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Next Immigration Battle



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Little noted in the aftermath of House passage of the “intelligence reform” bill is that Speaker Hastert promised Rep. Sensenbrenner to add the deleted immigration-control measures (no drivers licenses for illegals, no federal acceptance of Mexico’s illegal-alien ID card, asylum reforms) to the first must-pass piece of legislation in the 109th Congress, which would appear to be the supplemental appropriations bill for the military in Iraq, which may come up in February. If the president keeps his promise to back these reforms, we could see another, even higher-stakes, fight between the House and Senate, assuming the makeup of the new Senate is as pro-illegal-alien as this one.



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