Social media buzz: Senate immigration plan; and gun bill loses
Hot topics this week: The "Gang of Eight," a bipartisan group of senators, release their immigration proposal, and gun background checks get shot down in the Senate.
Immigration reform "strikes balance"
- The Senate immigration plan points out the importance of enforcing eventual regulations. Some say it's a "good starting point," others stress securing the border with "higher fences and wider gates."
- Source: Gannett
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- Here's what people had to say on Facebook and Twitter to USA TODAY:
- During the Reagan Presidency, Reagan signed a bill that gave amnesty to a million plus illegal immigrants in the return that from then on immigration laws would be enforced. Yeah, right! As history show us that only led to a mass invasion of illegals. The new immigration proposal will do the same thing, create another mass invasion of illegals.
- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is criticized by Fox News for an immigration proposal he supports.
- I'm sick and tired of the way Americans treat illegal immigrants the same way as criminals. Their only "crime" is that they want to find a better place to live! Quick question to all: where were your great-great-grandparents born? Were they born here in the US, or did they immigrate from another country? The only people native to the United States is the Native Americans. EVERYBODY ELSE IS AN IMMIGRANT! The only difference between now and then is that, now to become a "legal" immigrant you have to sign a bunch of legal documents and go through a bunch of standardized tests that MOST AMERICANS WOULD FAIL, whereas in the past all your great-great-grandparents had to do was hop on a ship and sail to New York with all the other "legal" immigrants.
- Too many benefit from the low wages and overhead associated with hiring undocumented workers. Here in Texas this includes the family that buys the house that Jose built. But the real opposition to letting them in is the path to citizenship. They vote 70% for Democrats so it's not difficult to figure who's for and who is against. Create a guest worker program along with the path to citizenship and a more secure borders and many will come to work and go back home. A win-win for everyone but those previously extorting them.
- Bringing the undocumented out of the shadows will be a huge net gain to the economy, adding tens of billions of dollars in income and tax revenue and reducing the federal deficit by $2.5 trillion over a decade. Legalizing young Dreamers, and allowing them access to improved educational opportunities and higher-paying jobs, is predicted to result in a total economic benefit exceeding $300 billion over the next 20 years.
- USA Today graphic depicting the bipartisan immigration plan.
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