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Immigration Debate Update: The Feinstein Factor
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May 23, 2006, 06:39 PM
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Yesterday on the Senate floor, Senator Feinstein (D-CA) described the current immigration bill which is designed to legalize the 12-20 million illegal aliens in the U.S. as "one-hundred percent calculated to fail."

She offered an alternative solution: an Orange Card for which anybody residing illegally in the U.S. before January 1, 2006 is eligible.

The plan would require that applicants pay a fine of $2000 immediately (the current plan also has a $2000 fine but it can be paid at a much later date) pay back taxes and undergo criminal background checks.

The Feinstein amendment was an unmitigated disaster and did not pass.

So here`s my question: The Senate will supposedly vote on this bill as early as tomorrow and Senator Feinstein has described the existing bill as "one hundred percent calculated to fail."

How will she vote?

Most likely, she`ll stay in line with her party and vote in favor of the bill in spite of her own admission that it is a bad bill—hopefully somebody is keeping notes and will ask her about that later.