Immigration Legislation Opposed

It is an ever-increasing controversy, giving amnesty to illegal immigrants that have been in the United States for at least 5 years.

Last Thursday the U.S senate passed its immigration bill on a 62 to 36 vote.

Second district congressman Terry Everett believes the measure is unfair to Americans and immigrants.

Parts of the bill states that after 5 years, and to become a permanent resident, an immigrant would have to pay $3200 in fines, back taxes, and learn English.

However, Americans who owe back taxes face $25,000 in fines and possible jail time.

“It's probably one of the worst pieces of legislation I've seen come out of the Senate in my 14 years in the house. This bill would give amnesty to probably some eleven million illegal immigrants,” said Alabama Rep. Terry Everett

Differences between house and senate versions of the immigration bill have yet to be ironed out.