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Two Republican Takes on the Senate's Immigration Compromise

Senator Frist's post from his political action committee's blog:

We are one step closer to passing a landmark immigration bill in the Senate - one that includes all of the crucial border security, interior security and employer enforcement provisions that I called for at the outset of this debate last week.

Specifically, the latest bill proposes to:

Border Enforcement Specifics:

• Add nearly 15,000 additional border protection agents to augment the 20,000 Customs and Border Protection agents already on the job
• Specifically authorize 1,250 border agents and 1,250 port-of entry inspection agents
• Require Defense Department cooperation on the border, e.g. unmanned drones
• Begin the process of securing every inch of our 1,951 mile border with Mexico by building walls and fences in high traffic areas and using sensors to let our Customs and Border Patrol Agents see and hear those who try and cross through low traffic areas
• Require fingerprint database connectivity between FBI and Border Patrol

Interior Enforcement specifics:

• Increase alien smuggling penalties with a mandatory minimum of 5 years
• Add criminal penalties for various immigration-related document fraud
• Mandate the use of expedited removal for aliens apprehended within 100 miles of the border and 14 days of entry

Employer Enforcement specifics:

• Establish nationwide, mandatory verification program for hiring workers
• Limit the number of acceptable hiring documents with REAL ID standards
• Authorize 2,000 new worksite enforcement agents and 1,000 anti-fraud agents

Congressman J.D Hayworth from Arizona has a different take on the Senate's "compromise":

The Senate compromise is so convoluted, so complicated, and so unworkable that is surely must have been the work of Senators Rube and Goldberg.

This is déjà vu all over again. The 1986 amnesty law had a similar approach, and that was a catastrophe. It said if you could prove you did agricultural work for just 90 days a year for the previous three years, you would qualify for a green card. The number of those applying for this benefit was three times higher than expected, largely because of fraud, which was rampant. The Senate bill would likewise be vulnerable to fraud on a grand scale and be a nightmare to administer. It is amnesty wrapped in bureaucracy surrounded by fraud .