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Re: Deporting Alien Gang Members

So, the White House is saying that the amnesty bill will mark a historic change in allowing us to deport gang members, but that “if this bill fails, it may be years before Congress takes up immigration reform again, and in the meantime, the government will have to fight alien gangs without this powerful new tool.” If this bill fails, what’s stopping Kennedy and Bush and Kyl from promoting a bipartisan bill just to add gang membership to the grounds of deportability? Or are they for that only as the spoonful of enforcement to help the amnesty go down? Though it’s a relatively small issue, I have not seen a clearer or more shameless example of this administration’s willingness to hold enforcement hostage to amnesty.

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