McConnell Wants To Revisit Immigration

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell offered hope Monday for reviving a stalled immigration bill, saying the current system is "indefensible" and is responsible for creating a "de facto amnesty" for millions of illegal immigrants.

The Kentucky Republican said he thought his Democratic counterpart, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, "gave up on the bill too soon" after lengthy Senate debate. McConnell said there's a "good chance" the Senate will take up the legislation again.

In a conference call with Kentucky reporters, McConnell said the fundamental question is whether the status quo is better than the proposed changes.

McConnell acknowledged that Republican senators are divided on the issue.

"I think the status quo is indefensible," McConnell said. "The status quo is what's produced 11 or 12 million illegal immigrants in the country with no real plan - a de facto amnesty if you will for those who are already here."

McConnell said the Senate "ought to make an effort to improve on a status quo that seems to me almost everybody thinks is not good."

The senator refused to tip his hand about provisions in the legislation.

"This is a big compromise with a lot of different proposals in it," he said. "I'm not going to specify which ones I like better than others."

The sweeping immigration bill, which would legalize millions of people in the U.S. unlawfully, suffered a setback when it failed a crucial Senate vote last week.

McConnell's comments came as President Bush pledged to revive the immigration bill.

The legislation would tighten borders and offer employers more temporary workers from abroad in addition to providing lawful status to an estimated 12 million illegal aliens and putting many of them on a path toward citizenship.

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

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  • by Marion Location: Illinois on Jun 14, 2007 at 10:39 PM
    What is wrong with our present immigration laws? NOthing.! What is wrong is thelack of enforcement. Get your act together and build that wall and remove the illegals now.
  • by Bruce Location: Virginia on Jun 13, 2007 at 04:43 AM
    There is an alternative. Make it impossible for them to work and most will go home.
  • by Dave Location: Georgetown on Jun 12, 2007 at 07:22 PM
    The "Status Quo" is indeed indefensible. The "Status Quo" is NOONE attempts to enforce the current laws concerning immigration. Why isn't the a law requiring public officials, both in the legeslative branch and the judicial branch, in place holding them accountable for non-compliance with enforcement. Malfeasance of Office, or Deriliction of Duty are terms that come to mind. If a public official is aware of a crime (illegal immigration) being commited, either they report/arrest the individual or go to jail themselves.
  • by Concerned Location: south ky on Jun 12, 2007 at 03:30 AM
    If the government would just inforce the laws we already have and start shipping these people back across the border, then the problem with illegals would soon take care if itself. WE AMERICANS are fed up with the illegals, get rid of them.!!!
  • by Gina Davis Location: Harrisburg, PA on Jun 11, 2007 at 05:39 PM
    One of my friend has a landscaping business and they to pick up people off street (most of the are undocumented) to work as day labourer.... They work hard like a robot, thats what they have been doing for years... and most of them are spanish... what they do is work, sleep and work.. as i can see they are hardworking people and should be given a chance to get legal so that they can come out of shadow and enjoy the Anmerican life... they are no compitation to you or me, cuzz their work is hard work for cheap
  • by jj Location: baltimore on Jun 11, 2007 at 03:16 PM
    we will have a doubt.


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