As early as this week, Democratic senators are set to introduce an amendment that would give conditional legal status to young illegal immigrants.How hot could this "battle" get--or would "battles" be better?
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) hopes to bring up a visa program for farmhands that eventually would allow them to gain citizenship, while Republican senators are discussing a short-term guest-worker program for low-skilled laborers.
Republicans also are mulling a bill that would overhaul visas for high-skilled foreigners.
In the House, Republicans have been steadily introducing initiatives aimed at ensuring that illegal immigrants cannot gain access to federal benefits.
"We may be heading for another immigration battle," Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said of the measures headed for the Senate floor. "Hopefully it can be avoided."
Sunday, September 16, 2007
The LA Times gives a snapshot of what may be the legislative immigration debate to come over the next few months: