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Is this a sell-out of our American birthright, or is it a good deal for all concerned?

According to CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, the group, which includes Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, has met for hours several times a week since March — with Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff acting as point man for the White House. CBS News has been told the plan that could be announced next week attempts to please hardliners by spending billions to secure the border first. But all 12 million-plus i****************s could stay. They'd have to register and pay fines for having entered illegally. To become citizens, they'd go to the end of the line behind those who've already applied. Under a new merit plan, points would be given for work skills and language: The more points, the faster they can become citizens. And everyone — even U.S. citizens — would have to prove who they are when applying for a job. The bottom line: An illegal immigrant here today could remain in the U.S., but would wait 13 years for citizenship. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/11/eveningnews/main2792217.shtml?source=mostpop_story The bottom line: An illegal immigrant here today could remain in the U.S., but would have to wait at least 13 years to become a citizen. Negotiators agree some critics who call for mass jailings or deportations of illegals will call this compromise amnesty and oppose it, but with the House indicating it will follow the Senate's lead, it's still the last best hope for immigration reform any time soon. "If we fail, if we cannot get this bill done, then this is it for years to come," Graham said. That's because once this window of opportunity closes, all sides have said it'll be too close to presidential elections to tackle a subject that's such a lightning rod.

Asked By: Yak Rider - 5/13/2007
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Answered By: truthspeaker10 - 5/13/2007
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sell out. They don't really want citizenship anyway....they just want to plunder our social services and make money to send back to mexico.
Answered By: Lori K - 5/13/2007
 
Anything Ted Kennedy is pushing should be bagged and tossed into a dumpser... More
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Answered By: kokopelli - 5/13/2007
 
Jeez- I'd stop watching CBS.
Answered By: EarthCalling - 5/13/2007
 
Sell out. Here's an idea-if they are here ILLEGALLY send them home. Every illegal immigrant (NOT undocumented worker) is a criminal.
Answered By: Dean C - 5/13/2007
 
I dont trust the government to secure the border before doing anything like this. Their track record sucks.If its not secured then it will be just like the last amnesty. The rush to get over here would begin for millions more of the illegals, I dont see why they deserve any d**n thing they need to be deported back to... More
Answered By: Shae W - 5/13/2007
 
Kennedy has a Catholic agenda. He only wants Catholic immigrants... More
Answered By: a_bush_family_member - 5/13/2007
 
I was an illegal for 14 years and I became successful I am now a nurse. I never asked for welfare the only ppl I've seenask fo welfare and beg for money in the streets are americans.never in my life have I seen a mexican beg for money in a street corner.
Answered By: glitterbabeprincess - 5/13/2007
 
Illegal aliens have become the most hated people in America... More
Answered By: Joe in texas - 5/13/2007
 
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