Senate leaders on Thursday announced a bipartisan compromise on an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws, giving some illegal immigrants a path to citizenship and creating a temporary worker program.
TRANSLATION: We are giving amnesty again even though it didn't work in the 80s.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican, appeared with Reid and said "We have a great opportunity to deliver to the American people what they expect, what they deserve," a comprehensive border security and immigration reform bill.
TRANSLATION: We have again ignored the law, what is best for the country and the will of the people.
The deal, which would include a temporary worker program backed by President George W. Bush, would allow illegal immigrants who have been in the United States more than five years a chance to become citizens if they meet a series of requirements and paid a fine. Other rules would apply to people in the country less than five years.
TRANSLATION: Bush get's his amnesty program, the illegals get their rewards and we are giving the US people lip service because we have 'an icecube's chance in hell' of ever collecting the fines or keeping more illegals out.
"We still have obstacles ahead," said Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican who helped lead the debate.
TRANSLATION: The US citizens are still going to bitch but, we can easily ignore them. We have been elected, they haven't.
The Senate compromise would give illegal immigrants who had been in the United States less than five years but more than two years a chance to obtain a temporary work visa. They would have to leave the country and reapply to come back. Those who had been in the country less than two years would not be legalized.
TRANSLATION: EVERYONE gets amnesty because there are no workable provisions to get rid of the 'less than two years' illegals nor keep new ones out. It's status quo.
The original Reuters article.