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Flurry of Proposals Dealing with Immigration

posted on May 12, 2006

Preceding next week's immigration debate, impatient senators this week discussed a number of proposals regarding non-citizens entering into the U.S.

For example, a bill was introduced that would impose prison sentences of up to 20 years for anyone who builds a tunnel or pays to have one built.

Also, the Senate approved a resolution stating that the national anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the oath recited by immigrants when they are sworn in as citizens should be spoken or sung in English. A similar resolution has been introduced in the House.

In action by the private sector, a civilian border-patrol group, called the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, announced Tuesday it plans to build two short security fences on a ranch in southern Arizona. The group selected the location for two parallel 15-foot steel-mesh fences saying it is the busiest illegal entry point on the U.S.-Mexico border. The organization said however, it will drop its plans if the White House deploys U.S. troops to the border by May 25.

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