By SUZANNE GAMBOA, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 15 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - Senate leaders reached a deal Thursday on reviving a broad immigration bill that could provide millions of illegal immigrants a chance to become American citizens and said they'll try to pass it before Memorial Day.
The agreement brokered by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., breaks a political stalemate that has lingered for weeks while immigrants and their supporters held rallies, boycotts and protests to push for action.
"We congratulate the Senate on reaching agreement and we look forward to passage of a bill prior to Memorial Day," said Dana Perino, deputy White House press secretary.
Key to the agreement is who will be negotiating a compromise with the House, which last December passed an enforcement-only bill that would subject the estimated 11 million to 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States to felony charges as well as deportation.
Frist said the Senate will send 14 Republicans and 12 Democrats to negotiate with the House, with seven of the Republicans and five Democrats coming from the Judiciary Committee. The remaining seven Republicans will be chosen by Frist and remaining seven Democrats chosen by Reid.
Well, if the bill falls through, atleast we have a tried and true posse, to round all the illegals up, and keep our borders safe. Lets see, there averaging one a day, there is how many millions of illegals? 11 or 12 million? So lets see, one per day, divided into lets say 11.5 million,,, so we could be illegal free is 32,877 years, as long as the posse works 24/7 and can secure the borders from more illegals moving here. Wow, can't wait. Life willbe sweet when there all gone. Party at my place.
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