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.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Robert Location: Florida on Jun 7, 2007 at 10:35 AM
    Why are Alabama's two senators among only a handful that actually get it right? Kudos to Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions. Too bad there aren't at least 50 more like them!
  • by Tom Location: San Antonio, TX. on Jun 6, 2007 at 02:35 PM
    BRAVO! Senator(s) Shelby, Sessions and Everett (who I understand is poised to vote no on this bill) are to be commended. This bill is just one more "Bigger Government" unreal inside the beltway boondoggle. What we need is real inforcement of law . . . . the laws on the books now. I am a registered republican who has stood by my president till now. President Bush is no longer in my good graces because of his support for this immigration reform, but rather person non gratta!
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