Immigration debate continues in U.S. House

| 12/16/2005

Friday, Dec. 16, was the second debate day on a proposed bill in the U.S. House that calls for stricter border protection and steeper penalties for illegal immigrants.

Representatives on both sides of the aisle were reportedly split on a number of issues and amendments on HR4437, the Border Protection Anti-Terrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005.

Some Republicans wanted to add a provision to support a guest-worker program for seasonal employment by immigrants without visas, while other GOP members said no. The guest-worker amendment was dropped Thursday, Dec. 15, from the bill, but the issue was still being debated Friday.

Republicans and Democrats were both debating several issues with the bill on Friday afternoon.