The AP is reporting:
Key senators tentatively agreed on a plan to revive a stalled immigration bill on Thursday, aided by President Bush's support for a quick $4.4 billion aimed at "securing our borders and enforcing our laws at the work site."
Officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said Republican and Democratic supporters of the bill were presenting their proposal to the Senate's top two leaders, who in turn arranged an early evening meeting to discuss it.
Precise details to be presented to Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., were not disclosed.
In general, according to officials familiar with the discussions, Republicans and Democrats would each be accorded roughly a dozen chances to amend the measure, with the hope that they would then combine to provide the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster by die-hard opponents. The officials who described the emerging plan did so on condition of anonymity, saying the negotiations had been conducted in private.
Bring it on... this should be interesting. I bet the racist bigots, who will oppose any immigration bill in any form, are already warming up those fax machines.
If we were talking about 11 million caucasian Canadian illegals this bill would sail right through Congress, and the Republicans would be planning a "Welcome to the USA" barbecue on the White House south lawn to celebrate our newly-minted citizens.
But these are not lily-white illegals, these are brown-skinned illegals, and the racists are going to be spitting nails at having to fight this again.
Being a racist must be awfully tiring these days...
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