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Immigration Reform Debate Expected To Heat Up

Where do you stand?

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

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?

JJ Mclure October 26, 2013 at 09:39 AM
deport them
TVOR October 27, 2013 at 12:55 AM
With JJ on this one. Illegal is illegal..
ChrisG October 27, 2013 at 08:41 AM
Why California, all States really, do not send the Feds a bill each year for the cost of services spent on illegals is beyond me. Our country does a piss poor job assimilating these people. They do not want to be Americans. Stiff penalties for any employer caught hiring an illegal. No job, no problem. They will go home.
Chester October 28, 2013 at 10:18 AM
This whole mess falls squarely on the shoulders of our wonderful federal govt. Failure to secure our borders for all these years has been a travesty, now dumb and dumber (pictured above) want to welcome 20 million illegals into the demoncratic fold.
SA October 28, 2013 at 05:41 PM
This all falls on the people that voted these heathens into power …

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