A bad bill-a-risin!
Immigration Proposal Aims to Bridge Republican DivideNo, it doesn't.
In an attempt to strike a pre-election Republican compromise on immigration, two conservative lawmakers unveiled a plan today that would allow most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States a chance to work here legally, but only after the government certifies that U.S. borders have been sufficiently secured.This bill takes the loathsome Senate bill and adds just a faint hint of the sublimely ridiculous into the equation. I'm trying to get Bryanna Bevens on the show tomorrow afternoon to fisk this nonsense as she's taken the lead on analyzing it.
The proposal -- sponsored by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (Tex.) and Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.) -- would pressure illegal immigrants to "self-deport" to their home countries within two years of the law's enactment and apply for a new kind of visa that would allow them to return to the United States quickly and work legally if a job awaits them. They would have to work here for 17 years, however, to be eligible for U.S. citizenship.
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