Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Against a backdrop of increasing pessimism over the fate of the bill, the Senate resumes debate on this immigration bill with an amendment by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). Amendment summary via Kathryn-Jean Lopez:

S.A. 1184 eliminates waivers for criminal street gang members, and those who have violated a final court-ordered removal who seek immigration benefits (a felony under section 243 of the INA), and clarifies that all felony DUIs are crimes of violence and therefore aggravated felonies. The amendment also makes identity thieves convicted of a felon y (18 U.S.C. 1028) or Social Security crimes (42 U.S.C. 408) are inadmissible and deportable. Also, felons convicted of failure to register as a sex offender (18 U.S.C. 2250) or high-speed flight (18 U.S.C. 758), or who are subject to a final removal order under (8 U.S.C. 1324(c)), are made ineligible for the “Z” visa. Finally, the amendment clarifies that aliens who the Attorney General or Secretary of Homeland Security determines have committed terrorist acts (covered by 8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(3) or 8 U.S.C. 1227(a)(4) are barred from establishing good moral character.

Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) is offering alternative amendment.

In debate, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) expressed fear that Sen. Cornyn's amendment could "kill" this bill.