April 4, 2006


Senate OKs amendment to immigration bill (AP, 4/04/06)

Legal immigrants fluent in English could become U.S. citizens in four years rather than five under a proposal agreed to by the Senate Monday as they debated a broader immigration bill.

The Senate voted 91-1 in favor of the amendment by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., that was at the top of the agenda as the Senate began a second week of debate on tightening U.S. borders against illegal immigrants, increasing penalties on employers who hire them and on whether to let more than 11 million undocumented aliens stay or make them leave at some point.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 4, 2006 7:47 AM

Good idea. One of the reasons I think we have such a problem with illegal immigration is that we've made it obnoxiously difficult to immigrate legally (unless you're Mohammed Atta and crash the WTC -- then, we'll renew your visa in a heartbeat).

Posted by: Mike Morley at April 4, 2006 8:41 AM

Does Sen. Thomas -- the "1" in this vote -- have some kind of vote swapping deal with Rep. Tancredo?

Posted by: John` at April 4, 2006 9:27 AM

Since current immigration laws are flouted, how will this bill be any different?

Posted by: Gideon at April 4, 2006 9:36 AM


You just have to throw the wahoos some red meat once in awhile.

Posted by: oj at April 4, 2006 9:42 AM

Is there any possible way that this would stand up in court?

Posted by: b at April 4, 2006 10:19 AM

Why wouldn't it? Citizenship isn't a constitutional right.

Posted by: oj at April 4, 2006 10:38 AM

No dual citizenship.

Posted by: Sandy P at April 4, 2006 10:39 AM

oj: Because the courts are still full of judges gone crazy? I can't imagine you couldn't find tons of judges saying that it is unconstitutional to discriminate between English speakers and non.

Sandy: Right on. There should be no dual citizenship permitted.

Posted by: b at April 4, 2006 11:56 AM


We won the Courts.

Posted by: oj at April 4, 2006 12:00 PM

what does citizenship mean in this country, today ?

what is it worth ?

just asking

Posted by: toe at April 4, 2006 2:24 PM

Same as it's always meant--belief in the Founding ideals. It means less than it used to because tolerate too many who don't believe.

Posted by: oj at April 4, 2006 2:27 PM