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Senate Tackles Illegal Immigration Issue

Senate Tackles Illegal Immigration Issue

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Gene Kennedy Reporting This week the Senate is tackling one of the toughest issues facing our country: what to do about illegal immigration. Already they say they need more time to fix the problem.

A bill would put millions of illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship, but many say there are obvious kinks in the proposal. And some senators fear the bill could pass before those kinks are worked out.

Critics on the left say the bill will sink U.S. wages, and that reuniting families is not a top priority, so family members could be split across borders.

Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, said, "We have much work to do before this bill becomes worthy of the Senate."

The Utah Minutemen say the bill gives approval for those who steal Social Security numbers to get jobs. And some Republican critics call it blanket amnesty.

The bottom line is, it's tough for senators to find common ground right now.

Senator Jeff Sessions, a Republican from Alabama, said, "The document does not have the strength, the effectiveness needed to be the solution for our immigration problem today."

All they can agree on right now is that they need more time. Utah senators Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett both voted for an extension. Hatch said, "I want an immigration bill, but I want to make sure it works. This is a very big, complex bill, and I'm still reviewing it carefully."

The extension overwhelmingly passed. So senators will hash it out for the rest of the week, then pick it up after a Memorial Day break. We'll see if that extra time leads to solutions.

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