Immigration Bill Suffers Setback

The proposal to overhaul the nation's immigration laws has suffered a potentially deal-breaking setback.

In a vote shortly after midnight, the Senate voted 49-to-48 to
kill a temporary worker program after five years. The action
reverses a previous vote that had approved the amendment by an
equally razor-thin margin.

The temporary worker program has been seen as a crucial part of
the carefully crafted compromise. The amendment is important to
businesses, but chief opponent Byron Dorgan of North Dakota says it
would take jobs away from Americans.

Earlier, senators fought off other amendments from both the right and the left. Backers of the broader compromise vow further action Thursday to try to keep it alive.

The plan combines tighter border security with a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants, and President Bush considers it a priority.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by LuLu Location: Kentucky on Jun 8, 2007 at 05:53 AM
    As For the Immagrants Working The Farms.....Blame That on the Farmers and Not our American Men and Women. Its the Farmers and other Factorys {I Personaly Know about} That Kick there Own People too the curb and NOT pay them a decent Salary BECAUSE they can hire these Immagrants for pennys!!! Blame Our Farmers And Factorys For Supporting illigel Immagrants and STOP Blamming The AMERICAN Men and Women....Our Country Has Became TRADERS to There Own Kind When It Comes Too Saving A Doller Paying Fair Wages!! "HELLO...WAKE UP AMERICA!" Whoever Supports Immagrant Workers....Maybe...Just Maybe....YOU will go to Bed One Night And Ask Yourself "Will I Have A Job Tommarow?" Heres Your Answer Too Callin Your American Citizen Tax Paying People "Lazy!"
  • by Shane Location: Frankfort on Jun 7, 2007 at 07:33 AM
    I'm sorry but I don't care what Byron Dorgan of North Dakota thinks. He obviously doesn't have illegals working in his state, to know that if this temporary worker part isn't included, then our nation's commerce will come to a grinding halt real quick. Americans in the current generation are lazy by nature and there's some work they just won't do, but not Mexicans...they are glad to be earning a wage and feeding their families. Imagine paying 12.00/gal for your milk, or 4.50 for one ear of corn. Or hey, all you smokers, how would you like to pay 8 to 10 dollars a pack for your cigarettes? Sorry to burst everyone's bubble, but if we didn't have migrant workers to do these often dirty, lower-paying jobs, that's the kind of price we would pay for the things we take for granted because to pay an American to do that kind of work would take two or three times as much.
  • by jo / paris on Jun 7, 2007 at 07:02 AM
    Immigration bill is too big, clumbersom and intertwined, needs to broken into smaller bills that are clear and concise. All immigrants welcome, just follow the rules already set forth by our fore fathers and what "we" the majority of citizens are upholding... Before any immigrant is legalized, read and speak English,(which happends to be our National and Offical language!)and no drivers license or SS# until original doc's & processes have been completed and approved! Why does many in congress want to bypass these steps?
  • by clifford Location: annville on Jun 7, 2007 at 06:45 AM
    the temporary workers program is simply an attempt by big business and large coperate farms to improve their proffits and lower our standard of living.
  • by wilhemakeit Location: Between the sheets on Jun 7, 2007 at 05:53 AM
    How did the Senate boys from Kentucky VOTE? Also how did the presidential candidates vote? this is an election year. It is good to keep score on big issues.


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