Immigration: Too Hot to Handle

It may not be dead yet, but the Simpson-Mazzoli immigration-reform bill is in critical condition. The overt cause of the trouble is the difference between the House and Senate versions of the bill. Both offer amnesty to millions of aliens now living in the U.S. However, the House bill, which passed by only 216 to 211, offers to legitimize the status of illegal aliens who have lived continuously in the U.S. since Jan. 1, 1982, while the Senate sets the date at Jan. 1, 1980. And unlike the Senate, the House would permit an agricultural-guest-worker program that has been...

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