#SJC is picking up with Feinstein 11 to wrap up from last week. This was the amdt to limit drones especially around big cities. #CIRmarkup
.@SenFeinstein is modifying her amendment about drones on the border to limit w/in use around CA towns, not the entire southern border. #SJC
Coons is adding a second-degree amendment to his amdt 2 that limits nighttime deportations. #CIRmarkup
.@ChrisCoons says there's another AP report out today about how this is not an effective program for repatriation.
And Coons is requiring DHS to study migrant safety/repatriation and to return all belongings to immigrants. Passes on a voice vote. #SJC
Now we're on Schumer 1, which fixes grammar and "quasi-technical" changes. #CIRmarkup
Schumer 1 passes. Now we're on Sessions 4 (first poison pill of the day) to have full biometric entry-exit before RPIs get green cards. #SJC
.@SenatorSessions says a biometric entry-exit system "can be done." But what about the huge costs and privacy concerns? #CIRmarkup
Leahy: I don't think a pathway to citizenship should be a false promise. Says triggers are realistic, Sessions' entry-exit requirement isn't
Cornyn says they "considered a number of amdts about border security which failed" and that it was a mistake. #SJC #cirmarkup
@SenFeinstein says Sessions has a point about needing biometric entry-exit system, but "problem is we haven't been able to do it" #CIRmarkup
And Feinstein adds that the enormous costs of implementing a biometric system is a huge limitation--would add $25 billion over 10 years.
Schumer says they tried the biometric system in Atlanta & New York but "more people got through." #cirmarkup #sjc (referring to airports)
Feinstein says she's "seen too much fraud" and worries that people could change features to skirt the system. #cirmarkup
(Referring to changing hair, plastic surgery on face, colored contacts so they wouldn't look like the picture on file)
Grassley: "I would take issue with the argument...that this would delay citizenship." Says they shouldn't delay it more than 10 years #SJC
Durbin: "I also wanted to address Walt Disney for a minute" b/c Disney has two points of entry (FL and CA) while U.S. has 300+ #cirmarkup
(LOTS of comparisons to Disney's biometric system at its parks)
Sessions says Gang of 8 won't "accept anything that deals with the integrity of the bill." #cirmarkup
RT @alangomez: Here's the article Sessions is quoting from w/ former DHS secretaries Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff. usat.ly/10mRe1t
Graham says biometric entry-exit system is a "good to debate to be having about immigration, but it's not just about immigration" #CIRmarkup
.@GrahamBlog asks Sessions how many biometric cards he has in his wallet. Technology is too expensive, not widely used. #cirmarkup
Graham says you can count him in for working on a biometric system, but that there are tech and cost barriers to it now. #cirmarkup
And even w/out biometric system Sessions wants, Graham says the bill "makes our nation safer" #cirmarkup #SJC
Sessions Amendment 4 to require fingerprints for entry-exit system fails 12-6. #cirmarkup #SJC
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