I bet California Sen. Dianne Feinstein sure is happy. This Tuesday, the Senate rejected a guest farmworker bill that the senator believed would be a "huge magnet" for illegal immigrants. The bill (addressing H2A visas) would have legalized approximately 500,000 of the 1.6 million people working farm jobs, half of them illegally. And the bill only took 5 years to create.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, about 10 million to 13 million undocumented immigrants how live in the United States, filling a wide range of jobs.
The Senate offerred no fix -- at least not yet -- on the broken U.S. immigration system. Hopefully it won't take 'em another five years.
Deeply split Senate rejects guest farmworker bill
Bipartisan measure 5 years in making was attached to war funding package
Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
Wednesday, April 20, 2005