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The protests have succeeded!

BIG NEWS EVERYBODY!

The Immigrants' Rights protests have succeeded!

Senate Republicans have decided to drop the felony provision of HR 4437 and work on a new immigration bill entirely!

This DOES NOT MEAN WE SHOULD NO LONGER DEMONSTRATE. This means they have heard us. Their resulting actions will dictate further movements among the FREE people of America. This is not over by a long shot.

We must all remember to register and vote in the November elections.

Do not let them forget why so many millions marched through the streets. The Republicans must not keep their power if this is how they use it!


Well, that is my opinion anyway.

See news story below.

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GOP Leaders to Drop Felony for Immigrants
By DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent
Wed Apr 12, 7:06 AM ET

WASHINGTON - The two top Republicans in Congress, confronted with internal party divisions as well as large public demonstrations, said Tuesday they intend to pass immigration legislation that does not subject illegal immigrants to prosecution as felons.

A written statement by House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee, did not say whether they would seek legislation subjecting illegal immigrants to misdemeanor prosecution or possibly a civil penalty such as a fine.

"It remains our intent to produce a strong border security bill that will not make unlawful presence in the United States a felony," the two men said. An estimated 11 million men, women and children are in the United States illegally.

The Republican-controlled House passed legislation late last year that is generally limited to border security measures. It makes illegal immigrants subject to felony prosecution.

Senate efforts to write a broader bill — covering border security, a guest worker program and a path to citizenship for many of the 11 million in the country illegally — are gridlocked with lawmakers on a two-week vacation.

Frist has said he intends to bring the issue back to the Senate floor, although he stopped short of a flat commitment and the prospects for passage of an election-year immigration bill are uncertain.

The late-afternoon statement by the top GOP leaders in both houses came after days of large street demonstrations by protesters opposed to criminal penalties for illegal immigrants.

Additionally, in a Washington Post-ABC News poll published during the day, only 20 percent of those questioned said they favored declaring illegal immigrants to be felons and barring them from work. More than 60 percent indicated support for the general approach envisioned in the leading Senate proposal. It includes a requirement that illegal immigrants be required to pay a fine and back taxes as part of a process of qualifying for eventual citizenship.
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