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Immigration Reform Debate Expected To Heat Up

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 24: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) speaks at an event on immigration reform with Vice President Joe Biden (L) in the East Room of the White House October 24, 2013 in Washington, DC. Photo: Getty Images/Win McNamee
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 24: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) speaks at an event on immigration reform with Vice President Joe Biden (L) in the East Room of the White House October 24, 2013 in Washington, DC. Photo: Getty Images/Win McNamee
Reported by Toni McAllister, Patch Editor

A lengthy bill that passed the U.S. Senate in June features plans for comprehensive immigration reform, and President Barack Obama has made clear he wants reform before his time in office ends.

The bill, SB 744, sponsored by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), is a big package. The proposal lays out provisions that include, among others, a pathway to citizenship, tighter border security, allowing many undocumented immigrants to obtain provisional status to stay in the United States, the establishment of an agricultural worker program, and renaming the Office of Citizenship of Department of Homeland Security as the Office of Citizenship and New Americans. 

In an effort to get House Republicans moving on immigration reform, the president said Thursday he might consider GOP proposals to overhaul separate parts of the immigration system, instead of pushing for the giant Senate bill now on the table. Obama’s remarks from the White House were reported Thursday by the Los Angeles Times. Click here for that full story.

How do you feel about immigration reform? Click here to read the full text of SB 744. What parts of it make sense? What should be ditched?

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Chip Long October 27, 2013 at 10:03 AM
We did the amnesty dance in California in the 80's and obviously it did not work because here we are again. Amnesty only makes it more enticing for illegals to sneak into our country and wait for the next amnesty. They need to be deported and people on unemployment need to step-up and make themselves available for these jobs, verses sitting on a couch collecting their government checks. Now I realize that this does not apply to everyone, but it sure as hell applies to hundred of thousands if not millions of people.

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