Republican leaders pushing for immigration bill|
Many Republican leaders are pushing their party to accept a more welcoming U.S. immigration policy, arguing that it will make the GOP more appealing to Hispanic voters whose numbers are growing rapidly. But that effort is running into resistance from Republican members of Congress from states with very small Hispanic populations In those states, mostly in the South and Midwest, the members rely on the support of conservative voters, many of whom oppose granting legal status to those who are living in the country illegally. A Senate committee begins debate yesterday on an overhaul that would give the immigrants a path to citizenship. US Senator Mike Johanns says this bill is about 800 pages and it is going to take time to sift through. Senator Johanns says there are already more than 300 amendments to this bill and the original bill will likely change significantly.