S. Hrg. 109-537; Serial No. J-109-67: Immigration Litigation Reduction: Hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, April 3, 2006   [open pdf - 8MB]

From the opening statement of Arlen Specter: "The Senate is currently considering legislation on immigration reform. It follows extensive hearings and a markup by this Committee. We have on the floor now what we call the Chairman's mark or the Committee bill. We have proceeded under an expedited schedule where the Majority Leader wanted a bill on the floor on Tuesday of last week, and we had a very lengthy markup on Monday to complete action on the bill, except for the title on judicial review. And we kept that aside until we could make further inquiries to find out what we ought to be doing on judicial review and to hear from experts. My preference would have been to have approached the entire subject of immigration review with a more thorough analysis, which we have on the hearing process and on the so-called markup where the Committee sits down and goes over the text line by line to figure out what we ought to do. And there are, as you well know, very, very complex policy considerations on this bill at every turn. It is a highly emotional bill. There are those who want only border security, only enforcement, and there are others who want broader reform to accommodate the 11 million people who are in this country as undocumented aliens. The Committee bill provides to accommodate the 11 million people for a number of reasons, the most prominent of which is there is no way to round them up, detain them, deport them, and they are here. They are undertaking important jobs, and there is a heavy controversy on whether they are taking jobs that other Americans would fill or whether they are taking jobs other Americans would fill if the pay was higher. So there are lots of controversies." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Arlen Specter, Patrick J. Leahy, Carlos T. Bea, Jonathan Cohn, David Martin, Paul R. Michel, Jon O. Newman, John McCarthy Roll, John M. Walker, Lenni B. Benson, Alex Kozinski, David A. Martin, Leonidas Ralph Mecham, John T. Noonan, Richard A. Posner, Mary M. Schroeder, and Sidney R. Thomas.

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