Friday, March 17, 2006
This Thursday (Mar. 16), mostly under the media radar, the U.S. Senate inched closer to what some observers call a turning point in long-delayed comprehensive immigration reform. Just when it looked like all efforts were on the verge of collapse, the Senate Judiciary Committee apparently agreed on proposals that would offer the 12 million undocumented workers and their families living in the U.S. the possibility of earning permanent residence and citizenship. Senators present at Thursday’s meeting have told the media that there is now a voting majority to back the so-called McCain-Kennedy measures that are, without question, the most enlightened of all pending immigration proposals.
Republicans have been bitterly divided over this issue and until Thursday’s meeting it appeared that the close-the-border "restrictionists" had the upper hand.