Republicans Announce "Three Tiers to Citizenship" Plan

After Democrats opposed legislation that would have blocked illegal aliens convicted of felonies from obtaining U.S. citizenship, saying it took out the “goodness of the bill”, Republicans worked late into the night to come up with a three-tiered approach in dealing with illegal immigrants in the United States:

— Those who had been in the country the longest, more than five years, would not be required to return to their home country before gaining legal status. They would be subject to several tests, including the payment of fines and back taxes, and be required to submit to a background check, according to these officials.

— Illegal immigrants in the United States less than five years but more than two would be required to go to a border point of entry, briefly leave and then be readmitted to the United States. As with the longer-term illegal immigrants, other steps would be required for re-entry, after which they could begin seeking citizenship, these officials said.

— Illegal immigrants in the United States less than two years would be required to leave the country and join any other foreign residents seeking legal entry.

In general, both of the major alternatives would strengthen border security, regulate the flow of future foreign workers and open the way to citizenship for many immigrants who are in the country illegally.

As they have for days, Democrats used their rights on the Senate floor to prevent votes on politically difficult amendments. Republicans criticized them but were unable to thwart the strategy.

So what about that fence idea? Or, is this new plan going to dissuade illegal aliens from crossing into the country?

Polipundit says this is the issue that will decide whether the president is impeached or not.
He cites Ken Mehlman’s email from yesterday:

Either we use every tool available to fight and win the War on Terror … or we heed the calls of Democrats who would censure and impeach the President for fighting the terrorists.

The debate continues today in the Senate.

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