Lawmakers Deal With Immigration Bill

On Capitol Hill Republicans and Democrats are tackling the immigration issue head-on.

Lawmakers spent most of May 15, 2007, discussing how to deal with the estimated 12 million illegal aliens. They say they are close to reaching an agreement on comprehensive immigration reform.

“I remain optimistic that we’ll be able to put together a bill that can clear the Senate on a bipartisan basis - hopefully an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell explained.

“... Certainly a long ways from where we need to be, but some accomplishments,” Majority Leader Harry Reid said.

The proposed plan would allow illegal immigrants to be eligible for a Z Visa. After paying a $5,000 fine and returning to their country for a Visa stamp, they would then be eligible for permanent U.S. citizenship.

The program wouldn’t begin until border security is improved and a high-tech worker I.D. program is put in place.