Republicans Signal Willingness to Drop Felonization of the Undocumented
Republicans and Democrats appear to have made some progress on an immigration reform bill. Republicans now seem ready to drop two provisions from Sensenbrenner's bill : the one that would have made it a felony to be in the U.S. without proper documentation and another that exposed humanitarian workers to criminal liability for aiding the undocumented. The latter provision read:
"whoever -- assists, encourages, directs or induces a person to reside in or remain in the United States (illegally) -- shall be punished ...."
But there is no promise by Republicans not to make undocumented presence a misdemeanor -- nor to drop the other punitive measures in Sensenbrenner's bill.
In related news, 21 immigrants were fired from their meat-packing jobs at Wolverine Packing in Detroit for attending a March 28 immigration rally in Detroit that drew 20,000 people. The company's response:
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