Alabama Senator Criticizes Immigration Reform Measure

WASHINGTON (AP) - Alabama Senator Richard Shelby says its like making a "silk purse out of a sows ear." He was referring to an immigration reform bill he said cannot be fixed, but it can be made better.

The Tuscaloosa Republican said yesterday the legislation pending before the Senate would reward people for breaking US laws and does not contain a provision requiring background checks.

Shelby said he will vote against the bill and chastises President Bush for supporting the measure. He said Bush seems to be compromising his principals toward homeland security.

Shelby fears the legislation will end up passing and said if its approved, it will dramatically change American culture forever.

Republican Jeff Sessions of Mobile also said he will vote against the measure.

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