Immigration Reform Taking Shape

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Now that the debate over new gun laws has ended for now, lawmakers in Washington are now turning their attention to immigration reform.

During a recent visit to Centre, U.S. Senator Richard Shelby commented briefly on the issue, saying it remains a problem even though 27 years ago legislation gave amnesty to 4-million undocumented workers and lawmakers had claimed they sealed the borders.

Shelby says we now have 12 to 20 million more.

The latest immigration bill being floated by a bi-partisan group of 8 Senators would beef up border security, create a path to citizenship for the country’s 11 million immigrants who entered the country illegally, establish a stronger electronic verification system, set a formula to determine future flows of immigrants and create low skill and agricultural worker programs.

The bill would also increase the availability of high-skilled worker visas.

Senator Jeff Sessions is opposed to the proposal saying it would “Economically devastate low-income American citizens and current legal immigrants. It will pull down their wages and reduce their job prospects.”


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