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Frist: "Comprehensive" Amnesty Probably Dead Till Election
"Congress will not address major immigration revisions before the Nov. 7 election, the Senate's top Republican said yesterday, but he and his allies hope to limit political damage to their party by telling voters they have poured millions of dollars into one component of the controversy: tightening the border with Mexico," the Washington Post reports. "Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) acknowledged that a broad-based immigration bill, backed by President Bush and passed by the Senate, is dead for now. But Republican leaders have added money for border fences and patrol agents to recent spending measures dealing with the Pentagon and homeland security. Frist said he thinks that step may lessen public anger over the porous border and the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the country."
Immigrant Demonstrations Dampened by Stalled Senate Bill
"I really expected a change to the immigration law by now, but we haven't gained anything since [the spring]. . . . All I've seen is an increase in the arrests of immigrants," said one immigrant protester, explaining why he didn't go to the Labor Day rally in Washington, D.C. "It was a refrain repeated across the Washington region as immigrants sought to explain how a demonstration that organizers had predicted would mobilize hundreds of thousands fizzled into a gathering of less than 5,000 demonstrators, most from out of town. Rallies in other cities this week drew similar numbers . . . The subdued mood also seemed to have affected local Spanish-language radio shows, which had played a pivotal role in urging listeners to go to the rally in April."
"The City Council gave tentative approval Friday to an overhaul of an anti-illegal-immigration law considered to be one of the nation's toughest, hoping to put the measure on sounder legal footing. Like the version it will replace if granted final approval Tuesday, the new ordinance punishes businesses that employ illegal immigrants and landlords who rent to them," the AP reports. "The revisions, however, remove much of the burden that had been placed on businesses. They soften penalties, give landlords and businesses time to correct violations and leaving it to city officials to verify workers' immigration status with the federal government." [FAIR comment: This is misleading to the extent that it suggests the new law is 'softer' when the reality is it is more enforceable and conforms to existing federal law. FAIR is working with other interested communities who are drafting Hazelton-style laws.]
STEIN REPORT XXXXX Tuesday, September 11, 2001 13:56:25 EDT XXXXX
BORDERS ON HIGH ALERT AFTER TERROR ATTACKS
The entire US-Canada border is on high alert in response to terror attacks in Washington D.C. and New York City. The terror attacks destroyed both towers of the World Trade Center and part of the Pentagon. The INS has also been placed on high-alert along the Mexican border.
On the fifth anniversary of the tragic assassination of nearly 3,000 Americans and foreign residents in al-Qaeda-sponsored terrorist attacks on America’s homeland, the nation is at a crossroads. One avenue leads towards a continued process of greater control over illegal entry into the country and greater ability to know who is staying illegally in the country after a legal entry. The other avenue leads to continued lax standards on screening of international travelers and more easily penetrated borders. Read the full report.