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    Amnesty Bill Moves Forward in the Senate
    Immigration; Posted on: 2007-06-26 22:09:47 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    by John Young

    Today the Senate voted 64-35 to bring the Amnesty bill to the Senate floor where amendments can be considered.

    Amendments will be considered until Thursday, when a second cloture vote to end introduction and debates will be held. If that vote succeeds, then the bill will be scheduled for an up or down vote.

    The American people LOST the vote today, but that is just a battle in the war this bill represents. We have two more opportunities to defeat this bill.

    During the amendment process tomorrow, the following amendments should be supported either because they make it more difficult for aliens to get amnesty or weaken the more unpalatable portions of the bill as it now stands:

    S.A. 1255: prohibits green cards for illegal aliens granted amnesty.

    S.A. 1473: outlaws state and local policies that prevent public officials ­ including police and health and safety workers (except for emergency medical assistance)­from inquiring about the immigration status of those they serve if there is “probable cause” to believe the individual being questioned is undocumented.

    S.A. 1174: prevents illegal aliens from being granted amnesty until all enforcement mechanisms have actually been implemented and triggers have been met.

    S.A. 1332 : prohibits companies that have announced mass lay-offs from receiving any new visas, unless these companies could prove that overall employment at their companies would not be reduced by these lay-offs.

    S.A. 1340: requires that before employers can be approved to employ Y-1 workers, they must have listed the specific job opportunity with the state employment service agency.

    Some of these amendments, particularly S.A. 1174 and S.A. 1473 could effectively kill the bill if adopted, so it is worthwhile to contact your Senators tomorrow and ask that they support these amendments.

    Meanwhile, keep your dialing finger limbered up, because we'll need to also contact our Senators again to ask for a "NO" on cloture for Thursday.

    Pay attention to this - it's important!
    News Source: Email

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