thedailybell.com / By Staff Report / January 28, 2013
Senators agree on immigration overhaul plan … A bipartisan group of senators has agreed on a plan to grant legal status to most of the estimated 11 million illegal. Immigrants in the U.S., Which could form the basis for a far-reaching overhaul of immigration laws this year The Senate blueprint, drafted during weeks of closed-door meetings by leading senators from each party wants, probably set parameters for a contentious legislative battle over the next several months. The eight senators involved intend to release their proposal publicly Monday. A copy was provided to The Times’ Washington bureau on Thursday by Senate aides. The Senate plan is more conservative than President Obama ’s proposal, Which he plans to unveil Tuesday in a speech in Las Vegas. But its provisions for Legalizing millions of undocumented immigrants go further than measures that failed to advance in Congress in previous years - a reminder of how swiftly election the politics of immigration have shifted since Latino voters’ strong influence in the November. - Los Angeles Times
Dominant Social Theme: Immigration needs an overhaul and, curiously, the plan is the same now as it was under Bush. This is not a coincidence. It’s only sensible.
Free-Market Analysis: When U.S. President Bush tried to grant illegal immigrants amnesty under a proposal he clumsily launched at the end of his second term, the reaction was quick and vitriolic. It was a final cack-fisted gambit launched by one of the most authoritarian of all modern presidents.
Lashed by TARP, the failure of the Afghan and Iraq wars, lingering suspicions over 9/11, a neo-depression and, finally, to ill-timed and misperceived immigration debate, Bush departed to his “ranch” in Texas to catalog his injuries and eventually write Decision Points about his “process” of random war-making.
Now, Bush’s last, failed gambit has returned in the guise of a “bipartisan proposal.” The proposal has been delivered to the media via leading Senators including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) and Sen. Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.).Schumer formally presented the plan to the press suitably amazed and mentioned that he and McCain had developed a “bit of a friendship.”