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World Magazine: Today’s illegally huddled masses still yearn to breathe free

Compelling article by World Magazine today. I don't know what to think about it yet. One thing for sure, its heart wrenching. Its a must read.

World Magazine also provides a run down of the two legislations being debated out there.

Guest-worker" provisions to make some illegals temporarily legal are at the heart of immigration battles on Capitol Hill.

The House bill (H.R. 4437) would:

  • step up expedited extradition programs;
  • add 700 miles of border fence and boost enforcement officer numbers;
  • require employers to verify legal status of potential employees at penalty of criminal prosecution with fines from $7,500 to $40,000;
  • make the act of illegal immigration a felony and restate provisions against assisting, harboring, encouraging, or transporting illegal immigrants.

The Senate bill (S. 1033) would:

  • fund a five-year, comprehensive Homeland Security border protection plan;
  • create a guest-worker program that would be available to 400,000 migrants every year, including provisions for naturalization; illegal immigrants would have to pay up to $3,000 in fines to enter the program;
  • reimburse states and municipalities for costs related to caring for undocumented migrants;
  • increase the number of skilled and educated immigrant workers allowed into the United States every year from 65,000 to 115,000.

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