this CRAP about how conservative Latinos are, but that only applies to their home life. They vote solidly DEMOCRAT.

The Republicans are willing to sell out their constituency for the sake of votes they will never get.

Actually, I should change that. Their REAL constituency is business. The PEOPLE are not even an afterthought.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 3:46:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/11/2006 3:55:59 PM EDT by mousehunter]
jeeze. Well at least after this is over, we will not need to worry about living in America anymore, might as well change our name of our country while we are at it. I am begining to truely think they want civil unrest.

Please forgive me, I misunderstood. It is entirely irrelivent if it is a felony or not. What is important is that aiding and abading remains a felony.

Deportation would be nice too - I really don't care if they are felons or not once they are back in Mexico.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 3:48:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By motown_steve:
Who'll attack us after they control the country from the inside?

Who will want to attack us after the hispanics run this country into a shit hole third world nation?
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 7:05:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/11/2006 7:07:00 PM EDT by A_Free_Man]
If I were to go into Mexico illegally, what would be the penalty? I don't think Americans would get a free ride to the border.

If I were caught with 239 lb of marijuana I don't think I would be escorted back to Texas.

If I were to go to Mexico, I don't think they would like it if I tried to register to vote.

So, why should illegals have "rights" here afforded to no one else?

And why does the USA owen them their "rights"? Why don't they protest and march for their rights in their own contry?

I would suggest they go clean up the mess in their own country before coming here to screw up ours.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 7:07:48 PM EDT
Tastes like a shit sandwich to me.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 7:08:45 PM EDT

you thought they would actually enforce the felonies

you'd be feeling like you lost something here.

Why would we want to put 12 million people in jail? Or even a million?
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 7:09:24 PM EDT
this was actually mentioned last week as a potential compromise, but they're reporting it again now to make it look like the protests are having an impact.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 7:39:31 PM EDT
I dont know about you guys but I plan on DOING something about this ILLEGAL invasion. It might not be sucessful. Any of you that are close to the border or within a days driving distance need to join up.
There is power in numbers and organization. Each of you by yourself is relative powerless. In a group and an organization is the way to fight this assault on our country. Maybe we will fail but nobody can say we didnt try. If you only have a weekend to serve your country that is 100 percent better than no action at all.

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