Remember that nasty ol’ immigration issue? It isn’t that big of a deal, right? I mean, there are currently only 12 million illegal immigrants in the country (who make up only 5% of the work force). Well, luckily the people who we have elected to represent our best interests and run this country have decided to continue to ignore it as well!
A bill that would grant legal status to illegal immigrants who have graduated from high school and are planning to enroll in college or the military for at least two years, was defeated in a test vote in the Senate on Wednesday.
Conservative Republicans voted against the bill on the same ground that they opposed the legislation in June, maintaining that it rewarded immigrant lawbreakers. But negative votes also came from Republicans and some Democrats who were reluctant to reopen the bitterly divisive debate over immigration for what they called a narrow piece of legislation.
So because we don’t want to reward immigrant lawbreakers, we should refuse to reward their children who probably had no say in whether or not they immigrated with their family? Aren’t successful high school graduates who are planning to attend college or join the military exactly the kind of people we want in this country? Oh well, I’m glad that they shot this issue down because of their relucance to “reopen a divisive debate.” I agree that it’s definitely a much smarter idea to just ignore the problem.
Maybe it’ll go away.
Bill for Immigrant Students Fails Test Vote in Senate – [New York Times]
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